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Apple Watch detects irregular heart beat in large U.S. study

“(Reuters) – The Apple Watch was able to detect irregular heart pulse rates that could signal the need for further monitoring for a serious heart rhythm problem, according to data from a large study funded by Apple Inc Researchers hope the technology can assist in early detection of atrial fibrillation, the most common form of irregular heart beat” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. A third of those whose watches detected an irregular pulse were confirmed to have atrial fibrillation using the ECG technology, researchers said.Some 84 percent of the…

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Why SAP CEO Bill McDermott signs his emails ‘XO, Bill’ since buying Utah startup Qualtrics for $8 billion cash

“Four months ago, SAP shocked the software world by buying Utah-based market research software company Qualtrics for $8 billion in cash” writes Julie Bort for businessinsider.com. McDermott, who rose to the corner office of Europe’s biggest software company from a career as a salesman, was ready to explain.The “O” stands for operational data, the stuff SAP has traditionally collected like finances, inventory, sales and human resources information.McDermott didn’t discuss the layoffs much with Business Insider, except to say that the company is adding employees this year. Source: businessinsider.com

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Intercontinental Stock Exchange Seemingly to Expand Cryptocurrency Data Feed

“At press time, the Cryptocurrency Data Feed supports 58 digital currencies from various data sources, markets and exchanges around the world” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. Intercontinental Stock Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) hinted it was adding a slew of new coins to its Cryptocurrency Data Feed in a tweet on March 14.In February, ICE said that the launch of its cryptocurrency platform Bakkt is set for later in 2019.The platform was introduced following a partnership between ICE and Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain…

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This is why a self-regulated Google is better for business and for the consumer

“I’m sure there were plenty of cheers for Warren’s position, but a self-regulated Google is better for business and consumers” writes Jay Friedman for businessinsider.com. Google’s big advantage is the ability to amass data from such a wide range of products – Google Search, Google Maps, Android, Nest, Google Home, and many more.Here are four ways I believe Google can self-regulate their business that will ultimately provide a better benefit to businesses and consumers alike than if the government stepped in.YouTube is better when it can be enjoyed by consumers…

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Facebook wants more data on your gaming habits, updates app to include gaming tab

“The report also says that the company has plans to release a standalone Facebook Gaming app on Android which is said to have more features than the gaming tab on the main Facebook app” reports firstpost.com. With gaming taking centre stage on YouTube, Twitch and even Facebook, the latter has decided to include a separate tab on its mobile app dedicated to gaming content. Source: firstpost.com

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Mt. Gox’s Mark Karpeles Found Guilty Over Data Manipulation in Tokyo Court

“Gox, has escaped some charges, but been found guilty of manipulating exchange data in a Japanese court” reports coindesk.com. Mark Karpeles, former CEO of the long-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox filed for liquidation in April 2014 after claiming it was hacked for 850,000 bitcoin, some of which was later found. Source: coindesk.com

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Don’t look now, but global economic reports are starting to surprise investors in a good way

“Economic data continued to disappoint in early 2019, though more recent readings have shown signs of stabilization” writes Deputy Markets Editor for marketwatch.com. It’s worth watching, however, because it picks up changes much more quickly than the 12-week window (captured by the black line) which is similar to what’s used in most economic surprise indexes, he noted.Efforts by China to boost its economy, which is facing cyclical headwinds as well as trade-related worries, have also cheered investors.At the same time, worries over the outlook for global growth have at times…

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Stocks rise modestly as investors parse conflicting economic data and China trade headlines

“AMZN, +1.17% stock rose 0.5% early Friday, after KeyBanc Capital raised its rating on the stock to overweight” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. BIOS, -28.65% stock fell 30%, after the company announced a deal to merge with privately held Option Care Enterprises Inc.The stock fell .50.9% Friday.U.S. stocks rose Friday as the major benchmarks aim for their most robust weekly gains in a month, and as investors parse optimistic headlines on U.S.-China trade developments as well as conflicting data on the U.S. economy.The gains would mark the biggest weekly gain…

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A Big Step Toward Giving Patients Control Over Their Health Care Data

“The hoped-for result is usable, timely, patient-empowering decision-support tools that are game-changing for health care and health care markets” reports hbr.org. The seeds of a consumer-driven health care revolution, one that could turn the U.S. health care system on its head, were sown in early March.The ONC rule would require that health care providers and electronic health record (EHR) vendors make patients’ health data easily and cheaply available to them electronically.Digitizing health care data was always expected to have dramatic and unpredictable effects.Elsewhere, we have suggested that this process could…

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