The acquisition of mobile ad exchange MoPub puts Twitter at the forefront of the race to combine effective targeting and mobile ad-buying, arguesAntonio Garcia — and could even put it ahead of Facebook. Read more »
Good news — the finalized text of the EU Regulation for creating a single telecoms market is a lot tighter than earlier drafts when it comes to protecting consumers from net neutrality abuses. Maybe not watertight, though. Read more »
A San Mateo, Calif.-based startup called Space-Time Insight has raised a $20 million series C investment round led by London-based firm Zouk Capital. Space-Time provides a platform for analyzing and visualizing streaming data, and is gaining traction in the utility sector. We profiled the company in 2011, specifically its work with California ISO to put real-time energy data on an 80-foot screen in the agency’s control room. Space-Time closed a $14 million series B investment round last September.
Vodafone is having trouble finding enough Kabel Deutschland shareholders willing to sell up. Reuters reports the British mobile giant has secured only around 20 percent of the German cable firm’s shares, and it needs 75 percent by midnight Wednesday or the deal is off. It could be shareholders are waiting until the last minute in case a rival offer comes in — either way, it’s a nailbiting finish for freshly flush Vodafone and its plans of pushing further into the European fixed-line market.
Berlin’s Waymate has learned a few lessons since going live earlier this year, chief among them the fact that users need a transport comparison and booking service more for urban situations than for long-distance travel. Read more »
Narrative Science, a startup that turns complex text documents into reports or articles that are supposed to resemble something written by a human being, has raised an $11.5 million series C funding round. News organizations have already used the company’s software to turn sports stats or corporate earnings statements into articles, but it has potential anywhere someone is trying to analyze loads of text documents. CIA-backed venture capital firm In-Q-Tel invested in Narrative Science in June.
A leaked opinion from the Commission’s justice department pointed out serious risks in proposals made by the digital agenda department — proposals that would allow ISPs to charge content providers to prioritize their traffic. Read more »
Storify, the social-media curation company started by former journalist Burt Herman, is being acquired by Livefyre, a comment-hosting service that has been expanding rapidly into other aspects of social content for businesses. Read more »
How much storage do you want in your next Android tablet? Will 500GB work for you? Seagate wants to be inside your slate. Read more »
A data broker tried to show us what it knows about our lives — but the transparency ploy quickly fell flat with both consumers and privacy advocates. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get points for effort. Read more »
Could the monitoring of an oil giant be the first sign of the NSA using its surveillance systems for economic espionage? Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that doesn’t happen, but doubts will linger. Read more »
Germany’s Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. National Security Agency can access user data such as contacts lists, SMS traffic and location from the leading phone platforms and — embarrassingly given its security reputation — email from BlackBerry. This latest Snowden revelation begs the question: is any mobile OS safe?
Hortonworks is making progress on its mission (via a project called Stinger) to speed up SQL-like queries in Hadoop using Apache Hive. New features in the latest version of Hortonworks’ Hadoop distribution have improved Hive performance tens of times in some instances, and the company is aiming for 100x improvements soon. Hortonworks has also added support for new types of SQL data. Competitor Cloudera opted to forgo Hive in favor of its own Impala technology for interactive queries.
Yahoo has joined other tech companies in putting out a report that shows how often governments are collecting data about its users. Read more »
eBay has acquired Seattle-based price-prediction startup Decide.com, and the service will shut down on Sept. 30. The entire team will head over to eBay to help the e-commerce giant improve its experience through predictive modeling. The entire team except Co-founder and CTO Oren Etzioni, that is: the University of Washington computer science professor, Madrona Venture Group partner and former Farecast founder is heading up Paul Allen’s new Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
Google has added another new capability to its BigQuery analytics service. This one lets users derive correlation values between similar data points, something Google highlighed using sensor data from its recent I/O conference. Read more »
Who thought subverting not only widely-used security mechanisms, but the security standards-setting process itself, was a good idea? Read more »
New leaks reveal how the government is using a massive secret program to break into personal, business and financial communications long considered secure. Here’s the most important takeaways. Read more »
Location-data startup Placed has been tracking the businesses that consumers visit for about a year, and now it’s tying that data to their TV habits and interests. Where do “The Biggest Loser” viewers hang out? Bakeries. Read more »
Big data startup HStreaming is now part of Swiss advertising firm Adello Group. HStreaming had standout technology by all accounts, but the business never scaled enough to survive in a tough market. Read more »
Curious about how much of your personal financial and other data is collected by data brokers? Check out Acxiom’s Aboutthedata.com to get a glimpse. Read more »
This post from Slate is spot on, in my humble opinion. It might be overkill, but I can say the same about my own posting habits, and did last year. (I can’t say the same about my wife, though …) There are plenty of reasons to not want a digital profile you didn’t ask for, and advances in behavioral analysis and facial recognition are only making them worse.
Marathon is a new framework that turns Mesos — a favorite of Twitter — into a more dynamic tool for running different applications on a single set of machines. Marathon comes from a startup called Mesosphere, founded by two former Airbnb engineers who know Mesos cold. Read more »
Journalist and Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown is accused of trafficking in stolen credit-card numbers and could face years in prison for posting a link in an Internet Relay Chat channel aimed at crowdsourcing information about defense contractors. Read more »
Will VMware be able to replicate the monster success it achieved inside corporate server rooms in the cloud at large? Maybe, but it will have to execute well on many fronts and catch a lot of breaks for that to happen. Read more »
The Stockholm outfit wants to save developers the hassle of juggling local development environments, framework installs, deployment services and hosting. Read more »
Topsy, a social search engine, said Wednesday that its searchable archive now includes every tweet since Twitter first launched in 2006 or close to half a trillion pieces of social content. Read more »
SwiftKey, a London-based startup that sells a popular “smart” keyboard for Android devices, has closed a $17.5 million series B led by Index Ventures. The company plans to spend the money on research to “fuel further innovation in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning,” among other things, according to a press release. That’s probably not a bad idea given Google’s vested interest keyboard dominance and focus on cutting-edge text analysis.
Traffic management could be key to the future of the open internet, so what proportion of UK consumers takes such policies into account when choosing a broadband deal? A whopping one percent. Read more »
The internet of things is a new world for technologists and consumers, but it also represents an opportunity to change some of the things we got wrong about the web when it comes to trust and privacy. Read more »
Twitter has open sourced a “streaming MapReduce” system called Summingbird that makes Hadoop and Storm play nicer together so applications that require both batch and stream processing can do their jobs with as little complexity as possible. Read more »
Wearables are already deeply embedded in the sports world, so in this week’s podcast I talk to an SAP expert about what we can learn about data derived from wearables from the NFL and the NBA. Read more »
Microsoft will join Google and Facebook — and show its commitment to Finland — by siting a data center in Europe’s frozen north. Also, the Nokia phone unit takeover talks have been on since February. Read more »
The New York Times continues the surveillance theme with a scoop about a project called Hemisphere, which involves the collection and long-term retention of phone metadata by AT&T in order to aid local and federal anti-drug law enforcement efforts. The length of the retention time (as much as 26 years) far outstrips anything the NSA is doing. It strikes me as notable that the biggest mass surveillance operations are being carried out in the name of unwinnable, unending wars, namely those on terror and drugs.
Thousands of enterprise customers use Splunk to help solve challenging big data problems across their infrastructure and beyond. Read this analyst report and discover how Cars.com, a leading website for vehicle shopping, used Splunk to find new revenue and cost containment opportunities within its machine-generated data. Read more »
Facebook is hosting a Kaggle competition in order to identify candidate for a data scientist position. Résumés are so passé when you can just have applicants prove their skills first. Read more »
Around 200,000 volunteered computers donated 17,000 years worth of computing time in an 8 month span, aiding in the identification of 24 pulsars in the Milky Way. Read more »
Researchers have released a tool that lets anyone track the whereabouts of Twitter and Instagram users who allow geotagging of their posts. They want social media users to be aware that geotagging exists and what kind of information it provides. Read more »
Many names have popped up in the long-running scandal, so we thought it would be a good idea to bring them together in one handy resource. Read more »