Linkages

Booting Up: Wish Your Cellphone a Happy 40th Birthday

(Photo: Time to junk it).

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]

Silicon Alley U

Columbia Gets in on the Action, as the City Coughs Up $15M. for a Third Tech Campus

Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Bollinger. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office Instagram

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? Read More

Data Dating

Data Porn: New York’s Missed Connections By The Numbers

Lust train

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. Read More

Startups

Hunch Crunches Taste With Super Powered Server

No one startup should have all this power.

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