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Could the FBI See Your Selfies?

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Court case may enable FBI to request more photos for new facial recognition database. The FBI could have 52 million face images on file by 2015, according to new research. Article Courtesy of:  U.S News - By Tom Risen The FBI is preparing to launch a facial recognition database this summer that includes photos of people without criminal records- and a court case in New York may expand the ability of the government to request data from Facebook to help. The bureau’s database, called the Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, builds upon the government’s fingerprint database and is slated to be operational this summer, according to the FBI. This database will contain photos of anybody who … [Read more...]

Social Media Use Common among Neighborhood Crews & Street Gangs

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Cyberspace Emerges as Law Enforcement's New Battleground By Robert Rogers/MediaNews Group | Article Courtesy of: Times Herald When gunshots ring out in Richmond, familiar scenes unfold. Calls to 911 and alerts from the city's ShotSpotter gunshot-detection system trickle in. Police cruisers scream to the scene. Detectives show up soon after. But other detectives go somewhere else: to their computers to troll Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media for clues, often provided by people involved in the crime who can't resist boasting. "We have seen situations where someone will commit a shooting or a homicide, and they'll immediately write something on social media, " said Matt … [Read more...]

Facebook & Big Data Collide

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Big Data Could Cripple Facebook Article Courtesy of:  TechCrunch & JON EVANS So there’s this startup called SmogFarm, which does big-data sentiment analysis, “pulse of the planet” stuff. I spotted them last year, and now they’ve got an actual product with an actual business model up and running in private beta: KredStreet, “The Social Stock Trader Rankings,” which performs sentiment analysis on StockTwits data and a sampling of the Twitter firehose to determine traders’ overall bullish/bearish feeling. They also compare reality against past sentiment to score and rank traders based on their accuracy, which is more interesting. It’s a first iteration, but it looks pretty nifty, and I like … [Read more...]

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Facebook Graph Search to add posts, comments to search Article Courtesy of:  CNET by Donna Tam In addition to searching users, pages, and photos, Facebook's search tool will be able to search through things like posts and comments soon, the company says. (Credit: Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET) Facebook posted a deep dive of the tech behind its Graph Search ranking system today and buried at the bottom was a promise of new features: posts and comments search. Sriram Sankar, an engineering manager on Facebook's search infrastructure team, wrote in the post that Facebook next steps include a better search on mobile and new content. "We are also extending our search capabilities to do better text … [Read more...]

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