Factualities, January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019

Anyone can create facts. How about these “factualities” for the second day of the new year?

1,000,000. The number of Web sites allegedly seized by the US government. The data suggest lawyers are often iffy in the math department. Source: TechDirt

58 million. The number of YouTube videos removed by Google in the third quarter of 2018. Engadget

101 million dollars. The amount Dataiku, a French outfit, has raised for its collaborative data science platform. Two points: That’s a hefty sum for French Silicon Valley type companies. And Dataiku has some Dassault Exalead alums. Source: Techcrunch

150+. The number of companies to which Facebook allegedly gave user data. Source: Slashdot

75 percent. The number of artists whose work is in US museums. Source: Technology Review

90 percent. Spam calls made in India by telecom companies. Source: Quartz

300 percent. The amount by which spam calls grew in 2018. Source: Verge

20 percent. The percentage of US adults who get their news from social media. Source: Pew Research

49 percent. The relative number of cloud databases which are online but not encrypted. Source: Dark Reading

46 percent. Percentage of organizations surveyed by Tata, an Indian services firm, which have implemented artificial intelligence. Source: Venture Beat

21. Number of Google self driving autos attacked in Arizona. Source: Business Insider

80 percent. The number of Bitcoin wallets which hold less than $100. Source: Next Web

I want to start the new year with a renewed commitment to believe almost everything I read on the Internet.

Stephen E Arnold, January 2, 2018

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