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

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS


Star Wars Infographic: On What Side of the (Work) Force Do You Belong

May 4th has arrived! The day all of us hard-core Star Wars fans run around saying, “May the 4th be with you!” (and yes, I’m as hard-core as they come).

Why Your Brain Loves Infographics (and Your Readers Do Too)
Here at Contently, we love a good infographic. So, when we found an infographic about infographics, produced by NeoMam Studios, we were more than a little excited. As it turns out, there are solid scientific reasons why we love infographics, and it all comes down to our brains.

Infographics Confirming Existence of Stereotypes Go Viral
A series of infographics that show what the most Googled product is for each country of the world has been sweeping through traditional and social …

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

Ask Matt: Are social networking stocks dead?
What’s happening is momentum investors who jumped into social networking are learning even when there’s rapid growth – valuations still matter.

Facebook Extends Its Social Media Dominance
As a result, social media leader Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) saw its shares … has extended its social media dominance, meaning investors should take …

LinkedIn follows Twitter, shocks social media investors
Another day, another shock for investors in social media stocks. Shares of LinkedIn Corp, operator of the most popular social network for …

7 charts show investors’ antisocial behavior
This slideshow highlights seven examples of how investors have turned on the social media stocks, even though some of the companies reported …

How social media’s plunge could punish start-ups
Investors have spent years pouring money into companies somehow described as social media. According to data compiled by DataFox, the number …

BIG DATA NEWS

Forget the manifesto: big data will win future elections
Data presents an opportunity for parties to get to know the electorate … to a much more targeted approach where data can be used to have …

Millennials Are Driving the Sharing Economy — And So Is Big Data
I’d like to take a closer look at where customer data and big data fit into the growth of the collaborative economy, as well as at how established …

Tech City Voices From Capitol Hill to Westminster – how big data is transforming political campaigning
Obama’s last two presidential campaigns made widespread use of big data analytics to gauge sentiment among the voting public in order to adapt …

Big data analytics driving predictive car maintenance at BMW
Big data analytics are the key to automated predictive car maintenance, according to BMW. Dirk Ruger, head of business after-sale …

How old do I look? Microsoft’s Big Data knows your age
Everyone wants to believe that they look younger than they really are, and people hardly care to admit their true age. Well, if you want to guess how …

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