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Hortonworks Keen on Cascading-Tez Combo

In the future, it will be easier to build big data applications, and they'll run faster and utilize more real-time data than today's apps, too. Two vendors working to make that future a reality, Hortonworks and Concurrent, today announced they'll work together to build and assemble the next generation of Hadoop apps running on YARN, Tez, and Apache Spark. Read more…

Startup Launches Legislative Prediction Engine

A Washington, D.C., startup is touting an analytics platform that sifts through state and federal legislative data to predict whether proposed bills will actually become law. Read more…

Feds Look to Big Data to Combat Smuggling

Law enforcement is emerging as one of the latest big data applications. The latest example is detecting drug kingpins who generate huge amounts of "bulk cash," the huge stacks of currency notes accumulated by criminal syndicates peddling narcotics. Street transactions generated huge amounts of cash in a variety of denominations that drug lords must find ways to illegally launder. Read more…

Elasticsearch Plucks VP from Competitor Splunk

Splunk has enjoyed the first-mover advantage when it comes to analyzing machine-generated data for fun and profit. But as the Internet of Things begins to take off and the machine-generated data seriously begins to fly, the developer of proprietary software is finding increased competition from the open source realm, namely from Elasticsearch, which just snatched away a Splunk VP. Read more…

Nine Criteria to Achieve Hadoop-as-a-Service Happiness

The big data industry has made a compelling case for Hadoop as the core platform for a big data strategy. But deploying and maintaining a well-run Hadoop environment is challenging, to say the least. This difficult has driven the Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) market. However, not all HaaS offerings are the same. Here is a look at the different types of HaaS available today, as well as the nine key criteria that will make your HaaS evaluation a success. Read more…

Inside zDoop, a New Hadoop Distro for IBM’s Mainframe

IBM and its partner Veristorm are working to merge the worlds of big data and Big Iron with zDoop, a new offering unveiled last week that offers Apache Hadoop running in the mainframe's Linux environment. By gaining Big Blue's seal of approval, zDoop could change the big data landscape for organizations that rely on mainframes. Read more…

Big-Data Backlash: Medical Database Raises Privacy Concerns

A controversial big data initiative designed to create a huge U.S. database of medical records intended to help patients and their doctors make better health care decisions is raising privacy and other ethical concerns. Read more…

Employers Paying a Premium for Big Data Skills

U.S. tech salaries rose nearly 3 percent in 2013 to an average of $87,811, up from $86,619 the previous year, according to salary survey. Big data skills attracted some of the biggest salaries. Read more…

Twitter Looks to Leverage Social Data with Gnip Deal

Social media behemoth Twitter said it is acquiring long-time data partner Gnip in a move designed to leverage aggregated Twitter data to pinpoint consumer trends and link with customers. Read more…

This ‘Bulldog’ CPO Aims to Help Pentaho Grow

The data explosion has made the reporting and analytics field a very busy place right now. The latest release of Gartner's Magic Quadrant included 27 players in this market--with another 32 on the bubble. Smack dab in the middle of the pack is commercial open source software upstart Pentaho. With the hiring of chief product officer Christopher Dziekan--a BI veteran who's been called a "bulldog"--the company signaled it's ready for growth. Read more…

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