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The state of big data in 2014 (chart)

It’s been almost two years since I took a first stab at charting the booming big data ecosystem, and it’s been a period of incredible activity in the space. An updated chart was long overdue, and here it is (click the full-screen option to enlarge):<p><i>Editor’s note: VentureBeat has cherry-picked the</i> …

We're all being mined for data – but who are the real winners?

It's exactly a year since Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA and GCHQ surveillance began to reach the public domain. As a result, we now know quite a lot about the ways the NSA and its overseas franchises have mastered "big data" technology to hoover up our metadata and monitor our clickstreams …

A big day for charity data

Share<p>You could be forgiven for missing it, but this month was a big deal in the world of open data with the publication of 360 Giving’s Grant …

Are Uber's passenger ratings big data for good – or discrimination 2.0?

For a short period on Monday morning, users of taxi firm 2.0 Uber were able to see their passenger rating, the company's internal ranking of how good a customer you are.<p>The coder Aaron Landy discovered that by pasting a short chunk of code into their browser, any Uber customer could find out the …

What is big data good for? Incremental change, not big paradigm shifts.

Big data is messy data. It’s not enough just to collect it and count it, because there is never just one way to count it. Big data certainly doesn’t …

Harnessing Big Data For Social Good, YC-Backed Nonprofit Bayes Impact Launches

Andrew Jiang, Paul Duan and Eric Liu, the three founders of Y Combinator’s latest nonprofit, Bayes Impact, aren’t your typical entrepreneurs.<p>The engineer, data scientist, and investor had previously worked on or analyzed investments in some of the toughest problems facing all technology companies …

17 important case studies on Big Data

Are you looking for some of good case studies that highlight how large companies leverage Big Data for driving productivity? Check out these 17 …

How can big data be used for social good?

Big data is everywhere these days. As the tools for making sense of big data become widely – and more expertly – applied, and types of data available for analysis diversify, the possibility to use big data for social good increases.<p>The application of big data for social change represents a …

Liceenii şi studenţii români, în topul deţinătorilor de smartphone şi al conectării la internet

<b>Aproape 40% dintre studenţii şi elevii români deţin un smartphone, aceştia fiind în top şi la capitolul conectării la internet, relevă studiul</b> …

How Corporate Social Responsibility can grow your business

Written by Sheree Hanna<p>Emerging markets such as Africa have without a doubt provided the right fabric for weaving corporate social responsibility …

Why Corporations Fail to Do the Right Thing

Six reasons why international business remains dangerous to workers and the environment, even when its leaders genuinely want to do better<p>Four years ago yesterday, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and spilling thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf. This Thursday is the …

One Startup's Struggle to Survive Silicon Valley's Gold Rush

Richard Barnes<p><b>It was an</b> unseasonably warm December, and somewhere nearby a rising tide in the San Francisco Bay was lifting all kite-surfers, but …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

Call of Duty

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Books

35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime

Whether they're written for children, sci-fi lovers, mathematicians, or fiction aficionados, certain stories transcend their genre and should be read by everyone.<p>In a recent Reddit thread, users were asked what is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life?<p>Here are the top 35 …