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The History of English in 10 Minutes (video)

A compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language. I compiled the videos into a film to make it a little easier to watch them all. While I d...


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5 Innovations Transforming the Entertainment Industry

5 Innovations Transforming the Entertainment Industry | Global Insights | Scoop.it

Lauren Drell:  "Because of his experience and success in entertainment, from web video to feature films, we asked Jon M. Chu to curate the top 5 innovations of 2012 in entertainment for Mashable's Innovation Index" ...


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The Impact of U.S. Privacy Laws on Enterprise Marketing

The Impact of U.S. Privacy Laws on Enterprise Marketing | Global Insights | Scoop.it
Engagement strategies are creating new challenges for enterprise, including disclosure of protected personally identifiable information.

 

Many CMOs see social networks and mobile apps as the new grail of marketing, a golden ticket to fostering customer engagement. Whether or not this proves true, the rise of social-mobile means many companies are collecting massive amounts of information with the assistance of third-party software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors.

 

These new engagement strategies and information storage models are creating important new challenges for enterprises, including those arising from the inappropriate use or disclosure of protected personally identifiable information.

 

In the United States companies must deal with several hundred state laws governing the capture of personal data, including social-mobile data, and an alphabet soup of federal regulations. But marketing programs using new technologies typically push the boundaries of these legal frameworks and challenge customer expectations around personal privacy.

 

In 2010, for example, The Wall Street Journal examined one hundred and one popular smartphone apps and found that more than half transmitted the phone’s unique identifier to third parties without user permission, and forty seven also sent the phone’s location. Five apps even sent gender, age, and other personal data. Similarly, Opperman v. Path Inc., a class law suit filed in May of 2012, asserts that apps from more than eighteen companies “surreptitiously harvest, upload, and illegally steal the owner’s address book data without the owner’s knowledge or consent.”

 

Data breaches are also raising the ire of citizens and regulators. Brands who engaged the email marketing firms Epsilon (Target, TiVo, Capital One, and others) and Silverpop (McDonald’s, Honda, Play.com, and others) faced PR nightmares when hackers broke into these third-party systems and exposed the personal information of millions of customers. According to a recent Ponemon Institute survey, the average loss in brand value from such data breaches, assuming an average starting value of $1.5 billion, ranged from $184 million to more than $330 million. This is between a 12% and 25% average loss.

 

As a result, we are now seeing significant increases in class actions related to privacy violations, an escalation in scrutiny by government agencies, and increased public and political attention on data privacy and security issues. Fortunately, there are some key strategies to consider in any marketing program that involves the collection or storage of personally identifiable information.

 

Here are seven.

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House in Belas: function + beauty within its surrounding environment

House in Belas: function + beauty within its surrounding environment | Global Insights | Scoop.it

The House in Belas is a contemporary and inclusive project in tune with nature and reflective of local vernacular design.

The design intends to express a contemporary look onto the main aspects of traditional Portuguese architecture, with special attention to the balance and harmony between each building. The house consists of five different bodies, linked through passages.

Spaces between each body create a series of relationships, distances and views are generated, providing a rich and diverse atmosphere. The social areas are located in the core of it all, benefitting from the surrounding environment, and allowing a simple and functional distribution throughout the house.

 

Visit the link for a gallery of images of this beautiful and simple design...


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Top 5 Social Media Fails of 2012

Top 5 Social Media Fails of 2012 | Global Insights | Scoop.it

Brands love social media for marketing and business development because it allows them to expose themselves to global audiences and hopefully, have a promotion go viral. Most of the below brands are rock stars when it comes to social media marketing, but we all make mistakes here and there! Here are the top 5 social media fails of 2012.

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Lance Armstrong and the Prisoners' Dilemma of Doping in Professional Sports

Lance Armstrong and the Prisoners' Dilemma of Doping in Professional Sports | Global Insights | Scoop.it
Doping in professional sports?is back in the news, as the overwhelming evidence against Lance Armstrong led to his being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and more. But instead of focusing on the issues of performance-enhancing?

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Creativity and Education: Why it Matters

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Adobe has released Creativity and Education: Why it Matters, a new study that sheds light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned skill.

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Research—You’re Doing It Wrong. How Uncovering The Unconscious Is Key To Creativity

Research—You’re Doing It Wrong. How Uncovering The Unconscious Is Key To Creativity | Global Insights | Scoop.it

If you think consumers are telling you what they want in traditional research, you’re wrong. Deutsch’s Douglas Van Praet argues that marketers must look to unconscious behavior for real creative breakthroughs.

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5 benefits of healthcare translation technology | Healthcare Finance News

5 benefits of healthcare translation technology | Healthcare Finance News | Global Insights | Scoop.it

With over 47 million residents in the U.S. whose primary language isn't English it stands to reason that all hospitals and healthcare clinics will encounter multilingual patients. Increasing state and federal requirements for communicating with limited English speakers have challenged hospital administrators to find cost-effective solutions.

Among those solutions are technologies that offer speech-to-speech and text-to-text communication from one language to another, said Jonathan Litchman, senior vice president, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). SAIC produces Omnifluent Health, a linguistics translation program integrated with automatic speech recognition technology. "Multilingual communication solutions (have) a huge impact on the healthcare industry,” he said. “Not only does it remove the language barrier between patients and their physicians, it also reduces the cost of medical interpretation and time associated with it, while increasing productivity and accuracy."

Litchman outlined five benefits translation technology has for healthcare.

1. Reduced costs

Healthcare translation technology can significantly reduce costs for hospitals and providers in their interpretation needs, while also boosting productivity. "This sort of technology is a low-hanging fruit CFOs and senior admins hardly recognize," Litchman said. "That cost saving can be leveraged to be used for more critical, clinical applications that are much more sensitive to cost cutting."

2. Reduced administrative and staff burden

Some healthcare organizations have a limited number of people available for interpretation, especially on an immediate basis. "The wait time for interpreters can sometimes be upwards to 25 minutes," Litchman said. Speech-to-speech technology can solve this the wait time problem, which places less of a burden on staff while increasing patient throughput. "That level of healthcare productivity is really a goal for most hospital administrations. It's something that's highly sought after: reduce costs of translation and save money? That hits a benefit twice."


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100 Fascinating Social Media Statistics and Figures From 2012

100 Fascinating Social Media Statistics and Figures From 2012 | Global Insights | Scoop.it

With Pinterest expanding its features for businesses, Instagram launching a Web version and Facebook continually expanding its advertising options, now is as good a time as ever to bolster your social media presence for the future.

Before doing so, it's important to understand the data behind each social channel to gain insights into what works and what doesn't with your audience. Here are 100 of the most fascinating social media statistics and figures from 2012 that can help you better understand Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus for the coming year.

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Alec Giugliano and Bryan Morell's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:37 PM

This article is talking about 100 statistics and figures about social media.  We can use this to look at the use of statistics and how actuaries could have taken part in evaluating them.  

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YouTube Releases Face Blurring Tool To Protect Users Privacy and Anonimity When Needed

YouTube Releases Face Blurring Tool To Protect Users Privacy and Anonimity When Needed | Global Insights | Scoop.it

Robin Good: YouTube has just released a "face-blurring" tool that can be utilized on any video uploaded to the platform.

 

"Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube..."

 

Here's how it works: "Blurring faces on YouTube is simple. Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit within our Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the “Apply” button below Blur All Faces.

 

Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces.

 

You will then be given the option to delete the original video."

 

Guide on how to use it: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/static.py?hl=en&guide=1388381&page=guide.cs&answer=2640535

 

More info: http://youtube-global.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/face-blurring-when-footage-requires.html

 

 


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Art Organizations Say Social Media Plays a Major Role in Operations

Art Organizations Say Social Media Plays a Major Role in Operations | Global Insights | Scoop.it
Nearly 1,300 art organizations said the Internet has played a major role in today's art world. (Art Organizations Say Social Media Plays a Major Role in Operations -

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A New Breed Of Unfair Advantage In Sports – ‘Technology Doping’

A New Breed Of Unfair Advantage In Sports – ‘Technology Doping’ | Global Insights | Scoop.it

3D printing and the additive manufacturing industry have had a lot of publicity recently. All of the information I have been exposed to about 3D printing has been very fascinating and constructive, promising technology that is being used today and only growing. Some people do however believe that there is a negative side to 3D printing, more specifically 3D printing in the sports industry.

 

According to a report released by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, there are concerns that new technological advances in nanotechnology, 3D printing, and biomedical engineering may create an unfair advantage (‘technology doping’) in the sports industry. They insist on sport officials to team up with engineers to predict results of these new technologies.

 

Some of the technological advances include improving hydrodynamics of a swimmer with the use of 3D scanners and mapping or 3D printing a shoe (or any piece of equipment) minutes before the event to optimize against weather conditions, injuries, or the athlete’s physical state. These technologies are predicted to be available within a few years to an elite athlete.

 

I tend to view things with an optimistic (yet realistic) attitude and hope to see this more of a step forward in science and technology rather than another way for unfair advantages to affect sports.

 

How do you feel these new technologies will affect sports? Do you think that it can be monitored properly for fair play?


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Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums

Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums | Global Insights | Scoop.it
Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports StadiumsGreen Building ElementsSustainability is one of the most important aspects of any new architectural design and in recent years we've seen this spread into the world of sports stadiums.

Sustainability is one of the most important aspects of any new architectural design and in recent years we’ve seen this spread into the world of sports stadiums. Traditionally, the concept behind sports stadiums has been to create a colosseum-like structure which adds theatre and creates an incredible atmosphere with little prior thought ever given to sustainability. Recently, things have begun to change and we’re now seeing more and more architects giving sustainability the attention it deserves when designing new sports stadiums...


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Jackson Hoffman's curator insight, September 7, 2014 6:48 PM

1. What did you learn? I learned about how different companies recently have worked together to build stadiums with sustainable designs.

2. What information did you find interesting and educational? I think it is interesting how these companies have been designing these structures, and what they have been using to build them with.

3. Why did you select the article? I selected this article to learn about how companies are conserving important materials such as water.

4. How will this information help you in the sport management industry?

This will help me in the industry since I will be able to use this information to make suggestions as to how to improve facilities in the sport field. 

Vinnie's curator insight, February 17, 2015 7:38 PM

Five of the most sustainable stadiums around the world. There are a few built and a few "projects".

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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Ryoma Ohira's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:59 AM

Sir Ken Robinson questions what the roles of educational institutions are today. Not related to cloud technologies but brings up good points about education.

Kelsey Anderson's curator insight, November 5, 2013 8:06 PM

I could listen to this podcast over and over again. Sir Ken Robinson is a witty and charming British man who’s unique insight about education is unarguable. The segment is about the lack of creativity in today’s education system and the disservice this void creates for our students. Robinson defines creativity as a “fundamental set of capacities that distinguish us human beings” and as the “process of original ideas that have value.” In the pod cast, Robinson argues that our school system inherently stifles creativity and promotes conformity. He believes our school system should be de”industrialized” and more “personalized.” This “revolutionary” personalization of our education system would view the arts as of equal importance to literacy. This pod cast episode is something every educator should listen to and consider. I have always believed in creativity in the classroom, but hearing Sir Ken Robinson’s opinions confirmed and furthered my passion about encouraging student to be creative in a variety of subjects. 

Stefania Jrmillo's curator insight, August 19, 2015 12:46 PM

As teachers, we have a lot to learn.

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3 Ideas For Cultivating Creativity At Work

3 Ideas For Cultivating Creativity At Work | Global Insights | Scoop.it

Associational thinking takes unrelated ideas and restructures them in novel ways. It's responsible for innovations from the theory of dinosaur extinction to Pinterest's groundbreaking layout. So how do you apply this principle to your business?

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