Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners. Emanuele Toscano/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Facebook announced last week it would discontinue the partner programs that allow advertisers to use third-party data from companies such as Acxiom, Experian and Quantium to target users. Graham Mudd, Facebook’s product marketing director, […]

Sometimes it’s not clear to the consumer how Google search results come about, and what they show. from Yesterday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched an inquiry into digital platforms including Google and Facebook. Chairman of the ACCC Rod Sims said: The ACCC will look closely at longer-term trends and the […]

Leaves of the stevia plant are used to make a sugar substitute. Credit: Stevia plant and powder via Shutterstock Stevia is perhaps unique among food ingredients because it’s most valued for what it doesn’t do. It doesn’t add calories. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived from a plant. The stevia plant […]

DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES “Who are we?” That impossible question opened the 2015 public letterannouncing a well-heeled SETI project called Breakthrough Listen. Dozens of people—scientists, astronauts, and also a producer, a chess champ, and a soprano—signed the note, which kicked off a $100 million effort by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to […]