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August 24, 2012 – Hype continues to surround big data analytics. But hype or not, data-driven decision-making is becoming central to management decisions at most enterprises. They are taking inspiration from Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team that turned to data analytics (known as Sabermetrics in baseball and made popular in the movie, "Moneyball") to assemble a competitive baseball team despite the organization's limited financial resources.
August 23, 2012 – The average person spends roughly a third of their life asleep. Path, the journal of your life, would be incomplete without a way to track those quiet hours. So we’ve taken a closer look.
August 22, 2012 – Facebook revealed some big, big stats on big data to a few reporters at its HQ today, including that its system processes 2.5 billion pieces of content and 500+ terabytes of data each day. It’s pulling in 2.7 billion Like actions and 300 million photos per day, and it scans roughly 105 terabytes of data each half hour.
August 21, 2012 – Data science is a sophisticated and complex discipline, but since it's still an emerging field, its practitioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Typically, though, a background in working with large data sets in a research setting is advantageous. This is why you may be mingling with a former physicist or immunologist at the next data hackathon you attend. New startup 0xdata aims to cast the net even wider, building a widely-accessible statistical analysis tool using Hadoop, R, and Google's BigQuery.
August 21, 2012 – You might think you know what big data is capable of, but until you’ve explored what the medical profession can do with it, chances are you probably know very little. Big data isn’t just about Facebook monitoring every aspect of our lives, or companies recording the minute details of each transaction they make. It can also be used to build some pretty impressive graphic visualizations, and few are quite as, well – graphic – as those associated with the human body.
August 20, 2012 – The new Microsoft (MSFT) research lab in Manhattan is the latest addition to New York City's increasingly buzzy tech scene. Headed by mathematical physicist Jennifer Chayes, the lab will focus on Big Data analysis, parsing the vast troves of information created by the world's digital denizens. Chayes spoke with Fortune about the lab, the world-changing potential of Big Data, and why New York City has an edge when it comes to tech's next big thing.
August 20, 2012 – Just when you think you have a handle on your credit score, number of Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, Twitter followers, and most recently your Klout score, there's now an eScore to worry about. You probably have a pretty good idea of where you stand with each rating: I'm satisfied with my average standing in every category (378 LinkedIn connections, mid-50's Klout score, median credit score, and I went rogue and quit Facebook in 2011). No such luck with your eScore, a digital combination of complex algorithms that calculates your buying power as a potential online customer, and is kept private.
August 20, 2012 – Bearing the weight of booming populations and a precarious economy, cities can no longer conduct business as usual. Despite the countless technological and cultural shifts of the past century, many cities still resemble lumbering relics of the Industrial Era, belching forth smog produced not by factories, but instead motorized boxes stalled in traffic.
August 17, 2012 – As Big Data grows and storage moves to the cloud, it's easy to forget that all that information still takes up physical space, even if that space is a server farm half a world away. But as data grows bigger, storage is becoming smaller. Case in point: three geneticists have encoded an entire book about synthetic biology into DNA.
August 17, 2012 – When it comes to storing information, hard drives don’t hold a candle to DNA. Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a single gram. A mere milligram of the molecule could encode the complete text of every book in the Library of Congress and have plenty of room to spare. All of this has been mostly theoretical — until now. In a new study, researchers stored an entire genetics textbook in less than a picogram of DNA — one trillionth of a gram — an advance that could revolutionize our ability to save data.