Digital Progress, Data and Innovation, Packaged Data, Privacy Concerns, Healthcare and US Cyber-Attack

This week we begin with an article by Harvard Business Review, highlighting the economies that showed the maximum digital progress during the pandemic in 2020. Next is a piece on the need for more open and on-demand data to foster future innovations. The following article provides insights into Blackstone Group’s new product, packaged data from the companies it acquires in future deals. Following this is a New York Times article about Apple and Facebook’s fight over data privacy concerns of their users and the value of consumer data. Next, we have a piece on how sophisticated use of accurate and granular data can prevent the next global health crisis. To end, we have enclosed a news clip by CNBC about a large scale cyber-attack that hit US federal agencies and large corporations, suspected to be of Russian origin.

Which Economies Showed the Most Digital Progress in 2020?

Over the last year, the pandemic has caused the global economy to contract by 4.4%. At the same time, one trend has accelerated worldwide: digitalization. As countries face repeated lockdowns, school closures, and shutdowns of entire industries, digital capabilities — whether for remote schooling, e-commerce, or working from home— have become more essential than ever.

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Open and Free Online Data Collection Will Fuel Future Innovations

The saying “knowledge is power” doesn’t just apply to individuals but also businesses. While individuals can learn from books and life lessons, businesses need a tool to gather market insights. This is where online data collection comes in. It is one of the best tools because it provides up-to-date and reliable information for businesses to stay informed – and make critical business decisions. 

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Blackstone’s Next Product May Be Data From Companies It Buys

With companies in industries from health care to battery storage in its portfolio, Blackstone Group Inc.’s massive buyout unit has a unique view into the economy. Soon it may offer peeks to outsiders willing to pay.

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Goliath vs. Goliath

Facebook grew to be one of the world’s largest companies by gathering up large quantities of personal data and auctioning them off to advertisers. Now that Apple is posing a threat to that business, Facebook has embarked on a quixotic marketing campaign against its rival that it says is really about saving small businesses.

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Data can prevent the next global health emergency. Here’s how

Pause for a moment to imagine — what if the world had the infrastructure to identify an emerging or re-emerging infectious disease threat before it became widespread? What if decision-makers could rapidly analyze which targeted, coordinated interventions were most effective in our response, and how these could be implemented at the lowest social and economic cost?

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The massive cyber Attack that hit government agencies and Microsoft, explained’s MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day’s top business news headlines. On today’s show, CNBC’s Eamon Javers walks through the suspected Russian cyber attack that breached the networks of federal agencies and major corporations. Plus,’s Lauren Feiner breaks down the flurry of antitrust litigation facing Google.

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