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Here comes the industrial Internet — and enormous amounts of data

Data lakes will look nothing like this.

The “Internet of Things” is a trendy term that probably makes you think about connected toasters and smart refrigerators. But for GE, it also includes jet engines and power generators.

You might not think of these giant artifacts of industrial culture as part of the Internet of Things, but they will be — and their impact is going to be far bigger than adding some superfluous level of convenience to your dishwasher.… Read the rest

Ex-Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior uses haiku and painting to find balance in work, life

Former Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior (right) speaks with Bloomberg's Stephanie Mehta.

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Cisco chief technical officer Padmasree Warrior is a painter and a haiku poet, as well as one of the leading female executives in the technology world.

For her, art and technology are interlinked. Creating art — and she emphasized that she is an amateur artist — involves some of the same challenges of communication and innovation as creating new tech products, she said.… Read the rest

No, Neil deGrasse Tyson didn’t say Apple’s App Store is a ‘watershed moment in civilization’

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, in a video shown by Apple on June 8, 2015.

Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson made a brief appearance in an Apple event earlier this week, where he seemed to say that Apple’s App Store was one of humanity’s crowning achievements.

In a recorded video about the App Store — which recently marked its 100 billionth app download, according to Apple — Tyson says something that made my ears prick up.… Read the rest

It’s time for new adventures

It's been a wild ride, and it's not over yet.

Four years ago, Matt Marshall and Alicia Saribalis hired me to lead VentureBeat’s news team, which at that comprised about five people. One of them immediately left. (Thanks for the vote of confidence, Anthony.) Most of us sat in a small office in San Francisco, arrayed around a collection of mismatched second-hand desks.… Read the rest

With great data comes great responsibility

A datacenter server room.

Marketers are now able to personalize messages for their customers (and potential customers) with greater precision than ever before.

Powerful new data analytics systems, marketing automation platforms, and a host of other tools are part of this revolution in targeting. But the availability of huge datasets is also key.… Read the rest

How Reddit’s fixed salary policy is diversifying its workforce

Ellen Pao onstage with Kara Swisher (left) at the Code Conference in May 2015

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California — Reddit is taking an unusual measure towards diversifying its workforce: It has stopped negotiating salaries with potential hires.

“Women are one-quarter as likely to negotiate for salary as men are, and when they do, they’re penalized,” Reddit’s interim chief executive Ellen Pao said today at the Code Conference.… Read the rest

Nobody wants your wearable

Skully's "smart motorcycle helmet" includes a rear-view camera and a heads-up display.

SAN FRANCISCO — The problem with wearable technology might just be that nobody particularly wants it.

Not if you call it “wearable technology,” that is. That’s the conclusion proffered by Marcus Weller, the chief executive and cofounder of Skully, the maker of a “smart” motorcycle helmet.… Read the rest

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