Twitter is full of data—a social goldmine. Now, it seems that tweets can even help determine unemployment levels. And there’s tension in the value of social media data because, as an article on Information Week states, “The social media realm is a charity to benefit businesses.” Read More
Fawn Fitter recently enlightened us here on BDF about the vast number of data breaches that we either don’t hear about at all, or don’t hear enough about to pay attention. I find it fascinating and scary that data breeches are so commonplace and apparently simple that the media—our real-time, in-your-face, scrolling at the bottom of the screen media—can’t even keep up. Read More
Jennifer Zaino recently wrote a post titled “Taking Big Data Analytics to the Public Cloud” here on the Big Data Forum. In the article, Jennifer points to a GigaOm Research survey relating to the cloud and big data analytics. Read More
As I write this, I have a browser window open to Listen to Wikipedia, which transforms updates to that ever-changing website into a soothing, almost hypnotic visual and auditory experience in near-real time. It's perfect background to my workday — and a perfect example of how looking at (and listening to) big data can make things easier to understand. Read More
Questions of privacy have come up as big data is used regularly to fight crime in Los Angeles. Regardless of the discussion surrounding it, there’s no doubt that LASER is making a big dent in the city’s crime rate using big data. Read More
joelshore — Interesting, that may be part of the resistance to Apple Pay by some merchants. The merchant never learns the identity of the shopper, can't link what was purchased to any specific person, and therefore can't do any targeted marketing. Though you and I like that, merchants do not.