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The Rise of Big Data

The Rise of Big Data
Everyone knows that the Internet has changed how businesses operate, governments function, and people live. But a new, less visible technological trend is just as transformative: “big data.” Big data starts with the fact that there is a lot more information floating around these days than ever before, and it is being put to extraordinary new uses. Big data is distinct from the Internet, although the Web makes it much easier to collect and share data. Big data is about more than just communication: the idea is that we can learn from a large body of information things that we could not comprehend when we used only smaller amounts. In the third century BC, the Library of Alexandria was believed to house the sum of human knowledge. This explosion of data is relatively new. Given this massive scale, it is tempting to understand big data solely in terms of size. To continue reading, please log in. Don't have an account? Register Register now to get three articles each month. Have an account? Related:  Emerging Technologies

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Facebook launches in an effort to connect the world Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of, a website with the goal of making internet available to 5 billion people. Currently 2.7 billion people in the world — just over one-third of the Earth’s population — has access to the Internet. Internet adoption has also grown at a rate of slightly less than 9 per cent per year. The founding members of — Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung — will develop joint projects and share knowledge, regarding the initiative. The goal is to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the world that still isn’t online. How exactly this initiative will work is still unclear. Making access affordable: Partners will collaborate to develop and adopt technologies that make mobile connectivity more affordable and decrease the cost of delivering data to people worldwide. Affordability and creating new ways to compress data are currently a focus of this initiative. Confused?