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Vincent Granville's Blog – June 2008 Archive (2)

Netflix $1,000,000 Contest

The Netflix Prize seeks to substantially improve the accuracy of predictions about how much someone is going to love a movie based on their movie preferences. Improve it enough and you win one (or more) Prizes. Winning the Netflix Prize improves our ability to connect people to the movies they love.

www.netflixprize.com

Added by Vincent Granville on June 28, 2008 at 10:09am — No Comments

AT&T Invents Programming Language for Mass Surveillance

From the company that brought you the C programming language comes Hancock, a C variant developed by AT&T researchers to mine gigabytes of the company's telephone and internet records for surveillance purposes.



An AT&T research paper published in 2001 and unearthed today by Andrew Appel at Freedom to Tinker shows how the phone company uses Hancock-coded software to crunch through tens of millions of long distance phone records a night to draw up what AT&T calls… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on June 26, 2008 at 4:07am — No Comments

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