Energy is a sector potentially well-suited to be mined with big data—the accumulation, integration, synthesis and interpretation of enormous amounts of data from disparate sources—Stuebi writes.
Microsoft paid $1.2 billion to acquire Yammer, an enterprise social network company. Yammer's got a lot of users -- and Microsoft plans to use that base to make the Office suite more useful.
If Europe doesn’t get its act together on the debt crisis, prosperity will suffer and dangerous political fragmentation will set in. But if Europe succeeds in converging toward Germany's standards, what becomes of the convivial cultures of the south – Italy, Spain, and Greece?