Facebook Patents Algorithm to Determine Socioeconomic Status

Facebook users should be more aware of what streams down their timeline and information they enter into their profiles. A new patent from the social media giant describes a system that would use data points it collects on the user to predict their socioeconomic status. Data points include education, travel history, the number of devices owned, and homeownership. Read about how it works, here.

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Difficult Boss or Just An Algorithm? EA Files Patent That May Affect Gamer Microtransactions

In what some consider a “malicious and exploitable” method to encourage gamers play and spend more, Electronic Arts (“EA”) has filed a patent dealing with video game matchmaking capability. EA isn’t the only company that has filed this kind of patent; Activision recently patented a similar method. What does this mean for gamers? Read about it here.

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