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Business and DataThe massive amount of data created every day is a gold mine for business-minded individuals – but only if they can harness it properly. Business analytics is the process of analyzing data to determine best practices and a good course of action for a company, based on the information given. If companies take advantage of the data that’s available, they can optimize profits and productivity while lowering overhead and risk. Check out these data and business statistics from TheNextWeb.com:

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Technology is a magical thing. Love is a magical thing. And when the two come together, you get something truly wonderful. More and more couples on their way to matrimonial bliss are embracing the use of technology to make their wedding day unique, special, and hassle-free.

1. Create a wedding website to provide guests with lodging options, details about the event, and even an eco-friendly way to RSVP. Your crazy aunt may still call you 100 times pre-wedding, but some of your more tech-savvy friends may not.

2. Use online or mobile budgeting applications like mint.com to make sure you stick to your wedding budget.

3. Change your Facebook relationship status to “married” immediately after you say “I do” (if you’re into that kind of thing).

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10 years ago, when asked the role of technology companies in important political decisions, most Americans would have the opinion that they really ought not to have a role. In today’s society, however, tech giants wield a tremendous amount of power in many aspects of political decision making. Take the sudden defeat of SOPA and PIPA, the legislation regarding privacy and intellectual property, for example. Or, observe the drastic influence that social media has had on elections and social movements across the world. Even a quick glance at Google’s relations with China shows that these technology companies are increasingly involved in politics both domestically and internationally.

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