GoDaddy has filed for an IPO, and its S-1 report sheds some light on the company’s technological underpinnings. Here are the highlights. Read more »
DNA-SEQ and 1QBit, two startups working on cancer research and financial modeling, respectively, have partnered with quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave Systems to try and develop applications that can run on the latter’s system. Last month, a company called Aerospace Concepts announced its plans to develop quantum computing software targeting advanced systems design. Debate over D-Wave’s technology aside, attempts to build quantum software targeting specific industries are meaningful. If they’re eventually proven effective, such applications will presumably lower barriers to adoption (e.g., how to use them and when) that often accompany new technologies.
Inspired by Google’s famous approach to resource management, Apache Mesos is the open source software that manages the large pools of servers and cloud instances at companies such as Twitter and Airbnb. Mesosphere, a company trying to commercialize it, has raised $12.75 million since launching. Read more »
Deep learning is all the rage among the tech scene right now, and that’s more a result of its utility than because it sounds cool. Some questioned the feasibility of the Secret Service’s requested “sarcasm detector,” but deep learning could help there, too. Read more »
Amazon Web Services, Gnip and two Australian research institutions have teamed up to track the emotions of tweets in near real-time and offer the data to the public via visualizations, downloadable tables and an API. Read more »
Elasticsearch, the company behind a very popular open source suite for indexing, searching and visualizing JSON documents, has raised a $70 million series C round of venture capital. Just more than two years since being founded, the company has raised $104 million. Read more »
Big data startup Continuuity has teamed with AT&T Labs on an open source project called jetStream that pairs a high-throughput SQL database with a real-time data-processing engine. The goal is to underpin applications that can handle multiple levels of latency, consistency and analysis on streaming data. Read more »
IBM announced the three winners of its Watson Mobile Developer Challenge on Tuesday, but the company will likely many, many more developers on on the platform if Watson is going to become a focal point of the company’s future. Read more »
DataTorrent, a startup building a stream-processing engine for Hadoop that it claims can analyze more than 1 billion data events per second, announced on Tuesday that its flagship product generally available. Stream processing is becoming more important as we move into an era of connected devices, ubiquitous sensors and fast-paced web platforms such as Twitter. Data is flowing into systems faster than ever, and many companies would like to get some use out of it in real time; in some cases, even hours-old data could be considered stale. Other products and projects addressing stream processing on Hadoop include Apache Storm, Spark Streaming and Samza, and Amazon Kinesis.
Hadoop vendor Cloudera has acquired Gazzang, a startup specializing in encryption for Hadoop environments, as well as others next-generation data stores such as Cassandra and MongoDB. Read more »
Hadoop software company Cloudera has acquired Gazzang, a startup specializing in encryption software for big data environments. It’s Cloudera’s first significant acquisition (it bought machine learning startup Myrrix in 2012 in more of an “acquihire” situation) and it speaks to the importance of security as customers’ […] Read more »
Tableau Software has been on fire over the past couple years, but a big knock against the company has been that its popular analytics software isn’t available for the Mac operating system. The company has been promising a native Mac edition for a while, and it appears it will finally deliver in a few weeks, if a June 19 event called “Tableau 8.2 Roadshow + Mac Launch Party” is any indication. I suspect a lot of Windows virtual machines will be firing up a lot less frequently and a goodly amount of new users signing up.
Skymind is providing commercial support and services for an open source project called deeplearning4j. It’s a collection of of approaches to deep learning that mimic those developed by leading researchers, but tuned for enterprise adoption. Read more »
Big data startup Concurrent has raised a $10 million series B round of venture capital from Bain Capital Ventures, Rembrandt Ventures and True Ventures (Disclosure: True Ventures is also an investor in Gigaom). The company actually made its name building and supporting Cascading, a framework that many folks use to build Hadoop applications and data workflows at a higher level than writing MapReduce jobs, but is now also pushing application performance management with a product called Driven. Concurrent launched in 2007 and has raised nearly $15 million since first taking venture financing in 2011.
Gigaom has written a lot about artificial intelligence over the years. Here are three timelines tracking the rise of deep learning and other learning systems, IBM Watson and AI discussions at Gigaom conferences. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show, we discussed how VMware handles automation both for its customers and in its own cloud, and how a startup called Mesosphere wants to turn parts of that approach on their head by taking inspiration from Google and Twitter. Read more »
The Global Database of Events, Languages, and Tones is a growing trove of information about meaningful events that have happened across the world in the past three decades. Now, it’s available to the public to access and analyze using Google’s cloud computing services. Read more »
A company called Fyusion is trying to redo the photo app with a 3-D imaging technology that captures the spatial features of objects in order to generate multi-dimensional images. Photos, however, are likely just a first step. Read more »
A new framework by Microsoft Research lets lawyers and privacy managers encode their policies using a language called Legalease, and check code for compliance across systems that store, process and analyze data. The goal is to speed development and put parties on the same page. Read more »
Apixio has raised a $13.5 million series C round of venture capital from Bain Capital Ventures and several angel investors. The company’s technology extracts data from numerous types of medical records, including patient charts and doctors’ notes, in order to help hospitals and insurance companies get a better sense of patients’ health for risk-assessment purposes. Apixio has raised more than $22 million since launching in 2009. It first launched publicly in 2011, then focusing on its semantic-analysis engine for identifying latent connections between diagnoses and symptoms.
Raymie Stata, current co-founder and CEO of Hadoop startup Altiscale and ex-Yahoo CTO, came on the Structure Show this week to talk about why Hadoop matters, why who’s building it matters and where it’s headed. Here are the highlights. Read more »
Researchers from Allen Institute for AI have built a computer system capable of teaching itself many facets of broad concepts by scouring and analyzing search engines using natural language processing and computer vision techniques. Read more »
Large web companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon have been pushing the boundaries of IT for years, and now their problems — and solutions — are making their ways into the mainstream. Read more »
Expect Labs has revamped its MindMeld artificial intelligence API to support new languages, more devices and better speech recognition. The company is trying to power a new generation of apps that build on what Siri started. Read more »
A Palo Alto startup called Wit.AI wants to enable a world of intelligent dialog with the devices around us, but conquering voice commands is the first step on its mission. Read more »
Context Relevant, a Seattle-based startup that promises to create accurate predictive models in a hurry, even across large datasets, has raised a $21 million series B round of venture capital. Formation 8 led the round, which also included existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Bloomberg Beta and Vulcan Capital, and several angels and strategic investors. Context Relevant’s technology includes specialized algorithms for functions such as fraud detection and behavioral analysis, then automatically analyzes data against them and generates models that can added to applications without recoding.
Analytics startup DataPad emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, along with $1.7 million in funding from a list of prominent investors. Its trying to provide simple, attractive analytics for the little guy, which is a promising but difficult space. Read more »
Facebook artificial intelligence director and NYU researcher Yann LeCun delved into the future of AI last week in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. Here are his thoughts on why Her is a long way off, but is on the right path. Read more »
Big data vendor Cloudera is no Google when it comes to data center footprint, but the cost and complexity of its infrastructure are growing with each passing year. Cloudera VP of engineering Peter Cooper-Ellis explains how better data centers and cloud computing help ease the burden. Read more »
6Sense, a startup using machine learning to help companies predict who’ll buy their products, launched on Monday along with $12 million in venture capital from Battery Ventures and Venrock. The company claims it uses behavioral data to predict when customers are in the market to buy, and it focuses on each part of the sales cycle. Sales and marketing have become major use cases for machine learning, with a growing numbers of startups trying to help business know which customers to target, when and how.
Heroku has been at the platform-as-a-service game for a long time now, and it’s still trying to bridge the gap between its web-application-centric roots and the enterprise developers it desires. CEO Tod Nielsen explains how it’s going about that and why he thinks it will succeed. Read more »
Coursera co-founder and Stanford researcher Andrew Ng is leaving his day-to-day role at Coursera and joining Chinese search engine provider Baidu as its chief scientist. Ng is among a handful of high-profile artificial intelligence researcher to be hired by web companies int he past year. Read more »
Artificial intelligence techniques such as natural-language processing and computer vision will someday revolutionize our world. First, they’ll probably help retailers sell us more stuff. Read more »
Hortonworks has bought a startup called XA Secure that’s focused on securing the entire Hadoop cluster and enforcing compliance with company-wide policies. The technology should be open sourced as an Apache project by the year’s end. Read more »
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that learns what’s happening in videos by piecing together the things it sees into a complete picture. It could prove meaningful as more companies look to images and video to analyze everything from consumer behavior to health care. Read more »
Eric Baldeschwieler, the founding CEO of Hortonworks and former Yahoo VP who led the company’s Hadoop development efforts, is now a strategic adviser to Hadoop startup DataTorrent. The company, which won the Structure Data Readers’ Choice award for infrastructure startups, sells stream-processing software designed to run in Hadoop environments (on top of YARN). Baldeschwieler also advises the white-hot Apache Spark startup Databricks. He left Hortonworks, where he was most recently CTO, in August 2013.
A new open-source project called Postgres-XL is pushing scale-out and MPP capabilities for the popular database. Postgres-XL is the product of a database vendor called TransLattice and is based on technology it acquired from StormDB in October. Read more »
Deep learning startup AlchemyAPI is expanding its scope from text analysis to computer vision with a new API-based service called AlchemyVision. The company’s neural network system is continuously scanning images on the web and getting smarter by the day. Read more »
Twitter recently detailed its Manhattan database that’s supposed to be the default system for most new applications within the company. Here, the engineers behind Manhattan explain why they built it like they did. Read more »
An Australian company called Aerospace Concepts is partnering with Lockheed Martin to perform research on its quantum computer that could result in the world’s first quantum computing software company. Aerospace Concepts specializes in complex system design, a presumably strong use case for quantum computing. Read more »