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TC Roundup: Apple to spend $1.9B on new European data centers

Apple to spend $1.9 billion on new European data centers: Apple Inc said it would spend 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion) to build two data centers in Europe that would be entirely powered by renewable energy and create hundreds of jobs.

The company said the centers, in Ireland and Denmark, will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. (Reuters)

With big data, HR departments too often get short shrift: "The importance of using big data to drive informed decision-making has become socialized across most organizations recently. While finance, marketing and other departments within a company receive customized data and analytics systems, human resources is still left with big data hand-me-downs.(The Wall Street Journal)

Tech-loving drivers are trading in cars as often as iPhones: Mike Fine was perfectly happy with his 2011 Nissan Xterra. Then he got a look at his son's ride.

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was packed with technology: a touchscreen loaded with apps, Bluetooth, all-wheel drive and push-button start. The Nissan had none of those. Fine did what any self-respecting father would do: He ditched the four-year-old Nissan SUV for his own Grand Cherokee. (Bloomberg)

Startup's drone soars for hours on wind power alone: Although small commercial drones are getting more and more sophisticated with each passing month, most these days have a maximum battery life of around 20 minutes or so. But one startup has a plan for drones that can stay aloft for hours. (Venture Beat)

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