News tagged with big data

Free urban data—what's it good for?

Cities around the world are increasingly making urban data freely available to the public. But is the content or structure of these vast data sets easy to access and of value? A new study of more than 9,000 ...

Oct 29, 2014
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Some online shoppers pay more than others, study shows

Internet users regularly receive all kinds of personalized content, from Google search results to product recommendations on Amazon. This is thanks to the complex algorithms that produce results based on users' profiles and ...

Oct 23, 2014
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Is big data heading for its 'horsemeat moment'?

There have been so many leaks, hacks and scares based on misuse or misappropriation of personal data that any thought that "big data" could provide benefits rather than only opportunities for harm may be ...

Oct 22, 2014
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Big data tamed with the cloud

Big data: it's the hot topic these days, promising breakthroughs in just about every field, from medicine to marketing to machine learning and more. But for many of us, the problems of managing big data hit ...

Sep 08, 2014
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New tool makes online personal data more transparent

The web can be an opaque black box: it leverages our personal information without our knowledge or control. When, for instance, a user sees an ad about depression online, she may not realize that she is seeing it because ...

Aug 18, 2014
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