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This new analytics tool for Gmail is actually really impressive

So how can typical Gmail users leverage email analytics data?<p>These are some of the most common applications:<p><b>Employee tracking and monitoring</b> — In some ways, Gmail Metrics belongs in the same ranks as Toggl and TimeCamp, apps that actively monitor employee time expenditure and performance. The app …

Google has received 2.4 million URL removal requests under EU ‘right to be forgotten’ laws

The company is releasing more data about delisting requests<p>Google has received over 2.4 million requests to remove URLs from its search engine under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” laws since they were introduced in May 2014. The new data comes from Google’s move to expand its transparency …

Privacy

'Right to be forgotten' claimant wants to rewrite history, says Google

Man wants results that mention his criminal conviction removed in first case of its kind in England<p>A businessman who has launched a legal bid to remove some search results about his criminal conviction in the first “right to be forgotten” case in the English courts should not be allowed to rewrite …

Judiciary

Google has received 2.4 million ‘right to be forgotten’ URL delisting requests, and fulfilled 43%

Google has revealed that it received 2.4 million de-indexing requests following the so-called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) ruling in Europe, with less than half of the requests proving successful.<p>The new figures constitute part of the internet giant’s semi-regular search removals transparency …

Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch for resale

I've been asked several times over the past few days about how to wipe an iPad ready for resale (presumably because Apple has a new iPad out). …

Apple Watch

Hackers are using this nasty text-message trick to break into people's accounts

It requires a second level of proof of who you are — typically a code sent to your phone — before you can log in. This prevents anyone from gaining unauthorised access to your account, even if they manage to get hold of your password.<p>However, hackers and hijackers are managing to find ways around …

Authentication

How Banks Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Blockchain, Bitcoin’s Underlying Tech

Bitcoin was going to disrupt the world’s big banks. Instead, its technology is poised to save them billions of dollars.<p>When bitcoin first appeared a little over eight years ago, early adopters saw the potential to disrupt the big banks of the world.<p>It’s all there in the very first line of the …

Blockchain

Machine Learning Is Redefining The Enterprise In 2016

<b>Bottom line:</b> Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.<p><b>Industries Where Machine Learning Is</b> …

Machine Learning

How IoT security can benefit from machine learning

Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT.<p>Of the billions of IoT devices …

Machine Learning

Big Paydays Force Hospitals to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

Infected by ransomware, hospitals around the country have been forced to pay hefty sums to criminal hackers.<p>One of the most extreme cases took place in February, when Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center handed over $17,000 to hackers who took over its systems. Since then, two other hospitals in …

Health Care

Facebook was the victim of a backdoor hack

Even a tech giant like Facebook isn't immune to significant security breaches. Devcore's Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook's corporate servers (that is, not the social network itself) in a bid to swipe workers' login details. While it's not …

Hackers Could Have Stolen Nearly $1 Billion If They Hadn’t Made This Dumb Mistake

It’s rare that a typo saves the day. But that was the case last month, when a spelling error helped stop what could’ve been a nearly $1 billion …

Sri Lanka

My new rule for startups: Show me something that would impress my 5-year-old son

My son talks all the time about inventions he wants to build when he grows up. A time machine. A teleporter. A car that can fly and bypass traffic. A spherical shield made up of lasers.<p>Sure, OK, he's 5. These are not just big ideas, they're almost impossible. Until they aren't.<p>But these statements …

Startups

Hyatt finds malware on its computers, warns customers to check credit card records

If you've recently stayed at a Hyatt hotel, you might want to check your credit card records.<p>The company announced on Wednesday that it had detected …

Worst Year For Tech IPOs Since 2009

With just 28 technology companies entering the U.S. public markets, 2015 was the worst year for IPOs since 2009, according to Dealogic. This compares to 62 last year and 48 the year before, with 131 “unicorns” opting to remain private longer.<p>“We haven’t seen so few tech IPOs since the 2008-09 U.S. …

Venture Capital

Build Or Buy? Anatomy Of An Acquisition — Or Why Buffer Bought Respondly

Radically transparent social media scheduling firm Buffer, which does stuff like publish its staff salaries and publicly detail its company revenue, has announced its first major acquisition — buying social media customer support tool Respondly for — wait for it — an undisclosed amount…<p>Why the lack …

Product Management

Dell Subsidiary SecureWorks Files To Go Public, Shows Ramping Losses

Today Dell subsidiary SecureWorks filed to go public, showing expanding revenue, and ramping losses. Dell, then a public company, acquired SecureWorks in 2011 for a reported $612 million. TechCrunch reported in October that SecureWorks had filed for an IPO privately.<p>The company’s S-1 filing, …

IT

The 10 top data science courses for jobs in finance

Where to study big data if you want to work in banking<p>Data science is the new black. Call it big data, call it data analytics, call it data mining: …

Goldman Sachs

Big Data Still Requires Humans To Make Meaningful Connections

Big data is a big deal, make no mistake about it, but it’s probably not as big a deal as it’s going to be eventually when we really figure out how to make good use of it. For now, we have this muddled middle where we understand the value of the data, but most organizations and governments don’t …

Big Data

Big Data’s Mathematical Mysteries

Machine learning works spectacularly well, but mathematicians aren’t quite sure why.<p><b>Quantized</b><p><i>A monthly column in which top researchers explore the</i> …

Big Buzz About Big Data: 5 Ways Big Data Is Changing Finance

Big Data is a big deal… particularly for financial markets. As the CEO of a Big Data company, I’d like to share with you some insights into this shift, which is spurring transparency, capital availability and better risk awareness. Add in the coolness and creativity factors – more Sand Hill Road, …

Big Data

UAE Business: Big data analytics ‘shaping telecom sector’

Organizations are investing heavily in big data technologies that provide access to real-time predictive insight enabling companies to improve …

Big Data