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Data Economy


  • Uncovering Bigfoot's digital footprint using big data Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 12:08 PM ET

    Big data has been used for a variety of things, but its latest use might be its most strange yet: The hunt for Bigfoot.

  • Consumers turning to big data for best buys Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | 6:39 AM ET
    Consumers turning to big data for best buys

    Mike Fridgen, CEO, Decide.com, explains how consumers are harnessing big data to get the best prices.

  • The guy who wants you to be as powerful as IBM Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 3:25 PM ET

    Big data is being disrupted. It's landing in the hands of the masses, cutting out traditional tech giant middlemen like Oracle and Microsoft.

  • The 'Moneyball' misplay? Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | 6:40 AM ET
    The 'Moneyball' misplay?

    Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist explains how some major league franchises may be wasting their money trying to stay competitive by making big data an all-star.

  • US spying destroys trust, says Zuckerberg Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 1:16 AM ET

    Zuckerberg said government surveillance hurt users' trust in Internet companies and that knowing more about the programs would help relieve public concerns.

  • Sam Adams and the data defining craft beer Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    Samuel Adams beer

    Why the craft beer category is defined by Sam Adams maker Boston Beer Co.

  • A job that lets you hang with sports stars Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    Can’t hit a curve ball? No problem. Just because you don’t have game, doesn’t mean you can’t work in sports. Become a data superstar.

  • Bringing big data to the masses Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    Bringing big data to the masses

    Christian Chabot, co-founder and CEO of Tableau Software, explains how his product lets customers access and use big data directly.

  • Every economic opportunity in the world, on a map Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | 5:00 PM ET

    LinkedIn’s grand vision is the creation of a map based on its user activity that surveys every economic opportunity in the world.

  • Big data hits the jackpot at Caesars Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 6:49 AM ET
    Big data hits the jackpot at Caesars

    Caesars Entertainment chairman and CEO Gary Loveman discusses what his company has learned by collecting information on customers.

  • What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas .... as data Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 1:56 PM ET
    Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas

    Sin City's casinos are amassing a trove of information on every patron's habits. It's the newest game in the strip's quest for profits.

  • Giving big data the quantum edge Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    Giving big data the quantum edge

    Vern Brownell, D-Wave president & CEO, explains how quantum computing can revolutionize everything from Wall Street to national security.

  • After NSA furor, tech firms are on the defensive Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 4:53 PM ET
    This undated photo made available by Google shows backup tapes stored at a data center in Berkeley County, S.C.

    Following revelations that the NSA may be compromising encryption standards, tech companies in the U.S. are on the defensive. NBC News reports.

  • Marketing dream goes live in 425 billion tweets Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 11:39 AM ET

    Social media analysis firm Topsy has indexed every tweet every sent, all 425 billion. Marketers can now comb through the social media world's version of the Dewey Decimal system.

  • The new Vegas bookie is a cyborg Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    In an age of massive data-crunching capabilities, can the stock Vegas bookie character still be the genius behind the three-and-a-half-point NFL spread?

  • Is Deep Learning, the 'holy grail' of big data? Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    Is Deep Learning, the 'holy grail' of big data?

    Derrick Harris, GigaOM, explains how "Deep Learning" computers are able to process and understand massive amounts of data on their own.

  • 3-D body scanners and virtual shoes: The new retail Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | 3:29 PM ET

    There is starting to be correlation between early-adopter retailers and those that will be the most successful. A look at some of the technologies that are having a big impact.

  • NASCAR: Big data offers little to bottom line Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 10:31 AM ET
    NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Saturday in Bristol, Tenn.

    Big data's bang for a company's buck is far from proven. Take the NASCAR-Hewlett Packard big data effort: NASCAR says it creates no quantifiable economic value.

  • How Google Earth surveillance will protect forests Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 8:41 AM ET
    Logging in the Amazon is closely linked with road building.

    Nestlé and Unilever will soon be able to see what’s going on in any tropical forests in real-time, down to 1 meter. Is this the "good side" of the surveillance state?

  • Can Twitter data explain Sharknado TV appeal? Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 2:24 PM ET

    Nielsen and Twitter's social media ratings venture aims to attract the first Twitter-based TV ad dollars, but it's still unclear what matters more: tweet sentiment or tweet volume.

Rise of the Machines

  • The Future We Dreamed Of Has Arrived

    All around us, there's a technological revolution underway powered by devices as small as a grain of rice. They are sensors, capable of tracking and recording everything we do.

  • Forward-thinking minds in science and tech are integrating high-tech device and human body and going further than ever.

  • From eBay auctions to Facebook likes, the cloud holds heaps of information. Now the question is what to do with it.

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