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

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

Is Airbnb Really Cheaper Than A Hotel Room In The World’s Major Cities?
That trend of Airbnb beating the hotel repeats itself in most cities around the world and the following infographic shows how things stack up in eight major tourist destinations. If you choose Airbnb over a hotel in Tokyo, for example, you could save $127 a night.

Man Utd still the world’s richest football club
Manchester United have retained their position as the world’s richest football club after beating Real Madrid to the top spot by just £1.5million.

Hitting the Marketing Email Sweet Spot With Millennials
While it might seem like millennials are on their computers or smartphones 24/7, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are checking their email every second of the day. As a marketer, it’s important to know when to send an email, what to include in it and ultimately, how to get someone to click on it.

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

Facebook should be ‘regulated like cigarette industry’, says tech CEO
A string of Silicon Valley heads have spoken out in recent months about their fear that social media could be more psychologically damaging than anyone expected. Salesforce chief Marc Benioff is latest tech insider to raise alarm over social media’s effect on society with comments at Davos.

Just Add Crypto
The other week a US company based in Hicksville, NY, best known for selling iced tea changed its name to the Long Blockchain Corp. Its stock rocketed up 275% even though it plans to maintain iced tea as its principle offering. What exactly has it to do with blockchain? It appears there’s not a single, so much as loose, agreement with a blockchain company in place at this time.

Why Twitter’s future just got even darker
Under former CEO Dick Costolo, Noto served as CFO and helped ensure revenue growth in a startup that recently went public and was facing the wrath of investors demanding more growth and eyeing competition from social media giant Facebook.

BIG DATA NEWS

How Big Data, AI And Other Tech Trends Are Disrupting The Oil Industry
Crude oil prices hit record highs back in 2008, reaching upwards of $150 per barrel, boosting production and inspiring a gold rush amongst investors who banked on the trajectory of a perceivably promising industry. Yet, the reality plaguing global powerhouses like Exxon Mobil, Shell and BP proved the exact opposite

Artificial intelligence vs. big data: Comparing emerging techs
For example, data produced by social networks or the internet of things by itself is not enough to qualify as big data in the strictest sense. The data must also be part of a larger analytics strategy that can lead to process automation, enhanced decision-making or other specific results.

How Netflix Uses Big Data to Drive Success
Big data helps Netflix decide which programs will be of interest to you and the recommendation system actually influences 80% of the content we watch on Netflix. The company even gave away a $1 million prize in 2009 to the group who came up with the best algorithm for predicting how customers would like a movie based on previous ratings.