Could Facebook End the Cable Companies’ Chokehold on Broadband Access with Its New Solar Powered Drones?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 12:51 pm

For years the big cable providers — Verizon, AT&T and others — have been justifying massive rate hikes with assurances that they need the money to wire the entire country with broadband. But instead of using the money to bring wireless infrastructure to rural America, which they are legally obligated to do, they’ve spent it [...]

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 [...]

Tech Bytes, Monday January 28

By: Monday January 28, 2013 1:05 pm

Welcome to Data Privacy Day! To celebrate the fact that, ahem, we don’t have much….

All Your Instagrams Are Belong to Us

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:52 pm

Three months after they acquired Instagram, Facebook launched a completely audacious intellectual property rights grab. Unless you delete your Instagram account by the January 16 deadline, they claim the right to license any public Instagrams uploaded after that date “without any compensation to you,” in perpetuity…and you can’t opt out.

Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo Protect Google Monopoly, Tell FTC to STFU

By: Monday November 19, 2012 3:35 pm

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, @RepZoeLofgren) and Anna Eshoo (D-PhRMA, @RepAnnaEshoo) add their names to the list of members of Congress telling the FTC to abdicate their responsibility to oversee antitrust activity and just let Google do whatever the heck it wants.

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