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More calls for privacy safeguards in UK surveillance legislation

The official opposition Labour party in the UK has again called on the government to make changes to draft surveillance legislation to improve privacy safeguards.<p>The government is aiming to have the Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill), currently before parliament, on the statute books before the …

Penis Size, Reality TV and a Sex Tape: Highlights From the Gawker-Hulk Hogan Trial

No, we're not talking about the next Republican candidates debate.<p>For the past two days, Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan have been duking it out in a Florida court over a sex tape featuring Hogan that Gawker published back in 2013.<p>The stakes are high: Gawker recently took outside investment for the …

The Information Revolution’s Dark Turn

A Scottish philosopher visited Silicon Valley, and he didn’t like what he saw.

Meet BigchainDB – 'the scalable blockchain database' hitting one million writes per second

BigchainDB has taken a big data distributed database and given it blockchain characteristics. The result: a decentralised database capable of one …

Big Data: 33 Brilliant And Free Data Sources Anyone Can Use

Data is ubiquitous — but sometimes it can be hard to see the forest for the trees, as it were. Many companies of various sizes believe they have to collect their own data to see benefits from big data analytics, but it’s simply not true.<p>There are hundreds (if not thousands) of free data sets …

Big Data

MassiveAnalytic: Scala/Python Data Scientist

Oscar AP is the world first precognitive analytics platform. Be involved in critical research and innovation projects, customer prototyping and …

Apple's purchase of Emotient fuels artificial intelligence boom in Silicon Valley

The arms race in Silicon Valley is on for artificial intelligence.<p>Facebook is working on a virtual personal assistant that can read people's faces and decide whether or not to let them in your home.<p>Google is investing in the technology to power self-driving cars, identify people on its photo …

Artificial Intelligence

What Every Startup Can Learn From Uber

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Startups: 5 steps to enterprise-grade data mining

Even for the smallest, leanest startup, bigger is better when it comes to data mining. The more data sources you have and the more data you can analyze, the better your conclusions — and the more successfully you can serve your specific customer base.<p>The biggest lesson my company (GameSalad) …

The Mistake That's Killing So Many Silicon Valley Startups | Inc.com

Do you have ambitious growth goals for your company in 2016?<p>While there are many business lessons to learn from high growth startups in Silicon Valley, trying to scale your company prematurely could actually be a dangerous death trap.<p>Remember how hot Fab once was?<p>At its peak, Fab was once valued at …

Silicon Valley

Watch Two College Students, a White Female and a Black Male, Speak for Each Other in This Powerful Slam Poem That's Going Viral

"We have two different wounds and looking at yours does nothing to heal mine."<p>They say you don't really know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes, but what if you spend a few minutes vocalizing their experience? Can expressing the story of another human being out loud help you …

College & University

Please-wait-js | Show a beautiful splash page replacing loader.

Please-Wait-js<p>Please-wait-js | Show a beautiful splash page replacing loader.<p>Please-Wait-js a javascript simple library to show your users a …

JavaScript books for programmers

<b>Dr. Axel Rauschmayer</b> specializes in JavaScript and web development. He blogs, writes books and teaches classes.<p>Axel has been writing about the future …

Pandarize your Spark DataFrames

About DataFrames<p>In the last blog post I gave you an overview of our Data Science stack based on Python. This time let’s focus on one important …

Python Programming

Ibis on Impala: Python at Scale for Data Science

<b>This new Cloudera Labs project promises to deliver the great Python user experience and ecosystem at Hadoop scale.</b>Across the user community, you will …

Angela’s Assets

She may be the world’s most powerful woman, but German chancellor Angela Merkel has governed with the utmost caution—one of several contradictions that make her an enigma at home and abroad. After a year that forced Merkel into confrontations with Putin and Obama, Maureen Orth explores how a once …

What Privacy Is For by Julie E. Cohen

Abstract<p>Privacy has an image problem. Over and over again, regardless of the forum in which it is debated, it is cast as old-fashioned at best and …

Why Does Privacy Matter? One Scholar's Answer

<i>If we want to protect privacy, we should be more clear about why it is important.</i><p>Neo_II/Flickr/Rebecca J. Rosen<p>Our privacy is now at risk in unprecedented ways, but, sadly, the legal system is lagging behind the pace of innovation. Indeed, the last major privacy law, the Electronic Communications …

ALA applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for protecting privacy rights!

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass a bill that will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). ECPA last updated in …

Twitter Given Top Marks for Protecting User Data

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a group that protects digital rights, has given Twitter and ISP Sonic.net full marks for protecting users data, according to its latest “Who Has Your Back?” report. Apple, Yahoo and Myspace were among the group deemed to be the least trustworthy.<p>EFF’s …

Reidentifying Anonymous Data

Latanya Sweeney has demonstrated how easy it can be to identify people from their birth date, gender, and zip code. The anonymous data she …

US lawmakers introduce apps privacy bill

New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect.<p>The Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act, introduced by Representative …

Lookout targets privacy-invading mobile ad networks

Mobile security vendor Lookout plans to start flagging as adware mobile apps that use aggressive ad networks if they don't obtain explicit consent from users before engaging in behavior that potentially invades privacy.<p>Ad networks, advertisers and app developers have until June 24 to start …

Apps