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John Langford on Vowpal Wabbit, Used by MSN, and Machine Learning in Industry

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Airbnb begins collecting 14% hotel tax in San Francisco

Airbnb has been hashing out proposed rules with San Francisco regulators over the last few months. Now, one of the city's wishes is finally being realized -- the peer-to-peer apartment rental service will begin collecting hotel taxes on behalf of its hosts.<p>"Our community members in San Francisco …

San Francisco

AI For Everyone: Startups Democratize Deep Learning So Google And Facebook Don't Own It All

When I arrived at a Stanford University auditorium Tuesday night for what I thought would be a pretty nerdy panel on deep learning, a fast-growing branch of artificial intelligence, I figured I must be in the wrong place–maybe a different event for all the new Stanford students and their parents …

How IBM Is Using Watson And An Innovative Workspace To Crunch Big Data For Big Solutions

At the Accelerated Discovery Lab, the company is trying to create “strategic serendipity,” with an open workplace and lots of cross-collaboration (and, of course, a genius super computer). The first task: Finding new cancer drugs.<p>IBM loves Big Data. The bigger it gets, the more servers, storage, …

Supercomputers

Big data visualization firm Map-D nabs $100K in Nvidia Emerging Companies contest

Map-D hopes to disrupt the database market with a software product that was designed for the era of big data. It taps the power of the modern graphics processing unit (GPU), and the results can be hundreds or thousands of times faster than conventional database queries. That promise was enough to …

New York Public Library partners with Zola to offer algorithmic book recommendations

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Visitors to the New York Public Library’s website will have a new way to decide what to read next: The library is partnering …

Netflix experimenting with digital brain to recommend you movies

Netflix's movie recommendations are already eerily accurate, but they're still no match for an actual person who knows what you do and don't like. However, a developing style of computing may be able to change that by simulating a human brain across thousands of machines — and now Netflix has begun …

Pinterest Is Testing A Personalized Home Page Based On Your Interests

Pinterest is introducing a new way to browse its site with the addition of a category called “Personalized for You.” This new section is essentially a version of Pinterest based entirely on your interests. For example, a fashion-focused Pinterest user might see categories like boots, jackets, …

Amazon’s Next Big Thing: Predictive Shipping

Amazon’s latest expedited shipping idea is a little more believable than drone delivery. In December, the company received a patent for what it calls “a method and system for anticipatory package shipping.”<p>First noted by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Amazon says it will be able to predict a customer’s …

Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Mall of the future? eBay's new storefronts can gather your data

We're going to take this technology and the idea of using glass and move it out of the mall -- on the bus, train, at the airport. Anywhere people are waiting, congregating, or milling about."</br > --Steve Yankovich, eBay's vice president of innovation and new ventures

San Francisco

Online retailer ModCloth adds crowdsourced apparel fittings

Online apparel store ModCloth is turning to its user data to solve one of the biggest problems with buying clothes online -- ordering clothes that fit the first time.<p>The popular vintage-inspired retailer launched a new feature for its iPhone app Friday that surfaces products for you based on the …

eCommerce

Four Steps To Turn Big Data Into Action

Data is meaningless unless it helps make decisions that have measurable impact. Unfortunately, many decision makers are ensnared rather than enlightened by Big Data, preventing data and insights from making it to the front lines in relevant and usable forms. Too many Big Data projects are …

IBM researcher can decipher your personality from looking at 200 of your tweets

An IBM researcher says she can make a good educated guess about your personality just from looking at 200 of your Twitter messages.<p>That may seem obvious, as people typically express their personalities through the 140-character messaging service. But Michelle Zhou, a researcher at the IBM Almaden …

IBM launches research lab for big data applications

The world has a lot of Big Data, or massive amounts of information stored across giant data centers. Now it’s time to make use of it.<p>That’s why IBM Research has created its new Accelerated Discovery Lab. The aim is to find connections among massive sets of data that can be used intelligently for …

How MongoDB raised $150M in warp speed to challenge IBM, Oracle, and SAP

MongoDB, the company that offers a database technology developers can use to easily enter and retrieve data for applications, raised its $150 million round of funding in just three weeks, according to its CEO, Max Schireson.<p>Most fundraising takes months. However, Schireson, in an interview with …

Keaton Row, An E-Commerce Site That Pairs Busy Ladies With Personal Shoppers, Raises $1.6 Million In Seed Funding

The personal shopping site Keaton Row has raised $1.6 million in a second round of seed funding led by Menlo Ventures, an early investor in Fab and Warby Parker, with participation from Rho Ventures and Grape Arbor Ventures. The site, which launched in 2012, previously raised a seed round of $1 …

The Data-Driven Future Of Journalism

Everyone seems to assume that Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, spent $250 million on the Washington Post as some kind of hobby or charitable move. And some question whether he even has a plan on how he’ll run the newspaper.<p>Tech investor Keith Rabois, whom I recently hosted at our ReadWriteMix …

NYT Adds Cross-Platform Support to Its Personalized Recommendation

The New York Times has updated its personalized recommendation engine to include real-time article tracking across mobile apps and both the mobile and desktop websites, as noticed by Nieman Lab.<p>Other additions to the feature include video and slideshow recommendations, the Times’ employees …

Visualizing The Big Data Industrial Complex [Infographic]

Behold the ever expanding rings of big data, tech’s most overhyped sector. I say overhyped, yet demand is fierce for software, hardware and consulting services that help companies process and store giant streams of varied and frequently changing information. According to research collective …

“Smarter” Foursquare offers new recommendations as it eyes strategic investment

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Foursquare<p>Make no bones about it, Foursquare has been adrift in rough waters. The company has been struggling to make …

Why Yahoo and Apple Want Foursquare’s Data

Foursquare is often lauded for its powerful location data. But why is it seemingly so valuable to companies like Yahoo and Apple?<p>This week, BuzzFeed reported that Yahoo was in talks with Foursquare about a possible data-sharing deal. The news comes just months after Apple senior VP Eddy Cue was …

The Personalized Web is Transforming our Relationship with Tech

Social media already adds a personal layer to our online experience, but next-generation Web services are tapping the power of the cloud and massive data sets to bring us a new level of personalization in recommendations and behavioral predictions.<p>Search plus your personal life<p>Unsurprisingly, …

INFOGRAPHIC - U.S. Cities That Europeans Love

<b>The Brits Love Disney World, the French are heading to beaches, Italians to big cities, and the Germans? They're everywhere (in big numbers)</b><p>Hotel search trivago has examined the top U.S. destinations that are most popular with Europeans this summer. Presented for each city is a breakdown by …

Data Science for Business

A couple of years ago, Claudia Perlich introduced me to Foster Provost, her PhD adviser. Foster showed me the book he was writing with Tom Fawcett, …