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Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait

The New Yorker – Raffi Khatchadourian: “Today, machines seem to get better every day at digesting vast gulps of information—and they remain as emotionally inert as ever. But since the nineteen-nineties a small number of researchers have been working to give computers the capacity to read our feelings and react, in ways that have comeContinue Reading

Google Search – Deep Learning Revives the Neural Net Revolution

Follow up to previous posting – Google – Still in the Search, How Google Search Dealt With Mobile – The Never Ending Search by Steven Levy, see also parts two, three and four of this series: Part 2 – Google’s Secret Study To Find Out Our Needs – To improve search, ask people what theyContinue Reading

The Most Innovative Companies 2014

Boston Consulting Group – The Most Innovative Companies 2014, Breaking Through Is Hard to Do: “Innovating isn’t getting any easier. Nor any less important. Our ninth innovation report since 2005 finds that although innovation remains a top corporate priority, executives are feeling less confident in their innovation capabilities. It’s no longer enough to be goodContinue Reading

Second Annual Report on How Personal Technology is Changing our Lives

“Microsoft’s second annual survey of Internet users around the world, released here in advance of the World Economic Forum that is taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, shows that fifteen years into the 21st century, Internet users still think overwhelmingly that personal technology is making the world better and more vital. Large majorities ofContinue Reading

Ad Network Turn Will Suspend Zombie Cookie Program. When Will Verizon?

Via EFF – “Advertising network Turn announced today that they will suspend their zombie tracking cookie program. Turn was recently caught using Verizon Wireless’ invasive UIDH header to undelete tracking cookies that web visitors had previously deleted. This unacceptable practice means that users who delete cookies to avoid Turn’s and others’ tracking will continue toContinue Reading

Price Perception Index for digital retail

New release: “Boomerang Commerce today introduced the Price Perception Index for digital retail. The index measures how retailers optimize prices to attract buyers, compete with other retailers and build their business on a mix of profit margins and volume. This announcement was made today at the annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention at the JacobContinue Reading

A Complete List of .Gov Domains

Via 18F: “There are a lot of .gov domains: over 5,300 of them. About 1,300 of these are used by the federal government’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The rest are spread across states, territories, counties, cities, and native tribes. For a while now, the public has been able to download a dataset of the roughlyContinue Reading

Half of online Americans don’t know what a privacy policy is

Pew – Aaron Smith – What Is a Privacy Policy: Research by “Joseph Turow [who studies digital marketing and privacy issues at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication] …also suggests that ordinary users don’t fully understand the scope of the data that is being collected on them — or how small amounts of data canContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Tell the FCC to Require Read-Aloud for Future Kindles and Other E Ink Devices

Via LLRX.com – Tell the FCC to Require Read-Aloud for Future Kindles and Other E Ink Devices – David H. Rothman calls attention to a pivotal upcoming event for readers everywhere: On Jan. 28, 2015 if the Federal Communications Commission makes the right choice and sticks to its past inclinations, a regulatory waiver will expire. The waiver hasContinue Reading

New digital archive will allow public to view wills of historic names

Nick Clark – The Independent: ” From George Orwell, who insisted all his manuscripts be preserved, to Charles Dickens who wanted no memorials put up to his life, history buffs can now explore the wills of some of the most influential figures of the past 150 years at the click of a mouse. The Government today announcedContinue Reading

Do Not Track is History?

New York Times: “Four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced, with fanfare, a plan to let American consumers decide whether to let companies track their online browsing and buying habits. The plan would let users opt out of the collection of data about their habits through a setting in their web browsers, without havingContinue Reading

Survey of Mainframe Users

BMC Mainframe Survey points to continued reliance on IBM System z – “In October, BMC released their ninth annual mainframe survey, “2014 Annual Mainframe Research Results: Bringing IT to Life Through Digital Transformation”. The survey is widely regarded as a useful insight into today’s IBM mainframe world. Let’s explore some of the findings from the BMC study,Continue Reading