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Armando Escalante of LexisNexis at Structure:Data 2012

Hadoop may be the current leader of the pack when it comes to handling big data, but LexisNexis says at Structure:Data the system it developed for its own internal data use — and recently open-sourced — is a viable alternative and in some cases is superior. Read more »

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Now that Apple has showed it plans to spend some of its massive $100 billion cash holdings, some argue it should acquire Twitter as a way of bulking up its social features. But just because it could buy Twitter, does that mean it should? Read more »

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One of Kickstarter’s founders has come under fire for saying that the service will provide more funding this year than the the National Endowment for the Arts, but the reality is that the service has become a significant platform for movies, books and other artistic projects. Read more »

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WikiLeaks is trumpeting its latest release, a cache of millions of internal emails from StratFor, a security-consulting firm with ties to the U.S. government. But the nature of the emails and a partnership with the hacker collective Anonymous raise questions about WikiLeaks’ continued relevance. Read more »

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The same disruption that is occurring in the traditional media industry is starting to affect academic publishing, with many scientists boycotting publisher Elsevier because of its control over the industry — which raises the question: why do we need expensive, paywalled academic journals at all? Read more »

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Engagio, which launched on Wednesday backed by seed funding from Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and other angel investors, pulls in comments and replies from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and a number of other social services and sites to create a one-stop social dashboard. Read more »

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A lawsuit filed by the Associated Press against news aggregator Meltwater, accusing it of copyright infringement and “free riding” on its content, is just another sign that the newswire is trying to fight the democratization of distribution that the web provides instead of trying to adapt to it. Read more »

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