A database vendor called Objectivity has created a mobile app called GraphMyLife that aims to let consumers explore links between the people and content in their various social networks. I say “aims” because although the idea is pretty cool, the app is a bit laggy and confusing (at least on my phone). But cut Objectivity a break: it’s a specialized (and old) enterprise-tech company trying to humanize its graph database software.
A data science consultancy has published a report analyzing the design of retirement- and investment-industry websites, but the lessons are universal: Better design means better business. Read more »
According to the Wall Street Journal, the NSA’s surveillance program allows it to tap into more data than it has previously admitted — up to 75 percent of all internet traffic in the U.S., the newspaper says. Read more »
Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung are launching an initiative called internet.org that aims to connect the whole world with internet access via cheaper devices, better business models and better infrastructure. Read more »
The legal discussion forum Groklaw is the latest web service to shut down out of concern over the NSA’s surveillance program — and the latest sign of how much we are losing due to the chilling effects of that government behavior. Read more »
In a candid interview last week, Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden discussed a variety of topics — including personnel, profitability and a public offering — in some detail. Hortonworks is a Hadoop startup that spun out of Yahoo in June 2011. Read more »
The $1.25 million program, with participants including Intel and Xively, will use sensors and data visualizations to train pupils in the use of emerging technologies and bring other subjects to life. Read more »
10gen has added some new features to its MongoDB connector for Hadoop, including support for Hive and the ability to backup MongoDB files in HDFS. Read more »
Business intelligence and analytics startup Birst has raised a $38 million Series E round led by Sequoia Capital. Birst has been very busy in the past couple years, moving from SaaS to on-prem software, rethinking the data warehouse and even launching a Hadoop-based service. It looks like Birst is positioned to test the IPO waters like Qliktech and Tableau before it.
Cleversafe, a Chicago-based provider of object-storage systems for housing massive amounts of data, has raised a $55 million series D round led by New Enterprise Associates. Apart from traditional storage workloads, Cleversafe has also made a name for itself as a replacement for HDFS in Hadoop environments. According to Crunchbase, the company has now raised $91.4 million since 2007.
While companies are starting to realize that cloud architects are vital to a well-designed cloud strategy and architecture, the problem is finding education programs that develop the design expertise that cloud architects require to ensure a smooth transition from physical to cloud to ITaaS environments. Read more »
Pamela “PJ” Jones, the proprietor of Groklaw, is shutting down operations in the wake of the Lavabit secure email service closure. Groklaw, which was originally set up to cover the long-running SCO v. Novell trial but went on to facilitate discussions around all sorts of open-source and patent issues, relied partly on anonymous user tips. Jones said email could no longer be trusted, and said she was personally trying to get off the internet as much as possible.
The details, which appear to be genuine, do not include passwords. They do include OAuth tokens, though, so Twitter users should probably revoke and re-establish access to connected third-party apps. Read more »
A recent New York Times article casts some doubt on the economic impact of big data. Here’s why I think we haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to big data and the global economy. Read more »
Genomic-analysis startup Bina Technologies is trying to grow its footprint by giving away its appliances on a pay-per-use basis. It’s also expanding its capabilities to include analysis of exomes, a much smaller but very valuable component of human genes. Read more »
Is it illegal to visit Craigslist when the site tells you not to? In a new ruling on a closely-watch case about data scraping, a federal judge suggested that start-up 3Taps violated an anti-hacking law by disguising its IP address. Read more »
The tool, which forms part of Recommind’s cloud-based Axcelerate On-Demand package, aims to give non-technical users a faster and more informative e-discovery process. Read more »
NewSQL player will use funding to pursue opportunities in e-commerce, gaming and advertising, says CEO Robin Purohit. Read more »
The four GigaOM podcasts covered a range of topics this week: From SDNs and VMWare to BlackBerry’s past and present. We also discuss why the future of mobile banking will change due to connected devices, so tune in! Read more »
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy published new guidelines and FAQs to ease adoption of President Obama’s open data policy. In May, the president signed an order mandating that agencies use machine-readable and open data formats when they collect or create information so it can be re-used efficiently.
Facebook has reportedly done away with its once-important EdgeRank system in lieu of a system that considers about 100,000 factors in determing what content to show on users’ feeds. Read more »
Google researchers have developed new methods for analyzing language using deep learning techniques. They’ve also open sourced an implementation of their work so any researchers can experiment with it. It could be the first of many deep learning tools designed for mass consumption. Read more »
When it comes to data, soccer is the new baseball. The latest issue of the Economist has an article breaking down English Premiere League soccer players using data, and a subsequent blog post includes an interactive tool from machine learning startup Ayasdi that lets readers explore the data. Earlier this week, Disney researchers presented their analysis of an entire year’s worth of ball-position data for a professional soccer league and how that can affect the outcome of games.
Todd Papaioannou is joining big data-focused venture capital firm Data Collective as a entrepreneur in residence. Papaioannou was most recently co-founder and CEO of Continuuity, and as has held executives roles at companies including Yahoo and Teradata. Read more »
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden hint at the scale of human and system errors in the NSA’s surveillance apparatus, that have lead to many Americans’ phone calls and emails being intercepted. Read more »
A monthly look at where health tech investors are putting their money. Read more »
This week’s topics: Can VMware make a dent in cloud? What’s all this we keep hearing about Yarn? Plus, a chat with Paul Santinelli. Read more »
Facebook has detailed its extensive improvements to the open source Apache Giraph graph-processing platform. The project, which is built on top of Hadoop, can now process trillions of connections between people, places and things in minutes. Read more »
Data scientists are in high demand, which is bound to lure some of them out of academia and into industry. Their biggest challenge won’t be finding a job, but finding the right one — and maybe opting for entrepreneurship over employment. Read more »
It’s pretty worrying when a hacker can take over a baby monitor and start yelling obscenities at an infant girl. But the incident provides a taste of the future if makers of connected devices don’t think security-first. Read more »
A Chicago-based startup called AvantCredit has raised a $20 million series B round for its personal loan service that uses machine learning algorithms to assess credit-worthiness. AvantCredit closed a $34 million Series A round earlier this year. It’s taking a page out of the ZestFinance playbook — lending to underserved markets at rates less usurious than traditional payday-loan providers — although that company now acts only as an underwriter rather than an actual lender.
The company has claimed in a legal document that Gmail users and their correspondents have “no legitimate expectation of privacy”. Only that’s not quite how Google sells its services. Read more »
A senior German politician says a U.S.-Germany “no-spying” deal will protect citizens, and the country’s top email providers say they’re instituting a meaningful security boost for customers. Both claims should be taken with a pinch of salt. Read more »
Looker, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based business intelligence startup, has raised a $16 million series A round from Redpoint Ventures and First Round Capital. In an age of data tools targeting lay users, Looker is taking a different approach by trying to empower smart data analysts with its custom modeling language. The company closed a $1.7 million seed round in March.
A glowing, plastic polar bear out to save his real-world counterparts uses real-time data and electricity consumption sensors to change people’s habits. It’s a good example of how real-time data and ambient information could influence behavior. Read more »
Microsoft has developed a big data technology that sits on top of Hadoop’s new YARN resource manager. Called REEF, it’s designed to let users build jobs that can maintain state even after they’re done, and that can grab data from wherever they need it. Read more »
The local authority in London’s financial district has put the brakes on a startup’s pilot program, which used smart recycling bins to log the identifiers of passing mobile devices. Read more »
Hortonworks lost both a co-founder and a CTO this week: Who’s going to right the ship? GE supports industrial data in the cloud, but only to a point: Hear why the company thinks AWS won’t ever be place for nuclear power plant data. Read more »
Machine-learning technologies can be met with resistance from humans skeptical of their effectiveness or fearful of their impact. But it doesn’t have to be that way at your company. Read more »
Zynga has open sourced a tool called zPerfmon that collects and serves all the performance data its engineers could ever need, and all from a single server. Read more »