As more consumers turn to the web to make their purchases, startup Signifyd uses social data and other kinds of data sources to help e-commerce companies sniff out fraudsters. Read more »
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.
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.
Whistle’s dog activity trackers are making their way into university labs. Researchers hope the data gathered from them could help them better understand and treat canine epilepsy and other animal health problems. Read more »
The promise of data, algorithms and energy efficiency has convinced energy innovator NRG Energy to back startup EcoFactor. Read more »
Hortonworks is working to integrate the Storm stream-processing engine with its Hadoop distro, and hopes to have it ready for enterprise apps within a year’s time. It’s the latest non-batch functionality for Hadoop thanks to YARN, which lets Hadoop run all sorts of processing frameworks. Read more »
Field service technicians carry around a lot of specialized equipment that remains largely unconnected to any network. GigaOM Mobilize Showcase finalist ShowSigSense hopes to bring all of that gear into the internet of things. Read more »
A startup called Aviate has built an app that its creators say makes Android better by, essentially, taking it over. Aviate gives users a pared-down home screen, categorizes their apps, and automatically surfaces the ones they need depending on where they are. Read more »
More than 6,000 enterprises use Splunk to solve challenging problems across their infrastructure and beyond. Read this case study and discover how Tesco.com, a multinational grocery and merchandise retailer, uses Splunk to troubleshoot problems and identify drivers for improving user behavior and accelerating its development cycle. Read more »
This particular mass surveillance activity only takes place outside the U.S., according to a Washington Post scoop, but it does still involve the collection of many Americans’ contacts lists for services including Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and Facebook. Read more »
Intel isn’t letting rivals take all the business in the gold rush that is the internet of things. With a new family of chips, a Hadoop distribution and several acquisitions, Intel’s making a big play. Read more »
Premise Data wants to change the way decision makers think about macroeconomic indicators by changing the way they consume that data. Thanks to a glut of e-commerce data and a network of smartphone-equipped price watchers worldwide, it’s making information a real-time affair. Read more »
According to a complaint filed by Zettaset, Intel’s Hadoop management software is so similar to Zettaset’s flagship Orchestrator product that “trying to run Zettaset on top of Intel is akin to trying to put a key into a lock already occupied by a key.” Read more »
Burner phones provide a cheap, disposable tool to hide your communications — it will be no surprise that spy services are taking an interest in them. Read more »
In an echo of Brazil’s push for greater online autonomy, Deutsche Telekom has proposed keeping German internet traffic within German borders, wherever possible. That’s not going to protect much, though. Read more »
Zettaset has sued Intel over its Intel Manager for Apache Hadoop product, claiming it misappropriates Zettaset’s trade secrets. The complaint was filed last week in California. Read more »
The Israeli firm helps users cut down on their mobile data consumption without using fewer services — a feature that will be critical in Facebook’s mission of connecting more people in the developing world. Read more »
There are too many choices available for consumers when it comes to devices and apps that track your steps or daily activities. What needs to happen is consolidation across the industry and a focus on storytelling, not just activity. Read more »
Microsoft says it has seen the light in terms of designing software that business users actually want to use. For its new Q&A feature for visualizing Excel data, for example, the product team spent six weeks thinking about UI before even thinking about technology. Read more »
The rise of APIs as a source for web services and data means that developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel on every feature — they can source it from an API. This trend brings about the composable enterprise. Read more »
A future of ubiquitous computing — in traditional devices but also in everyday appliances and home goods — is near. Ahead of our Mobilize even next week we asked 10 thought leaders what this means for us. Read more »
Booz Allen Hamilton serves clients in areas such as national security, financial services and life sciences, and data science is an increasingly important part of the job. A VP in its Strategic Innovation Group talks about how he approaches hiring data scientists and analyzing clients’ data. Read more »
When it comes to marketing, many feel it’s more an art than a science. But by setting aside a control group you can turn marketing campaign results into measurable data. Read more »
Google, along with its peers at NASA and D-Wave, has released a short video explaining its new quantum computer and the potential — albeit yet unimagined — things it will be able to do. Read more »
Car service startup Uber has produced some graphics showing the effect of the government shutdown on its ridership in the Washington, D.C., area. Certain routes, like between downtown and Capitol Hill, have shown a reduction that the company calls “significant.” Read more »
With its international headquarters in Luxembourg for tax purposes, Skype apparently now finds the little duchy’s privacy officials on its back over allegations of NSA collusion, following a complaint by activists. Read more »
Twitter looks to be experimenting with a new account that will provide breaking news alerts to users — but why does it need to do this when the whole network functions as a breaking news alert system already? Read more »
When you combine open platforms with many interdependent parts — like today’s online video marketplace or the internet of things — you risk losing accountability for failures in the customer experience. How can industry solve this problem? Read more »
Two new research partnerships whose participants range from pharmaceutical companies to IT vendors are taking aim at improving disease treatment via data analysis. They’re targeting a handful of diseases specifically — heart disease and cancer among them — but they point toward a data-driven health care future. Read more »
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.
Yes, we are all being watched and our data harvested and that won’t stop. But if someone, or someone’s app, misuses our data, they should be punished under the law, said Craig Mundie. Read more »
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.
U.S. society depends on open government data. When the government shuts down, that data is at risk, and so are the citizens who rely on it. The Obama administration needs to take action action to restore faith in government data as a civic resource and platform for business. Read more »
Dropcam has released a new monitoring camera called the Dropcam Pro that’s remarkably high-resolution, but also very smart. A new user experience enables advanced zooming from a smartphone, and cloud-based machine learning algorithms are letting users filter their video feeds. Read more »
Upgrading your network in a high-pressure environment isn’t easy. But finding the fastest way to deploy ethernet fabrics just got easier. Brocade® VCS® fabrics can be deployed five times faster than any other network on the market. See how. Read more »
Booz Allen Hamilton’s Josh Sullivan talks about the art and science of building multi-disciplinary data science teams; MongoDB’s big payday; and Verizon’s cloud gambit. Read more »
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.
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.”
Some shrug off the notion of government data collection as the price we pay for security; others worry about how much we still don’t know about what happens with our data. At least the conversation has begun. Read more »
So far this year GE has made $290 million in revenue from its industrial internet products. The two-year effort gets new partners Wednesday, and we learn how it plans to stay open and still build a barrier to entry. Read more »