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Building a Better (Google) Earth

Building a Better (Google) Earth

About 10 years ago, the folks at Google finished indexing the Internet and turned their attention to...

Hadoop Hits the Big Time with Hortonworks IPO

Hadoop Hits the Big Time with Hortonworks IPO

The founders and investors in Hortonworks got an early Christmas present today when the company raised about...

Apache Spark and Java 8: The Big Data Team for 2015

Apache Spark and Java 8: The Big Data Team for 2015

Apache Spark with Java 8 is proving to be the perfect match for Big Data. Spark 1.0...

NoSQL Database Scales to New Heights

NoSQL Database Scales to New Heights

Distributed NoSQL databases were designed to scale beyond what relational databases can do. That’s nothing new. But...

News In Brief

Can Big Data Help Dispense Justice?

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A debate within the American judicial system is focusing on the growing use of data-driven predictions about future crime risks in shaping sentencing guidelines. According to reports this summer, at least 20 states have adopted so-called Read more…


Data Companies Work With Citizen Scientists on Climate

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Storage vendor EMC Corp. is joining forces with big data and cloud specialist Pivotal and the EarthWatch Institute in an effort to apply analytical tools to the study the impact of climate change. The partners along with Schoodic Institute at Read more…


Mayo Clinic Eyes Data to Improve Health Care

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Optum Labs, a health services and technology venture formed by the Mayo Clinic along with one of the nation's largest health care insurers, is analyzing patient data to identify the best treatments, understand variations in health care and Read more…


MapR Claims Momentum as Hadoop Subs Grow

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MapR Technologies said this week that paid subscriptions to its distribution of Apache Hadoop exceeded 700 in November while existing customers increased current subscriptions at an expansion rate of more than 200 percent during its most recent Read more…


Data Tools Aid Open Source Intelligence

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U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are increasingly leveraging analytics platforms based on machine learning to sift through data sources like social media. In the vernacular of the Pentagon, these efforts are generally referred to as Read more…


Gumshoes, Too, Are Drowning in Data

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Private eyes, that is, the gumshoe variety stereotypically clad in trench coats and a fedora, are experiencing their own unique set of problems adapting to the Era of Big Data and what the "private investigation industry" (who know there was Read more…


Big Data Rankings: Leaders Generated $6B in Revenues

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A diverse group of hardware, software, analytics and even technology consulting firms make up a list of the top 10 big data companies based on annual revenues. Together, a survey estimates the market leaders accounted for just over $6 billion in Read more…


Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

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Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an "enabler of the Internet of Things," are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The Read more…


NSA Releases Data Management Tool

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The National Security Agency said it is expanding its open source portfolio by releasing the source code for software designed to manage data network interoperability. NSA said Nov. 25 it was releasing the open source tool, "Niagarafiles," or Read more…


AI Startup Raises $103.5M to Expand Development

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Artificial intelligence startup Sentient Technologies said it would use the $103.5 million raised in its most recent funding round to expand its distributed AI products and services. San Francisco-based Sentient said Nov. 24 that the Series C Read more…