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RecordedFuture, at first glance, is scary. It’s one of those projects that brings the saying “with great power comes great responsibility” to mind. The company has developed a platform for providing momentum and sentiment ratings around two conceptual abstractions: events & entities. Its system is continually scanning “thousands of high-quality new publications, blogs, public niche sources, trade publications, government web sites, financial database, and more,” then making that available via the Recorded Future News Analytics API. This type of news aggregation and processing is a level of awareness that no single human could otherwise obtain. From a theoretical perspective, having a tool such as this at one’s disposal would create a huge information advantage. Could this be called an information weapon?
High traffic, content-rich sites want to slice their analytics in different ways than, say, an e-commerce site. That's the concept behind Parse.ly Dash, a new product to provide "fresh insights" to these publishers with a price tag starting at $499 per month. Interestingly, the company's three pricing tiers each come with another level of API access. Despite the beautiful graphs provided by Dash, it's clear that sometimes getting at insights programmatically is preferred.
Twitter has announced major changes that will alter the way the company calculates 140 characters. Certain attachments, URLs, and handles will no longer count towards the character limit. Changes will allow users to use more words, and developers must prepare for the upcoming changes.