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The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Follow him on Twitter @j1berger.</i><p>Why do some companies, products and services get more word of mouth than others? It’s not luck. There’s a science …

Mozilla Launches ScienceLab To Help Researchers Use The Open Web To Shape Science’s Future

Mozilla today launched a new initiative that’s a bit different from the usual standards-based web projects the organization is usually involved in. Mozilla’s ScienceLab, which will be led by open science advocate Kaitlin Thaney and Software Carpentry founder Greg Wilson, wants to do nothing less …

A real-time bonanza: Facebook’s Wormhole and Yahoo’s streaming Hadoop

If you’re into systems that can share data among each other in real time, this has been a good week. On Tuesday, Yahoo open sourced its version of …

Kickstarter almost enabled a $120,000 fraud, and it’s not the first

Kickstarter just narrowly averted what would have been the biggest definitive fraud in the crowdfunding site’s history. It shut down the Kobe Red project, which promised to deliver mouthwatering beef jerky made from Japanese cows fed on 100% organic feed and treated to beer and massages (we’re not …

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Gutcheck raises $4M to prevent epic product fails

Booze-flavored toothpaste, lawn darts, and funky colored ketchup may initially have seemed like good ideas, but these ultimately proved to be epic product fails.<p>Gutcheck has raised $4 million to helps brands prevent these types of disasters. Gutcheck is a on-demand market research community where …

Elastic Path Raises $8M For Commerce Everywhere API Platform

Elastic Path has raised an $8 million debt round to fuel the development of its “commerce everywhere,” API — a hypermedia platform that abstracts backend complexity for the front-end developer and business person. Wellington Financial out of Toronto provided the financing.<p>Elastic Path has …

The Battle For Your Energy Bill

One of the most commonly cited barriers to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment is that the payback is too long.<p>Private‐sector capital commonly chases investments with paybacks between three and five years in the commercial property space and financing …

Google X Announces Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet For Rural, Remote And Underserved Areas

Google X, the secretive lab behind projects like Google Glass and Google’s self-driving cars, announced its latest project today: balloon-powered Internet access for those areas of the earth where regular terrestrial Internet isn’t a good option. Earlier this week, Google started testing these …

Angry Birds helped Rovio double its revenues to £129m in 2012

Angry Birds games attracted 263m monthly active players in December 2012, helping their publisher Rovio double its revenues for the calendar year.<p>The …

Chengdu Mini-MBA Courses: Rich Chinese Parents Spend $10K To Send 7-Year-Old Children To Business School For Kids [VIDEO]

China has seen exponential growth in the number of its billionaires. According to the 2013 Hurun Report, a fifth of the world’s billionaires are from …

Monsanto: Feeding The World Is Hugely Profitable. Q2 Net Income Up 13%

Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company, says its quarterly profit increased more expected, but offered a full-year forecast that missed Wall Street expectations.<p>Monsanto now predicts full year earnings between $4.40 a share to $4.50 a share. Analysts had thought the company would earn at least …

Business Trends 2014

Today’s business leaders need clear, concise and well-informed perspectives on important dynamics that are currently reshaping the business …

How analyzing Wikipedia page views could help you make money

Plenty of companies have been looking at software for analyzing private large data sets and combining it with external streams such as tweets to make …

A Very Short History Of Data Science

The story of how data scientists became sexy is mostly the story of the coupling of the mature discipline of statistics with a very young one–computer science. The term “Data Science” has emerged only recently to specifically designate a new profession that is expected to make sense of the vast …