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Statistics wizard Nate Silver gives his Oscar predictions

Silver calculates that "Argo" is a lock to take home the best-picture Oscar, and Steven Spielberg will top Ang Lee for best director.

By February 22, 2013

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Anthony Weiner gets a new handle on Twitter

Sometimes, it's cathartic to return to the place of your demise. Anthony Weiner very much hopes so, as he comes back to Twitter with a new feed in his hunger for higher things.

By April 22, 2013

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Nate Silver

Yes, President Obama won re-election in November. But another big winner this year was big data -- and its patron saint, Nate Silver.

By December 11, 2012

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Facebook actually sorry for banning breastfeeding pic

Facebook and those mothers who wish to post breastfeeding pictures have had a long battle. In the case of one activist, she actually gets an apology for having breastfeeding pictures removed.

By April 7, 2013

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Correction: Among the top election quants, Nate Silver reigns supreme

The chart in this story originally misreported the number of points by which TPM PollTracker was off in Florida. The correct figure is 1.7 points.

By November 8, 2012

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Among the top election quants, Nate Silver reigns supreme

Not only did FiveThirtyEight's Silver pick all 50 state winners in the presidential race, he also beat out his polling aggregator rivals for sheer margin of accuracy.

By November 8, 2012

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Can Nate Silver and friends nail their presidential predictions?

FiveThirtyEight statistician and blogger Nate Silver has taken fire for his polling aggregation methods. But he and others may be able to hit the final numbers spot on. CNET tracks the data.

By November 6, 2012

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Obama's win a big vindication for Nate Silver, king of the quants

Despite some incredulous political pundits, the FiveThirtyEight statistician appears to have correctly predicted the winner in all 50 states in the presidential election.

By November 6, 2012

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The significance of Nate Silver's numbers

CNET's Sumi Das talks to Senior Writer Daniel Terdiman about how the statistician comes up with his presidential forecast.

By November 6, 2012

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CNET's Next Big Thing: Are we all too connected?

At CES 2013 in Las Vegas, tech industry stars discuss the benefits -- and pitfalls -- of an increasingly connected world.

By January 9, 2013