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


Extreme Weather Caused $129 Billion Of Economic Losses Globally
Climate change is having an enormous negative impact on global labor productivity, the spread of infectious diseases and exposure to heatwaves and pollution, according to the inaugural report from The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, a research effort spearheaded by the British medical journal.

Here’s How Much Consumers Will Use Technology in the Near Future
Over the next few years, shopping in augmented reality, browsing the web without a screen and interacting with computer-based applications instead of humans will become increasingly commonplace, as voice technology becomes more pervasive in our lives.

12 Ways That Music Makes You More Productive At Work
Ever find yourself watching the minutes tick by or wishing there was a mute button for co-worker chit chat? There is a simple solution to many of the most common office hour irritations: music.

$63 Trillion of World Debt in One Visualization
If you add up all the money that national governments have borrowed, it tallies to a hefty $63 trillion.


How Can You Tell If Your Social Media Strategy Is Working?
Social media marketing is no longer a novelty; companies are finally taking the strategy seriously, and countless brands have found tremendous success in building communities and driving leads and traffic through social campaigns.

Ahead of Q3 Earnings, Facebook (FB) Remains a Strong Growth Stock
One day before Facebook FB is set to post its third-quarter earnings, representatives from the social media giant will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday regarding Russia’s role in buying controversial election-related Facebook posts.

Twitter says it overstated user numbers for three years
Twitter’s user base wasn’t quite as big as it tweeted about in past years.


The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success
Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success.

The future of the future: Spark, big data insights, streaming and deep learning in the cloud
Apache Spark is hailed as being Hadoop’s successor, claiming its throne as the hottest Big Data platform. What the founding fathers of Spark are saying and doing about its future and its positioning in the market has never been more timely.

The rise of big data policing
A towering wall of computer screens blinks alive with crisis. A digital map of Los Angeles alerts to 911 calls. Television screens track breaking news stories.

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