Personal data about customers is increasingly valuable to businesses, and casinos are among the most voracious data gatherers of them all. But unlike others, the gambling industry goes the extra mile to reward patrons for sharing their personal information. That’s one surprising lesson from “What Stays in Vegas,” a new book about how businesses everywhere—and the gambling and entertainment industry in particular—collect and use data about their customers. Read More
The current tech giants always seem unstoppable — up until it's too late. That's why I find the world of search so fascinating. Even as Google continues to reign more or less undisputed in typing what you want and getting it in a fraction of a second, others, including Cambridge-based Nara Logics, are hoping to cut a step out of that process.
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The Mass EduData Challenge, a program that is trying to mine the state's trove of educational data to find new insights that could impact Massachusetts' education policy, is officially launching this evening at Hack/Reduce in Cambridge. Read More
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