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Eric Huls of Allstate Insurance, Jeremy Howard of Kaggle, and Ryan Kim of GigaOM at Structure:Data 2012

Predicting risk is key to the way insurance companies figure out your monthly rates and premiums, and it needs data and time to do so. Allstate said at Structure:Data that the best use of this data was to give it to the 30,000 scientists competing on Kaggle. Read more »

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HTC Rezound Launch Event

Mobile handset maker HTC has bought music subscription service MOG, according to a rumor reported by Business Insider. We haven’t been able to verify the rumor, but have also heard that term sheets have been going back and forth between the two companies. Read more »

zediva

Unsuccessful DVD streaming service Zediva said in an email to its former customers this weekend that it has completed its liquidation process. Creditors got $0.018 on the dollar, and customers who pre-paid for Zediva’s DVD streaming service won’t get any refund Read more »

mtv artist pages

MTV wants to embrace indie bands in a big way, launching 1 million artist pages later this summer. But how is the network going to make sure artists actually sign up? Tie-ins with its on-air programming and e-commerce opportunities could be key. Read more »

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Fragmentation? What fragmentation? Netflix’s Android app is being used on close to 1000 different Android devices each and every day, complete with multiple OS versions and custom ROMs. But for its daily testing, the company relies on a surprisingly small array of Android handsets and tablets. Read more »

spotify whats next invite

Spotify apparently didn’t want to wait any longer for its launch in Germany, which came two weeks before the service is having its final negotiations with rights holders group GEMA. The final deal with GEMA could determine how much music Germans will get for free. Read more »

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Al Jazeera has just launched a multi-lingual educational campaign about social media, with YouTube videos explaining how to use Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms. The goal is to make people more media-savvy and, in the long run, raise a new generation of citizen journalists. Read more »

simple tv device

Simple.tv is targeting cord cutters with its low-cost, bring-your-own-storage DVR that’s slated for release by the end of spring. We have the first screenshots of the HTML5 app that the company will use to target Boxee, Google TV and other connected devices. Read more »

favtv featured

TVGuide.com has bought Fav.tv in a deal that’s been described as an acqui-hire. The Fav.tv team will join TVGuide.com to strengthen its mobile strategy. One of the first tasks for the new hires: Make TvGuide.com’s personalized Watchlist recommendations a centerpiece of its mobile apps. Read more »

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Machinima is rocking it on YouTube: The video game content publisher clocked close to 350 million domestic video views in January alone. That’s more than all the views of the next seven biggest publishers combined. Worldwide, Machinima had 1.3 billion YouTube views in January. Read more »

plex dlna featured

Good news for Plex users: The next version of the company’s media center server software will have support for DLNA devices, which brings Plex to the PS3, connected TVs and a bunch of other devices. Check out this episode of Cord Cutters for an exclusive preview. Read more »

starz play

As of Wednesday, Netflix subscribers don’t have access to the Starz Play live TV feed anymore, effectively ending what could have become Netflix’s live TV streaming business. Never heard of the ability to watch live TV through the Netflix website? You’re not alone. Read more »

google tv

How many Google TV devices are actually being used by consumers? Google and its partners have never released any sales figures, but publicly available Android Market data offers some interesting insights. Market data also suggests that price may be key to Google TV’s future success. Read more »

ze frank comeback

It took video blogging pioneer Ze Frank less than eight hours to achieve his funding goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter yesterday. Now he’s already working on planing the relaunch of his show, which is currently scheduled to debut at the end of March. Read more »

ze frank comeback

Ze Frank, the original vlogger, is working on a comeback. His new show could start as soon as he reaches his goal of $50,000 funding on Kickstarter. The odds are looking good: Fans already pledged more than $25,000 just two hours after his pitch went up. Read more »

Waving flags

Iran is tightening its grip on the Internet before Friday’s parliamentary elections, but activists from Tor and related projects vow to keep up the free flow of information. That’s the best thing the world can do for the country, says the founder of Iran’s Reddit. Read more »

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