This week was brimming with futuristic announcements. Google entered the race to get autonomous flying drones production-ready, and online brain-to-brain communication occurred for the first time in human history. IBM Watson also branched out into fashion apps, if you’re into that sort of thing. Here are the rest of the highlights from the week:

Big Data Berlin – The Biggest Big Data Meetup in Germany

Last Thursday, the Big Data community of Berlin came together in the aptly named Innospace (Innovation Space) for Big Data, Berlin. Over 350 people attended, providing an incredible cross-section of business and data science interests from Europe’s Silicon Valley. Check out the video!

Big Data Won’t Prevent the “Next Ferguson”- But It Might Stop the Tragedy After That

The story of how Michael Brown lost his life at the hands of the police two days before he was due to head off for college was a story heard around the world. The incident- and resulting civil unrest- became more than a sum of its parts. They became a flashpoint of growing tensions surrounding racial bias and the militarisation of policing. They became a call-to-arms for change.

But how might we go about implementing such change? Many are proclaiming big data as the answer. We explore the topic in this post.

Three Key Steps To Get All of Your Stakeholders Engaged in Data Governance

9989872634_f4d4e9910a_zTim Sande, Director of Data Governance at ATB Financial, tells us that the data governance process needs to be data-centric and more importantly business-centric. Systems, he continues, support this but do not drive the process. It is the business impact and subsequent business adoption that matters.


Telecom Giant Verizon shells out $7.4m to Settle Consumer Privacy Investigation

In what the US Federal Communications Commission has termed as an “unacceptable” usage of personal consumer information for marketing purposes, telecom giant, Verizon Communications has agreed to pay a fine of $7.4 million to the US Treasury.

Teradata Makes its Third Acquisition in 6 Weeks with Think Big Analytics the Latest Company to be Purchased

Think Big Analytics, a Big Data consulting firm primarily focused on Hadoop, becomes the latest in a series of acquisitions made by Teradata. The announcement comes just a few months after Teradata’s purchase of Revelytix and Hadapt, marking a clear intention to “embrace Hadoop and other big data technologies in order to provide a bridge to its data warehouse systems

2781275847_7eca3b7778_zU.K. Trails Behind Neighbours France and Germany in Exploiting Big Data According to Recent Survey

Teradata sponsored survey, carried out by Onepoll, revealed that the UK falls behind on its Big Data utilisation capabilities. The survey involved 300 C-level executives at enterprise companies across the U.K., France and Germany.


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