IBM to invest $3 billion data use

IBM to invest $3 billion data use

IBM estimates that 90 per cent of all data generated by mobile and "smart" devices is never analysed. The Armonk, New York, company hopes to change this by teaming up with companies like Twitter and the Weather Co, the owner of the Weather Channel, and developing cloud-based data services and tools for app developers. IBM is training more than 2,000 consultants, researchers and developers to hel…

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  • Ship builder Austal cuts 300 jobs in WA AAP - 7 hours ago
    Ship builder Austal cuts 300 jobs in WA

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  • FMG, BHP to flood market with more ore AAP - 8 hours ago
    FMG, BHP to flood market with more ore

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  • Amid bird flu outbreak, turkey farmers increase security Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 12:22 PM NZDT
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    Cramer: Turning organic crops into a gold mine

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    US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

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  • Mexican growers offer 15 pct in Baja farm strike Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 10:23 AM NZDT
    Mexican growers offer 15 pct in Baja farm strike

    Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike. But leaders of the farmworkers called the ...

  • Michigan entrepreneur claiming idea for Heinz Dip & Squeeze Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 9:05 AM NZDT
    Michigan entrepreneur claiming idea for Heinz Dip & Squeeze

    A Michigan food entrepreneur claims the "Little Dipper" condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets, which it rolled out in February ...

  • McDonald's to test all-day breakfast beginning in April Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 6:58 AM NZDT
    McDonald's to test all-day breakfast beginning in April

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  • Aussie Beer made in China AAP - Mon, Mar 30, 2015 6:51 PM NZDT
    Aussie Beer made in China

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    Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

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    Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

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