IBM Develops Algorithm to Predict Where You Live Based on Your Last 200 Tweets

By: Friday March 21, 2014 2:05 pm

IBM researchers have developed an algorithm they claim can determine your home location with 70% accuracy, based on your last 200 tweets. In a paper written by Jalal Mahmud, Jeffrey Nichols and Clemens Drews of the IBM Research Lab in Almaden (PDF), the researchers say their algorithm “uses an ensemble of statistical and heuristic classifiers [...]

New Ubuntu Phone Won’t Truly Be Open Source: Canonical Says Operating System Will Be Open, But Admits Baseband Will Be Closed

By: Friday March 21, 2014 12:11 pm

Many people hoped that the new Ubuntu phone would be truly open source, but according to Privacy International, it’s not to be. Ubuntu has told them that while the operating system will be open source, the baseband will be closed.

As FCC Net Neutrality Deadline Approaches, Netflix CEO Accuses Cable Providers of Degrading Services

By: Friday March 21, 2014 11:17 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accuses the ISPs of allocating insufficient bandwidth to Netflix products, “subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality.” Once Netflix agrees to pay connection fees, however, he says “sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored.”

Twitter Blocked in Turkey, But Activists Keep Tweeting Through Alternate DNS Servers

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 9:40 pm

With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that [...]

Bill Gates: In The Future, Tech-Bots Will Take Your Jobs and Ending Corporate Taxes Will Prevent Poverty and Social Unrest

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Bill Gates, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that in the near future technology will progress such that many workers will become superfluous.

NASA Announces First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation After the Big Bang – Should Someone Win the Nobel Prize?

By: Monday March 17, 2014 12:13 pm

NASA announced today that scientists have discovered the strongest confirmation yet of the cosmic inflation theory, which posits that after the Big Bang, “the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an eye.”

Edward Snowden Speaks to #SXSW (#SXSnowden)

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:15 pm

The NSA set fire to the Internet’s future. The people in this room are all the firefighters. –Edward Snowden at SXSW Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower in exile, spoke to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas today. He appeared via a choppy videostream which was said to be routed through seven proxy servers. Joining [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Recap: I Survived My Week on Bitcoin

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 1:43 pm

So my week on Bitcoin has come to an end. Overall I would classify it as a success, and it’s clear there are many more options available for Bitcoin purchases now than even a year ago. That being said, the week wasn’t without challenges and these challenges exposed some of the growing pains Bitcoin continues [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 5: A Valentine’s Day Date on Bitcoin

By: Friday February 14, 2014 11:02 am

When I decided to conduct my Bitcoin experiment this week, one of the first things I did was take a look at the calendar to see if there was anything that would absolutely prohibit my ability to do this. Immediately one date jumped out at me – February 14, Valentine’s Day. Now in the six [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 4: What Do You Do For Recreation?

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 3:18 pm

I think we all know the answer to that. Come to think of it, the Dude would probably be a pretty good candidate for the Bitcoin lifestyle. We already learned you can drive around with Bitcoin, and as for the acid flashbacks – well, Bitcoin is somewhat known for its ties to the drug trade. [...]

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