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

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

Buying vs renting: Infographics detail gap between mortgage and rental costs
New research has revealed the UK cities where houses cost less to buy than to rent and where first time buyers are better to continue renting.

Bitcoin named as world’s top performing currency for 2015
… globally – so much so that The Money Project reckons it was the world’s top performing currency in 2015, as this infographic shows

WhatsApp Reaches One Billion Users
Facebook FB +0.86% has reported that WhatsApp, its instant messaging service, passed a huge milestone yesterday. It now boasts one billion …

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
This infographic cuts through all of the stories and rumours about the scandal to give you the facts about what has happened, the cars affected, …

Nearly Half of Social Media Users Trust Facebook Friends for Financial Advice
Check out the infographic below for more data on the most popular financial topics and the influence of social media connections on finance …

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

How Social Media Affects Branding And Growth
LinkedIn (LNKD) is the most effective digital platform, according to a survey of financial advisors by the financial services marketing and …

7 worthwhile ways to automate social media
Social media is an essential part of 21st century life. And, that’s especially true for business owners who are looking to connect with customers, influencers and even potential investors.

Twitter May Have A New Suitor
Twitter, the still popular but financially challenged microblogging service, could be acquired. But questions abound over whether (and how) that could actually happen.

China Company Accused of Fleecing Investors of $7.6 Billion
Simmering anger on social media also spurred public security officials to phone Internet users to warn them against criticizing the Communist Party …

Facebook makes investors smile with doubled fourth quarter profits
Social media giant Facebook has bucked the trend of underwhelming tech results of Apple and eBay and more than doubled its profits in the fourth …

BIG DATA NEWS

Has Big Data Taken The Human Out Of Human Behaviour?
Over the past couple of years, I, like most of you, began hearing of a marketing term applied to data analytics called “big data.” One proponent of this …

Free Hadoop, Spark Training; Advanced Analytics Market Grows: Big Data Roundup
We’ve got all that and more in this week’s big data roundup. Let’s start with Microsoft. This week, the company began offering a deep learning …

IBM Grows Big Data Capabilities After It Officially Acquires Weather Company Properties
This development doesn’t mark IBM’s first notable investment into big data. In recent months, IBM has partnered with Twitter and Facebook to bolster …

Silicon Valley’s BIG Data Problem
Numbers have their place. So does paying attention. Last October I wrote a piece about how Silicon Valley’s usual optimism had been replaced by …

Big data startups beware: Disruption isn’t enough, you need to make money
After all, if we believe that MapR’s proprietary approach to big data really does “drive partnership with our customers,” the same thing must be true of …

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