Mad Data Science
Previously, Disney resort guests were given credit card-sized access cards that allowed them entry to both their rooms and the parks and even enabled them to charge anything to their Disney accounts.
The rubbery MagicBands that replaced the access cards do all of the above and much more. They actually give Disney the ability to collect big data regarding their guests and their experiences, according to BMW’s Reform.
After all of the furor over Facebook’s invasive experiments on users’ news feeds, other startups running the same plays had to be thinking: “What do we do now?” In the case of OkCupid, their version of ass-covering is to come out loud and proud about the games they’ve been playing with their users’ hearts.
OkCupid posted a snarky, image-loaded essay on their blog today called “We Experiment On Human Beings!” where they make a list of hijinxes they’ve pulled on their users without them knowing, all in the name of science. In the post, OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder points to how offended people were that Facebook published a research report based on manipulating users’ news feeds.
The leaked screenshots from Apple of the project codenamed “HealthBook” have whipped up excited talk about possible wearables from Apple in the near future. But when enough people are generating larger and more sophisticated sets of personal health data, the question isn’t if, but when marketers will arrive to begin buying and selling Read More
Fun with Data
Ever since the middle of the summer, Facebook has been wrestling a pig, trying its best to smear some red lipstick on the unruly beast. The company is tired of being the go-to site for pictures of babies and food. Facebook wants to be a personalized, digital newspaper, full of rich discussion and Read More
Aziz Ansari is apparently using analytics so his jokes don’t bomb. He’s in the middle of a series of “intimate shows” in New York and Montreal to prepare for an upcoming stand-up special, but it’s not open to all. Instead, he’s selling $10 ($10.48 CAD) tickets via a lottery of people who fit into certain demographics.
Silicon Alley U
It should probably come as no surprise to you that Facebook has employees whose job it is to read private messages that have been flagged as inappropriate, particularly if they contain malicious URLs or child porn. [BuzzFeed]
Zynga’s first big real-money casino games, ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino, are launching this week in the U.K. At least you’ll have the potential to win actual dollars instead of spending them on virtual crops? [AllThingsD]
Apple is finally beginning iPhone production this quarter so calm down ya fanboys. [Wall Street Journal]
If you live in California, you may soon be able to know exactly what personal information your telecom company collects on you. [Ars Technica]
Happy 40th birthday to the cellphone. Oh, how far we’ve come. [The Verge]
This morning, the right honorable Mayor Bloomberg ventured north to the Columbia campus for what was teased on Twitter as a “big announcement.” It turns out that Columbia will not be left out while Cornell-Technion and NYU Polytechnic rake in all the glory, because the Lions are getting their very own tech project, the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering.
Sound familiar? That’s probably because the project is what the university originally pitched, way back in October, for its very own applied sciences campus. For those keeping score at home, that brings the city’s total up to three tech campuses. Are you excited for science yet?
For the tech set, there is nothing sexier than a good graph. Big data is a big deal, with venture capitalists dedicating entire funds to it. So when Betabeat found the Center for Missed Connections, it was love at first (web)site. The CMC is run by Ingrid Burrington and relies on posts from Craigslist Missed Connections in New York City to understand the longing that pulsates through the Big Apple.
You can see the amorous exchanges filtered by location—gym, coffee shop, laundromat or church. There is a terrific breakdown of which subway is most likely to result in a missed connection. No doubt the WiFi on the L train is helping love struck strap hangers to get their posts up while the memory is still fresh.
Hunch is a NY startup building a taste graph that will allow them to offer precise, intimate recommendations to users almost instantly.
When users first go to Hunch they answer a series of questions. At the end, the site delivers recomendations to them about everything from poetry to food to clothing.
To do this, Hunch Read More
In the parlance of the data-center crowd, 111 Eighth Avenue is New York’s premier “CoHo”, or “Carrier Hotel”.
The building’s enormous size and position directly over an important fiber optic line make it one of the “world’s choicest pieces of Internet real estate.”
Wall Street caught on to this early, moving electronic trading units in Read More