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Technologists love talking about it. Scholars hope it can change the way businesses solve problems.<p>FORTUNE — Big data will save the world, they say. It will change the way we do business, they say. It could tell us things we didn’t know we didn’t know, they say.<p>Some of that might be true and some …

Mobile phone payments system to be launched by banking industry

<b>The banking industry's new mobile phone payments system will be launched later this year.</b><p>The system will be called called Paym - pronounced Pay Em.<p>It will make it easier for people to transfer money to other bank accounts using mobile phone apps.<p>The key feature is that once users have registered …

My Spiroo Can Tell Your Doctor When You’re Out Of Breath

Asthma sufferers use a tool called a peak flow meter to see how much air is passing out of their lungs. It is useful to assess when flare-ups are happening and what outside allergens or problems might be causing a bronchial flare-up. Until recently, all that was available to take this measurement …

E-Learning Platform Lynda.com Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools, Price Around $20M

Lynda.com, the online education platform that raised its first and only round of $103 million about a year ago, is today announcing an acquisition that will further Lynda.com’s reach with developers and expand the kinds of services it can offer to users. It’s acquiring Compilr, a Halifax, Canada …

The Cofounder Of 23andMe’s Next Project: Mining Your Quantified Self

Aggregated together, all of the health data that people are starting to track for themselves can be harnessed to answer questions that no doctor ever could.<p>Online forums are overflowing with people’s burning health questions and anecdotal advice: “What are the long-term effects of running?” and …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

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The Best Length for Online Content

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Every so often when I’m tweeting or emailing, I’ll think: Should I really be writing so much?<p>“Europe's leading digital technology conference”It's happening, Join 15k digital minds to shape what's next for your businessI'm interested<p>I tend to get …

Brazil eyes euro, yen markets to finance domestic companies

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil is looking at the euro zone and Japan to open new financing options for companies that are expected to invest in the country’s infrastructure sector, Treasury undersecretary Paulo Valle said on Friday.<p>Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks at a joint …

Are You the “Real You” in the Office?

Harvard’s <b>Robert Kegan</b> on companies that do really personal development. For more, read the article, Making Business Personal.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Bob Kegan, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of …

When Your Team Reverts to the Old Strategy

Repositioning your company can be an invigorating move — it’s exciting to take a fresh approach and go after new opportunities. But change is also risky and over time, the momentum behind it can wane. When that happens, it’s not uncommon for individuals, units, or entire organizations to default to …

New Visions of Banking's Future

We asked contributors and readers to weigh in on the types of products and services tomorrow's banks might offer. Here's what they came up</i> …

Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

There's a drive-thru ATM in Charlotte, N.C., that looks pretty standard, but it has an extra function: a button that says "speak with teller."<p>The face of a woman wearing a headset sitting in front of a plain blue background flashes onto the ATM screen. "Good afternoon," she says. "Welcome to Bank …

Glitch wipes nearly $60bn off Indian stock index

India's main share index plunged 16% within minutes on Friday in a so-called "flash crash" – the latest in a series of market glitches that have shaken confidence in global financial markets.<p>India's National Stock Exchange (NSE) was forced to halt trading for 15 minutes, after a brokerage placed 59 …

Don't get burned by hot 3D stocks

New York (MarketWatch) — It's no secret that 3D printing is hot. Stocks in the space have been the favorite of momentum investors. There is no doubt …

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How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, and previously created Onesheet, MorningPics, ArtistData, and others. This is the final part of a three-part series on how live user testing is run at Cluster in preparation for the next release of their iOS and Android …

There’s Just No Getting Around Apple Buying Yahoo

Apple should buy Yahoo.<p>This is neither a new idea, nor one acceptable to the Apple fan base. But since people briefly talked about it last year, it’s become an increasingly good idea — maybe a necessary one for Apple’s continued growth and success — and I’m going to tell you why.<p><b>Apple’s Missing</b> …

SpiderOak offers unlimited cloud storage for US$125/year

<b>For a very limited time, SpiderOak is offering unlimited cloud storage on unlimited devices for just US$125 per year — but you'll need to be …

Music Startup Spawnsong Wants To Be Kickstarter For Single Tracks

Holy incremental music startup, Batman! Spawnsong is a (very) new music platform startup with a strategy to elbow into the crowded digital music space by focusing on a very thin wedge: individual songs.<p>Slicing things even more niche, Spawnsong’s target is tracks that aren’t even finished yet. The …

The frightening truth about the security of our healthcare data

Is your healthcare data safe? That’s not something most people think about on a regular basis. We take for granted that our medical records, family …

Tired Of Uber's Unpredictable Surge Pricing? This Car-Hailing App Hopes You'll Switch

As a frequent Uber user, I find the problem with the company’s much-lambasted surge pricing isn’t just its high cost (which can sometimes reach as much eight or nine times a ride’s base fare), it’s how unpredictable the whole process is. Until you open the app, you have absolutely no way of knowing …

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning before I wake, I am somehow still writing sentences in my head, twisted into my sheets while comparing arguments and searching for counter-arguments that could …

NSA revelations 'changing how businesses store sensitive data'

The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is changing how businesses store commercially sensitive data, with potentially dramatic consequences for the future of the internet, according to a new study.<p>A survey of 1,000 business leaders from around the world has found that many …

Twitter Is Killing Itself In Order To Grow And Please Wall Street

In case you missed it, Twitter (TWTR) is having big problems as a public company.<p>They don’t have a problem with their core product. Its users seem to adore it. And it’s not a problem with making ad money from it. All indications are that that’s going swimmingly.<p>The problem is that its executives …

Netagio, A ‘Cold Storage’ Bitcoin Vault, Adds The Ability To Trade BTC For Gold Bars (Or Vice Versa)

Keeping bitcoin safe isn’t easy. If the wild currency fluctuations don’t get you, then it’ll be the exchanges going pop in the night and taking a chunk of BTC with them, or the myriad digital wallets whose security systems failed to fend off the hacker hoards lured by all that traceless digital …

Crowdfunding Site Medifund Relaunches As Non-Profit To Help Med Students In Developing Countries

Medifund, a crowdfunding platform for medical students, has relaunched as a non-profit. The site, which is based in the Philippines but open to students around the world, was first covered by TechCrunch last year.<p>Its mission is to increase the number of doctors in countries with a critical shortage …

Steve Jobs' Chilling Response After Getting a Google Employee Fired

An ongoing investigation into an alleged conspiracy by Apple and Google to limit tech workers’ wages has unearthed some candid emails between former …

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Microsoft must simplify Office as well as untying it | Financial Times

Satya Nadella’s unveiling of Office for the iPad is a significant moment for Microsoft, and his leadership of the company. I wonder if it will also …

What I wish I knew before I joined the MBA programme | Financial Times

Time in the MBA sure flies! It’s exciting to see that as our class nears the finish line, next year’s class is queued up already. My two years at BYU …