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PODCAST: Tremendous Day at the CIA

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On Saturday (January 21) President Donald Trump addressed CIA employees at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va.

Standing in front of the famous Memorial Wall dedicated to fallen officers, Trump tried to set aside his “feud” with the CIA by way of a speech which consisted of a series of rants about the “dishonest” media, his inauguration, the war on Islamic terrorism and the merits of Mike Pompeo (his nominee for CIA Director).

The speech garnered a lot of criticism from the press and on social media. Most of the news reporting has focused on President Trump’s “alternate facts” regarding the size of the crowd at his inauguration the day before.

This podcast breaks down the entire speech. Enjoy!

-Vince

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PODCAST: Dataminr and The FIREHOSE

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This episode is on Dataminr, a New York-based startup, which is authorized to analyze the entire Twitter “Firehose” of all live tweets and offer clients advanced social media analytics as a service in the form of digests and news updates.

Kerry Flynn (Mashable) and Russell Brandom (The Verge) have both been reporting on Dataminr and join the podcast to discuss its place in the social media landscape.

DarkExclusive access to information and data feeds, which include Twitter’s raw live tweets, allows Dataminr to filter the data to identify important events and business trends as they unfold and also act as an early warning system for major events like terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other public emergencies.

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Dataminr is Twitter’s only data partner that is also allowed to resell the complete stream of tweets and their clients include large hedge funds, mainstream news outlets, public relations firms, publicly traded corporations and major government entities including, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

dataminr_isisThe DHS, FBI, and CIA have used the service to help with tracking  criminals and terrorists, but have also drawn the ire of the ACLU, who have challenged the use of Dataminr’s services by government agencies to monitor domestic protests.

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