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Yahoo! has publicly dumped a sample dataset for machine learning enthusiasts based on "anonymised" user interactions with the news feeds of several of its properties, ostensibly extending the research bridge between industry and academia. The dataset contains ~110bn lines, coming in at 1.5TB bzipped, which decompresses to a …

  1. Zog_but_not_the_first
    Headmaster

    Note to the editor

    Sometimes an article requires several exclamation marks.

    1. Martin Summers

      Re: Note to the editor

      It's presumably part of the new look round these parts. To be honest though I'm kinda glad they've killed that particular one, it irked me for some inexplicable reason.

      1. VinceH

        Re: Note to the editor

        "it irked me for some inexplicable reason"

        Probably because it made things harder to read.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Note to the editor

      No number of exclamation marks will be enough.

      All you need is one more data set - f.e. from a service provider, telco or a suitable 3rd party site and you have the anonymity cracked for some of the users. From there on it is merely a problem of finding the other data set.

      Anonymous my a***

  2. Mr Dogshit
    WTF?

    Yahoo's got 20 million users?

    1. ratfox

      The Yahoo finance website is excellent; I believe it is far more popular than the Google one.

    2. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      Web bug blockers make it appear that a web site is getting a constant stream of new users. The last time I checked, an ad and tracking blocker was needed to make Yahoo News load without getting hijacked by third party scripts.

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  4. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    A little something from 10 years ago...

    A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749.

  5. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Yes, I was remembering that too.

    I was also wondering what Yahoo mean by the city the user is in. Might that include a tiny hamlet of three house and a church?

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