Our weekly round up of relevant news from around data (big or otherwise), social, trends and our very own index:

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

Infographics platform Infogr.am bets big on Brazil as it acquires data-visualization blog Visualoop
If you have a penchant for dressing up numbers and stats in infographics, you’ve maybe come across Infogr.am over the past few years. In a nutshell …

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

Change.org announces $US25 million investment from Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher
Online petition site Change.org is in the business of social change but … second multi-million investment round after starting life as a social network for …

Uber’s valuation tops public Twitter, LinkedIn
The drop chopped the social media company’s market worth by $20 billion. … Given the growing preference of big investors for the shares of private …

Can Tantalizing Twitter Shake It Off And Rock Wall Street? TWTR
The eight-year-old San Francisco-based social media dynamo boasts 284 … Without that, it can’t manage investor expectations or build confidence.”.

3 Investing Mistakes Millennials Don’t Know They Are Making
What we do know is that certainly the stock market crash in 2008-2009 and innovations like Kickstarter, where millennials can be distant social media …

Why This Billion Dollar Fund Manager Is Dumping Twitter, Inc. Stock
Taking steps to make it easier to enroll new tweeters isn’t all Twitter is doing to try and address investor’s angst. Like social media king Facebook …

BIG DATA NEWS

Top 5 Big Data Trends Of 2014
As companies move beyond bleeding-edge experiments into production deployments, these trends point to real-world progress in big data analysis.

’60 Minutes’ Cancer Doctor’s Revolutionary Idea: Taking Big Data Seriously
Cancer pioneer and entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong’s appearance on 60 Minutes last night – see this crisp summary by my colleague Matthew …

Lies, Damn Lies And The Myth Of Following The Data
It’s a huge conundrum in the age of big data. How do you find definitive answers when you can look at different data points on the same topic and …

Linkedin Exec Says Marketers Make the Best CEOs
Russell Glass is coauthor of The Big-Data Driven Business: How to Use Big Data to Win Customers, Beat Competitors, and Boost Profits, and Head of …

Anyone Can Now Use IBM’s Watson To Crunch Data For Free
The analytics platform is meant to make ‘big data’ processing available to people without a statistics degree — in theory, you’ll be able to chuck in a …

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