In our second cloud-and-data podcast, we hear from Facebook’s top analytics guy about how the company deals with all that data; we discuss the drama at Hortonworks and IBM oh, and why Infochimps and CSC may be a match made in heaven. Read more »
Glow, a data-driven fertility app launched by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, is now live in Apple’s App Store. Read more »
There’s no guarantee of online privacy and security, but here’s a list of tools you can use to at least cover the basics. Ultimately, though, they will require a serious revamp if they’re going to see widespread use. Read more »
While some big data startups are thriving, others are shutting down or searching for buyers because it doesn’t look like a second round of venture capital is coming. Here are a few lessons I think I’ve gleaned from watching the space over the past few years. Read more »
Will Jeff Bezos leave the Washington Post alone once he takes control, or will he use it as a research lab for reinventing the newspaper? Here are a few things he should do if it’s the latter. Read more »
Predictive analytics specialist NICE has acquired Causata, a marketing analytics startup built around a core of big data and machine learning technologies. Causata should bolster NICE’s customer-engagement platform that helps companies better understand their customers. The four-year-old Causata has raised $23 million in venture capital, all from Accel Partners.
Another startup wants to save patients from a deluge of potentially irrelevant health information online with a service that customizes a regular feed of reliable research. Read more »
IT services and consulting specialist CSC has acquired Infochimps, a startup that sells a big data query and processing platform. Infochimps had raised about $5 million in equity and debt financing since launching in 2009. Read more »
Less than a year after launching it, a team including former Zynga employees and a longtime geneticist have sold their startup Arpeggi to genetic testing company Gene by Gene. Read more »
Curt Monash has some interesting data points on Hortonworks and the Hadoop market from its point of view — competitive landscape, cluster size, hardware setups, etc. Also word that Eric Baldeschwieler is doing “his own thing.”
Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden has confirmed that co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschwieler has left the company. No word as to why, but his departure is the latest event in a busy few months at Hortonworks. Read more »
Vodafone has turned on 4G services, starting in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. It’s not the first carrier to do so in The Netherlands, but it is the first to start running 4G over 1800MHz spectrum. Read more »
10gen is announcing that energy demand specialist EnerNOC has rolled out MongoDB to help it analyze its power grid data in new ways. EnerNOC collects 1.5 billion data points every month, although it’s possible they won’t all find their way into the company’s MongoDB environment.
The industrial internet isn’t just some marketing speak thought up by GE. There are different considerations when handling jet engine data compared to a connected door lock. We discuss those on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Misfit’s Shine — the thumb-sized minimalistic activity tracker — is launching in Apple stores internationally. Read more »
If the corporate website is any indication, Hortonworks co-founder Eric Baldeschwieler is no longer with the company. The former Hadoop boss at Yahoo was Hortonworks’ first CEO and was most recently CTO. Read more »
It’s not so much a new brand as a new offering from Cox Communications, called Contour. People often find Netflix’s recommendations less than ideal, but that’s only $8 a month. I hope it’s the massive DVR and second-screen experience that are supposed to hook users.
The Google Maps app is an indispensable tool for finding your way around with your phone. Here are 10 ways to make the latest version work even better for you. Read more »
Smartphone sensors, readily available feeds of weather data are increasingly good data visualizations are resulting in more and better mobile weather apps. Here are a few to check out for iOS. Read more »
FBI CISO Patrick Reidy gave Black Hat attendees some advice on detecting insider threats inside their agencies or companies. Essentially, he said, there’s no Edward Snowden profile that should set off alarms, so organizations must know their people very, very well. Read more »
Path engineers put a lot of effort into writing the app’s private messaging feature. They detail the steps they took to make the product just right in a new blog post. Read more »
Tableau has pumped up the features on its free offering. Tableau Public, which runs on users’ desktops but stores data and visualizations in the cloud, now stores up to 1 gigabyte of data and can handle files with up to 1 million rows. The previous limits were 50 megabytes and 100,000 rows, respectively.
Turns out a next-gen Japanese toilet can be remotely operated by anyone with the right app. A warning to “smart” appliance manufacturers: if you don’t want to leave a nasty smell, make sure you take security seriously. Read more »
In what seems to be the next move in a marathon game of musical chairs, EMC’s Chuck Hollis has moved over to the virtualization giant. Read more »
The CIA cloud in and of itself is a semi-big deal. But the reason IBM and Amazon Web Services are duking it out for this business is the winner will get a leg up in tons more “cloud-first” government projects. Read more »
A journalist who thought the FBI raided her house because they saw her Google searches turned out to be wrong, but the incident highlights the lack of trust and culture of paranoia that NSA surveillance has created. Read more »
The one-two punch of new regulations and requirements to store vast new amounts of data are squeezing the healthcare industry. But a few crucial signs suggest the prognosis for achieving better yet cheaper care is good. Read more »
According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers like AT&T and Verizon to install “port reader” software that would allow the agency to intercept and analyze communication streams in real-time. Carriers are reportedly resisting, but the FBI claims it has the right to do this under the Patriot Act.
Semiconductor companies can’t just make chips anymore, they need to address the needs of consumers across devices, something that Chromecast enables. Read more »
Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain’s neural network, using the world’s fourth-fastest supercomputer. The results aren’t revolutionary just yet, but they do hint at what will be possible as computing power increases. Read more »
The map analytics company offer a free product that lets users explore their neighborhoods. But a new paid service is aimed at marketers trying to figure out where to put their next store. Read more »
News of the NSA’s funding of British spies and accusations of the U.S. spying on a journalist on behalf of the New Zealand military underline the complexity and reach of our governments’ intelligence agreements. Read more »
The first version of Futureful’s post-StumbleUpon content discovery app was smart and intriguing, but the second — which now comes with features such as saving to Pocket — is actually pretty amazing. Read more »
Accenture has followed up its investment in Apigee with a new alliance to help its big enterprise customers figure out their mobile and developer strategies. Read more »
This week Washington DC kicked off a project that collects and organizes building energy data in granular 15-minute intervals, one of the first and biggest of its kind. Startup Honest Buildings is providing the underlying software. Read more »
Music that matches your mood? Movies that respond to your emotions? Los Angeles startup BioBeats believes it can use biometric data to create adaptive media for consumers and clinical settings. Read more »
Here are the ten cool startups that will make their pitches next month at Structure: Europe. Check ‘em out! Read more »
People are increasingly using Wi-Fi to connect their mobile devices, a study for the European Commission has shown. As data usage in general is shooting up, that will probably require more wireless capacity down the line. Read more »
Synack is adding seed funding from impressive backers to bring crowdsourced white-hat hacking to enterprises who have concerns about inviting just anyone to the party. Read more »
Qualcomm’s IZat platform, which involves location technology hardwired into the company’s mobile chipsets, will draw on indoor mapping data derived from Nokia’s Here team. Read more »