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Spotlight: Big data: Media's blockbuster business tool

Big data is the big difference between best-of-breed media and the other guys. 

Big data reveals productive people work in sprints, not marathons

According to a recent study, the top 10% of productive employees don't work full eight hour days. On average, they work for 52 minutes and then take 17-minute breaks. And no, those 17 minute breaks weren't spent on email, social media, or a smartphone app.

Will the privacy pin pop the big data bubble?

Protecting privacy now takes center-stage in most big data discussions, as it should. Various professional organizations are working on or have developed a list of ethical rules to guide data collection and use.

What happened to Joan Rivers and can big data fix that?

Dr. Robert Savala, a leading San Francisco anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who is also incidentally available for a telehealth consultation or second opinion through the HelloMD service, offers us his take on what likely happened to Joan Rivers. And yes, big data analytics may very well prevent such tragedies in the future. 

An invitation to meet at Strata and a note of consequence

Are you presenting or exhibiting at Strata in New York? Here's the best way to get your information to me for consideration of coverage. More interested in today's news in big data? We have an excellent guest post this week that you'll want to be sure to read. 

FourthWall Media expands return path data--adds cable system diagnostic data to set-top box viewer data

Even while sophisticated data from set-top boxes flowed in on viewer habits and actions for quick analysis, cable system diagnostic data largely didn't exist. FourthWall Media is addressing that by doubling down on its return path data to include device and system diagnostic data.

FTC on the dangers in consumer labeling and big data stereotyping

The problem with big data is its propensity to be used to label individuals and sometimes entire groups as good customers or bad ones and as good risks or bad risks. This leads, albeit usually inadvertently, to individuals and groups being unfairly discriminated against. 

Design overhaul needed for EHRs, says AMA

The American Medical Association, or AMA, says that electronic health records (EHR) systems in use today "have neglected usability as a necessary feature" and the association is now calling for a design overhaul.

Drones shoot down talks on the future of civilian robotics

Besides confusion over what constitutes a robot, politics and emotions on drone use took center stage at the Future of Civilian Robotics talk at think tank Brookings, of what should have been a serious science and tech discussion on robotics as a whole.

IBM unveils Watson Analytics, offers freemium

Bring-your-own-analytics has been cresting on the horizon for awhile, but IBM's unveiling of Watson Analytics has brought the idea home to roost. Delivering it in a freemium model was a stroke of genius. Let the consumerization of analytics begin in earnest!