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Premise, the company trying to reinvent macroeconomic indicators in developing countries, has raised an $11 million series B round led by Social+Capital along with Google Ventures, Harrison Metal, Andreessen Horowitz and Bowery Capital. As we explained when the company launched in October, it uses smartphone-armed agents around the world who snap strategic photos that Premise then analyzes to determine the economic health of a region. Co-founder and CEO David Soloff is speaking at our Structure Data conference next week in New York, where the company will also receive a Structure Data Editor’s Choice award.

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As it has been doing a lot of lately, the Facebook data science team released another study on Friday highlighting a particular facet of the social science treasure trove that is its collection of wall posts. It might be cool to see this kind of data in the hands of non-corporate researchers, but it’s still interesting to see things like how polarized political parties are or how much more positive women seem toward each other than men. Also, “Damn Canadians!”

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Among a host of apps and services that are designed to give readers a short take on breaking news that they can read on a mobile device, Circa says it is different because its short news updates are essentially building a long-form news story over time Read more »

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A new study might help confirm that D-Wave Systems’ quantum computer chip might actually be what it claims to be. Conducted at the University of Southern California, where the D-Wave system owned by aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin is based, a team of scientists has concluded that the 128-qubit processor “behaved in a way that agrees with a model called ‘quantum Monte Carlo,’ yet disagreed with two candidate classical models.” In two weeks at our Structure Data conference, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell will talk about what quantum computers can do and how they’ll be available as cloud services.

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Tableau and Splunk, two of the more successful (and ubiquitous) data startups turned public companies over the past several years, have partnered on a new connector that lets Tableau users access Splunk as a data source within the analytics software. However, it’s not just the existence of a connector that’s valuable for users, but what it means — that they can now combine Splunk data with other data within Tableau to visually analyze all of it together. As Tableau grows more popular, partnering with it is becoming a popular move for everyone from large software vendors to small startups such as BigML.

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