Making Sense of Traffic Data
Mar20

Making Sense of Traffic Data

San Francisco — On the Internet, traffic is easily tracked. Google and Facebook have algorithms that know what users are searching for. Online retailers can monitor what shoppers are buying. Newspapers can see in real-time how many readers are viewing an article. The same hasn’t been true for traffic in the physical world, where data-gathering has been decidedly more low-tech. Want to know how many people are getting on at a certain...

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Facebook Working On Burying Those Lousy Memories
Mar20

Facebook Working On Burying Those Lousy Memories

San Jose, Calif. — Don’t go breaking my heart, Facebook. It’s a sentiment shared by people like 48-year-old San Jose resident Beth Burkley, who gets caught off guard when she sees reminders of her ex pop up on social media. “I have a couple of ex boyfriends that I’m still friends with on Facebook. We keep in touch,” she said. “Then there are others who I hope if I ever run into them again, it’s (with) the front end of my car,” she...

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Chipolte Struggles to Stop Food-Borne Illnesses, Win Back Customers

Chipotle Mexican Grill responded quickly when four of its workers called in sick last week with suspected cases of norovirus. The Boston-area restaurant was shuttered for cleaning, and no customers got ill. The company’s management considers that a successful outcome — a sign its updated health protocols are working. But customers, still wary of the chain after a string of outbreaks, didn’t see it that way. Headlines about the...

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Social Security Q&A: Explaining How Retirement Benefits Are Calculated

Question: How are my retirement benefits calculated? Answer: Your Social Security benefits are based on earnings averaged over your lifetime. Your actual earnings are first adjusted or “indexed” to account for changes in average wages since the year the earnings were received. Then Social Security calculates your average monthly indexed earnings during the 35 years in which you earned the most. Social Security applies a formula to...

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It Might Not Help To Have Workers Change Passwords

Most office drones have had to deal with a job that requires them to keep changing their passwords like clockwork, maybe every six months or so. The longstanding IT security practice is based on the idea that flushing out old passwords will cut off access for bad guys who may have figured them out. But according to the Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist, Lorrie Cranor, the strategy has some major holes. “Unless there is...

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