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September 5th, 2014 at 9:46 am

Understanding the value of a Massive Open Online Course


The beauty of the on-demand MOOC format is that the student is in the driver’s seat.

Elliott Masie: After 30 years in a corporate learning setting, I wanted to try something different. So, I decided to experiment in the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs), knowing I could share my passion of big data and learning with an even larger audience (after all, the “M” in MOOC stands for “massive”).



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August 10th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around!

Quote of the Day:  “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol

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August 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Does internet privacy come at a premium?


Would you pay for online privacy?

Once we went online the concept of privacy changed. What was once private personal information has now been twisted and altered by the digital age, like so many analog and now antiquated concepts before it.



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August 1st, 2014 at 9:30 am

How the internet is transforming the sex industry


Prostitutes and escort services in the Western world have taken their business online.

As the world moves toward a paper-free financial system, in the borderline-legal organizations of the world’s underbelly economy, cash still reigns as king.



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July 15th, 2014 at 9:02 am

Online storage isn’t protected by the Fourth Amendment

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Content stored online simply do not have the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical data.

A judge in New York, a couple months ago, ruled that US search warrants applied to digital information even if they were stored overseas. The decision came about as part of an effort to dig up a Microsoft user’s account information stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland.


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June 26th, 2014 at 11:31 am

Google could become the primary sales channel for the insurance industry by 2020


The absolute greatest vertical in Google’s AdWords revenue is auto insurance.

Google is well on its way to establishing its leadership through the registration of 6 billion daily unique searches and indexing of over 50 billion web pages (2013), when it comes to collecting and organizing information. What remains to be seen is how this information is being made universally accessible and at what price. One of the industries that has particular advantage of access to the world’s information is insurance.



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June 21st, 2014 at 9:17 am

79% of all internet traffic by 2018 is going to be online video

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According to a report from Cisco on consumer internet traffic, online video is going to be massive.  By 2018, over 75% of all traffic is going to be video based.


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June 20th, 2014 at 11:12 am

The Connected Fitting Room eliminates personal interaction with salespeople

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The Connected Fitting Room

Retailers rely heavily on online shopping. This has many advantages to in-store shopping for both the customer and the retailer. Online shopping doesn’t allow for spontaneous purchases. But it also doesn’t permit the customer to try on a garment. Seeing how a color looks against your skin or how an item fits on your body is imperative in deciding whether or not to keep an item, and this is only possible through actually going into a fitting room.



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June 20th, 2014 at 11:05 am

The state of the internet in 10 graphs


Share of Internet usage is two times higher in Asia and Africa.

Over the past two years online photo sharing has sextupled. Nigerians are on their phones 30 percent more than Americans. We now spend more time on mobile than on print and radio combined.



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June 18th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

The ‘nanodegree’ – A new type of college degree created by AT&T and Udacity


An instructor for Udacity teaching an online Python class.

AT&T and the online education provider Udacity have partnered to create the “nanodegree,” a new type of college degree similar to the Micro Colleges that Futurist Thomas Frey predicted. The vocationally focused nanodegree is designed to be a lifelong learning portfolio that would be widely recognized by the tech industry and far cheaper to obtain.



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