Apple, Cisco and AT&T have joined Verizon and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in supporting Microsoft’s attempt to quash a U.S. search warrant seeking email data about an Irish customer stored on Irish servers. Read more »
The Department of Commerce said this week that satellite company DigitalGlobe will soon be able to provide images to customers that are detailed at a scale of less than a foot. Read more »
Pinterest’s place search now allows users to enter two different search variables accounting for the “what” and “where” of a place into one box. Read more »
Netflix explained how it’s using data analysis to do more than recommend movies in a blog post this week. From optimizing bitrate to churning through user feedback, advanced algorithms are helping ensure that minimal issues affect the streaming experience. Read more »
Medio is the second company Nokia’s Here division has bought in the last month to help it create more personalized maps that do more than just give directions. Read more »
Business intelligence startup SiSense has raised a $30 million third round of venture capital from DFJ Growth, as well as existing investors Battery Ventures, Genesis Partners and Opus Capital. The company has now raised $44 million since it launched in 2010. Like most analytics startups, SiSense promises nice visualizations and a user-friendly experience, but its major bragging point is fast data processing thanks to an architecture that takes full advantage of the processor’s cache rather than just DRAM or disk. The company appears to being growing impressively, too, claiming triple-digit customer growth and some big-name accounts.
Cities around the world are investing in sensor networks and the software to manage them, but what actually makes a city smart as opposed to merely connected? Read more »
It’s been months in the making and now it’s (nearly) here. You shouldn’t miss Gigaom’s Structure 2014, which kicks off June 18 in San Francisco. Read more »
Professional social network Declara has expanded its series A round to include two new investors and an additional $9 million in funding. The company’s technology platform uses machine learning to connect people with co-workers and content that will help them learn. Read more »
A startup called Ersatz Labs is promising deep learning, delivered via appliance or the cloud, usable by pretty much anybody already familiar with machine learning. It’s the latest attempt to take the data-processing approach out of the lab and into the mainstream. Read more »
Oracle’s In Memory Option for its databases will supposedly improve performance in real-time analytics and transaction workloads. Read more »
With a new tool for assigning personality profiles based on Facebook posts, a startup called Five is trying to demonstrate the types of inferences companies can make about consumers. The company hopes it will spur desire for a more-private alternative to today’s very public platforms. Read more »
Google kicked off what could be a big satellite technology investment spree with a $500 million bid for startup Skybox Imaging. Skybox takes hi-rez images of the Earth’s surface, but Google has broadband plans for the company. Read more »
At the Pivotal Summit, company trots out new dashboards and a way to achieve better redundancy for its version of Cloud Foundry. Read more »
Location-tracking startup Placed has raised a $10 million series B round for its smartphone app that knows which businesses consumers are visiting. It’s valuable information on its own, and even more powerful when combined with other data sources. Read more »
Lingerie company True & Co. has taken the data it has gathered over the last two years to create a new sizing chart for its users. Read more »
DNA-SEQ and 1QBit, two startups working on cancer research and financial modeling, respectively, have partnered with quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave Systems to try and develop applications that can run on the latter’s system. Last month, a company called Aerospace Concepts announced its plans to develop quantum computing software targeting advanced systems design. Debate over D-Wave’s technology aside, attempts to build quantum software targeting specific industries are meaningful. If they’re eventually proven effective, such applications will presumably lower barriers to adoption (e.g., how to use them and when) that often accompany new technologies.
The internet of things is a way to deliver cheap information that could be used for good or ill. So let’s start talking about what we want as a society. A good place to start is at Structure Connect, this October in San Francisco. Read more »
Deep learning is all the rage among the tech scene right now, and that’s more a result of its utility than because it sounds cool. Some questioned the feasibility of the Secret Service’s requested “sarcasm detector,” but deep learning could help there, too. Read more »
Last week’s Hadoop Summit brought announcements that further galvanize Hadoop’s versatility and mainstream status. Read more »
Connected devices can generate gobs of data, but if we’re going to open it up we’re also going to the need the context that will make it meaningful. Read more »
The social network giant’s new database management system will supposedly improve reliability and cut down on the downtime that occurs when a region server fails. Read more »
Amazon Web Services, Gnip and two Australian research institutions have teamed up to track the emotions of tweets in near real-time and offer the data to the public via visualizations, downloadable tables and an API. Read more »
Forget Watson and its Jeopardy matches. IBM’s Watt-Sun is the intelligent computing that can help fight climate change. Read more »
The social network’s new search architecture, dubbed Galene, is supposedly faster and easier to maintain than the company’s previous search architecture. Read more »
Elasticsearch, the company behind a very popular open source suite for indexing, searching and visualizing JSON documents, has raised a $70 million series C round of venture capital. Just more than two years since being founded, the company has raised $104 million. Read more »
Finally, a full-blown investigation has been launched. It’s only focusing on the phone-bugging incident, though, not the NSA’s alleged surveillance of normal Germans. Read more »
Big data startup Continuuity has teamed with AT&T Labs on an open source project called jetStream that pairs a high-throughput SQL database with a real-time data-processing engine. The goal is to underpin applications that can handle multiple levels of latency, consistency and analysis on streaming data. Read more »
IBM announced the three winners of its Watson Mobile Developer Challenge on Tuesday, but the company will likely many, many more developers on on the platform if Watson is going to become a focal point of the company’s future. Read more »
DataTorrent, a startup building a stream-processing engine for Hadoop that it claims can analyze more than 1 billion data events per second, announced on Tuesday that its flagship product generally available. Stream processing is becoming more important as we move into an era of connected devices, ubiquitous sensors and fast-paced web platforms such as Twitter. Data is flowing into systems faster than ever, and many companies would like to get some use out of it in real time; in some cases, even hours-old data could be considered stale. Other products and projects addressing stream processing on Hadoop include Apache Storm, Spark Streaming and Samza, and Amazon Kinesis.
Hadoop vendor Cloudera has acquired Gazzang, a startup specializing in encryption for Hadoop environments, as well as others next-generation data stores such as Cassandra and MongoDB. Read more »
Hadoop software company Cloudera has acquired Gazzang, a startup specializing in encryption software for big data environments. It’s Cloudera’s first significant acquisition (it bought machine learning startup Myrrix in 2012 in more of an “acquihire” situation) and it speaks to the importance of security as customers’ […] Read more »
Tableau Software has been on fire over the past couple years, but a big knock against the company has been that its popular analytics software isn’t available for the Mac operating system. The company has been promising a native Mac edition for a while, and it appears it will finally deliver in a few weeks, if a June 19 event called “Tableau 8.2 Roadshow + Mac Launch Party” is any indication. I suspect a lot of Windows virtual machines will be firing up a lot less frequently and a goodly amount of new users signing up.
Skymind is providing commercial support and services for an open source project called deeplearning4j. It’s a collection of of approaches to deep learning that mimic those developed by leading researchers, but tuned for enterprise adoption. Read more »
Big data startup Concurrent has raised a $10 million series B round of venture capital from Bain Capital Ventures, Rembrandt Ventures and True Ventures (Disclosure: True Ventures is also an investor in Gigaom). The company actually made its name building and supporting Cascading, a framework that many folks use to build Hadoop applications and data workflows at a higher level than writing MapReduce jobs, but is now also pushing application performance management with a product called Driven. Concurrent launched in 2007 and has raised nearly $15 million since first taking venture financing in 2011.
Gigaom has written a lot about artificial intelligence over the years. Here are three timelines tracking the rise of deep learning and other learning systems, IBM Watson and AI discussions at Gigaom conferences. Read more »
The Austrian-German company, which is a finalist in this year’s Structure Launchpad contest, offers technology born out of the frustration of scaling a large social network. Read more »
We sit down with Tom Siebel, the tireless entrepreneur and billionaire that’s finally kicking energy software C3 into high gear. Read more »
This week’s Structure show: Bill Fathers on VMware’s hybrid cloud opportunity; And Mesophere founder Florian Leibert on the beauty of Mesos for management of massive resource pools. Read more »
Can a computer identify aesthetics? A research group within eBay explored how a user-guided algorithm could identify good fashion. Read more »