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Where Big Data Projects Fail

Over the past 6 months I have seen the number of big data projects go up significantly and most of the companies I work with are planning to increase their Big Data activities even further over the next 12 months. Many of these initiatives come with high expectations but big data projects are far …

Big Data

10 Reasons Why Asset Allocation Is Everything For Retirement Saving

A popular recent article in the New York Times suggested that Americans who aren’t saving enough for retirement can blame Wall Street’s high fees on investment products for their shortfall.<p>We can’t dismiss our culpability entirely. The current national savings rate posted by the Federal Reserve …

Investing

Databricks Aims To Become The Platform For Big Data

<i>A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Ion Stoica, Co-Founder and CEO, Databricks.</i><p>“Databricks is predicated around the idea and the mission to make big data simple,” says the company’s co-founder and CEO, Ion Stoica. The company was founded in 2013 …

Big Data

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

Teens

Don't Let Venture Capitalists Force You To Convert To A C-Corporation | Inc.com

Founders typically establish their high-growth startups as C-corporations under the assumption that venture capitalists will eventually require them to convert into a corporation in order to receive VC funding. Other entrepreneurs found their companies as LLCs and then convert into corporations …

Venture Capital

MOOCs Aim To Strengthen Computer Science And Physics Teaching In Middle And High Schools

When massive open online courses (MOOCs) took off three years ago, many educators had high hopes that these courses could expand and diversify access to education. Early aspirations were soon replaced with criticism: studies showed that MOOCs weren’t reaching those who needed access the most. …

Education

A Community of Startup Founders Grows on Slack

Although it’s primarily a workplace collaboration tool, Slack is becoming a popular platform for wider communities, too.<p>For example, #Nomads has received attention for connecting digitally minded people visiting unfamiliar cities. #Startup, meanwhile, is a growing platform for startup founders who …

Startups

This Tiny Tech Startup Has Figured Out How To Turn Twitter's Trove Of Free Data Into A Goldmine

But there is tiny tech startup in London that has come up with a way of monetising all the free data that is coming out of Twitter. It's a mobile app called "Twizoo." It helps you find bars and restaurants based on how good they are, how close they are to you, and how expensive the prices are. It's …

Startup Success: When's The Best Time To Contact A Lawyer?

If you’re a startup, a relationship with a lawyer is one of the most important you can have. But when and why should you contact a lawyer if you’re thinking about starting a company? We asked two attorneys who specialize in technology transactions for their advice.<p><b>How much does an attorney …

Intellectual Property

30 Years Ago Warren Buffett Gave Away The Secret To Good Investing And Correctly Predicted No One Would Listen

In a speech at Columbia Business School, later adapted into an essay, Buffett introduced what he called, "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville."<p>Buffett writes:<p><b>"The common intellectual theme of the investors from Graham-and-Doddsville is this: they search for discrepancies between the value</b> …

Use The Drop In Oil Prices To Boost Retirement Income

Oil’s dramatic sell-off comes with good news and bad news. The bad news is that it has put global markets on edge and dampened overall gains for the year. The good news is that the price drop has put some quality, dividend paying companies on sale. While most experts and economists are talking …

New Baby in 2014? 6 Tax Tips For New Parents

When I say kids are expensive, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. But man, they are expensive. Once you accept that, you may want to shift your paradigm. Since you already committed to this parenting racket, you might as well make the most of it. And financially speaking, that means tax …

Facebook — with help from Google, LinkedIn, Twitter — releases MySQL built to scale

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Semisatch<p>Facebook announced on Thursday a new open source project called WebScaleSQL. The technology — …

A New Report Warns That America May Lose The Nanotechnology Race

And last month, when Rafael Nadal lost the final of the 2014 Australian Open to Stanislas Wawrinka, his opponent's $240 racquet was strengthened with nano-materials. Mr Nadal, meanwhile, was wearing a watch reinforced with carbon nanotubes—and costing almost $700,000.<p>It is this breadth of …

Eye on the Tiger: Satellite Images a New Tool for Conservation

Conservationists get a bird's-eye view of what's happening on the ground.<p>If a picture is worth a thousand words, satellite images may tell a crucial story for conservationists and anyone else looking to protect tigers or other endangered species.<p>"Maps are a common language, and satellite images are …

BYU image algorithm can recognize objects without any human help

Even the smartest object recognition systems tend to require at least some human input to be effective, even if it's just to get the ball rolling. Not a new system from Brigham Young University, however. A team led by Dah-Jye Lee has built a genetic algorithm that decides which features are …

Answers to all your 'Robocop' K5 security bot questions (exclusive)

So this entrepreneur wants to put a bunch of 300-pound, autonomous security robots into circulation around the world — in schools, malls, public streets, you name it.<p>These bots are equipped with cameras, location trackers, and every kind of sensor you can imagine. They can recognize faces and scan …

Docker goes broader — supporting more Linux distros out of the box

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Docker, the popular container technology that, in theory, lets developers encapsulate their apps and run them on bare metal, …

Python Displacing R As The Programming Language For Data Science

While R has traditionally been the programming language of choice for data scientists, it is quickly ceding ground to Python.<p>While there are several reasons for the shift, perhaps the biggest one is that Python is general purpose and comparatively easy to learn whereas R remains a somewhat complex …