Regulators look at how "big data" may contribute to racial bias in insurance rates

Nov 30, 2021
Some advocates say the industry needs to move more quickly to address the issue.
While many insurance companies leverage big data and artificial intelligence to calculate insurance rates, advocates say it can produce disparities between urban and suburban residents. Above, a suburban neighborhood in Richmond, California, viewed from an Amtrak train.
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Palantir may go public, but can it turn a profit?

Nov 16, 2018
The surveillance software giant may be preparing for an IPO amid concerns about its business.
Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Palantir, named for a crystal ball in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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What happens when you download your Facebook data

Apr 16, 2018
You might be unpleasantly surprised by how much information you find.
Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
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What taxi ride data reveals about the NY Fed and big banks

Apr 12, 2018
An analysis of taxi data suggests the possibility of increased communications around Federal Open Market Committee meetings.
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Why a New York professor is taking on Cambridge Analytica in the U.K.

Mar 22, 2018
David Carroll is using a British law to try to force Cambridge Analytica to send him the data it's gathered on him.
Signs for company Cambridge Analytica in the lobby of the building in which they are based on March 21, 2018 in London, England.
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Sen. Kennedy to Facebook: "Don't send your lawyers"

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to hear what CEO Mark Zuckerberg has to say in person about how the company let Cambridge Analytica harvest users' information without their permission.
Two senators want Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress.
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Big data is revolutionizing the restaurant industry

Jan 24, 2017
Where some may see an odd coupling, one software company sees opportunity.

For public good, not for profit.

Colleges tap big data to help students stay in school

Jul 20, 2016
Civitas Learning unveils surprising findings about who's most likely to drop out.
Universities are using data to decipher why some students drop out.
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The man who predicted the Great Recession says we're not ready to handle the next downturn

Apr 7, 2016
Hedge fund manager Ray Dalio talks about economic tensions and the risk of recession.
Ray Dalio says that the U.S. won't be able to easily deal with its next recession — whenever it comes.
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The secret to a perfect basketball team is data

Mar 8, 2016
You don't come across a Steph Curry every day, but teams are trying to make their own.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena on March 3, 2016 in Oakland, California.
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