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Facebook Is Probably Tracking All Those Rainbow Profile Pictures

Friday’s Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage was a historic moment for civil rights in America, and for the first time ever, Facebook released a tool that encouraged people express solidarity with a rainbow profile picture. Naturally, Facebook is also keeping track of who’s using it.


This Lovely Data Viz Of Tornado Hot Spots Was Made In Excel

This geometric data visualisation shows the occurrence of tornadoes across the U.S. since 1950. It’s straightforward, good-looking and… made in Excel.


Why Police In The US Need A Warrant To Track Mobile Phone Location Records

Across the United States, a vigorous debate is taking place in federal and state courthouses about how privacy protections should apply to modern technologies. One of the most spirited issues in this debate is whether the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to get a warrant to track a person’s location via their cell phone. This week EFF filed two new amicus briefs that answer that question with a resounding yes.


Startup Helps Companies Trawl The Dark Web To Catch Data Leaks Sooner

Remember when Target got hacked and tons of customer credit card information was leaked two years ago? Target didn’t detect that breach until weeks later, long after sensitive data had been disseminated across the internet. The incident ended up costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars outright, not to mention the lasting damage to Target’s reputation.


Using Google Searches To Figure Out Racism In The US

Want to know whether a given area has a higher number of racists than average? It turns out that Google searches can provide you with a pretty good answer, at least according to two recent studies.


The Goonies' Sloth And Chunk Make For An Adorable Pair Of Plush Toys

Can you believe that in just a week The Goonies is going to be 30 years old? To help commemorate the film’s anniversary there’s actually going to be a celebration in Astoria, Oregon, in early June, where you can also buy these adorable stuffed (and officially licensed) versions of Chunk and Sloth from Gordos Plush.


AdultFriendFinder Hack Might Expose Your Sexual Orientation

When a company or website you trust gets hacked, it can be pretty unnerving. Particularly if you trusted that company with your credit card or medical information. But what if the hackers had knowledge of your sex life instead? That could be a reality: AdultFriendFinder has just suffered a massive data breach.


California's Wealthiest Are Being Drought Shamed On Social Media

The US state of California is currently in the throes of one of the biggest droughts in history. While the hard data on the state’s biggest water hogs may not be publicly available, people sick of witnessing egregious water waste in their backyard are taking to social media to vent about it. The drought shaming wars have begun.


Why Data Mining Is So Important

Data mining, to the uninitiated, sounds like the kind of monotonous computational activity that requires a big computer, a mass of information and little human oversight. But in fact it’s a discipline that blurs the lines between artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics and other cutting-edge disciplines to unearth the golden nuggets that lurk within data.


Apple Sues To Prevent Radioshack Selling Customer Data

As the painful destruction of the once-mighty RadioShack empire continues in the US, administrators have been selling off anything worth anything — including a massive trove of customer data, much to the displeasure of some states’ Attorneys General. And now, Apple is joining the good fight.