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Facebook has open sourced the code it uses to measure the energy and water consumption of its data centers, as well as the code for the dashboard that visualizes those readings in real time. Facebook first publicly shared the dashboard in April 2013 for its Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., data centers and it has been available online since. Facebook says cloud provider Rackspace helped get the code ready for open source and is considering implementing it for its data centers.

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Premise, the company trying to reinvent macroeconomic indicators in developing countries, has raised an $11 million series B round led by Social+Capital along with Google Ventures, Harrison Metal, Andreessen Horowitz and Bowery Capital. As we explained when the company launched in October, it uses smartphone-armed agents around the world who snap strategic photos that Premise then analyzes to determine the economic health of a region. Co-founder and CEO David Soloff is speaking at our Structure Data conference next week in New York, where the company will also receive a Structure Data Editor’s Choice award.

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Basho, a NoSQL startup whose Riak database competes against the likes of Cassandra in scale-out environments, has lost its CEO Greg Collins, CTO Justin Sheehy and Chief Architect Andy Gross. In an interview with the Register, Sheehy said the departures aren’t as bad as they look and that the company is in good hands. Perhaps, although whoever replaces Collins will be the company’s fourth CEO since it was founded in 2007, and neither of the company’s co-founders remain. Basho has raised more than $31 million in venture capital, with its last funding round of $11.1 million coming in July 2012.

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As it has been doing a lot of lately, the Facebook data science team released another study on Friday highlighting a particular facet of the social science treasure trove that is its collection of wall posts. It might be cool to see this kind of data in the hands of non-corporate researchers, but it’s still interesting to see things like how polarized political parties are or how much more positive women seem toward each other than men. Also, “Damn Canadians!”

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A new study might help confirm that D-Wave Systems’ quantum computer chip might actually be what it claims to be. Conducted at the University of Southern California, where the D-Wave system owned by aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin is based, a team of scientists has concluded that the 128-qubit processor “behaved in a way that agrees with a model called ‘quantum Monte Carlo,’ yet disagreed with two candidate classical models.” In two weeks at our Structure Data conference, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell will talk about what quantum computers can do and how they’ll be available as cloud services.

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Tableau and Splunk, two of the more successful (and ubiquitous) data startups turned public companies over the past several years, have partnered on a new connector that lets Tableau users access Splunk as a data source within the analytics software. However, it’s not just the existence of a connector that’s valuable for users, but what it means — that they can now combine Splunk data with other data within Tableau to visually analyze all of it together. As Tableau grows more popular, partnering with it is becoming a popular move for everyone from large software vendors to small startups such as BigML.

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An e-commerce startup called Reflektion has raised an $8 million series B round of venture capital for its technology that helps retailers personalize the online shopping experience for consumers. Intel Capital led the round, and Nike and several private investors also pitched in. This seems like the latest thing in marketing — not just targeted advertising but entire tailored experiences for individual shoppers. It does add an Amazon-like recommendation experience, although one might fairly question whether most product catalogs are large enough to warrant it.

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NoSQL startup DataStax announced on Wednesday that it has added an in-memory option to its commercial version of the Cassandra key-value database. Cassandra is seeing an uptick in adoption right now because of its scalability and ability to span data centers, and the ability to serve data from memory instead of disk will make it a lot faster, too. If the approaches of startups like DataStax, MemSQL and others are any indication, it looks like databases of the future will feature broad ranges of capabilities, data formats and storage options.

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RunKeeper tracked what its users were up to in Sochi during the Olympics and found they ran the equivalent of about 78 marathons. It’s an interesting nugget, but part of a much larger picture about learning how, when and where people exercise. Read more »

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Website performance and security startup CloudFlare has acquired an anti-malware startup called StopTheHacker. The deal makes the popular CloudFlare that much more useful and also gives the company a new business to take advantage of the global infrastructure it’s building out. CEO Matthew Prince recently suggested it would get into the anti-malware space because it often has spare computing capacity that could be put to work scanning networks rather than sitting idle. Although it plans to integrate the two services more tightly, CloudFlare says it will continue operating and investing in the StopTheHacker service.

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A company called Carrier IQ is trying to help mobile carriers serve their customers better by using machine learning algorithms to diagnose problems with their smartphone, such as poor battery performance or call quality. A smart use of the technology would be for carriers to get proactive in helping customers resolve their problems before they get annoyed enough to call customer service or, in an increasingly non-contractual industry, just go elsewhere without letting a carrier know they’re leaving. The holy grail of big data, after all, is to actually be able to be proactive.

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