- Apple Patent That Could Mess With Data Profilers a Good Sign
Apple’s patent for techniques that would make data profiling more difficult foreshadows a possible future in which at least one big business sides with consumers and fights against the increasingly bothersome and widespread practice—PCWorld
- Prepaid Cellphones Are Cheaper. Why Aren’t They Popular?
Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want. So why haven’t they really caught on?—New York Times Bits blog
- Let’s Ask ‘Why?’
Database security people ask “Why?” a lot. “Why didn’t they patch the database?” “Why did they move production data into testing?” “Why are they still vulnerable to SQL Injection?” “Why did forget to change the default admin password” “Why are we seeing these same simple errors?”—At Dark Reading, Adrian Lane wonders why big firms still get hacked by old well-known exploits
- History of Algorithmic Trading Shows Promise and Perils
When machines replace seasoned traders and market makers, mistakes can occur at dizzying speed—Bloomberg looks at the problems caused by stock trading with computer programs
- New Google Tools to Make the Search Engine More All-Knowing
When Google imagines the future of Web search, it sees a search engine that understands human meaning and not just words, that can have a spoken conversation with computer users and that gives users results not just from the Web but also from their personal lives.
On Wednesday, Google showed a few steps it has taken toward making that all-knowing search engine a reality. The new tools, like voice search that seems to outdo Apple’s Siri, make Google more useful. But some, like one that incorporates personal Gmail messages in search results, could also unnerve privacy-concerned users—New York Times Bits blog
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