IBM's Watson - Machine Learning 

Cool graphical video of how Watson answers Jeopardy questions. Here is also a TED talk about Watson's win.

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Google Refine and Translate 
Wondering what Japan is saying about Fusion-io?
Tweets can be hard enough to decipher let alone translated tweets...

Here are some tips on translating Tweets with Refine and Google Translate REST api.

- Imported data into Google-Refine remember to specify utf-8 character encoding on import.
- You need to get a Google Translate API key
- Tweet text column drop down select Edit column - Add column by fetching URLs...
"<access-key...goes here>&target=en&q=" + escape(value.substring(0,140),"url")

- The above creates a new column with the Translation json, now to parse, Use the add column based on this column command.
- below gets the text
- below get the predicted Language code

Some very wildly different results when comparing Twitter User Language, DataSift Prediction, Google Translation Prediction... check out the Google-refine text facets below:

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Got Dirty Data? Google Refine it! 
If you work with data, json, XML, especially dirty data you must check out
Google Refine. Thanks Google!

Watch part 2 & 3 for the real fun....
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Fusion-io Brand Tracking 

Tough day of trading for FIO 25.50 -4.84 (-15.95%)!
I started my brand tracking data capture for FIO today, capturing all(yep all) Tweets, FB posts, a few others... Interesting day to start following Fusion-io Q2 results last night.

Tweet from highest Klout score of 61 with 9,409 Twitter followers:
regvulture - The Register:
"Fusion-io revenues flash upwards: Market punishes Fusion for margin fall. Server flash array vendor Fusion-io saw"

Tweet from user with most Twitter followers: 11,331 with a Klout score of 52
"Disappointing Margins Crush Fusion-io: Storage Wars Heat Up $OCZ $STEC $FIO"

Each article mentions some possible FIO competition. The Register mentions "EMC's Project Lightning" and SeekingAlpha "OCZ Tech (OCZ)". I wonder who may be caught in Innovators Dilemma? Is EMC really not putting their A+ team and priority into Flash because their MBA's made a graph that showed this cannibalizing their core business model? If EMC doesn't cannibalize/disrupt their business model someone else will. Is Fusion-io brushing off lower sticker cost OCZ Flash solutions because they don't have the fastest X per Y performance and only meet a niche that is not as OCZ < Fusion-IO < EMC =?

I am personally still bullish* on FIO. The public company curse of balancing cashflow for public display every 3 months must be a nightmare for a startup. Brand building, engaging new clients and verticals in proof of concepts, tweaking manufacturing for new product... I would expect these investments to pay off.

Data capture running, predictive model building starting soon ...

* I am CS guy not stock guy, I own shared of FIO

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Chris Sharma, Kevin Cocco & Jeremy Jones 

Had the amazing luck to run into two of my favorite athletes of all time at the same time during the Salt Lake City Outdoor Retailer show. Arguably Chris the best climber and Jeremy snowboarder of all time.

Jeremy Jones

TGR - Deeper Trailer from IronFistMedia on Vimeo.

Chris Sharma
Sharma Video

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