Millions of refugees could benefit from big data — but we're not using it


Today, 65 million people live as refugees or are displaced within their home countries — more than at any other point since the U.N. Refugee Agency began collecting data. Many countries have opened their borders to those displaced by war and famine, but struggle to handle the large influx.

This global crisis is often misunderstood as an overwhelming challenge for which no one can offer a satisfactory solution. But there is a set of tools that would help us, as a global society, take major leaps forward in addressing this crisis. I’m talking about predictive analytics — the statistical science (some would say art) that mines current and past data to predict future outcomes. Read more…

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Will Verizon, AT&T or Comcast benefit from the Net Neutrality repeal?

We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.— Netflix US (@netflix) 14 декември 2017 г.

The so-called Net Neutrality principle used to enshrine the prohibition for the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and other ISPs to give preferential treatment to certain content before others on their networks. They couldn’t, say, make Netlflix or …

Google, Microsoft concerned that a Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm will benefit Apple

Google and Microsoft are among some of the major tech outfits that have complained to Qualcomm about the ramifications of a Broadcom acquisition of the chipmaker. Currently, Broadcom has a $70 a share deal on the table ($105 billion) for Qualcomm consisting of $60 in cash and $10 in Broadcom shares. While there are sources suggesting that Qualcomm would be a willing seller at $80 a share and up, Broadcom is looking to install its own candidates on Qualcomm’s board, hoping that a proxy battle can help it win the company at the current bid price.

Google and Microsoft are concerned about the …

T-Mobile kills unlimited LTE data roaming benefit for travelers to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile not only has one of the best prices of all carriers, it has some great benefits to plans as well. One of them, however – free unlimited LTE data for travelers to Canada and Mexico – is getting eliminated and replaced with a capped LTE allowance.
Rather than being able to enjoy unlimited 4G LTE while roaming to those countries, customers will now have a limit of 5GB of LTE data. The new rule comes into force on November 12th. After you hit that 5GB data limit, you will be throttled to barely usable 128Kbps speeds, or 256Kbps for T-Mobile …

Yup, Ariana Grande performing 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' at Manchester benefit will make you cry


The One Love Manchester benefit concert Sunday took on new urgency and poignancy following the deadly terrorist attack in London the day before.

While the whole show — which featured Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and more — was obviously emotional for both the artists and the fans, perhaps no one moment had more tears flowing than Ariana Grande’s finale. 

Alone onstage, the star closed out the night with a cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and understandably got pretty choked up herself — not that that stopped her from slaying it.   Read more…

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