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 »
The Global Database of Events, Languages, and Tones is a growing trove of information about meaningful events that have happened across the world in the past three decades. Now, it’s available to the public to access and analyze using Google’s cloud computing services. Read more »
The Seattle company is pushing what it calls a new category of wire data analytics that promises to give IT pros a faster and more complete picture of what’s going on in the guts of their networks. Read more »
Investors are betting that companies will take to Trifacta’s interactive, visual management capabilities that allow users to organize and clean data without having to deal with coding. Read more »
A company called Fyusion is trying to redo the photo app with a 3-D imaging technology that captures the spatial features of objects in order to generate multi-dimensional images. Photos, however, are likely just a first step. Read more »
Neural networks are the latest way Google is slashing energy consumption from its data centers. Only a computer model could crunch all the data Google has collected on its data center energy consumption. Read more »
It’s been many years in the making and it may take a couple more before it’s widely available, but Microsoft’s research into real-time voice translation looks set to pay off. Read more »
A new framework by Microsoft Research lets lawyers and privacy managers encode their policies using a language called Legalease, and check code for compliance across systems that store, process and analyze data. The goal is to speed development and put parties on the same page. Read more »
An FTC investigation into nine big data brokers shows how the companies use inferences to create categories like “Urban Scramble” and “Expectant Parent.” Read more »
Apixio has raised a $13.5 million series C round of venture capital from Bain Capital Ventures and several angel investors. The company’s technology extracts data from numerous types of medical records, including patient charts and doctors’ notes, in order to help hospitals and insurance companies get a better sense of patients’ health for risk-assessment purposes. Apixio has raised more than $22 million since launching in 2009. It first launched publicly in 2011, then focusing on its semantic-analysis engine for identifying latent connections between diagnoses and symptoms.
Raymie Stata, current co-founder and CEO of Hadoop startup Altiscale and ex-Yahoo CTO, came on the Structure Show this week to talk about why Hadoop matters, why who’s building it matters and where it’s headed. Here are the highlights. Read more »
Researchers from Allen Institute for AI have built a computer system capable of teaching itself many facets of broad concepts by scouring and analyzing search engines using natural language processing and computer vision techniques. Read more »
MaidSafe’s project is absurdly ambitious — a serverless network system that offers free storage, repels surveillance and effectively constitutes a distributed supercomputer. But maybe, just maybe, it might work. Read more »
Expect Labs has revamped its MindMeld artificial intelligence API to support new languages, more devices and better speech recognition. The company is trying to power a new generation of apps that build on what Siri started. Read more »
Early Altiscale customers include digital media and advertising companies eager to take advantage of big data but don’t necessarily know a node from a hole in the wall. Read more »
Structure LaunchPad finalist Sideband Networks hopes companies will catch on to its new hardware and software networking appliances that provide real-time data visualizations. Read more »
Study by economic consulting firm ECONorthwest says the Prineville data center contributed to 207 jobs in 2013. Read more »
BlackBerry is turning its attention to a cloud back end for processing data from connected devices. It hopes its experience with security and open source cloud tools can entice developers to its new platform. Read more »
The Couchbase Mobile suite is designed to sync application data between an embedded NoSQL database on a mobile device and a bigger NoSQL database hosted in the cloud. Read more »
A Palo Alto startup called Wit.AI wants to enable a world of intelligent dialog with the devices around us, but conquering voice commands is the first step on its mission. Read more »
Context Relevant, a Seattle-based startup that promises to create accurate predictive models in a hurry, even across large datasets, has raised a $21 million series B round of venture capital. Formation 8 led the round, which also included existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Bloomberg Beta and Vulcan Capital, and several angels and strategic investors. Context Relevant’s technology includes specialized algorithms for functions such as fraud detection and behavioral analysis, then automatically analyzes data against them and generates models that can added to applications without recoding.
Analytics startup DataPad emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, along with $1.7 million in funding from a list of prominent investors. Its trying to provide simple, attractive analytics for the little guy, which is a promising but difficult space. Read more »
Facebook artificial intelligence director and NYU researcher Yann LeCun delved into the future of AI last week in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. Here are his thoughts on why Her is a long way off, but is on the right path. Read more »
Big data experts Andy Palmer and Michael Stonebraker launched a new data automation cleanup tool as part of the duo’s company Tamr. The software tool helps big companies organize sloppy data sets with the aid of machine learning and human guidance. Read more »
Big data vendor Cloudera is no Google when it comes to data center footprint, but the cost and complexity of its infrastructure are growing with each passing year. Cloudera VP of engineering Peter Cooper-Ellis explains how better data centers and cloud computing help ease the burden. Read more »
6Sense, a startup using machine learning to help companies predict who’ll buy their products, launched on Monday along with $12 million in venture capital from Battery Ventures and Venrock. The company claims it uses behavioral data to predict when customers are in the market to buy, and it focuses on each part of the sales cycle. Sales and marketing have become major use cases for machine learning, with a growing numbers of startups trying to help business know which customers to target, when and how.
Coursera co-founder and Stanford researcher Andrew Ng is leaving his day-to-day role at Coursera and joining Chinese search engine provider Baidu as its chief scientist. Ng is among a handful of high-profile artificial intelligence researcher to be hired by web companies int he past year. Read more »
Brining consumer grade tech into the healthcare world doesn’t have to hurt, but a successful startup needs to keep the process of mining data hidden from patients and it’s hospital customers. Read more »
Email security company Zix Corporation just released a new email encryption service called GAME, which stands for Google Apps Message Encryption. The service works by encrypting emails sent to recipients outside of the Google cloud network. Read more »
Artificial intelligence techniques such as natural-language processing and computer vision will someday revolutionize our world. First, they’ll probably help retailers sell us more stuff. Read more »
OpenDNS, an internet security and DNS services company, received $35 million in series C funding. The company works on preventing potential security threats before they occur by analyzing massive amounts of networking data. Read more »
A hot startup just emerged around data and urban mobility. Meet Urban Engines. Read more »
Hortonworks has bought a startup called XA Secure that’s focused on securing the entire Hadoop cluster and enforcing compliance with company-wide policies. The technology should be open sourced as an Apache project by the year’s end. Read more »