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

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Infographics Designer Talks Data Presentation
His new book Best American Infographics 2014, the second volume in a series, explores the importance of infographics in the multiplicity of new …

Six amazing infographics reveal what London’s really like
A few fun facts for you stats fans: residents in Enfield are way happier than those in Hammersmith, Clapham is a great place to pull, and Islington (with …

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

Facebook’s 3 Part Plan To Conquer The Online World
Although we haven’t seen spectacular earnings from the few social media companies that have reported thus far, investors’ expectations for Facebook …

‘Anti-Facebook’ investors dig deep for Ello
Some experts have argued that people are not prepared to pay to use social media platforms. “You don’t invite your friend to connect with you if it costs …

Facebook vs. Twitter: Which Is the Better Social-Media Investment?
For social-media investors, it’s been an interesting year. The space was once marked by rocketing prices and valuation metrics, but now the trend …

McDonald’s investors not ‘lovin’ it’ as profits drop
Last week, McDonald’s launched a social media campaign called “Our food. Your questions.” The company invited consumers to ask anything about …

BIG DATA NEWS

What To Do When Your Big Data Isn’t Big Enough
Gartner predicts that the cumulative Big Data spend for the period within 2011 and 2016 will reach a whopping $232 billion. Storage of Big Data–and …

For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data
IT salaries will remain mostly stagnant in 2015, except for workers with highly coveted skill sets, according to a report tracking IT salaries and skills …

Big Data skills gap ‘holding all sectors back’
Frustratingly for the organisations, which each had over 250 staff and operated in one of five sectors, roughly the same proportion said Big Data could …

Security Will Need Big Insight, Not Just Big Data
In looking for new opportunities in security and many other sectors, we look for the echoes of the current IT mega-trends: cloud, mobile, big data.

The Secret to Customer Engagement? Shrink Your Big Data
Across the world, there is a tectonic cultural shift redefining customer behavior. Today’s customers are doing more, demanding more and engaging …

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