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Spotlight: How Big Data Is Like Big Tobacco

Take a look at Tim Walsh's post in Forbes. 

Data brokers struggle with branding big data

There's not much of a market for raw data. But if you have output from sophisticated, trustworthy predictive models for sale, then you stand to make some sizable money. The problem data brokers have now is in branding their big data so buyers can know the difference--and the value.

Big data's customer conundrum

If you really want to leverage big data to increase your revenues significantly, you have to focus on customer-centric strategies and steer clear of the notion that you are in control of the customer.

Hilary Mason's big data idea service

If you already possess analytical and data science skills, then you are in a good position to take advantage of the coming hiring boom, or to launch a consultancy yourself.

Indiana state government uses big data to reduce infant mortality

The state of Indiana has been plagued with a higher than average infant mortality rate--7.7 infant deaths per 1000 births. Republican Governor Mike Pence sees hope in big data to find the causes and address them.

BabyX reads its first words--artificial intelligence is growing up

One cannot talk intelligently about big data and not be thinking of its ultimate outcome: artificial intelligence, or AI. BabyX is not a real baby but it shows us just how far AI has already come.

Face recognition algorithms repurposed to find cancer in X-rays

Enlitic is working on using software very similar to the face recognition programs used by Facebook to detect patterns in medical data such as cancer in an X-ray, reports Elizabeth Dwoskin.

Why big data scientists must have exceptional social instincts

Nearly every organization around the globe is in hot pursuit of data scientists. But among this relatively rare and very desirable bunch, what traits and skills are most desirable? 

Consumer groups, big data and the rise of new consumer protection analytics

For decades now, companies have tried to sneak information and permissions past consumers by burying it in fine print, be that in paper contracts or online terms-of-service. Look for the consumerization of analytics and big data wielding consumer groups to bring those practices to a screeching halt.

Mega data mayhem: Big data tools have yet to catch up to really big data

While the business world has recently experienced a rapid growth in data and discovered ways to manage and use it, the new tools have yet to fully measure up to handling the mega-data scientists are still trying to get a handle on.