Love in the Time of Algorithms

Add Facebook to the List of Who’s Got an Opinion About the Health of Your Marriage

DOOMED. (Photo by Newsmakers).

Lovebirds might want to brace themselves, because it turns out that, like your Great Aunt Mildred and second-best friend from third grade, Facebook has an opinion about the near-term life expectancy of your marriage. Figures.

The New York Times reports on the results of a study by a Cornell computer scientist and a senior Facebook engineer, who crunched numbers from 1.3 million (anonymous) Facebook users with a “spouse or relationship partner.” They discovered that the best indicator of coupledom is not total number of mutual friends, but rather dispersion, when “a couple’s mutual friends are not well connected to one another.” Read More

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Startup News: Brooklyn Navy Yard Goes Startup, Bitcoins Meet Giftcards, And Google Wants Women (For a Meetup)

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“New Lab” For Brooklyn Navy Yard Real estate developer Macro Sea opened the first “beta” portion of its New Lab project at the Brooklyn Navy Yard yesterday, a year ahead of schedule. The opening, which was attended by City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn and Borough President Marty Markowitz, will welcome a “first-of-its-kind advanced manufacturing hub” which will be the centerpiece of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 220,000 square foot Green Manufacturing Center. Read More

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Startup News: Cornell’s Big Tech Campus Donation and the Surprising Success of Amazon’s Programming

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Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus Scores Big Along with his wife, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm, announced a $133-million gift to Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Monday to build and establish the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute (JTCII).  Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Qualcomm Cofounder Showers Cornell Tech With $133M., Gets His Name on a Building

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Cornell Tech’s coffers are a little fatter this morning. Yesterday, Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Mark Jacobs and his wife Joan announced they’re donating $133 million to the project. And so the joint program designed by Cornell and the Technion (a project within the Roosevelt Island campus, it’ll allow students to earn dual masters degrees) will now be known as the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.

That’s a useful data point if you’re trying to get your name on a major NYC landmark. Read More

Digital City

New York City Is So Startup It Now Has a Chief Analytics Officer

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Today Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address. Amid wisecracks about the Knowles-Carter family (you might know Barclays Center part owner Shawn Carter “by what he’s been called since the Super Bowl: Beyoncé’s husband”), Hizzoner had plenty to say about the city’s tech sector. Hey, he can’t let President Obama totally blow up his spot.

Below, a few of the big shout-outs: Read More

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Startup News: The Library of Congress Has a Twitter Problem

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API Rate Limit Exceeded Back in April of 2010, the Library of Congress promised to add every tweet up to that date to its famous archives. But like anyone following too many people at once, it’s just caused one big mess. The library now has an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets totaling to a compressed 133.2 terabytes. Now the librarians of Congress are planning to work with Gnip, the company currently organizing all of the data, to develop a plan for archiving all of the tweets.

Apparently there have already been more than 400 access requests to the Twitter archives from researches doing work on citizen journalism and political communications. Someone needs to teach the librarians how to make lists as soon as humanly possible. Read More

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Cam Girl Films a Porno in Cornell’s Engineering Library

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While the bigwigs of Cornell’s NYC Tech program gathered at their temporary digs in the Google HQ to pat each other’s backs, word was spreading about one enterprising cam girl who decided to use Cornell’s Carpenter Engineering Library as a backdrop for a self-made porno.

A tipster sent the video to IvyGate, which was uploaded to Xhamster and posted to Cornell’s forums, EzraHub. The video shows a young blonde woman masturbating; at one point, she angles the computer to show that someone is studying behind her, providing a pretty comprehensive view of the library which IvyGate confirmed is “Carp.” Read More

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Hackers ‘Team GhostShell’ Leak 120,000 Records From 100 Major Universities


Team GhostShell returned late Monday with Project WestWind: a leak of 120,000 records from 100 major universities around the world.

Team GhostShell is the hacking group behind Project Hellfire, which launched in August this year. Project Hellfire lifted 1 million accounts from 100 websites around the world, compromising data from the CIA and from Wall Street.

The hacked data leaked in Project WestWind does indeed appear to come from a who’s who of major learning institutions. They include Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Tokyo University, Cornell and New York University.

In their Pastebin announcement, Team GhostShell said Project WestWind was a serious effort to jump-start a dialogue on the state of higher education today. Apparently this hack wasn’t pranksterism for the lulz, but hacktivism for the greater good: Read More