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Out of thin air, a business trend appears

fortune.com — When it comes to data science, what's one thing Microsoft , Wal-Mart , and Pfizer have in common? They're all using technology from Chicago-based Mu Sigma to visualize complex, seemingly unrelated business trends. The company employs more than 3,500 data scientists with experience across 10 industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, banking, airlines, and health care.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @vandermy: I had to triple-check that this story wasn't an NYT parody: "Out of thin air, a business trend appears" fortune.com/2014/10/24/mu-…

Oct 24, 2014

I had to triple-check that this story wasn't an NYT parody: "Out of thin air, a business trend appears" fortune.com/2014/10/24/mu-…

Chiquita proves to be a slippery takeover target

fortune.com — Shareholders of banana producer Chiquita Brands International have voted down a tax inversion deal with Irish-based Fyffes, an offer that has now been terminated and clears the way for a rival all-cash offer to succeed.
Oct 24, 2014

Chiquita proves to be a slippery takeover target. One offer rejected, another could come to fruition. $CQB fortune.com/2014/10/24/chi…

Oct 24, 2014

Chiquita proves to be a slippery takeover target via @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1shjP00 Split between 2 offers? (groan) $CQB

Your company is probably going to get hacked. Here's how to protect it

fortune.com — In 2014 alone, the headlines arrived with unnerving regularity: Target CEO steps down after the cyber-theft of 40 million payment card numbers; a Russia crime ring has amassed 1.2 billion name and password combinations; a cyber-attack on JPMorgan Chase could compromise the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses.
Oct 24, 2014

Your company is probably going to get hacked. Here's how to protect it via @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1DI9seq

Oct 24, 2014

Your company is probably going to get hacked. Here's how to protect it via @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1DI9seq

Melinda Gates shares scalable ways to invest in women

fortune.com — For Melinda Gates, investing in women is not just good for corporate businesses. It's good for growing economies around the world. At Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit earlier this month, the lauded philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spoke to a crowd of prominent female executives about the importance of investing in women and girls around the world.

Peter Thiel: Peak oil lives!

fortune.com — Peter Thiel, whom we profiled in September in the cover story "Peter Thiel Disagrees With You," is the founder of two billion-dollar companies (PayPal and Palantir), a venture capitalist (his flagship Founders Fund now manages $2 billion in assets), a hedge fund manager, the first outside investor in Facebook , and the author of the recently released book about launching startups, Zero to One.

The perils of crowdfunding a beer

fortune.com — Thanks to crowdfunding, California's Stone Brewing Co. raised $2.5 million in just six weeks this summer to sell some so-called "beer futures," but the initial mixed reaction to the campaign caught co-founder Greg Koch off guard.

The fallacy of timesaving apps: They don’t save you much time

fortune.com — The universe has exploded with apps. There are over 1 million available for Apple products and for Android devices: recipe apps, fitness apps, productivity apps, shopping apps. Many claim they will streamline your life and save that most precious commodity: time. But will they? Can they? "So many people are over-busy and overwhelmed.

Are we in a tech bubble? Silicon Valley says 'yes' and 'no'

fortune.com — With startups fetching valuations as high as $18 billion, one persistent question remains: Is cash-laden Silicon Valley in the throes of another bubble? Fortune sought out five tech folks at last night's 40 Under 40 party in San Francisco on Thursday night for more insight. Their answers may surprise you.
Oct 24, 2014

Are we in a tech bubble? Silicon Valley says 'yes' and 'no' via @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1xhB7yF

Target thinks outside the (big) box

fortune.com — Target is betting that smaller is sometimes better. The discount retailer has exclusively told Fortune that it plans in 2016 to open a CityTarget store in the City Point development in Brooklyn, New York.
Oct 24, 2014

ICYMI: CityTarget coming to NYC in 2016:sign of new formats' importance. CEO tells me co must have urban footprint for.tn/1CMMm3K

Oct 24, 2014

@Target thinks outside the (big) box as it plans to open smaller, urban store locations. $TGT fortune.com/2014/10/24/cit…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @FortuneMagazine: Target adds another Brooklyn location. Here's what's different this time for.tn/1zmNKxH $TGT

Oct 24, 2014

Excl: CityTarget coming to Brooklyn in 2016: sign of how important its new, smaller formats are $TGT @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1CMMm3K

Hands off our hookers' and dope dealers' money, U.K. tells E.U.

fortune.com — Who said faceless, gray-suited don't have a sense of humor? The European Union has ordered the U.K. to pay an extra €2.1 billion ($2.65% billion) into its central budget by December, once again inflaming the British sense of grievance at the perceived machinations of unelected Eurocrats in Brussels.
Oct 24, 2014

Hands off our dope dealers' and hookers' money, U.K.'s Cameron tell Brussels as his E.U. woes pile up. buff.ly/1xhH6Do

Ford earnings down on sales skid

fortune.com — A day after rival General Motors posted increased earnings and put out some generally good vibes, Ford's earnings are way down and the mood is bleaker in Dearborn. Ford's pre-tax earnings stood at $1.2 billion, a significant drop-off from $2.6 billion for the third quarter of 2013.

The little white lies we tell ourselves about money

fortune.com — Now/Soon/Later. Those are the titles of a trio of gorgeous Stephen Sondheim songs - performed separately, then all at once - from the first act of A Little Night Music (the show known best for giving us Send In The Clowns).

Data Sheet-Friday, October 24, 2014

fortune.com — Good morning, Data Sheet readers. Both Microsoft and Amazon issued their latest earning reports last night. The results are markedly different, but cloud computing is a bright spot for both. Is your data science team overlooking valuable connections that could impact decision making? Read on for more details about an analytics approach used by Microsoft,...
Oct 24, 2014

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Chinese house price slump continues

fortune.com — The decline in China's housing sector continued in September, with prices for new homes falling in all but one of 70 major cities surveyed. The National Bureau of Statistics said that prices for new homes fell by up to 1.9% in the cities surveyed, with drops of 0.7% in Beijing and 0.9% in Shanghai.
Oct 24, 2014

Chinese house fall again in September as slump continues - buff.ly/1zopz20