Thanks to new technology for collecting and sharing health data, visiting with the doctor can be as simple as sitting down with your computer or smartphone. Read more »
Mona Chalabi tried to dig up some numbers about online abuse (in light of the recent Twitter rape-threat controversy) and found them hard to come by. Even in an age of over-sharing on social media, it’s hard to quantify some problems without access to sophisticated algorithms and people willing to spends lots of time on them.
Half of Americans surveyed are okay with government data gathering but more than half also feel that there is not sufficient supervision of the process. Read more »
GridGain Systems has raised a $10 million series B investment round for its suite of in-memory computing technology. In-memory databases are popular because of their low latency, but GridGain actually offers a whole line of other use-specific products, including for high-performance computing and Hadoop. Almaz Capital led the round, with participation from existing investor RTP Ventures.
Remember the 1990’s when companies rushed to brand their products as “enviro-friendly” to attract green-conscious consumers? A research firm suggests the same phenomenon could happen in response to how firms handle privacy and personal data. Read more »
Microsoft’s latest white space broadband pilot is in Limpopo Province, South Africa. It may not prove anything earlier pilots in Kenya and Tanzania didn’t, but it will help Microsoft lobby the local government to allow white space use. Read more »
Despite the furor over PRISM, the U.S. National Security Agency’s data collection program, you are far more likely to be spied upon by the authorities if you live Italy or the Netherlands than if you live in the good old, US of A, a former NSA general counsel told Congress recently.
The difference is the surveilling over there is typically done by law enforcement organizations rather than a national super-spy agency and some say oversight here is actually tighter. According to security expert Chris Wolf:
“We can have a debate over whether or not the judicial and legislative approval process is working here in America, but the fact is, it exists, and in many places in Europe you don’t have that kind of due process … You don’t have legislative oversight. In fact, the national security investigations are done completely in the dark or mostly in the dark.”
Can the Eagles’ new data-driven strategy turn the team around? Who knows, but it offers a window onto where the quantified-self movement is headed. Read more »
A big dose of activity and biometric data feeds the Filament Labs recommendation app, which aims to help patients lead healthier lives by getting them to change their habits. Read more »
The company has hundreds of thousands of members — governments, major companies, the biggest NGOs — that collaborate in real time to make some of the most data-intensive maps anywhere. That collaboration is already having an impact on the types of maps that get made. Read more »
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have built a system for generating personalized health assessments that uses techniques common in web recommendation engines. The aptly named Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine uses collaborative filtering to analyze the similarities among patients in hopes of identifying common symptoms, treatments and other things.
The Swiss cloud infrastructure provider says it has dropped its compute prices as a result of its homegrown stack’s efficiency, not because it’s joining Amazon’s race to the bottom. Read more »
The feature, buried in the newly-released Android 4.3, allows users to turn off specific functionality in an app, such as location tracking in the Facebook app. This could force developers to take privacy more seriously. Read more »
According to a survey by the Cloud Security Alliance, 10 percent of the organization’s non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider in the wake of the revelations about the participation of technology companies in the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, and 56 percent said they were less likely to use an American company.
Remember SOPA and PIPA, the two copyright-protection bills that stirred the internet into a frenzy in in late 2011 and early 2012? Well, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society just released some really interesting research and an interactive visualization mapping media coverage of the topic over time.
This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, but Google makes a lot more money than Facebook and also spends a lot more on infrastructure. Take a look. Read more »
Blippex calls on a few open-source tools to run its search engine on Amazon Web Services. The input is different from the usual search engine fodder, and so is the data architecture. Read more »
Germany’s CloudControl has released a private PaaS product for enterprises that are feeling jittery post-PRISM. But even CloudControl thinks the move is a matter of perception – an issue we’ll be addressing at our upcoming Structure:Europe conference. Read more »
There has been a lot of talk about data after the success of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, but as the content competition picks up in streaming TV, it might be the little things where big data has the biggest impact. Read more »
Ilya Segalovich, who oversaw impressive work in the field of search technology, is on life support after falling into a coma on Wednesday night. Read more »
The Safe Harbor agreement between the U.S. and Europe, which allows American web firms to process European customers’ personal data, is under serious threat in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA surveillance revelations. Read more »
IBM brings enterprise credibility, important for cloud-wary business users, Baidu brings consumer eyeballs, into Cloud Foundry fold. Read more »
When Facebook launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though the social network wanted to create a kind of social operating system anyone could use and build on — but the reality has turned out to be something very different. Read more »
Cloudera wants to get more big companies on board the Hadoop train, and new features for setting access rules are the distribution vendor’s latest tactic. Read more »
With location becoming a key part of many new apps and services, the use of free OpenStreetMap data seems like a no-brainer. But, as OpenCage Data company Lokku learned, there’s a lot of complexity involved. Read more »
A newcomer called Treasure Data has raised $5 million in its quest to take on the big boys of big data — names like Teradata, Cloudera and Amazon Web Services. Read more »
LinkedIn released its second-annual list of the Top 10 most in-demand tech startups on Monday. Cloudera tops the list, with other Hadoop and enterprise IT companies comprising its majority. But do engineers love those technologies, or the payout that comes along with them? Read more »
StrongLoop aims to be the go-to company for supported Node.js development, and it’s just acquired monitoring capability from NodeFly to get a little closer to that objective. Read more »
I spent the weekend with one of the first Shine activity trackers on the market, from startup Misfit, and here’s how it went. Read more »
Cisco is jumping on the cybersecurity bandwagon by buying Sourcefire to monitor networks and endpoints. Read more »
MariaDB users can now take advantage of the “atomic writes” feature on Fusion-io drives, which aims to boost database performance while extending the life of the flash drive. Read more »
DataStax has raised $45 million in series D round to scale its business of selling enterprises on the Cassandra NoSQL database. It might not get all the attention, but Cassandra does have some big users. Read more »
Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet address showed two things: Internet speeds of many developing countries are getting faster, and more hackers are taking advantage of that for security attacks. Read more »
Blippex wasn’t meant to be a pivot for Archify, but — under funding pressure — that’s how it turned out anyway. That’s no excuse for giving users just two days to export their data, though. Read more »
Two separate research projects from Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have analyzed digital sketches in order to detect patterns in people’s drawings. As an exercise in data collection it’s cool, but do we really need to democratize artistic talent with data? Read more »
Airbnb recently analyzed its reviews to to find out what cities are the most hospitable and what guest-and-host characteristics tend to influence positive reviews. Should Airbnb users care? Read more »
Oracle and ARM seek to improve support of Java SE on ARM’s 32-bit systems and introduce it for the first time on the British chip design firm’s 64-bit systems. Read more »
Cloudant says it will merge its BigCouch version of CouchDB back into the Apache CloudDB project. Read more »
Proposed SAP moves would put Bill McDermott in charge and move more techie Jim Hagemann Snabe onto the supervisory board. Read more »
This week’s trio of audio podcasts cover an eclectic range of tech: From sensors that stalk shoppers to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project to a Chrome extension that puts phone notifications right in your browser. Have a listen! Read more »