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The AP debuts “Election Buzz,” a tool that uses Twitter and Google data to track the U.S. elections

Just in time for Super Tuesday, the AP has launched a new tool in partnership with Google and Twitter that helps voters visualize what people are saying about the current elections, candidates and issues, as well as how that interest has changed over time. Effectively, the product, called AP …

Training and serving NLP models using Spark MLlib

Identifying critical information out of a sea of unstructured data, or customizing real-time human interaction are a couple of examples of how …

2017 Distressed Communities Index - Economic Innovation Group

The DCI gives simple and compelling evidence that <b>distressed communities are quite literally being left behind by the rest of the country</b>: The …

Africa Roundup: Goldman backs startup African Internet Group to become continent’s 1st unicorn

The big tech news is the recent <b>torrent of capital to Africa Internet Group (AIG)</b>—which owns online retailer <b>Jumia</b> and 9 other e-ventures.<p>Yesterday AIG announced <b>€300 million ($326 million) in funding</b> from backers including <b>Goldman Sachs</b> and MTN. CEO Sacha Poignonnec confirmed the new financing brings …

Google will apply the ‘right to be forgotten’ to all EU searches next week

Google today confirmed that it will remove some search results from all of its sites starting next week, if those searches are made within the European Union.<p>In 2014, an EU court decided that Google must comply with requests to remove some search results, in a decision that became known as "the …

Facebook Live video is coming to Android

Following a limited December launch on iOS, and a wider rollout in February, the Facebook Live video feature is now coming to Android, the company …

What Do the World’s 3 Most Admired Companies Have in Common?

Big things in business always start small—a spark, an idea, a moment of inspiration. Yet in today’s digital economy, they can scale fast. Two of the …

Meta Hypes The Reveal Of Its ‘Futuristic’ Next-Gen Augmented Reality Glasses

Meta, an augmented reality glasses company born around the same time as Google Glass, is getting ready to show off the next-gen version of their AR headset. The company published a video to YouTube on Wednesday which features a handful of tech influencers lauding their “futuristic” experiences with …

Augmented Reality

Elon Musk says the Tesla Model X is the best car ever made—unless you prefer the Model S

On a call with analysts today following the release of its fourth quarter earnings, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked about the rollout of the company’s most recent vehicle, the crossover Model X. He said, in hindsight, the company probably should’ve tried to do less with the first iteration of the …

Tesla

DJ software veteran Serato launches iOS app to intelligently mix your music

DJs will be well familiar with the name Serato. It’s one of the — if not <i>the</i> — leading software products around for DJs that make the hop from vinyl to digital sets (and that’s most of them these days). But the company hasn’t had a huge presence on iOS devices outside of that world — save for its …

Apps

Dr. Dre will reportedly star in Apple's first original TV series

Rumors have swirled about Apple building its own TV service for untold months now -- and the company has also been rumored to be creating its own original content, ala Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and basically every other streaming service worth its salt. Now, <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> says it has details …

Music streaming is forcing record labels to try playing nice with artists

Big shifts in the music business tend to make artists wary, and perhaps rightly so. With the exception of superstar acts like Adele and Taylor Swift, musicians and songwriters across the board have seen their earnings dwindle thanks to the new payment models of digital downloads and music …

Verizon just blatantly betrayed net neutrality by excluding its video app from data caps

The company's Go90 video app now gets special data privileges<p>The FCC's net neutrality rules, passed last year, explicitly ban internet providers from a number of discriminatory measures like throttling and blocking, but there's evidently a huge loophole that every major wireless carrier in the US …

Federal Government Hopes to Get a Grasp on the Sharing Economy

Uncle Sam is trying to keep up with Silicon Valley.<p>Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez says that this week he traveled to the startup hub to talk with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry leaders about the evolving workforce.<p>“Thanks in large measure to innovation in recent decades there, …

Employment

Scientists predict human thought in real time, nearly every time

Researchers at the University of Washington tracked perception at the speed of thought.<p>Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have decoded brain signals in real-time and with astounding accuracy, as revealed in a recent study published in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i>. Researchers attached …

University of Washington

How Our Startup, TheSquareFoot, Is Trying To Disrupt Commercial Real Estate With Tech

TheSquareFoot is a commercial real estate leasing marketplace. Our mission is simple. We want to help companies move into the right offices and we use technology to make that process easier. Throughout the five or so years that we’ve been around, we have adapted our business model to the …

Business Intelligence, the good and the bad, but mostly bad

Let’s break down the current BI industry. For this large swath of users, there are three primary ways to get useful information: in-app analytics, …

10 text, sentiment, and social analytics trends for 2016

Text, sentiment, and social analytics help you tune in, at scale, to the voice of the customer, patient, public, and market. The technologies are currently being applied in an array of industries ranging from healthcare to finance, media, and consumer markets. They distill business insight from …

Machine Learning

Slick earbuds will let Coachella attendees experience the festival in a brand new way

Attendees at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will have the ability to experience the festival in a whole new way, thanks to some …

Will music be free in the future?

As corporations and musicians look for new ways to get our attention – and our money - what does this mean for the fans? Greg Kot explains.<p>From Taylor Swift and U2 to Garth Brooks and Iggy Pop, there has been a lot of noise in recent weeks from artists and bands testing new business models, …

Bands

3 Ways To Cripple Your Startup From Day 1

photo credit: © david_franklin / DPC<p>Painful to watch.<p>Passionate entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams, full of energy and hope, trying to change the world...only to commit every mistake in the book. One after the other.<p>The result? Years of time and piles of cash up in smoke. Cut down before they had …

China's biggest startup is in a heap of trouble

The world's second largest startup may be facing a huge Catch-22 problem in its plan to keep growing.<p>Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi sells everything from smartphones and wearables, to cameras, TVs and air purifiers -- on the cheap. You can buy a fitness band for $15, and a five-inch smartphone for …

Xiaomi