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It was another busy news day in the big data world. Here are some of the more-interesting items you might have missed if you blinked.

We’ve already covered a lot of Hadoop and general data-industry news already over the past few days, but as is often the case during trade shows like Strata and Hadoop World, when it rains it pours. Here are a handful of other notable news items that crossed the wires in the last day.

Continuuity goes 2.0, forms tight bond with RackspaceThe new version has quite a few significant upgrades, although the Rackspace deal is more interesting because (a) it gives Continuuity some semblance of the cloud presence it promised when when the company launched and (b) it might give Rackspace’s new Hadoop service some juice with developers.

Splunk’s Hadoop application is now GAFirst of all, naming the product Hunk is both clever and funny. But the product itself is pretty smart considering how many people use Splunk, how many people use Hadoop and how nicely the world of machine data overlaps with the world of big data.

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HP is now reselling HortonworksHey, it appears HP has a Hadoop strategy after all! It’s following in the steps of Microsoft and Teradata by partnering with Hortonworks, although those two companies actually actually used Hortonworks’ expertise to help them build new products. We’ll see if HP ever does the same.

MapR upgrades its Hadoop security storyIt hasn’t done away with Kerberos for customers who want to use that, but the new native security supposedly provides better, more fine-grained authentication. The new option even extends to communications between the separate nodes in a cluster.

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Pay $150, take an online course, get certified in MongoDBMongoDB has actually been doing these MOOC-like courses for a while, but this is the first time there’s a charge and an official certification involved. I’m guessing most startups won’t really care about this, but it could become a good revenue source as more large companies start building real web and mobile apps.

Data scientists can now run R direct from HadoopThis is thanks to a partnership between R commercializer Revolution Analytics, predictive analytics startup Alteryx and Cloudera. Alteryx’s software is based on R and actually has an impressive set of customers (including Walmart), so there should be some happy corporate data scientists out there.

Spring for Hadoop now certified with Cloudera, Hortonworks and Pivotal HDI guess this is similar to what Continuuity is doing, only tied to Spring and with less talk about platforms and fabrics. But the real eye-opener to me was a realization of just how many products fall under the Pivotal banner despite its quasi-startup status.

Infochimps goes vertical with reference designsThis is probably a good idea, at least as something that can save Infochimps and customers chasing certain workloads time in getting their applications off the ground. However, the hard part about doing any of sort of vertical play or applications at this point is figuring what’s broadly applicable and what’s different for everyone.

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A bunch of analytics startups have new versions of their software: We’ve covered most of these companies before — DataRPM, SiSense, Alpine Data Labs and Context Relevant — and now they all have new versions of their software available. It’s amazing how much innovation is going into BI and predictive analytics right now.

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