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Forget City Hall, the insurance industry is what could really hurt the sharing economy

Personal data usage: what your car really says about you

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Technology is increasingly driven by personal information, but as yet few laws exist to govern who can see and use the dataCars will soon be so linked into wireless networks they will be like giant rolling smartphones - with calling systems, streaming video, cameras and applications capable of harnessing the...
Personal data usage: what your car really says about you

Healthrageous nabs $6.5M for personalized data-driven health support

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A growing movement of so-called Quantified Self enthusiasts eagerly track their activity and vital signs to improve their health, even in the absence of chronic medical conditions. But Healthrageous, a Boston-based startup incubated out of the Center for Connected Health (part of Partners HealthCare), takes a data-driven, personalized approach to help motivate those for whom...
Healthrageous nabs $6.5M for personalized data-driven health support
Real-life Avengers would cost New York $160 billion in damages [video]

When Insurance Agencies Almost Killed Jessica Scorpio's Startup, She Got Her State Government To Change The Law

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GetAround was a hit when it launched last summer at TechCrunch Disrupt; it went on to raise a few million in financing. It's a peer-to-peer car rental service; when one person isn't using their vehicle, they can rent it to a neighbor and give them a virtual set of keys.But...
When Insurance Agencies Almost Killed Jessica Scorpio's Startup, She Got Her State Government To Change The Law

Last week on GigaOM Pro: the future mobile, Yahoo, and health care data reform

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It’s been a busy few weeks. You may have noticed that we skipped our usual GigaOM Pro recap last week, as all hands were on deck at our Mobilize conference. Coming up next, we’ll be launching our first international event, with Structure:Europe in Amsterdam on October 16-17. In the meantime,...
Last week on GigaOM Pro: the future mobile, Yahoo, and health care data reform

James Dyson calls for looser employment laws and shorter leases

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Industrialist says British manufacturers hampered by long property leases and costs involved in hiring new staffThe UK needs shorter factory leases and looser employment laws if it is to thrive in manufacturing, the industrialist Sir James Dyson said.Speaking in London, he told journalists that a key problem that remained for...
James Dyson calls for looser employment laws and shorter leases

Apprenda adds Java as a second language, will 'support 90%' of enterprise PaaS needs

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Sept. 9 - 10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Private platform-as-a-service provider Apprenda is one the strangest players in the quickly growing PaaS space. Not only is the company headquartered in Albany, N.Y., but to date it has only supported one language — .NET —...
Apprenda adds Java as a second language, will 'support 90%' of enterprise PaaS needs

Take that Geico caveman: MetroMile remakes car insurance with data

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Ever wonder why insurance companies have the most ridiculous ads (Geico caveman, Aflac duck, Mayhem Allstate guy)? It’s because they’re all basically offering the exact same service, so they have to out-guffaw each other to claw off each others’ customers. But a new startup called MetroMile, is launching on Wednesday...
Take that Geico caveman: MetroMile remakes car insurance with data
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Risky business: How cloud tech & mobile workers add up to an insurance nightmare

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Sept. 9 - 10, 2013San Francisco, CAEarly Bird Tickets on Sale Does your company rely on mobile workers? If it does, the worker likely is a “+1,” an employee who carries both a mobile device and a tablet And those mobile workers who need to access data may be using a...
Risky business: How cloud tech & mobile workers add up to an insurance nightmare

99Bill smartphone card reader pushes mobile payments for China, pretends it's never heard of Square

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Jostling for attention among a crowd of China-focused smartphone card readers, 99Bill's card reader has now been officially revealed. It plugs into your headphone jack and communicates with apps on both iOS and Android. The familiar-looking reader supports both passcode and signature security -- China matches several European countries...
99Bill smartphone card reader pushes mobile payments for China, pretends it's never heard of Square
Share Practice releases mobile app to help good doctors become great doctors

13 million US Facebook users have no idea how much information they’re sharing with the public

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Facebook’s privacy settings can sometimes be a source of confusion for the social network’s millions of users, and in the US, nearly 13 million of them are either unaware of, or simply don’t use, the privacy controls the site offers. In a recent study, Consumer Reports shows exactly why that...
13 million US Facebook users have no idea how much information they’re sharing with the public
Nuance's 'Nina' to add Siri-like features to customer service apps on iOS and Android
Marc Andreessen On The Future Of The Enterprise
Markets: How Insurers Can Foil the Next Hurricane Sandy

Founders Fund Leads The Climate Corporation’s Colossal $50M Funding Round

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 Formerly known as Weatherbill, The Climate Corporation is announcing its $50 million Series C round today, led by new investor Founders Fund and followed on by existing investors Khosla, Google Ventures, NEA, Index Ventures and Atomico. The round comes after another formidable $42 million raise from the aforementioned group...
Founders Fund Leads The Climate Corporation’s Colossal $50M Funding Round

How Allstate uses data to calculate your premiums

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If you want to accurately price insurance rates for bodily injury – how much of an impact is the make of the vehicle going to have? Insurance companies have been dealing with these kinds of questions for a long time. Allstate recently decided to get some outside help to leverage...
How Allstate uses data to calculate your premiums

Can Lexis-Nexis build a Hadoop-killer?

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Lexis-Nexis is a giant company, part of the Reed Elsevier information empire, but when it comes to handling big data, it is in the unusual position of being the underdog. The leader of the pack is Hadoop, which has already amassed a large and rapidly-growing following for its ability to...
Can Lexis-Nexis build a Hadoop-killer?
You are your data: The scary future of the quantified self movement

Law Enforcement Looking To Create A Searchable Database Of Everywhere Your Vehicle Has Been

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Back in August, Mike wrote about some questionable sharing of license plate information between the US Border Patrol and various insurance companies. While the stated aim of tracking stolen vehicles might seem to make this sharing justified, the fact that this is going on with no oversight or accountability is...
Law Enforcement Looking To Create A Searchable Database Of Everywhere Your Vehicle Has Been

IBM Acquires Sales Data And Analytics Software Company Varicent

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Big Blue has made a purchase today—IBM has acquired Varicent Software, a company that creates a sales analytics software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Varicent, which has raised $35 million in funding, analyzes sales data from businesses to help organizations to streamline compensation processes for employees, improve...
IBM Acquires Sales Data And Analytics Software Company Varicent

Dashcams going high-def, high-tech

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The next time a bear hits a car on a Russian highway, the video might be in high definition.A new wave of dashcams, on show at this week's Computex expo in Taipei, feature multiple enhancements on first-generation models that will probably be welcomed by law enforcement, insurance companies and...
Dashcams going high-def, high-tech
Cloud-based networking startup Aerohive Networks grabs $22.5M, readies for IPO
Computing’s next milestone is “thinking”

Google aims for self-driving cars on sale within five years

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Google's experimentation with driverless cars could become a commercial product within the next three to five years. Despite the optimism, the company faces stiff opposition from regulators and insurance companies before it can be put into production, with safety concerns and other legalities being the main stumbling points.......
Google aims for self-driving cars on sale within five years

Apple's Record Plunge Into Debt Pool

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Apple Inc. sold the largest corporate-bond deal in history Tuesday, a $17 billion offering investors hungrily gobbled up. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG sold the debt for Apple to investors in all corners of the credit markets, from buyers overseas to municipal-bond investors to portfolio managers who...
Apple's Record Plunge Into Debt Pool

New Data Exposes Scammy Hospital Pricing; Now Let's Crowdsource Some More

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A few months ago, we wrote about Steven Brill's amazing article in Time Magazine about hospital billing. As we noted at the time, the story confirmed what many people believed: that healthcare is a giant economic scam, and it's often the hospitals (not necessarily the insurance companies) who are driving...
New Data Exposes Scammy Hospital Pricing; Now Let's Crowdsource Some More

Brazil's Minuto Seguros first to receive investment from Redpoint e.ventures' new fund

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Brazilian online insurance broker Minuto Seguros has closed a Series A round led by Redpoint e.ventures, the company announced today. This makes it the first company to receive capital from the VC firm’s new fund. As you may remember, Redpoint e.ventures has recently raised a whopping $130 million for this fund, which is based in...
Brazil's Minuto Seguros first to receive investment from Redpoint e.ventures' new fund
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