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Podcast Archive: October - December 2013

Where Have All the Forests Gone? (14:00 minutes)
Posted: November 23, 2013
Earlier this month, researchers published a report in Science magazine discussing global forest coverage. While that alone might not be noteworthy, these findings were supplemented by a first-of-its-kind interactive mapping tool that was created in partnership with Google.

In this TechNewsWorld podcast, we discuss the research, the findings and the use of cutting-edge technology with the study's lead author, Matthew Hansen, a geographer at the University of Maryland. Hansen talks about how Google's computer power enabled the project and how online videos and user-friendly mapping tools helped turn a paper on deforestation into a widely covered tech news story.

Cloud Efficiency: Different Paths, Same Destination (24:37 minutes)
Posted: November 18, 2013
Aggressive use of cloud-computing strategies can significantly improve delivery of applications to end users.

Healthcare patient-experience improvement provider Press Ganey and project and portfolio management provider Planview are both exploiting cloud efficiencies and agility. Their paths to the efficiency of cloud have been different, but the outcomes speak volumes for how cloud transforms businesses.

In this podcast, Greg Ericson, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at Press Ganey, and Patrick Tickle, executive vice president of products at Planview, share their companies' approaches and results.

E-Booksellers Take a Walk on the Vile Side (24:06 minutes)
Posted: November 9, 2013
Last month, British retailer WH Smith temporarily shuttered its site after people realized it was selling particularly objectionable sexual content. Meanwhile, Kobo.com, the Toronto-based e-reading company from which WH Smith got its material, announced that it was suspending distribution of all self-published e-books. Amazon also removed numerous titles from its online shelves.

This all seems to have been touched off, or at least greatly exacerbated, by an article in the online magazine The Kernel, which detailed the vast amounts of filth available online. That Kernel article leaned on our guest in this TechNewsWorld podcast, Jeremy Duns. Duns explains how he was tipped off to the obscene e-book world and talks about why the inevitable debate about censorship misses the mark.

Measuring the Expanding Video Data Universe (13:43 minutes)
Posted: November 4, 2013
Visible Measures measures via a massive analytics capability an ocean of video at some impressively high scales.

By creating very deep census data of everything that's happened in the video space, Visible Measures uses unique statistical processes to figure out exactly what patterns emerge within video usage at high speed and massive scale and granularity. Chief Technology Officer Chris Meisl explains in this podcast just how Visible Measures measures.

When Film Distribution Fails, Piracy Wins (22:24 minutes)
Posted: November 2, 2013
Last month, researchers at George Mason University's Mercatus Center launched a website, PiracyData.org, to determine whether or not there are legal alternatives for viewing the world's most pirated movies.

Drawing upon TorrentFreak's weekly list of the 10 most pirated movies, the researchers will quantify the validity (or invalidity) of copyright holders' claims that pirates are thieving material that is indeed available elsewhere, as well as claims that search engines like Google should quit linking to pirated content.

In this TechNewsWorld podcast, we are joined by Jerry Brito, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and a cofounder of the site. Brito talks about how PiracyData.org came to be, the questions he hopes to answer and what copyright holders could and should do to slow down piracy.

Turning Politics Into Political Science With Big Data (18:30 minutes)
Posted: October 21, 2013
It's no secret that Big Data is changing the face of customer analytics, giving organizations new insight into customers' wants and preferences. A similar phenomenon is going on in the realm of politics.

In the 2012 U.S. national elections, in fact, the Democratic National Committee leveraged Big Data analytics to better understand and predict voter behavior and alliances. Here to shed more light on that effort in this podcast is Chris Wegrzyn, director of data architecture at the DNC.

The Winter Olympics of Russia's Discontent (19:11 minutes)
Posted: October 12, 2013
Earlier this week, a team of investigative journalists in Russia compiled a dossier suggesting that the Russian government will be embarking on an ambitious surveillance regimen for the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will be held in Sochi, Russia, next February.

In this TechNewsWorld podcast, Andrei Soldatov, one of the journalists who helped break this story, joins us from Moscow. Soldatov talks about what, exactly, Russia has planned for the Games, how the 1980 Moscow Olympics still informs the nation's surveillance philosophy, and more.

The Dawning of the Predictive Business Era (26:05 minutes)
Posted: October 7, 2013
A momentous shift in business strategy is taking place. Big Data, cloud computing and mobility, in tandem, are having an enormous impact on how businesses must act -- and react -- across their markets.

In this podcast, Tim Minahan, the chief marketing officer for SAP Cloud, and moderator Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, discuss how heightened competition amid a data revolution requires businesses and IT leaders to adjust their thinking to anticipate the next, and the next, and the next moves on their respective chess boards.

Big Data and the Customer Analytics Challenge (26:43 minutes)
Posted: October 3, 2013
Big Data is changing the game around customer analytics, giving organizations the means to develop far better analytics about their customers than ever before. Numerous examples illustrate how high-performing and cost-effective Big Data processing can shed a world of new insight on customers' wants and preferences.

Offering their insights in this podcast are Rob Winters, director of reporting and analytics at Spil Games; Davide Conforti, business intelligence director at Jobrapido; and Pete Fishman, director of analytics at Yammer.

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