News in Brief

Kafka Gets Server, API Upgrades

Oct 27, 2016 |

The latest feature release from the Apache Kafka stream processing community includes server support for time-based search along with more than 200 bug fixes and other improvements.

Confluent Inc., founded by the team that built Apache Kafka at LinkedIn (NYSE: Read more…

Spark ML Runs 10x Faster on GPUs, Databricks Says

Oct 27, 2016 |

Apache Spark machine learning workloads can run up to 10x faster by moving them to a deep learning paradigm on GPUs, according to Databricks, which today announced that its hosted Spark service on Amazon’s new GPU cloud. Read more…

Drug Developer Wraps Anaconda Around Gene Data

Oct 26, 2016 |

An open source data visualization framework running on the Anaconda data science platform will be used by a drug discovery company focusing on cures for rare genetic diseases.

Continuum Analytics, developer of the Bokeh framework operating on the Python-based Anaconda platform, said Wednesday (Oct. Read more…

This Catalog Recommends Data with Machine Learning

Oct 26, 2016 |

Finding the right piece of data can be a big challenge. With the latest release of Collibra’s data governance and data catalog solution, machine learning algorithms help the product learn what types of data you use with the goal of surfacing and recommend new data sources that are appropriate for your job. Read more…

Startups Look to Speed Up Data to AWS Redshift

Oct 25, 2016 |

More data management startups are emerging as data piles up. Among their goals is automating analytics cloud infrastructure. With competition in the data warehouse market heating up, one data management startup focusing on the Amazon Web Services Redshift platform said it is partnering with an infrastructure manager to help customers quickly shift raw data to Redshift so they can concentrate on extracting insights. Read more…

U.S. Taps Data to Improve Forecasts

Oct 24, 2016 |

As they struggle to keep pace with more frequent outbreaks of severe weather, U.S. forecasters are looking for better ways of incorporating more data into storm and flood predictions.

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Microsoft Claims Speech Recognition ‘Parity’

Oct 20, 2016 |

Microsoft speech recognition researchers report they have achieved parity with humans using a testing framework that gauges error rates for professional transcribers and the ability to understand “open-ended conversations.”

“In both cases, our automated system establishes a new state-of-the-art, and edges past the human benchmark,” Read more…

Facebook AI Efforts Seen Lagging

Oct 18, 2016 |

Facebook’s artificial intelligence efforts, particularly algorithms used for automation of applications such as news feeds, are coming under heavy fire from at least one critic who argues AI “is emerging as a major weakness for Facebook.” Read more…

Using Emojis to Boost Sentiment Analysis

Oct 17, 2016 |

The ongoing challenge of extracting knowledge from soaring volumes of unstructured data using text analysis tools and natural language processing technology now includes novel approaches like “emoji analytics” and parsing email threads. Read more…

Big Data Career Notes (Oct. 2016)

Oct 17, 2016 |

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Read more…