“Super cookies” track you, even in privacy mode

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Ironically, a trusty online privacy feature can now be reworked into a “super cookie” that tracks you like a bloodhound. Any respectable Web browser has a “privacy mode,” a clean slate without the tiny bits of information (cookies) that identify you to websites. Google Chrome has “incognito.” Mozilla’s Firefox has “private window.” But there’s a… Read more »

38 Studios: Broke Rhode Island now owns a video game company

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Discussion:  Rhonde Island, and its citizens, are now investors in software company, 38 Studios.  The goal of 38 Studios and its founder, Red Sox pitcher Carl Schilling, was to bring in skilled jobs to the fiancianally struggling state.  However, the company laid off all of its 400 employees on Thursday, without pay, and cancelled all of their… Read more »

SEC crackdown ends Wild West days of private stock trades

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Discussion:  Private stocks will no longer be traded on a secondary market free of regulation.  On March 14, the SEC announced that it was filing charges against four of the major firms involved in the trading.  Acts such as making false statements, “improper self-dealing” and making “secret commissions” are no longer going to be overlooked… Read more »

How to fix the broken web ad model

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Discussion:  Consumers no longer religiously gather in front of their television sets nightly, thus making TV advertising the most effective and efficient way to sell to the masses.  Consumers are spending more and more time on the internet, on their smartphones, or on their tablets, and have figured out ways to bypass advertisements when they do sit down in… Read more »

How Obama’s data-crunching prowess may get him re-elected

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Discussion:  Currently, Obama is the only Presidential candidate that is harnessing the power of big data, and this fact may help him to be re-elected in 2012.  By analyzing and studying mass amounts of data, Obama and his campaign are identifying voters and finding out which issues are most important to them.  By addressing these issues, and voters… Read more »

A visit to China’s secretive tech giant

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Discussion:  Huawei Technologies has a telecom system that connects a third of the world’s mobile phones and employs more people than either Cisco or Microsoft.  However, the company is  relatively unknown in North America due in large part to a lack of presence.  The company has a young (average age of 28) and dynamic work… Read more »

Smartphone growth in the U.S.: Nothing but blue sky ahead

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Discussion:  Accordig to Asymco’s Horace Dediu, and ComScore’s most recent U.S. smartphone data , smartphone growth is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping.  After studying the graph to the right, it becomes apparent that Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android are squeezing out the competition, and that there is a large market for… Read more »

Why big data is suddenly sexy

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Discussion:  The world is flooded with information, making the ability to harness this “big data” and use it to produce meaningful information, incalculable.  Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, believes that his company is positioned to see 10% growth and expansion in the changing competitive environment by creating software that helps to “enable faster, better decision making by… Read more »