Twitter's under-reported line item
The market's can't get enough of the pending Twitter IPO. Nothing like the valuation of a Silicon Valley giant that still loses money to get investors salivating.
But there's one aspect of Twitter's financials that was recently revealed in its IPO filing that is an underanalyzed, and growing, money maker: sale of Twitter data to third parties. More than $47 million has come from selling off its data to a fast-growing group of companies that analyze the data for insights into news events and trends. That is a small amount compared with the revenue generated from advertising, but Twitter's data business has rippled across the economy, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Apple is the next Dell?
From Hewlett-Packard to Dell, the death of the PC hasn't been greatly exaggerated at all. But one PC maker that has withstood the trend is Apple, with its shiny lineup of Macs. That may be changing. In the third quarter, Mac sales dropped 11 percent to 1.9 million from the period a year earlier, according to an IDC report. In the past, consumers would buy the iPhone or iPad, and Apple bet the consumers would get pulled into the entire ecosystem and begin buying MacBook Pros or MacBook Airs. But, that halo effect is fading, according to BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis.
How to make some cool charts
Big data isn't just for big business, and you don't have to turn to big-data-for-the-masses company Tableau Software, either. No matter how big the data, you, yes even you, can find ways to make use of it. There are plenty of apps out there that will let you make some pretty cool visualizations of big data sets.TechRepublic profiled five of these apps.
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