Land O’Lakes CEO: Big Data Is Helping Farmers Deal With Climate Swings

What role should big data play on the farm? According to Land O’Lakes president and CEO Beth Ford, a vital one. The use of big data and technology in agriculture has long been growing in the U.S. But the necessity of using farm data to help mitigate inherent industry risks has never been more paramount. […]

From Peanuts to $40 Billion, Amazon’s Ad Business Set to Be the Next Great Disruptor

The Google-Facebook duopoly dominating the digital ad market is about to get company. Amazon is expected to pull in $40 billion in annual ad revenue by 2023, new research shows, up from miniscule levels just a few years ago. According to recent report from Juniper Research, the e-commerce giant’s ad business will grow more than […]

How Your Privacy Will Be Protected in the 2020 Census

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide survey that sets the terms for the country’s democracy. The questionnaire yields rich data, including people’s names, street addresses, ages, races, ethnicities, and other details. People’s responses help determine dynamics of power, such as how seats are apportioned in the House of Representatives, where voting […]

Equifax, FICO Partner to Sell New Credit Report Services and Consumer Data to Banks

Credit reporting agency Equifax and Fair Isaac, which created and manages the FICO credit score, are announcing that they will partner to sell each other’s services to banks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two companies plan to eventually offer a complete system, according to a joint press release, that would allow financial services […]

Mark Zuckerberg Has WeChat Envy—and That’s Terrifying

Trade talks between the U.S. and China appear to have bogged down in recent days, in part over U.S. concerns China isn’t doing enough to prevent its companies from ripping off American technologies. But I find no small irony in the fact that, even as negotiators from the two countries haggle, the founder of one […]