Michiel Lyppens

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Like-Fueled Algorithm Knows Facebook Users Better Than Their Family

But not quite as well as spouses<p>Every day, Facebook learns more and more about each person who uses it. Clicking a “like” affirms an interest and teaches the machine valuable information about its users. A new study from researchers at Cambridge and Stanford reveals that a few likes are enough for …

Obama Pitches Capital Gains Hike To 28% In 'Simpler, Fairer' Tax Code

Right before his State of the Union address to a Republican controlled Congress, President Obama has thrown down a tax gauntlet, proposing $320 billion in tax hikes. His signature ideas would make community college free, and would extend sick leave to working families. But his massive batch of tax …

Finance

New Snowden documents show that the NSA and its allies are laughing at the rest of the world

'I drink your milkshake'<p>A team of nine journalists including Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras have just published another massive collection of classified records obtained by Edward Snowden<i>.</i> The trove of documents, published on <i>Der Spiegel,</i> show that the National Security Agency and its allies are …

Surveillance

How A Housing Crisis Can Hobble A Nation's Economy For Years

Although most people understand that the crisis of 2007-2008 led to a housing-price collapse and the Great Recession that followed, the new paper describes exactly why it is that a housing bubble also manages to trigger unemployment, revenue decline at corporations, and lower GDP.<p>One chart shows …

Economics

A Chinese Company Made This Super Cheap Android Phone That Looks Exactly Like The iPhone 6

There are tons of Chinese iPhone look-a-likes out there, and at this year's Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas we found yet another.<p>This is the Gold-East MS937, and it looks a lot like the iPhone 6. Everything from the size of the bezels along the side of the screen to the gold trim look …

Mobile Technology