Stories for Aug. 6, 2014
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Splice Machine, a San Francisco-based startup promising to turn HBase into a relational database that can even handle transactional workloads, has added $3 million to its series B round of venture capital. Correlation Ventures led the latest cash infusion, which is in addition to the $15 million that Interwest Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures invested into Splice Machine in February. The SQL-on-Hadoop space hasn’t been too good to startups (see, e.g., the fates of Hadapt, Drawn to Scale and even Karmasphere) but perhaps Splice Machine, which has the advantage operating in a more-mature Hadoop market, will be an exception.

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Days after China removed foreign security vendors from its procurement lists for government departments, it has reportedly done the same with Apple products. According to anonymous sources quoted by Bloomberg, iPads and MacBooks were on a June procurement list, but not on the final version in July. Chinese state TV had previously attacked the security of iPhones — the procurement lists don’t cover smartphones, though — and everyone from Microsoft to IBM has also come in for official criticism as China and the U.S. spar over hacking and spying. That said, the procurement lists still include HP and Dell devices.

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Stories for Aug. 5, 2014
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Getting custom-made shoe inserts is generally a lengthy process that involves a visit to the doctor or sending measurements back and forth in the mail. 3D printing startup Sols plans to change that with its first product it began selling today: orthotics that can be custom made from measurements taken with a mobile device’s camera. Sols is currently working through partners like podiatrists, chiropractors and physical therapists to provide the orthotics, though it may soon send them to customers through the mail. “We’re focused on looking at how the body moves, evolves, and creating products that work with that,” CEO Keegan Schouwenburg told me earlier this year.

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