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A new project that combines satellite data, airplane mapping data and on-the-ground field data of the forests of the Pacific Northwest over…
Google isn’t the only one with a thing for balloons. The company announced a partnership with France’s space agency Thursday that will…
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/inbloom-student-data-repository-to-close The New York Times Bits blog reports on the close of InBloom, a database for student data that became a privacy…
Using big data for public health is a common example of technology’s promise, but at the Centers for Disease Control, most data takes a long time to arrive and public health workers don’t have everything they need.
On Monday, Kickstarter announced that it passed the $1 billion dollar mark in pledges to projects, with a few interesting insights into how that money was raised.
An MIT study claims that Twitter can be used to predict major social events, thanks to heavy activity from specific communities.
Facebook just broke ties with two companies that helped it collect information about app revenues because they breached Facebook’s rules on using customer data.
The Princeton research that used a disease model to suggest Facebook(s fb) would lose 80 percent of its users in 3 years…
Data is becoming so important to understand and building a business that you need someone at the top to evaluate what data business should collect and how to make sense of it all.
Do you know how much apps can drain on your phone? This website will help you find out.
Yahoo’s investment in big-name journalism isn’t about selling home page takeovers, but about convincing users to share more about themselves in exchange for high-quality content.
The ultimate archive feature has arrived: Google(s goog) officially announced via blog post that users can now export all of the data…
The service now has a beta feature that allows users to enter their own criteria for comparing one thing to another, which should make it easier for the Versus team to tell what’s most important to people.
Apple has acquired social search engine Topsy, a move that will give Apple access to a wealth of real time data from Twitter.
Dwellr, released by the U.S. Census Bureau, gives users handy data on U.S. communities.
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data.
Twitter has released a new feature for power-users: Custom Timelines.
When it comes to marketing, many feel it’s more an art than a science. But by setting aside a control group you can turn marketing campaign results into measurable data.
Verizon(s vz)(s vod) has been slowly phasing out its unlimited data plan for the last year, but a few lucky customers will…
Facebook is going to start sending TV networks weekly reports on activity around their shows. The move is partly an attempt to compete with Twitter, which is making TV a big part of its IPO strategy.
Search is evolving to fit the needs of users who don’t just want a web site, but the actual answer to the question driving the search. To stay on top semantic search technologies are key.
As data continues its relentless growth curve, IT pros must solve capacity issues in cost-effective ways to run their businesses. Here are some solutions.
A federal judge responsible for overseeing the the NSA‘s spying practices slammed the agency for “repeatedly submitting inaccurate descriptions” and ignoring minimization procedures to keep…
Publishing analytics startup Parse.ly has raised $5 million and has released its first report showing the top sources of traffic across its customer base. It claims hundreds of them, including big-name ones like Atlantic Media, Reuters and Mashable.
In our rush to embrace data, we need to remember to questioning how we use it to find our business strategies. Sometimes obvious trends in the data can lead us astray.
Our digital packrat natures means we’re amassing gigabytes of content, while our broadband isn’t quite keeping up. Or at least that’s what the launch of a new service from iDrive indicates.
Blippex wasn’t meant to be a pivot for Archify, but — under funding pressure — that’s how it turned out anyway. That’s no excuse for giving users just two days to export their data, though.
Samsung’s app to promote its connection with Jay-Z’s latest album was ill-conceived and poorly executed, but it’s hardly the privacy bogeyman many are making out to be. Jay-Z certainly isn’t.
Supercomputers have graduated from linear algebra to differential equations, and so the guys who rank the world’s top machines have decided to change the benchmark that determines which computer is on top.
Google executive Eric Schmidt believes the world needs a platform for data about us in aggregate, even as companies are still trying to decide if they want to expose data externally.
People are excited about the Scout device that tracks your vitals with a 10-second scan. But outside of the consumer promise, the company behind the Scout and others are also changing clinical trials.
The U.S. government has reams of data locked away in agencies and even filing cabinets, but an executive order signed Thursday should make more of it accessible.
How are book publishers learning more about our evolving reading habits? Not surprisingly, ebook publishers are turning the industry toward thinking more about making data-driven decisions.
After hearing about the applications of big data for better ads, song recommendations and social media analysis, nothing makes me happier than hearing about technologists coming together with non-profits to use data to fight human trafficking.
Vasu Kulkarni isn’t an NBA star; he couldn’t even make an Ivy League basketball team. But Kulkarni’s startup Krossover is trying to change the nature of coaching, scouting and even fandom by testing people’s on-the-field sports intelligence.
A new research paper shows just how easy it is to identify individuals based on supposedly anonymous mobile-phone data, and this isn’t the first time supposedly anonymous data really wasn’t. But how do we balance the need for privacy with the value of these datasets?
The physics researchers at CERN are now much more confident that they have found the elusive particle, although questions remain that will require sifting through more data.
Facebook plans to tap into the loyalty reward data collected by retailers like drug stores to serve you ads based on your off-line purchases.
Is the world of big data one in which information about us allows us to personalize services and benefit from that personalization, or is it one in which our data is used against us by companies and governments?
By combining machine learning with stunning visualizations, Ayasdi thinks it has created a product that could revolutionize data analysis. Its software is the latest product that tries to make humans better at their jobs by taking away the guesswork of spotting correlations.
There’s evidence to suggest that traffic congestion is a side effect of strong city economies, a claim furthered by recent traffic-data analysis from INRIX. However, a decreased reliance on cars might mean clearer roads are more the result of alternative transit than of slow economic growth.
Placed Analytics has published a blog post showing which retailers had the most in-store visits during the holiday season. Placed can’t track sales, but its mobile-phone-derived location data can give a glimpse into who’s attracting the most physical shoppers, and when.
In the fight about royalties from streaming media services like Pandora, Popular cellist Zoë Keating says she’s willing to give up the money in exchange for data. It’s an idea that’s gaining traction elsewhere, too, as more companies are paying consumers for their truly valuable data.
Using data to improve patient health or deliver better care is a huge goal of the medical industry, but with so many players it’s hard to know how to bring a wide-scale data pilot to the healthcare industry. Here’s what Aetna is doing.
Social media analytics firm Dataminr announced that it has raised a $13 million Series B round of financing. The company accesses the Twitter firehose and provides an early warning network for finance and government clients.
Nokia Research Center has developed a new system for finding parking spots that rewards users for sharing information on primo spots. It’s a smart approach to a common problem, as users might be more willing to share if they know they’ll get privileged information in return.
Photojournalist Rick Smolan has a new book coming out called The Human Face of Big Data. Far more than a book, it’s part of a project to show how much data each one of us generates, how it’s all connected and how it’s changing the world.
Locu, a Boston-based startup that came out of MIT, is releasing a local business information API for developers and publishers. The API will let them access deeper local data on not just menu items but all kinds of detailed information on product descriptions and customization options.
The effort to dig out the data in our genomes has led to a rash of discoveries announced Wednesday, but amid the scientific insights are cultural ones that speak to how companies will have to learn to collaborate around big data and manage it.
Kasabi, a platform that hosted and published linked data, is closing down after owners Talis Systems said the market was growing too slowly to be sustainable — saying that ‘it’s time to admit that Kasabi is not getting the traction we thought it would’
Few people will likely take Time Warner Cable up on its new plan that offers customers a $5 discount in exchange for staying below 5 GB of data consumption each month. But the real benefit to the plan are the meters TWC is rolling out.
If we want to big data revolution to scale, then we need to make it as easy as Netscape made the web surfing experience. Here are 7 startups making that happen.
When thinking about the value of the data a company collects vs. the traditional value of the product it may produce, collecting and analyzing broad categories of customer + product data is becoming equally — if not more — valuable than the product itself.
When Vivek Kundra walked into the White House as the first Chief Information Officer for the federal government, his new staff handed…
Britain’s fourteen-year-old local information website UpMyStreet has changed hands again, bought by property website Zoopla in a small deal that appears to mark the end of the line for the veteran brand.
While the latest business trend is in tapping the power of big data, Personal.com is helping people find the potential in wielding what it calls small data, the private information they have about themselves. The company announced a new iPhone app Monday to further its plans.
While there has been much outrage about Google “snooping” user data over Wi-Fi, even the FCC says this behavior wasn’t illegal, since the networks in question were public. Is this a sign that the laws around privacy are broken, or is the Streetview furor an overreaction?
Twitter may be an ever-flowing stream of information, but as it becomes a more mainstream source of news and commentary it also becomes a huge reservoir of data that can be analyzed, and that’s what startups like ThinkUp and DataSift and Gnip are trying to do
Blogger Marshall Kirkpatrick is leaving his job at Read/Write Web to start a company called Plexus Engine, which he says will offer data-filtering tools he has used as a tech journalist. Kirkpatrick joins a growing group of bloggers who have left to join the startup world.
That spectrum shortage isn’t stopping AT&T’s newly launched LTE network for delivering some smoking speeds according to tests out from Signals Research this weekend. AT&T, which launched LTE in in five cities Sunday, delivered LTE speeds averaging 23.6 Mbps down and 15.2 Mbps up.
Android may have had some major victories this past year over Apple’s iOS, but the war is far from over. In international markets like the U.K., the iPhone and iPad still account for the lion’s share of mobile connected app use and web traffic.
It’s free and easy to get started with Google Analytics, but there are also a lot of advanced features that can make it even more useful. I thought it might be time to do post with a few quick tips for getting more out of it.
Japan’s Softbank mobile network provider is now offering Apple’s iPad to subscribers free with a two-year service agreement. Japan is the second country to offer subsidized pricing for Apple’s popular tablet, after Orange and T-Mobile. Is it worth the total price?
The days of AT&T’s all you can eat data plans are dead and gone. Now, your options for data on the iPhone are 200MB or 2GB of data per month. Regardless of which plan you’re on, keeping track of usage is useful. Enter DataMan.
Although we’ve seen online office suites added to the portfolio of web worker productivity tools, database tools have been curiously absent from the mix. Even suites like Google Apps lack a dedicated application for managing and sharing specialized data, leaving users creating crude spreadsheet-based approximations.
A few months ago, AT&T changed its wireless data rates, essentially killing unlimited data on smartphones. That rate change has had a direct effect on the usage of my iPhone and the amount of money I’m paying each month.
Most website users prefer logging in with a Google sign-in, but Facebook is a close second, according to new data from Janrain. Close to 40 percent of users preferred to sign in with a Google ID, while 24 percent chose to login with their Facebook profile.
Apple’s iconic iPod is credited for reviving the company and helping it dominate consumer mind share over the past decade, but of my greatest fears has started to come true where analysts are now throwing the notion out there that the iPod is dead or dying.
Now that AT&T, along with all the providers internationally, have scrapped unlimited data plans and introduced caps, you’ll need to keep an eye on how much data you’re using. Here are a few ways to make sure you don’t end up going over your monthly allowance.
Without a doubt, among the most interesting announcements to come out of Apple’s iPad unveiling were the wireless plans. A close look at the mobile data plans reveals that they may be major competitive advantages.
I’ve cursed the 10MB over-the-air cell data download limit on Apple’s (s aapl) iPhone many a time, especially when trying to grab…
Command of the issues, cool confidence and disarming smile aside, Barack Obama might just owe his campaign’s success to his team’s ability…
Editor’s Note: our readers are familiar now with contributor Ben Yoskovitz’s work. (His company, Standout Jobs was just named one of Canada’s…