This week, data security has taken centre stage with a variety of acquisitions, data breaches, new guidelines and funding rounds being reported. Elsewhere, Fujitsu announced a partnership with the National Cheng Kung University to nature talent in computational sciences, Snapchat could be sold to Alibaba Group that could value the company at $10 billion, and Tata Consultancy Services reported that 62 percent of businesses are planning to gather data from wearable digital devices by 2020.

Below, we’ve selected our top picks for the Week in Big Data.


Okcupid’s User Experiment: A Call-To-Arms For Data Transparency?OkCupid’s User Experiment: A Call-to-Arms for Data Transparency?

Doomed love affairs, shallow personalities and an unknown woman clutching some driftwood- OkCupid’s latest reports on their user experiments threw up some interesting findings, but also left many alarmed about how much they could meddle without user’s knowledge or express consent. We discuss the findings from OkCupid’s experiments, where we draw the line with user experimentation, and why we need greater data transparency.

Dynamic Data IntegrationDynamic Data Integration

Dynamic data integration for distributed architectures with more fragmented data sets need data quality and master data management to bridge existing enterprise infrastructure to newer apps developed for cloud and mobility. But in order to succeed, firms need to first establish and commit to an ongoing data governance program with clear objectives endorsed by senior management.

Big Data Technology Series – Part 2Big Data Technology Series – Part 2

Max Kanaskar takes us through the evolution of big data, helping us understand some of the characteristics, needs and current technology trends in big data management in greater detail.


Pindrop Security: Looking To Save Banks $19 Billion By Improving AuthenticationPindrop Security: Looking to Save Banks $19 Billion by Improving Authentication

We interviewed Matt Anthony (VP of Marketing) and Raj Bandyopadhyay (Principal Data Scientist) at Pindrop Security to learn more about how the company. Pindrop Security provides solutions to protect enterprise call centers and phone users, where it combines authentication and anti-fraud detection technology to verify legitimate callers while detecting malicious callers.


542119133_520649B7D8_ZIBM Adds to Security Portfolio with CrossIdeas Acquisition

IBM announced yesterday that it has acquired Rome-based cyber security firm CrossIdeas. The addition of CrossIdeas extends IBM’s market share leading portfolio of identity and access management capabilities. IBM said that the CrossIdeas team will work with IBM immediately, operating as an IBM company.

Prediction IoTwitter Transparency Report Shows 46% Increase in Government Requests for User Information

Twitter has just released the biannual transparency report. Among the most significant findings is a 46% increase in government requests for user information, revealing how governments are increasingly relying on social media to uncover the activities of their citizens.

Prediction IoThe San Francisco 49ers Harness Big Data to Boost Fan Engagement

The 49ers have announced a fan engagement programme, which offers fans exclusive incentives like tickets to sold-out games and lunch with the players in exchange for one thing- their personal data.

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