A bottle of red made with data.
Finding the perfect wine used to mean going to a good wine store, discussing your future meal with a sales person and trying to remember the wine the next time you buy. Now all you have to do is go to a website, like that of Bordeaux-based fine wine merchant Millesima. With data, they can help any customer, anywhere in the world, select the right bottle, for the right meal, the right climate, time of year, you name it. Plus you don’t have to soak off the label to remember the name and vintage when you want to buy it again. Explore more stories →
“We need to stop using the word “privacy” as if it means something.”
Kaliya Hamlin, or Kaliya Identity Woman, as she’s known, is a driving, entrepreneurial force for a new kind of ethical data economy: One that puts control of our personal information back into the individual’s hands. Join Fast Company reporter Sydney Brownstone as she chats live with Kaliya on Friday, February 7th at 1pm Eastern.
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Vocativ launches today. It’s a news startup that pairs journalists with analysts to scour the deep web and social — using software developed for law enforcement and government agencies.
These data visualizations show the pulse of the most popular cities on Foursquare
The sound of Wikipedia being updated is surprisingly relaxing.
Listen to Wikipedia, inspired by Listen to Bitcoin and created by Mahmoud Hashemi and Stephen LaPorte, transforms the worldwide editing process into a relaxed global orchestra. A celesta plays whenever an addition is made. A clavichord sounds whenever something is deleted. The higher the pitch, the smaller the edit.
Every second on the Internet, about 4,000 tweets are posted to Twitter. And about 33,333 Google searches are made. And about 46,000 YouTube clips are viewed. "Every Second on the Internet" cleverly uses your screen real estate to make the sheer size of uploaded data make sense.
This heatmap shows the areas of a store that get the most foot traffic.
Brick-and-mortar stores are tracking you. But what do they see?
A new study commissioned by an analytics firm finds Internet users are aware their personal data is being repackaged by data brokers…and they just want transparency about how it’s used.
What do you think? Is it okay?
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
- The new Nexus 7 tablet has gone on pre-order before Google even had a chance to reveal it.
- BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.
- Heads up all you hopeless e-romantics, a security flaw within the dating app Tinder exposed users’ locations and Facebook IDs for two hours last weekend.
- Hmm, is your data safe with Citibike? A glitch exposed the credit card info of more than 1,000 users in April.
- Get ready to see lots of promoted tweets during your favorite TV shows, because Twitter is giving a big push to its TV ad targeting feature for brands.
- Apple’s third-quarter earnings show record-setting iPhone sales but declining numbers for the iPad.
- NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s sexting alter-ego has a name, and it is Carlos Danger.
- Edward Snowden has been given permission to leave the Sheremetyevo airport, as long as he stays in Russia.
- A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a Superteddy bear that would be able to chat naturally using Siri-like technology.
Have a great day!
“It turns out that no matter how spontaneous we think we are, humans are actually quite predictable in our movements, even over extended periods of time. Not only did Far Out predict with high accuracy the correct location of a wide variety of individuals, but it did so even years into the future.”
Despite government protection of your health care data, new research shows that at least seven leading health sites leak your search terms to third-party trackers.
Some changes are coming to Dropbox.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- The Ellen Degeneres Show and Nike are among the most successful brands on Instagram.
- North and South Korean websites suffered outages due to a cyber attack allegedly made by the hacker group Anonymous.
- A European official has ruled that Google should be treated like a host, not a publisher. Therefore, it is not obliged to remove content produced by others.
- Barnes & Noble is trying to save money by ceasing in-house production of its Nook readers.
- Samsung’s cheap plastic casings may be on the way out. They just linked up with a firm that specializes in carbon fiber.
- Reddit is now hosting a linguistic project that maps the various Arabic languages found throughout the Middle East and Africa.