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Hiring As Science, Thanks To Big Data

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What's the Latest Development? In an era where every digital interaction leaves a mark, companies are better prepared than ever to hire and promote the best people, thanks to a new discipline called work-force science. The massive amounts of worker data gathered annually by recruiting company ...

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The Death of Deep Reading

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We’re going to see what we almost always see with new gadgets, which is the makers of them compete on how many new features they can put into the device.  So we’ll see multi-functional e-readers, e-readers that will allow you to have social networking going on when you read, that allow much more ...

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Rare Illnesses, Diagnosed By The Crowd

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What's the Latest Development? On Tuesday, attendees at the TEDMed conference in Washington saw the launch of CrowdMed, a Web-based platform that, as its name implies, enlists the help of the public to solve difficult medical cases. It works by giving participants points that they can use to bet ...

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For Sale: Your Daily Movements

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What's the Latest Development? A growing number of wireless companies are looking to make money off the massive amounts of information it has about its customers' daily traffic patterns, and new companies are springing up to pay for that data. For example, Atlanta-based AirSage is working with ...