What Big Data knows about you — and how to keep your info safe

What Big Data knows about you — and how to keep your info safe

“Good evening everyone. Thanks for coming over for dinner! I’d like to introduce my friend Joe. “He’s a Mets fan, drinks a little too much Miller Beer, is an inconsistent libertarian, and has been known to spend his evenings checking out his female coworkers’ Facebook pages. Joe has high blood pressure and some disturbing PSA levels that just might indicate a prostate problem. “And here’s Carla. She likes HBO – a lot – drives a Chevy but dreams of an Audi, gets all her makeup from the...

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Windows 8.1 free?

Windows 8.1 free?

Everyone knows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have one big problem on top of a bunch of a smaller, though not necessarily small, issues. Namely, it’s unpopular. Very unpopular. In fact, Windows 8 and 8.1 are so unpopular that, as of January, Net Marketshare, which tracks operating system usage statistics, pegs the combined market share of both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 at just over 10.5 percent, well below Windows XP’s share of 29.3 percent, and in a completely different zipcode when compared with Windows 7′s share of 47.46 percent. To combat...

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DHS cancels plan to collect license plate data

DHS cancels plan to collect license plate data

A plan by the Department of Homeland Security to establish a national license-plate recognition database to collect information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers has been abruptly canceled after concerns were raised over privacy and how the data might be scrutinized. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the agency recently issued a solicitation notice seeking bids for the database project, which would collect data from license-plate readers that rapidly scan the tags of passing vehicles, to help track down and arrest...

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Facebook to Snatch Up WhatsApp

Facebook to Snatch Up WhatsApp

Facebook (FB) inked a deal late Wednesday to buy popular texting service WhatsApp in a colossal cash- and stock-deal valued at $19 billion. The purchase price includes $4 billion in cash, roughly $12 billion worth of Facebook shares as well as an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees to vest four year after the deal closes. Shares of Facebook fell 4.75% after hours to $64.70. The massive deal allows Mark Zuckerberg’s social network to devour a fast-growing cross-platform mobile...

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University of Maryland data breach affects 300,000

University of Maryland data breach affects 300,000

The president of the University of Maryland says there has been a breach of a database that contains personal information about more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students, and others. Wallace Loh said in a statement posted Wednesday on the university’s website that the database contained records of those who have been issued a university ID since 1998. Loh said the database has information from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses. The records include names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification...

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