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Smart snaps

5 October 2015 in Innovation

An end at last to those clichéd photos with the aid of Camera Restricta and Big Data, created by German designer Philipp Schmitt,

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Innovating health

21 September 2015 in Innovation

IC tomorrow is launching a £175,000 Quantified Self Innovation Contest in search of the best digital innovations in nutrition, health data and mental health, with the winners set to partner with brands such as Jamie Oliver, Bupa, Toshiba, AXA PPP Healthcare and Saga. They will get to keep 100% of their IP and will receive mentorship and promotion to help bring their solutions to market.

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A Big Data game changer

11 September 2015 in

DADI+ big dataBig Data is getting bigger, offering brands and publishers the ability to connect with their users in more meaningful ways than ever before. However, that growth, in combination with rapid technological change, more often than not leaves marketers stumped, daunted and unsure of how to unlock and harness their data’s true potential, says Chris Mair*.

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Spotify by numbers

1 July 2015 in Music

Music streamer Spotify has acquired Big Data outfit Seed Scientific, which counts the likes of Audi, Unilever and the UN among its clients. The company can also boast a music track record – it had Beats Music on its roster, until Apple stepped in and bought it last year. Spotify has made Big Data purchases too, having picked up the Echo Net for its number-crunching expertise.

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Leaning on tweet metrics

2 June 2015 in Research

Twitter Partner ProgrammeTwitter has rolled out its Official Partner Programme, a new consulting tool using expert third parties to work on microblog data for advertising campaigns. First partner is IBM, which is now up for offering strategic insight, consulting and analytics to help brands make decisions based on Twitter metrics.

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Pandora’s Big Data buy

19 May 2015 in Music

Online radio outfit Pandora is acquiring Next Big Sound. The deal is just the latest involving music companies grabbing number crunchers. Last year, Spotify acquired The Echo Nest, while in January this year Apple purchased NBS rival Semetric.

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WPP makes Tesco data play

17 March 2015 in technology

Tesco’s Dunnhumby Big Data unit which has been given great credit for the retailer’s past business success – though it has done zilch to halt its decline – is the subject of a takeover bid from WPP. Tesco is reportedly looking for £2 billion pounds for a majority stake in the operation that developed its much-vaunted Clubcard loyalty programme as part of a series of cuts and store closures aimed at halting the retailer’s decline – the company recently sold its Blinkbox video streaming service to telco TalkTalk.

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Big Music goes Big Data

6 January 2015 in -e.showcase

Music big data Universal Music is allying with Havas to launch the Global Music Data Alliance, a Big Data partnership aimed at mining data generated by the record company and it artist roster via music, ticket and merchandising sales, streaming, social media and airplay. The information will be analysed by data scientists at Havas to pull out new marketing and advertising opportunities for brands.

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Latest News

Denim in the Boiler Room

9 October 2015 in Music

Boiler Room, which got serious traction hosting and broadcasting underground live music sessions, has cut a deal with denim brand G-Star Raw to put on a series of global performances

Funds for food

7 October 2015 in Innovation

Wednesday metric: Global food tech and media funding totalled $950 million in August, with food delivery, online ordering, ecommerce and restaurant plays proving the most attractive investments.

CoolBrands cool music

7 October 2015 in Music

Royal Albert Hall is a most surprising entry in the the top 20 of the CoolBrands 2015/16 ranking.

Gender tech

6 October 2015 in technology

With women still disadvantaged in the tech sector, it’s good to see that Apps World London 2015 (slated for 18 and 19 November), is shining the spotlight on women.

Smart snaps

5 October 2015 in Innovation

An end at last to those clichéd photos with the aid of Camera Restricta and Big Data, created by German designer Philipp Schmitt,

No ad trust

30 September 2015 in Research

Advertising and comms such as TV ads, company websites, and promotional mails, have all suffered a decline in trust among UK consumers over the last two years.

Food for London

29 September 2015 in

Start-up watch: London-based Olio has a new take on the sharing economy with an app which enables households and businesses to flag up surplus food.