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Johnnie Walker may be nearly 200 years old, but it's experimenting with new NFC-capable smart bottles that can tell whether they've been opened.
With the help of printed electronics and an Internet of Things smart product platform, beverage giant Diageo is equipping its Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky with smart bottles.
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This made my day.
 
From the BBC election-news article at http://www.bbc.com/news/live/election-2015-32594267:

Conservative MP Glyn Davies - who held the Montgomeryshire seat in mid-Wales - admitted to being "rather pleased" with holding his 5,300 majority. However, one of those who ended up voting for him might not share his glee.

He wrote on Facebook: "One voter decided to draw a detailed representation of a penis instead of a cross in my box on one ballot paper. Amazingly, because it was neatly drawn within the confines of the box, the returning officer deemed it a valid vote. Not sure the artist meant it to count, but I am grateful. If I knew who it was, I would like to thank him (or her) personally."
Summary. Conservatives have Commons majority of 12; David Cameron promises his party will 'govern as a party of one nation'; Ed Miliband quits as Labour leader. Ed Balls loses seat; Labour crushed in Scotland, with SNP winning 56 of 59 seats; Lib Dems routed, big names ousted - Clegg holds seat ...
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Record numbers of cocks drawn on ballot papers at this election, apparently. We British are classy as all fuck.
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Former Google Apps chief Christopher Nguyen is looking to bring the same sort of ease of use and collaboration to big data, helping line-of-business users, data scientists and data engineers to work together.
With its new Adatao Data Intelligence Platform, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup claims it will do for data intelligence what the iPhone did for the mobile Internet.
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"The challenge is not in collecting the data. We're challenged in how to get insight out of the data — what questions to ask and how to use the data to predict results in the business." -- Manjit Singh, CIO of Clorox and former CIO of The Las Vegas Sands and Chiquita International.
Many big companies today do a great job of collecting big data, However, the challenge remains to get insights out of the data. Clorox CIO Manjit Singh suggests taking a more agile approach.
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The tech industry needs to take a good, hard look at itself.
 
"Women are leaving your tech company because you don’t deserve to keep us around. […] Fuck that, we’re done. It’s not us, it’s you."

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There is a growing global community of digital citizens — individuals who are always connected. These individuals are placing new and greater demands on the businesses with which they interact and keeping pace with those demands may well be a "make-or-break" situation, according to research conducted by Institute for the Future and Vanson Bourne on behalf of EMC.
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In a data-driven world, creating and maintaining the right culture is just as important as choosing the right technology.
Metrics and analytics power nearly everything IT does at online marketplace Etsy. Its CTO attributes its success at becoming data-driven to the creation of a culture of learning and discovery.
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If anything Data-Driven transformation requires a spotter on that ladder. ;)
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I'm off to Denver tonight for some roller derby! If you're in the Denver area, come out and see the Gotham Girls All Stars take on the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Fight Club tomorrow night!

It's actually a double-header, so you'll also get to see GGRD's Wall Street Traitors take on the RMRG Contenders.

If you can't make it, the bouts will be livestreamed! http://www.coloradosports.tv/

Everything should get started at 6 pm MT.
Mar 6, 6:00, Sugars vs. Daisies, USPS vs. DRD Bad Apples. Jun 5, 6:00, Hoods vs. USPS, Sugars vs. DRD Shotgun Betties. Aug 7, 6:00, Contenders vs. Boulder County. Additional Dates TBA! PURCHASE TICKETS. Latest Tweets. @RockyMountainRG. A quick recap of our Saturday night games against @PPDD ...
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IBM Watson this week began rolling out new hybrid cloud capabilities that will integrate IBM Cloud with a growing number of cognitive computing and content analytics services in the Watson Zone on Bluemix, IBM's open standards-based cloud innovation platform.
Watson Explorer helps developers build hybrid cloud cognitive applications using data sets resident in a mix of on-premises, public and private cloud environments.
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One step closer to practical quantum computing.
IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group's development has enormous potential for overcoming big data simulation and optimization challenges.(Includes infographic.)
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Thanks Troy!
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Philadelphia Youth Network CIO Michael Pompey on the nonprofit's digital transformation:

"We have access to information about our processes quicker and faster than we ever have before. We've become the agency that can take hot money, with various strings and conditions attached, and get it out on the street quicker than anybody else with a lower administrative rate than anyone else."
By becoming a data-driven organization, Philadelphia Youth Network has gained the capability to deploy funding faster and more efficiently and has also gained the equivalent of one to two full-time employees by automating workflows.
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Companies that can gauge risks effectively are also better at seizing opportunities that arise.
Companies that put a premium on risk management can cope with ever-increasing business risks while seizing opportunities that present themselves.
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This is one of the oft-missed things about infosec. If you manage your infosec risk well, then you can more easily take smart risks other places.
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