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October 2014


From Schneier on Security

DEA Sets Up Fake Facebook Page in Woman's Name

DEA Sets Up Fake Facebook Page in Woman's Name

This is a creepy story. A woman has her phone seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency and gives them permission to look at her phone. Without her knowledge or consent, they steal photos off of the phone (the article says they were


From Schneier on Security

FOXACID Operations Manual

FOXACID Operations Manual

A few days ago, I saw this tweet: "Just a reminder that it is now *a full year* since Schneier cited it, and the FOXACID ops manual remains unpublished." It's true. The citation is this: According to a top-secret operational


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slideshare Apps Update

Slideshare Apps Update

New Slideshare apps are available for Android and IOS.   Impressed by the new interface.  Better display.  Slideshare provides a good way to access and utilize consistently and simply packaged knowledge.  Now has the ability


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cardboard VR

Cardboard VR

Google develops a cardboard VR viewer (Technical)." ... The Cardboard project aims at developing inexpensive virtual reality (VR) tools to allow everyone to enjoy VR in a simple, fun, and natural way. The VR Toolkit enables developers


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobile in E-Commerce

New Mobile in E-Commerce

In Marketing Mag:  New ways to interact and better personalization will emerge.  The future of better mobile. " ... Mobile is increasingly important for online retailers. Rohit Dadwal argues that as more and more customers are


From The Eponymous Pickle

Holiday Shopper Research

Holiday Shopper Research

Shopping never sleeps  More from Google retail. With statistics and visuals.  " ... This holiday shopping season will be our most connected ever, with devices at our fingertips helping us hunt for deals in stolen moments—whether


From BLOG@CACM

Anyone Can Learn Programming: Teaching > Genetics

Anyone Can Learn Programming: Teaching > Genetics

Way more important than the question "Is P==NP?" is the question, "Is teaching greater than genetics?"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adapting with Speed

Adapting with Speed

Adapting with speed: How agile selling organizations win in a demanding environmentAdapting with speed in a rapidly changing CPG marketplace Winning CPG companies are adapting with speed in an evolving marketplace by anticipating


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation by Kraft

Innovation by Kraft

A fairly detailed piece on a focused and deliberate drive to innovation by Kraft.   " ... Kraft Foods is aiming for "white space" innovation, which looks for new opportunities in today's crowded marketplace, said Vice President


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Freestyle Gets Personal

Coke Freestyle Gets Personal

Saw some early ideas for delivering this.  Makes a lot of sense to personalize the sometimes complex interaction.  Plan to test. " ... Building on its legacy as a game-changing innovation, Coca-Cola Freestyle® is set to make


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIH invests $32 million for Biomedical Big Data

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced an initial investment of nearly $32 million for NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Unleashed Meeting

Analytics Unleashed Meeting

Saw this late, but there will be an event at Wright State University this Thursday. Analytics Unleashed.  I plan to be there." ... Join the Raj Soin College of Business, and Teradata Chief Operations Officer Bruce A. Langos for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Another example of a head mounted display, competing with Google Glass.  More wearable tech. "  ... Called Toshiba Glass, they have a tiny, lightweight projector clipped onto one of the arms near the lens. That projector displays


From Schneier on Security

Surveillance in Schools

Surveillance in Schools

This essay, "Grooming students for a lifetime of surveillance," talks about the general trends in student surveillance. Related: essay on the need for student privacy in online learning....


From XRDS

New directions in language processing

New directions in language processing

Adrian Scoică, Daniel Bauer


From XRDS

Technology for talking

Technology for talking

Jay Patel


From XRDS

From zero to excellence

From zero to excellence

Claudia Schulz


From XRDS

A call for passion

A call for passion

Oded Green, Yoav Green


From XRDS

Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Farnaz Ronaghi


From XRDS

Why to get involved in the open source community?

Why to get involved in the open source community?

Maria Kechagia


From XRDS

The geometric origins of spectral graph theory

The geometric origins of spectral graph theory

Olivia Simpson


From XRDS

Talking to computers in natural language

Talking to computers in natural language

Percy LiangNatural language understanding is as old as computing itself, but recent advances in machine learning and the rising demand of natural-language interfaces make it a promising time to once again tackle the long-standing


From XRDS

To err is human, to correct is divine

To err is human, to correct is divine

Mariano Felice, Zheng YuanTechnology has made language learning a more interactive and enjoyable experience, but it has never been smart enough to replace human tutors. However, the latest advances in automated grammatical error


From XRDS

From wax tablets to touchscreens: an introduction to text-entry research

From wax tablets to touchscreens: an introduction to text-entry research

Per Ola KristenssonHow we can enable users to transmit text to mobile and ubiquitous computer systems as quickly and as accurately as possible.


From XRDS

Ancient Sumerian online: challenges and opportunities

Ancient Sumerian online: challenges and opportunities

Terhi Nurmikko-FullerFar from its beginnings as symbols pressed into clay tablets, Ancient Sumerian is now being digitized and shared through cutting edge semantic web technologies.


From XRDS

Detecting influencers in social media discussions

Detecting influencers in social media discussions

Sara RosenthalKnowing who's influential can help when planning political campaigns, advertising strategies, or even combating terrorism; and now research into influence detection promises to automate such detection.


From XRDS

Spoken dialogue systems: the new frontier in human-computer interaction

Spoken dialogue systems: the new frontier in human-computer interaction

Pierre Lison, Raveesh MeenaWouldn't it be great if we could simply talk to our technical devices instead of relying on cumbersome displays and keyboards to convey what we want?


From XRDS

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

Georgios Kontonatsios, Matt Shardlow


From XRDS

Speech synthesis

Speech synthesis

Finn Kuusisto


From XRDS

Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>

Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>

Marinka Zitnik