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I think this is more about Hadoop and other emerging technologies than the analysts quoted here are willing to admit. Why do you think Teradata is pushing its Hadoop story so much lately? There is, for example, crazy excitement around big data and Hadoop in China. Customers with blank slates center their efforts around Hadoop, while big existing customers are trying to offload more to Hadoop. Teradata sales are fairly flat right now even in the U.S. because big existing customers are getting bigger but fewer are signing up.

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IBM has shared some details about a new project called WatsonPaths that lets doctors actually interact with the system to understand how it came to its conclusions, and to tell it whether its “thinking” was right. This type of interaction is critical in any type of machine learning system where speed isn’t the primary objective, because it lets humans see things they might not have and also train the machines to be more accurate in the future. WatsonPaths is a GUI-based tool and is being developed along with doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.

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A new research project from Carnegie Mellon University, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to make microchips smarter and more efficient by analyzing the data they collect about themselves. The Statistical Learning in Chip project is focused on developing an integrated machine learning engine that can help chips dynamically manage their resource consumption and keep it at optimum levels. This would make the chips, and the devices running on them, more energy-efficient, resulting in longer battery life and cooler operating temperatures.

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IBM has opened a new research lab in San Jose, Calif., called the Accelerated Discovery Lab. Its purpose is to bring together subject matter experts in key areas — the company cites drug discovery, social analytics and predictive maintenance (aka the industrial internet) — with the data and tools they need to make new discoveries in their fields. For IBM, which has billions in revenue riding on these industries, the more it can prove its worth to them, the better.

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San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based startup Cirro is betting that there’s real value in piles of data scattered across corporate data stores, and it has closed an $8 million series A round from Toba Capital, Frost Venture Partners and Miramar Venture Partners to help test its hypothesis. Its platform invokes a SQL-based analytic engine that hits all of a companies various data stores — including big data stores such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases — while carrying out queries.

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TransLattice, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup selling a geographically distributed relational database system, has acquired Red Bank, N.J.-based cloud-database startup StormDB. Both companies are pushing production-grade, distributed OLTP systems and the Postgres-based StormDB has some of its own IP around MPP analytics and geospatial data. It seems this means StormDB will stop taking new customers but, according to an FAQ on its site, “TransLattice will honor commitments to current StormDB customers.”

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