U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands with Irish rock band U2 as he speaks during an Apple event announcing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch at the Flint Center in CupertinoBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. Country group Florida Georgia Line far outperformed the Irish rockers by selling 197,000 copies of "Anything Goes" in its first week for the top spot on the chart, compared with U2's 28,000 units sold, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. "Songs of Innocence," the 13th studio album from U2, became the largest album release in history after being made available for free in September on Apple Inc's iTunes online store to half a billion iTunes users. Billboard does not count sales of albums priced under $ 3.49 for its weekly album chart listings.


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Christian Bale to play Apple’s Steve Jobs

Actor Christian Bale addresses a press conference for the film "American Hustle" in the Berlinale Special category at the 64rd Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on February 7, 2014Oscar-winner Christian Bale — best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films — will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined," said Sorkin, who is writing the script for Sony Pictures based on the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson.


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Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams

File photo of an Apple-1 computer, built in 1976, on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CaliforniaOne of the first Apple computers ever built has sold in New York for $ 905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic. The Apple-1 computer, built by hand in 1976 by Steve Wozniak in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' garage or his sister's bedroom, fetched nearly twice its pre-sale high estimate, Bonhams said. It was bought by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the auction house said. The Apple-1 is considered a vanguard of the personal computer revolution, being the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold.


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How to Hadoop: 4 Resources to Learn and Try Cloud Big Data

Are you curious about how to begin working with big data using Hadoop? Perhaps you know you should be looking into big data analytics to power your business, but you’re not quite sure about the various big data technologies available to you, or you need a tutorial to get started.  

  1. If you want a quick overview on why you should consider cloud Hadoop: read this short article from MSDN Magazine that explores the implications of combining big data and the cloud and provides an overview of where Microsoft Azure HDInsight sits within the broader ecosystem.  

  1. If you’re a technical leader who is new to Hadoop: check out this webinar about Hadoop in the cloud, and learn how you can take advantage of the new world of data and gain insights that were not possible before.  

  1. If you’re on the front lines of IT or data science and want to begin or expand your big data capabilities: check out the ‘Working with big data on Azure’ Microsoft Press eBook, which provides an overview of the impact of big data on businesses, a step-by-step guide for deploying Hadoop clusters and running MapReduce in the cloud, and covers several use cases and helpful techniques.  

  1. If you want a deeper tutorial for taking your big data capabilities to the next level: Master the ins and outs of Hadoop for free on the Microsoft Virtual Academy with this ‘Implementing Big Data Analysis’ training series

What question do you have about big data or Hadoop? Are there any other resources you might find helpful as you learn and experiment? Let us know. And if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to claim your free one month Microsoft Azure trial

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