Every economic opportunity in the world, at your fingertips
The latest news from the brave new world of the Data Economy:
LinkedIn's map of the world
Right now, you can endorse your professional buddies on LinkedIn, learn about some relevant job opportunities, and wonder how in the heck this person you don't know who runs a company you never heard of decided to ask you to add him to your professional network.
In the grand vision of the LinkedIn gurus, though, the future will offer a world map based on LinkedIn data showing every single economic opportunity on earth.
The map would include a profile of every company, every higher educational organization, every worker and every job opportunity on the planet.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ... on a server
Inside the Flamingo Hotel, in the heart of the Vegas strip, 200 people are hard at work gaming the system and making bets in ways very different from typical casino patrons.
A better way to price the hotel, a wiser arrangement of tables, a sudden lapse in visits from longtime patrons—Caesars Entertainment's data analytics team is considering all these issues on a daily basis. Even getting their heads around why Atlantic City gamblers never returned to the casinos after Superstorm Sandy. The answer...
(Read more: The new Vegas bookie is a cyborg)
Silicon Valley vs. Big Brother
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said at this past week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference that there was a good, simple reason a tech company can be only so demanding about government transparency on data requests: She'd be sent to prison for treason if she shared classified information.
But tech giants are using whatever leverage they have to nudge the government to be more forthcoming about its Big Brother aims. Google has filed a petition seeking the ability to publish "detailed statistics" about information sought under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
And because Mayer doesn't want to go to jail, Yahoo and Facebook have filed a petition similar to Google's, asking for permission to publish more detailed disclosures about data requests from U.S. government agencies.
America's interest in Brazilian oil
The age of energy independence has arrived for the U..S., which is awash in natural gas and oil from shale deposits. Why, then, is the government tapping into the communications of Brazilian energy giant Petrobras?
It was revealed this week that the National Security Agency targeted the private computer networks of Brazil's state-run oil firm Petrobras, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a Brazilian TV report said.
(Read more: Google's big brother technology for the rainforest)
Never mastered the crossover dribble? Can't hit a curve? No problem. Just because you don't have the game to be a professional athlete, doesn't mean you can't find a job in the sports world. Becoming a data superstar could be the key to your athletic stardom. Business schools around the country are beginning to offer dedicated sports analytics courses, and it could be a viable career path that brings you closer to the base paths, even without a .300 average.