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

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

5 Best Online Businesses to Start This Year
There’s no better time to start an online business. Today, most retailers are finding that a good deal of their sales come from online shoppers.

Why Energy Efficiency Is Important In Emerging Markets
Governments across emerging markets are working to improve energy efficiency and reduce domestic energy consumption. Even in nations rich in oil and gas, policy makers are reducing subsidies and launching efficiency programs.

WannaCry: the biggest ransomware attack in history
The WannaCry ransomware has rocked every corner of the globe over the past two weeks, affecting more than 250,000 victims across 150 countries in one of the most aggressive and widespread cyber attacks in history.

The many failures of Elon Musk, captured in one giant infographic
Going through a rough patch at work? Well, at least you probably didn’t get ousted as CEO of your own company, watch two of your companies hover on the brink of bankruptcy or get fired while on your honeymoon.

How We Spend Our Days
He’s just posted a fascinating infographic that shows how we spend the days of our lives from ages 18 to 78.8 years — that’s 22,573 days.

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

Snap vs. Twitter: Which Social Media Stock Is The Better Buy?
For investors, the social media “industry” is quite interesting. It’s hard to be a “social media investor” because there simply aren’t that many options, but nevertheless, we seem to be talking about social media stocks all the time.

Facebook can be cable for the next generation, media investor Ben Lerer says
There’s an opportunity to build up digital media companies through video on social platforms, and Facebook recognizes that, according to …

3 Social Media Stocks I’d Never Touch
The social media industry is a tough one to thrive in. Advertisers and investors lose interest when a company stops growing its users, popular features are widely cloned, and the 800-pound gorillas of the industry continually crush smaller players with their expanding ecosystems.

BIG DATA NEWS

Key Challenges For Monetizing Big Data-Powered AI: Managing Complexity
Size doesn’t matter — it’s the complexity of any data set that makes it big, not how many petabytes of storage it takes. The richer and more multifaceted your data, the more value you can extract. But you have several challenges to conquer before you can wring out every drop.

Big Data Saves Lives
The age of Big Data is frightening to many, conjuring up images of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, that Big Brother is watching you.

Aviva eyeing AI and big data in bid to become fintech firm
Aviva is eyeing acquisitions in artificial intelligence and big data as it looks to overhaul the insurance industry and transform itself into a fintech …

The benefits of big data
For every warning that the use of big data will also bring about the rise of ‘Big Brother’, there are thousands more benefits that it will introduce to …

Big Data
Big Data has become big business. According to IDC, “Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will reach $150.8 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.4 percent over 2016.”

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