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IU researchers map entire global economy, forecast large-scale industrial evolution

"We're not only trying to give everyone a 'map,' or a large-scale picture of all the sectors of the economy, but also a 'weather forecast' and 'tools,'" Ahn said in a statement to the press.

"So users will not only know where they can find jobs but also predict bright spots on the horizon – the emerging markets – and acquire the skills, or tools, they will need to get where they want to go."

Uncle Sam moves to a new school district, seeks big data teachers

The Pentagon has learned a valuable lesson: It needs to learn a lot more about handling big data. While an admirable admission and pursuit, it's how the Pentagon is going about the pursuing that's raising a few eyebrows – and more than a little hope for government eventually getting up to speed.

LinkedIn's Pinot Analytics goes open source

Last fall, LinkedIn introduced Pinot and hopes to make it open source, which FierceBigData reported on at that time. Last week, the Pinot as open source became a reality. LinkedIn also open sourced Burrow, a "new method for monitoring Kafka consumers."

Victims of data breaches: What to do if your personal data has been compromised

Organizations are still far too lax on security and usually do very little to prevent the data spill or to clean up the aftermath. Since so many people are affected by these breaches, and more soon will be, it's important to know what to do to protect yourself. 

Opening the box of predictive analytics

Predictive analytics are getting more impressive and useful by the day. Unfortunately there are still far too few companies taking advantage of them. That's really a bad idea since it's very much like driving in the dark without the headlights on. You might make it around the bend safely but it's far more likely you'll drive your company off a cliff.

Millennials: The greatest risk to corporate data

According to a U.S. mobile security study, millennials are a greater risk to corporate data security than other user demographics. The findings between generational behaviors are likely to be counter-intuitive to many who assume younger generations to be more knowledgeable and more aware of security threats in mobile tech use than older generations. So much for gut-instinct, eh?

Breaks and exits

I'll be back in a week. Meanwhile, check out the great work by my colleagues in FBD this week. 

The Internet is 3 billion users and 4 Terabit/s strong

The scary thing is that there's so much more real-time traffic to come on every Internet exchange since the majority of humans have yet to come online and neither has the billions of devices in the IoT.  

Banks get a clue about big data

As things were going, banks had roughly the shelf-life of a new car. They might have made it to 10 years and +100,000 miles--maybe.  While the very big question of whether or not they can innovate fast enough to survive still looms, they are beginning to figure out some things at least. 

Copernicus Masters competition wants big data fueled ideas and markets for space data

What makes this contest in particular interesting is that the organizers are stretching beyond the expected applications in agriculture, construction and renewable energy by also deliberately inviting new services and products in "forward-thinking segments such as big data, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, data visualization, mobile applications, and more."