data data

A venture capital firm is using the power of big data to target entrepreneurs before they even create startups. iStockphoto hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/351851015/353922042" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Surrendered handguns are piled in a bin during a gun buyback event in Los Angeles on May 31, 2014. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
David McNew/Getty Images

To Counter Gun Violence, Researchers Seek Deeper Data

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/352036040/352290047" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
iStockphoto

Online Dating Stats Reveal A 'Dataclysm' Of Telling Trends

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/345884282/346391349" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Many institutions have their archives stored on CDs — but the discs aren't as stable as once thought. There is no average life span for a CD, says preservationist Michele Youket, "because there is no average disc." Sarah Tilotta/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Sarah Tilotta/NPR

How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/340716269/341409870" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Even online privacy advocates acknowledge that keeping personal data out of the hands of third parties is virtually impossible today. Connie Zhou/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Connie Zhou/AP

If There's Privacy In The Digital Age, It Has A New Definition

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/285334820/285334821" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Target Co. estimates that at least 70 million individuals may have had information including their "names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses" stolen in a recent data breach. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Security Experts Say Data Thieves Are Getting Harder To Fight

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/262228600/262357299" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Cell towers are constantly tracking the location of mobile phones. And that data, federal courts have ruled, is not constitutionally protected. Steve Greer/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
Steve Greer/iStockphoto.com

Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/241415668/241549701" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Google, like Facebook, Microsoft and other Internet companies, is concerned that data requests from U.S. surveillance agencies could ultimately damage its reputation in the U.S. and overseas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Net Giants Try To Quell Users' Jitters About Their Data

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/191044196/191070327" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Shwetak Patel (foreground), a MacArthur Fellow, recognized that every device in a home has a unique signature that can be used to track energy usage. The data collected by Patel's system showed that digital video recorders were responsible for 11 percent of this home's power use, just one example of The Human Face of Big Data. © Peter Menzel 2012/from The Human Face of Big Data hide caption

toggle caption
© Peter Menzel 2012/from The Human Face of Big Data

Mobile apps and devices track a user's health statistics. But those data are sometimes sold and can end up in the hands of employers and insurance companies. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto.com

Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/167970303/168059113" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Researchers are increasingly using cloud computing to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Cloud computing is often cheaper and quicker than in-house computing. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto.com

Cloud Computing Saves Health Care Industry Time And Money

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162080613/162094086" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript