O2’s 4G services will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29 August, with 10 more cities to follow this year. With EE’s 4G already up and running, that just leaves Vodafone and Three to firm up their dates. Read more »
Hat tip to Nathan Yau at FlowingData for spotting the soon to be new and improved Data.gov site. Data.gov was one of Barack Obama early open-government initiatives, but as Yau points out, it wasn’t exactly user-friendly.
While tweets have pointed out news faster than news outlets, critical data doesn’t always cross the screens of Twitter users. Programs like Selerity can help investors and other power users find buried information. Read more »
A startup called Pondera Solutions has built an entire business based on utilizing Google’s suite of services — its Prediction API most prominently — to power an offering it calls Fraud Detection as a Service. Read more »
Investment giant BlackRock led the round, but consulting firm Accenture also contributed, showing it might be interested in branching out into developer programs. Read more »
Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has shone more light on the XKeyscore scheme used by the NSA and its partners to search through vast amounts of data and flag up anomalies. Read more »
A new product API can help developers using Diffbot’s SaaS service repurpose pricing data from web pages into myriad applications, says CEO Mike Tung. Read more »
ActiveReplay is launching a tracking device on Kickstarter that it says will make action sports like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding “measurable, sharable and comparable.” Read more »
GÉANT has been upgraded to a maximum capacity of two terabits per second, with individual researchers and scientists able to enjoy connections of up to 100 gigabits per second. Read more »
ZestFinance, the machine learning meets personal loans startup from former Google CIO Douglas Merrill, has raised a $20 million series C round. The company’s model analyzes more than 70,000 variables in trying to provide good loans to folks with bad, or no, credit. Read more »
Dropcam has been a success story in its four years on the market, but a $30 million round will help it expand its camera business and tackle the tough problem of computer vision. Read more »
The Open Data Institute, a non-profit in London that’s working to create demand for open data through research, storytelling, consulting and startup incubation, is starting to get some velocity. Read more »
Fitness trackers and life logging apps might not add too much depth to our understanding of our daily routines, but they do provide a good judgmental eye. Who else is gonna call you out on being a hedonist? Read more »
With its latest News Challenge, the Knight Foundation, along with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and other big health organizations, will award a share of $2 million to projects that mash up public datasets to help people make healthier choices or improve policy-making.
Intelligence agencies are about to get a boost in their data analytics savvy now that In-Q-Tel has formed a partnership with RedOwl Analytics, which finds anomalies in large piles of data. Read more »
Two-hour happy hours on slushies and optimally priced chili dogs aren’t the products of divination. Keeping a business like Sonic competitive means collecting and analyzing lots of data, something Sonic is now doing in the cloud instead of in its old data warehouse system. Read more »
Bina Technologies, a company aiming to make genome processing faster and cheaper, has accepted $1.75 million for its Series B round, which included $6.25 million from Sierra Ventures. Behind the new capital are Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures and Mohsen Moazami of Columbus Nova Technology Partners.
A UCLA computer professor and his team of researchers have figured out a new method of encryption, utilizing complex mathematical functions. Read more »
Bitly found a new CEO in Mark Josephson, who was an executive at Patch. Josephson wants to keep the company moving beyond just shortening links and toward providing data to publishers and others. Read more »
Now that the Supreme Court has decided that human genes can’t be patented, a group of researchers is using high-tech data science to better understand the genetic mutations associated with breast cancer. Read more »
Red Hat Enterprise Linux has some advanced identity management features, and now it has extended them to popular NoSQL database MongoDB. According to a 10gen press release, “IT departments now have access to centralized user, password and certificate management, and are empowered to provide secure MongoDB deployments that are tightly integrated into their back office infrastructure.”
The companies are to work together on developing small cells — devices that may help mobile carriers cope with rising data usage. As part of the deal, Qualcomm is taking a stake of under 5 percent in Alcatel-Lucent. Read more »
Outgoing Bitly Chief Scientist Hilary Mason will be taking up some her time for the next year as a data scientist in residence at Accel Partners. Mason is a big name in data science circles and has been a big data adviser to Accel since 2011. Read more »
Like all most web companies, Airbnb is trying to provide a better user experience by analyzing lots and lots of data. Here’s how the company built its big data infrastructure atop Amazon’s cloud and how all that data manifests itself in products. Read more »
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 »