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Dr. Taha Yasseri is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His main research focus is on online societies, government-citizen interactions on the web and structural evolution of the Internet. He uses mathematical models and data analysis to study social systems quantitatively. Prior to Oxford Internet Institute,

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Death of Twitter
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Twitter started as a social version of text messaging. The limit on a text message is 160, which Twitter truncated to 140 to account for the sender’s name. Early reviews considered the platform to be “addictive and at the same time annoying”; a less charitable review went as far as

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EVENTS HAPPENING ON THE 8th MAY May 8, 2014 – Budapest Big Data Budapest @ 500 We are celebrating our 500th member with a talk jam session on every flavor of Big Data topics and a few beers. Come and join us! May 8, 2014 – Barcelona Inauguració Big Bang Data L’exposició

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Alibaba
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Today we feature Alibaba‘s use of big data. The company filed for an IPO on Tuesday, and is expected to raise more than Facebook’s $16 billion in 2012. Alibaba dominates the e-commerce market in China. It can be considered a mix of Amazon, eBay and Paypal, adapted for the Chinese

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Dr. Kostas Tzoumas is a post-doctoral researcher at TU Berlin . Kostas is currently co-leading the Stratosphere project, that develops an open-source Big Data Analytics platform, the only of its kind in Europe. His research is focused on system architectures, programming models, processing and optimization for Big Data.  Kostas has

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DRM and China's Knockoff Economy
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The United States gave the world the iPhone, China gave it the HiPhone. China has created knockoffs of almost every imaginable product, including the White House and entire European villages. Estimates of the cost of Chinese piracy to the US economy was estimated at $50 billion in 2011 alone. Another

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Hadoop is free, but what's the catch?
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Hadoop is designed to make storing and processing large amounts of data affordable. It does this in two ways: Through hardware, by allowing use of normal processing chips, and Through software, with the open-source Apache licence Open-source software essentially means Hadoop is free, or more specifically no licence fee needs

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Yesterday we attended an event at Acadia University where Dr. Danny Silver gave a presentation on Data Analytics and Data Mining. The talk was organised in light of Big Data Week and the presentation gives a good overview of data analytics, the data mining process and the key trends in

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Big Data Helping Us Run Faster
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Previously we had a look at how data-centric approaches were used in baseball and cricket to identify undervalued players. Today we review studies on absolute limits on how fast humans and animals can run. While human runners continue to set new speed records, racehorses appear to have reached a plateau.

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Twitter Credibility Problem
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Twitter has a credibility problem. Fake information and photos proliferate the platform, especially after a natural disaster. For example, Hurricane Sandy photos depicted flooding of the whole East Coast and the Statue of Liberty being felled by a tsunami. For every problem, there’s a startup. Tweetcred appends a ‘credibility ranking’,

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