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For ‘Big Data’ Scientists, Hurdle to Insights Is ‘Janitor Work’

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 21:00
The analysis of giant data sets promises unique business insights, but much manual effort is still required to prepare the information for parsing.

Sarah Palin’s Attack on Gov. Sean Parnell’s Plan Aligns Her With State Democrats

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:42
Former Gov. Sarah Palin and her successor, who served as her lieutenant, have become rivals over a ballot measure to be decided on Tuesday.

Kentucky Bourbon Makers See Bright Future

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:41
The distillers have stashed away inventories of five million barrels — at a time when they could sell even more than they are producing.

German Authors Join Protest Over Amazon’s Tactics in E-Book Dispute

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:33
More than 1,000 German-language authors have written an open letter deriding Amazon’s practices in Europe.

Childhood Passion for Celebrity Still Drives the Editor of People Magazine, Jess Cagle

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:22
For Jess Cagle, the new editor of People magazine who grew up a Hollywood-obsessed pop culture fanatic in Abilene, Tex., the goal is to turn his passion for celebrity into profits.

‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Has Raised Millions for ALS Association

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:01
The “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a campaign to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, has caught fire on social media, with celebrities drenching themselves in ice water.

Bits Blog: Reprogramming Government: A Conversation With Mikey Dickerson

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 19:54
Mikey Dickerson helped build Google’s computer systems. Now he’s in Washington, tasked with remaking the way the government uses computers and how citizens engage with it online.

The Media Equation: View of #Ferguson Thrust Michael Brown Shooting to National Attention

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 19:39
In a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowd-sourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable.

The Week Ahead: Retailers Report Earnings in a Subdued Season

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:23
Quarterly earnings numbers from Home Depot, Target and others; a vote on oil-industry taxes in Alaska; possible Fed insights in a speech by its chairwoman; and data on housing starts, consumer prices and global economic recovery.

Advertising: Edelman P.R. Firm Acts to Correct Faux Pas

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:40
“We will treat ourselves like we treat a client,” said Ben Boyd, an executive at Edelman, adding, “Just because you advise clients on the complexities of today’s world, that doesn’t mean they’re easier to manage.”

Treasury Auctions Set for the Week of Aug. 18

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:31
The following tax-exempt fixed-income issues are scheduled for pricing this week.

Leonard Fein, Provocative Writer on Jewish Affairs, Dies at 80

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:11
Mr. Fein wrote voluminously about contemporary Jews, Judaism and “the often stormy relationship between Jews and Judaism,” and founded groups to combat hunger and illiteracy.

Reporter's Notebook: On a Helicopter, Going Down: Inside a Lethal Crash in Iraq

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:52
Alissa J. Rubin, a veteran Times foreign correspondent, was injured Tuesday in a helicopter crash in Kurdistan and dictated this article from her hospital bed in Istanbul.

Lassie as Salesdog: One More Trip to the Well

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:44
Lassie’s new owners at DreamWorks Animation are using a series of publicity stunts to remake the classic American dog as a merchandising superstar.

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:26
Workers are their own bosses in the sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.

Authenticity, Repurposed, in a Mason Jar

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:10
The simple and sturdy Mason jar, a 19th-century staple, has been embraced by companies trying to reach a new generation of consumers.

Fair Game: In a Bank Settlement, Don’t Forget the Bulldozers

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00
If it provides hard cash for demolishing abandoned homes, an impending settlement by Bank of America could help many forgotten victims of the mortgage crisis.

Applied Science: Your 401(k) Is Healthy. So Maybe You Are, Too.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:40
A study finds that people who are good at planning their financial future are more likely to take steps to improve their physical health.

Economic View: The Mystery of Lofty Elevations

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:35
By one gauge, stock prices have been lofty for years. But that doesn’t mean they’ll stay there.

Corner Office: Narinder Singh of Topcoder: Is It the Cards, or How You Play Them?

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:30
An executive says that if you’ve played your cards badly, “you need to think about how to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”