Thought the warm weather was going to help? Think again. Anyone want to predict what will happen when people are indoors more, say, in the fall or winter?
Our mobile location data is no longer private and I can’t help but feel like this genie is never going back in. It also begs the question of whether it matters how much Apple makes privacy important.
You thought Cambridge Analytica was scary. Bloomberg just published a long read on Palantir.
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Unless you completely avoid news, which BTW is really good for your health, you’ve likely seen a lot of news around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Shortly after it all happened, I was going through my todo list and came upon an item that read, “Request your personal data from Cambridge Analytica. It was from last year. Needless to say, I hadn’t gotten around to checking that todo item off my list.
Anyone with Facebook should most definitely download their data. Even if you never use it, download your data and see what they have on you. You’ll probably be as surprised as Brian X. Chen from the New York Times was. He wrote an article called “I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.”
All data leaks. This is not a property of the internet, but a property of data — just ask the Pharaohs of Egypt about their secret tombs. Data is observed (and therefore replicated), or obliterated through time. All public data has the power to replicate on its own. That may seem a strange statement, but I mean that it doesn’t have to be pushed to be preserved. It can be copied, learned by new people, archived in strange places, and ultimately passes out of control.
Source: Hello Future Pastebin Readers — The Message — Medium
Topspin Tumblr: New Music Recommondation Pilot Program at Topspin
We have extensive data that suggests that if fans purchase or download music from one artist, they are very likely to be interested in offers from other related artists. So we’re testing a feature that monitors the purchase history of select Topspin artists to recommend other artists that their fans might also like.
We’re doing some cool new things at Topspin to further help artists.
Awais Hussain – Keeping Track of Time – Boston QS (by James Zhen)
Tread Lightly: Labels That Translate Calories into Walking Distance Could Induce People to Eat Less: Scientific American
Data changes habits. If you present people with information about how much physical activity they will need to do to work something off, they will make different choices. I love this so much.