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


How New Technologies Are Changing The Electricity Sector
Electrification, decentralization and digitalization are converging to create a smarter and more connected electric system. However, several challenges stand between the current system and a more efficient, sustainable and distributed future.

What’s the difference between VR and AR?
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two similar types of technology that are expected to become part of our everyday lives. Find out the differences between these two, often confused, technologies.

Are consumers ready for Amazon Go?
Amazon is forging ahead with its revolutionary store format, but is it the experience that customers want?

The 20 Most Common Reasons Startups Fail and How To Avoid Them
So, you have a great new idea or invention, and you are ready to open your startup business. But, you’ve been scared by the well-publicized statistic about startup failure — more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first four years.


Inside Snapchat’s secretive culture, where CEO Evan Spiegel has no public social media and employees share a ‘Fight Club’-like privacy mentality
Evan Spiegel has been incredibly secretive since the early days of Snapchat, often refusing to share his vision for Snapchat with investors, reporters, and even employees. But as Snap approaches its first anniversary as a public company, Spiegel has admitted that he must improve on his communication skills, both internally and externally.

Generations tech: Talking to Gen X, millennial clients
Technologically advanced and social media-connected financial advisors are what Gen X and millennial clients want. So says a study from Global X, which found that strong technological capabilities would make it more likely for 93 percent of millennials and 71 percent of Gen X investors to work with an advisor.

Fragmenting Social Media and Facebook’s Withering Popularity
Daily active users in the USA and Canada, Facebook’s most mature market, declined for the first time in Facebook’s history. Time spent on the site was down by an average of 50 million minutes per day.


Forbes Fintech 50 2018: The Future Of Wall Street And Big Data
Mega banks are using artificial intelligence to get a better, real time understanding of their market and operational risks, while new software platforms are altering how big firms collaborate internally and with the rest of the street.

How political campaigns use big data to get out the vote
If you will recall, at TechRepublic and ZDNet in 2016, we tracked not the horse race, but the data and technology that powers politics. Why? Because there’s a ton of information private industry and other institutions, like academics and NGOs, can get from learning how politics use and doesn’t use data.

BlackRock includes emojis in big data analysis
BlackRock has started to include emojis in its analysis of social media data, claiming the popular symbols for conveying emotions can help inform its approach to risk management following political elections.