Recommendation Engines: Making Better Choices

Jaime E. Love

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One of the most telling traits of the companies of the new digital era is the ability to deliver actionable recommendations. More often than not, the competitive advantage of these digital-first companies is correlated to the accuracy of recommendation engines.

Think about companies that have revolutionized their respective industries. Whether it’s Netflix, Spotify or Amazon, all of them have originally made recommendation engines as their main tool for customer engagement and loyalty. The way Spotify can discover new music that you will enjoy with unprecedented accuracy and without any visible input of yours is what made it stand out from the competition. As time goes by, it becomes even smarter and more accurate, enabling a never-ending cycle of value creation.

In many ways, recommendation systems allow for sustaining an ever-increasing flow of new information, products, and services. With 60,000 songs uploaded daily on Spotify, more than 500 hours of content

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Best VPN service (2022) | ZDNet

Jaime E. Love

How to find the best VPN for your needs?

To find the best VPN service for your personal or business needs, you’ll need to compare brands, prices, features, and more. But first, you need to understand how a VPN accomplishes its primary mission: Keeping you safe and protecting your privacy online.

Fundamentally, most VPNs (virtual private networks) provide two services: They encrypt your data between two points and they hide the IP address (from which a general location can be derived) where you’re located. For those traveling or out and about, the first function is critical because most Wi-Fi available publicly is unencrypted — so anyone on the network can see what you were sending. 

But VPNs also serve to hide your IP address, replacing the address logged on servers with one in a completely different location — even a different country. For those worrying about stalking or other threats,

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Biden announces program offering discounted internet service

Jaime E. Love

By AAMER MADHANI and WILL WEISSERT

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes, a program that could effectively make tens of millions of households eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy.

“High speed internet is not a luxury any longer. It’s a necessity,” Biden said at a sun-drenched rose garden event with representatives from participating companies, as well as members of Congress.

The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included $14.2 billion funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides $30 monthly subsidies ($75 in tribal areas) on internet service for millions of lower-income households.

With the new commitment from the internet providers, some 48 million households will be eligible for $30 monthly plans for 100 megabits per second, or higher speed, service — making

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