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'Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows
Technology
Published in 29-1-2015
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Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study shows that when we think we have privacy when our data is collected, it's really just an "illusion," said Eugene Spaffo ...>>
Google delivers another earnings letdown, stock sinks
Technology
Published in 29-1-2015
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars. Google's steadily rising expenses while the company's main digital advertising business is ...>>
Amazon shares spike as 4Q profit beats by a mile
Technology
Published in 29-1-2015
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NEW YORK (AP) Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile. Amazon's strategy always has been to spend a big chunk of the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas like cloud computing, streaming video and hardware and that has affected profitability to investors' sometime chagrin. The ...>>
Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views
Technology
Published in 29-1-2015
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"Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they're not just putting their kids at risk, but they're also putting other kids at risk especially kids in my waiting room," the Los Angeles pediatrician said. The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors should bring up the importance of vaccinations during visits but should respect a parent's wishes unless there's a signifi ...>>
Real estate transactions
Business
Published in 29-1-2015
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Real estate transactions Dan Miller, Martin Hogan and Wesley Hightower of HFF marketed the property for the seller, a joint venture between Fuller Realty Partners and Harbert Management Corp. HFF also secured financing for the buyer through Natixis Real Estate Capital. The recently renovated four-story building has an attached three-story parking garage. Parkway Properties reached an agreement ...>>
Houston's airports set record for passenger traffic in 2014
Business
Published in 29-1-2015
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The Houston Airport System announced Tuesday that the 4.5 percent increase in passenger traffic beat 2013's record of 51 million passengers in and out of Hobby and Bush Intercontinental Airports. The passenger traffic at Hobby reached an all-time high for the fifth consecutive year. "The record-setting passenger totals tell us that we're doing a good job in making sure that connecti ...>>

The Motley Fool: What return should you expect from stocks?
Business
Published in 29-1-2015
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Today, based in San Francisco, I'm America's oldest and largest health care services company, serving more than 50 percent of American hospitals, 20 percent of physicians and 100 per-cent of health plans. Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) has been an extremely volatile stock, scaring many away while retaining loyal believers. In the streaming video giant's third-quarter earnings report, m ...>>

Local unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent
Economy
Published in 29-1-2015
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The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school closings and major holidays which can affect hiring and firing patterns. [...] the local unemployment rate is subject to wide swings.
Houston area unemployment rate ticks down
Economy
Published in 29-1-2015
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In October, Texas added 35,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Eight of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas in October, led by the trade, transportation, and utilities industry with 17,500 jobs, the news release stated.
HP cuts 66 jobs in Houston
Economy
Published in 29-1-2015
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Hewlett-Packard Co. announced it was cutting 66 jobs at its facility on Compaq Center Drive in Houston as part of its "corporate restructuring" efforts, according to a letter the company sent to the Texas Workforce Commission last week. [...] the company said it was ramping up its job cuts "as HP continues to re-engineer the workforce to be more competitive and meet its objectives."

Houston unemployment rate dips as Texas economy shows signs of stress
Economy
Published in 29-1-2015
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The Houston area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.5 percent in November, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. [...] it is adjusted state-wide for typical seasonal factors such as school schedules and major holidays that affect hiring and firing patterns.
Local jobless rate dips to 4.1 percent
Economy
Published in 29-1-2015
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The biggest gainers included professional and business services, government and education and health care. Oil and gas exploration and production employment rebounded in December, adding 4,900 jobs after a loss of 2,400 positions in November, the commission reported.
Five things we learned from the Rockets’ victory over the Mavericks
Sports
Published in 29-1-2015
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Rockets 99, Mavericks 94 James Harden saw the usual extra defensive attention and was happy to move the ball and set up teammates, finding just enough perimeter shooting for the Rockets to win even with Harden 10 points shy of his league-leading average. Harden can expect more of that treatment, but has seen it often before, making his combination of scoring and playmaking more remarkable. The Roc ...>>
The best and worst Super Bowl ads of all time
Sports
Published in 29-1-2015
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A few years back, the Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub broke down his best and worst Super Bowl ads decade-by-decade. No better or worse candidates have emerged since then (although you can disagree with us in the comments). Here are the transcendent and the dregs: THE BEST SUPER BOWL ADS OF ALL TIME Best of the 1970s: Mean […]
Video: Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch asks why media keeps wanting him to talk
Sports
Published in 29-1-2015
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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch stepped behind the microphone Thursday morning and to everyone’s surprise actually spoke more than just a single phrase. Sitting before about 100 members of the press at the Seahawks’ team hotel, the Arizona Grand in Phoenix, Lynch wondered why they all showed up him when they knew […]


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