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Nielsen: Internet Display Advertising Grew 32% In 2013, But It’s Still Only 4.5% Of Spend Vs. TV At 57.6%

Nielsen put out its latest figures on the state of the advertising market across old and new media platforms this morning. One big takeaway is that Internet advertising continues to be the fastest-growing medium, but it remains a small player. Global display advertising across the web, mobile …

Pilot Project Begins To Replace Your Hotel Key With Your Smartphone Using Bluetooth

Soon enough you’ll be able to walk into a hotel, straight past the front desk and have your door open automatically for you without any extra effort required, thanks to a new pilot project by Starwood Hotels (via WSJ). Two hotels are debuting keyless entry via smartphones that have a companion app …

iPhone Replaces Hotel Room Keys in New Pilot Program

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is implementing a new pilot program that will see two key hotel locations in Manhattan and Silicon Valley allowing guests to enter their rooms with their smartphones, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>After installing the Starwood Preferred Guest (SGP) App, guests will …

AutoGrid, and its big data energy analytics, grow up

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Picture how Netflix and Amazon are using big data to predict and recommend the movies you want to watch and the products you …

Roadie tunes your guitar for you, tells you when your strings are about to break (hands-on)

Unless you've traded your guitar strings for an axe-shaped MIDI controller, tuning your guitar is probably one of those chores you've just learned to deal with. It's hardly the bane of any guitarist's existence, but sometimes it seems like there could just be a faster, more brainless way to get …

Native vs. HTML5: How the auto industry is forcing change for the mobile web

<i>Michael O’Shea is the CEO and president of Abalta Technologies.</i><p>Today’s mobile apps are mostly native. However, in a lot of ways, HTML5 is a goldmine waiting to be discovered by developers. It has the ability to “build once and deploy to many,” meaning any device with a web browser can support them. …

Transactional Big Data Startup ERN Raises Another $1M As It Sets Targets On Asia

In what feels like an ever-so-slightly protracted seed round, ERN has raised a further $1 million in seed funding, bringing the total raised by the London-headquartered company to $5.6 million. This time the fresh injection of capital is pegged to finance its expansion into Asian markets, as ERN is …

Mysterious ‘big data’ startup Databricks gets $14M from Andreessen Horowitz

Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz quietly invested $14 million in a mysterious new venture called Databricks.<p>General partner Ben Horowitz appears on a Form D filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC), and the Databricks website lists him as a board member.<p>It’s still early stages, but …

Databricks raises $14M from Andreessen Horowitz, wants to take on MapReduce with Spark

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Dabarti CGI<p>A team of professors that has created the in-memory Spark and Shark platforms for analyzing …

Excel's Power Maps take bar graphs to some new and mildly interesting places

There are only so many ways one can juice up boring Excel data, but Microsoft's new Power Map Preview for Office 365 looks like it's up to the challenge. The 3D map visualizer has just graduated from "project" status with a handful of features sure to please number crunchers and map lovers alike. …

BlackBerry billionaire Prem Watsa defends $4.7bn bid against market doubts

The Canadian billionaire behind a $4.7bn (£2.9bn) offer to take the ailing smartphone maker BlackBerry private has insisted he will complete the deal.<p>Prem Watsa, the chairman of Fairfax Financial, spoke out to defend his all-cash bid after BlackBerry shares tumbled 6pc on Wednesday. The closed a …

A Visual History Of The Last 20 Years Of Open Source Code

The rise in popularity of modern connected computing can be traced to the late 1980s and early 1990s. The personal computer and later the World Wide Web combined to create an unprecedented explosion in the availability of information and the ability to immediately connect to our fellow humans.<p>To …

14 Rules Of The New Workplace That Millennials Need To Master

To navigate the new workplace, Schawbel says millennials need to master a new set of rules that aren't taught in school. Advances in technology, the rise of social media, and 24/7 connectivity mean young people have to promote themselves and take ownership of their careers in ways that previous …

To Go from Big Data to Big Insight, Start with a Visual

Although data visualization has produced some of the most captivating artistic displays in recent memory, some of which have found their way into exhibits at the New York Museum of Modern Art and countless art installations around the world, business leaders are asking: is data visualization …

Big data is a bubble? Don’t tell that to these guys

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Albert Chau<p>There has been some talk lately that big data is a bubble — that it has been overhyped, oversold and …

This iPad game actually builds your kids' brains — and tells you how they're developing

Occasionally, when people shout “brains!” they’re not zombies looking for a fresh meal. Sometimes they just want to help you grow, learn, and be the best you can be.<p>Which, of course, is exactly what all parents want for their kids.<p>Seven months after launching the Fit Brains app to help adults build …

Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

Public cloud companies are now worth $100B — and this is just the start

According to venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners, the combined value of the top publicly-traded cloud computing companies now exceeds $100 billion.<p>But that’s just an appetizer for the multi-course meal to come. With the overall software market worth a trillion dollars annually, and many …

Netflix's Personalized User Profiles Begin Showing Up on Apple TV

According to multiple Twitter reports and a tipster who contacted <i>MacRumors</i>, individual Netflix profiles are now showing up on the Apple TV. The personalized profile feature, which is expected to be launched in August, will allow users of shared Netflix accounts to select a unique profile when …

Are these the hottest startups around, or the next billion-dollar exits?

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>LinkedIn (s lnkd) has released its second-annual ranking of the startups that Silicon Valley engineers most want to work for, …

Breaking Down The Inertia Around Android And iOS Innovation

As Android closes in on 1 billion activations, the companies grouped around Mozilla’s Firefox OS are asking how, and over what period of time, can we break down the Google/Apple OS duopoly?<p>I got talking earlier this week to Dan Appelquist, of Spanish carrier Telefonica, a keen supporter of Firefox …

The Datafication of Human Resources

A new buzzword has hit the business world: Datafication – turning an existing business into a “data business.”<p>Think about it this way: Facebook has “datafied” our friend network. Google has “datafied” our search and information retrieval. LinkedIn has “datafied” our professional connections. …

Scoop: Intel’s upcoming TV service is going to be called OnCue

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Intel’s (s INTC) TV service, which the company’s Intel Media unit plans to launch before the end of the year, is going to be …

9 Pieces of Data E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Should Collect

There’s no question that the future of e-commerce is in personalization. But you can’t improve your customers’ online shopping experience (or retain existing customers) without understanding what it is they want in the first place — which means you need to be understanding, and then acting, on …