Data Economy


  • How connected are Jell-O and Nike? Ask Facebook Saturday, 9 Nov 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    Better insights into relationships can help companies understand customer brand loyalty, so there may be more to Facebook than meets the eye.

  • Google prepares for the end of the world Saturday, 2 Nov 2013 | 7:03 AM ET
    The suspected Google barge docked in San Francisco Bay.

    A mysterious barge in San Francisco Bay that's attracting more attention than Google Glass can mean only one thing: Google is preparing for the flood.

  • Charts that changed the world, way before big data Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Detail of Ignaz Semmelweis’s germ theory data chart

    Some of the most important data visualizations ever created go way back, well before computers and big data existed: Charts that changed history.

  • Companies aim to cash in on your intimate social data Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 9:11 AM ET

    You may not realize it, but the apps on your smartphone may be collecting a lot of really personal data about you.

  • You may know a drug cocktail is toxic before FDA Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | 9:13 AM ET

    Microsoft and Stanford researchers have found Web searches can help the FDA and drug companies uncover dangerous drug interactions.

  • Big data busts out: Geek-built bra hits the market Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    True&Co. ad

    The big data revolution has made geeks sexy, but not like this.

  • You can live forever! Digitally Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 | 9:14 AM ET
    Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Total Recall"

    Backers of the lifelogging movement hold that our personal data are more important than our physical selves.

  • Facebook's 'Don Draper' wants to pitch teens Saturday, 19 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jon Hamm who plays Don Draper in a scene from the series Madmen.

    Facebook's new privacy settings for teens don't just protect them; they allow Facebook to turn teens into ad machines.

  • Google can't solve the Keystone pipeline test Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 1:31 PM ET
    A weld inspector during construction of the Gulf Coast pipeline in Prague, Okla.

    The president has said the Keystone decision will hinge on its having no significant impact on climate change, but how do we measure that?

  • Forget Lady Gaga: Meet pop's surprising new hero Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Lady Gaga

    Twitter queen Lady Gaga has made an art of data mining through social media. In the process she's revolutionized the music industry.

  • Forget IPO value, what's Twitter's data worth? Saturday, 12 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    As the market drools over the IPO valuation of Twitter, that's going to be peanuts compared with the value of all of the data that Twitter captures.

  • 10 strangest data findings you need to know Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 9:43 AM ET

    They're tracking you, and an assortment of odd trends, in the data collection world. Here are some findings that just may startle you.

  • Retail hiring gets more high tech as holiday nears Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    Cornerstone OnDemand kiosk at trade show

    As retailers gear up to hire hundreds of thousands of workers for the holidays, they're increasingly using technology to identify good candidates.

  • Elite athletes born all ‘roided up: Data on books Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    Cross a Kenyan marathoner, Jamaican sprinter and Finnish skier, and you get a data-based theory of elite athletes.

  • Your GMO Frankenfood to be farmed by Google algos Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 3:40 PM ET
    Wheat grows in a test field at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon.

    GMO crop giant Monsanto has acquired Climate Corp., a leader in algorithm-based agricultural management, founded by former Google engineers.

  • Why programmers feel 'somebody's watchin meeee' Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Almost 40 percent of software engineers working on big data solutions think the government is spying on them, and why wouldn't they?

  • The 'Moneyball' misplay: Big sports' big error? Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | 12:00 PM ET
    Brad Pitt in 'Moneyball'

    Pro sports teams are spending a lot of time and money trying to gain a winning edge through data, but the 'Moneyball' approach can be a big error.

  • Who’s viewing from your Instagram, and profiting? Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | 9:58 AM ET

    Is a picture worth a thousand words … to a Fortune 500 company? Social media analysts think Instagram is the next tweet and like data mine.

  • 10 surprising ways companies use your private info Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | 11:07 AM ET
    Lady Gaga

    From keeping you healthy to determining the NFL's schedule, here are a few more surprising ways companies are using your private information.

  • The Apple iPhone fingerprint hackfest begins Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    Scotland Yard was the first to use fingerprinting to catch criminals. Now, it's criminals turn to break into Apple iPhone's fingerprint sensors.

Rise of the Machines

  • 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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