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Data mining tops LinkedIn’s list of the ‘hottest skills of 2014′

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Big Data is netting big salaries.

Whether its Moneyball, President Obama’s election campaigns or just the social media-led explosion of information, “statistical analysis and data mining” topped LinkedIn’s list of the 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2014

Last year, the top skill was “social media marketing.” Data mining was No. 5

For those who have those skills, these are good times. Glassdoor…

The countries with the most and least Internet freedom

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Internet freedom around the world has declined for the fourth year in a row, as more countries introduce aggressive online censorship measures, according to a new report.

Freedom on the Net 2014, the fifth-annual report released by independent watchdog organization Freedom House last week, found that of the 65 countries assessed, 36 experienced a negative trajectory in online freedom between May 2013 and May 2014. This was due to factors such as blocked social networks, aggressive online…

Russians react to ruble freefall

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MOSCOW— Vladimir Putin woke up this morning to a piece of good news and a piece of bad news

The good news? Russians had named their president Man of the Year for the fifteenth year in a row. The bad news? The country’s currency, the ruble, had continued its downward spiral, hitting its lowest level since the beginning of the year. At 3:13 p.m. local time, a ruble was worth less than one euro cent, according to Moscow Exchange data

10 fundamental design rules for nonprofits

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Good design can change the world — or at least help nonprofits and social good organizations in the process.

Whether it’s using a website to tell compelling stories or creating an innovative product, design and social change go hand in hand.

We spoke to designers and creatives who work in the social good space. They offered crucial tips for nonprofits and budding designers looking to effect change.

1. Highlight the organization’s…

iRobot builds a vacuum-free Roomba for students to hack

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Robotics developer iRobot launched its latest “hackable” robot for aspiring developers last week.

The Create 2 might look like a Roomba — which iRobot manufactures too — but it’s actually a lookalike, one that isn’t necessarily meant for cleaning jobs

Roomba vacuums have the potential to be a good base for robots — because of the sensors that they use to maneuver around a room, for one thing. Unlike Roombas, the Create 2 is designed specifically with robot makers in mind.

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9 jobs robots could replace in 2015

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Walking through the city, I find myself thinking about all the jobs a robot could do.

A robot could probably stand in for my coffee truck guy, though I doubt he’d smile, call me “buddy” and ask if I said “three sugars” or “no sugar.”

A robot could probably take over for that guy spraying down the street every morning — though I often wonder why we need anyone doing that at all.

Could a robot drive that taxi, which just deposited a woman on Fifth Ave.? Probably, though I bet it wouldn’t be as…

9 jobs robots could replace in 2015

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Walking through the city, I find myself thinking about all the jobs a robot could do.

A robot could probably stand in for my coffee truck guy, though I doubt he’d smile, call me “buddy” and ask if I said “three sugars” or “no sugar.”

A robot could probably take over for that guy spraying down the street every morning — though I often wonder why we need anyone doing that at all.

Could a robot drive that taxi, which just deposited a woman on Fifth Ave.? Probably, though I bet it wouldn’t be as…

7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs

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Starting a business to make the world a better place is a worthy and even fashionable idea. But what does creating a social enterprise really entail, and what skills should you have under your belt before you jump in?

Aspiring social entrepreneurs can find comfort and knowledge in MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Platforms such as Coursera, Udacity and Udemy feature a number of low-cost classes taught by expert faculty in socent and related fields.

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20 holiday Pinterest fails that ruined Christmas

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With the holidays hopefully comes some much-needed time off for you to laze around the house, catch a movie or get some projects done that you’ve been meaning to accomplish.

Unfortunately, despite how good you may be at pinning creative projects on your Pinterest board, we just aren’t all well-versed in the DIY world.

But don’t beat yourself up over your failed Pinterest project attempts —know, that you’re in very…

NBA power rankings: Judgment day at the season’s quarter pole

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A theory among some NBA lifers says it’s pointless to even try to judge a team until it’s played at least 20 games together.

This week, all 30 NBA teams passed the current season’s 20-game mark. So guess what? It’s time for — thunder cracks, lightning flashes — JUDGMENT

To be sure, this season is still a young one. Most teams’ years will end after 82 regular-season games, so we’re only about halfway through — but we do…