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The trend toward self-service in business analytics has been good for the big data industry. But in order for the user-oriented paradigm to take…
The data cooperative, owned by its users, combines privacy protection with a way of monetizing browsing and search data for the benefit of microloans in developing countries.
Twitter and IBM have partnered on a deal that will integrate Twitter data into various IBM software products and cloud services, and will result in a new certification for 10,000 IBM consultants. It’s a good deal for IBM, but probably better for Twitter.
Individuals and organizations alike face immature, emerging legislation, constantly shifting and evolving cultural and social values about central issues such as identity, privacy, data ownership, and the use of personal data to make judgments about reputation. Maintaining the right focus requires a conscious effort.
The Atlanta-based startup founded by a team of ex-Googlers sells a software script that is able to record all actions of users on a website, which will supposedly help its customers figure out what works as a good user interface.
Twitter follower analytics company SocialRank is shaping its product up to cater to brands and individuals curious about their followers.
There are more ways than ever to measure traffic, readership, attention and engagement with our content. But all that means is there are even more things to distract us from the important questions about who we are trying to reach and how.
Fans of Google+ (s goog) can now see how far their content has traveled on the social networking site, as the company…
Coming up with a comprehensive way of measuring how much attention people actually pay to a webpage or a website is not as easy as it seems. Upworthy says it has designed its own, more effective metric and wants to share it with other online publishers
Google has added another new capability to its BigQuery analytics service. This one lets users derive correlation values between similar data points, something Google highlighed using sensor data from its recent I/O conference.
As Guardian data journalist Stijn Debrouwere points out, many media companies have an obsession with measuring things, without understanding what is important and therefore worth measuring.
A veteran predictive analytics company for marketers that has attracted some of the world’s biggest brands as customers is riding the big data wave.
Machine learning startup Skytree has raised $18 million for its software that makes short work of pattern recognition across massive datasets.
The service, which is being pitched as “Mint.com meets IFTTT”, is targeted at startups that lack a CFO but that want to stay on top of the accounts they have with myriad services.
Guavus makes its living by helping telcos and mobile carriers make sense of what’s happening across their networks. To date it has raised $87 million and is looking to expand far and wide.
A New Hampshire company has emerged from the shadows with its DeepDB general-purpose database for transactional and analytic work. Investors have put $10 million behind the company.
Netbreeze promises to bring multi-lingual access and analysis to Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube streams via Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
IBM on Friday announced its plan to acquire big data analytics company Star Analytics. The IT vendor has already spent more than $16 billion on big data and analytics acquisitions since 2005.
SevOne has raised $150 million for its line of appliances that help companies capture and analyze their streams of operational infrastructure data. Its financial success, even for a relatively quiet company founded in 2005, illustrate how important it is to know your systems data well.
In an acknowledgement of the growing importance of the “second screen” for TV watchers, Nielsen is unveiling a new set of ratings that will measure a given show’s popularity on Twitter.
According to the New York Times, National Football League teams are often years behind their peers in other professional sports when it comes to data analysis. Machine learning could help teams make more sense of the myriad variables that currently keep them relying on human intuition.
Cisco wants to rethink the big data business model by putting infomediaries at the center of vast data-sharing networks. It’s a vision of easy access to data and resources, where analyses can be conducted and acted upon in real time, but it’s a long way off.
Placed is broadening its horizons by letting mobile web developers take advantage of its unique approach to location analytics. Previously available for mobile apps, Placed cross-references location data against a massive database to paint a picture of where apps or sites are being used most.
Topsy, one of only a handful of companies with access to Twitter’s entire data stream of information, is releasing Tuesday a pro analytics service that will give brands greater access to that information.
According to physicist Geoffrey West, the world’s cities have what one might call a growing problem. As they grow bigger, their problems grow worse, which means it takes an ever-faster pace of innovation to keep things in check. Big data techniques might provide the answer.
According to a new survey by the ?Economist? ?Intelligence Unit (commissioned by IT consulting giant Capgemini), corporate executives are starting to figure out that big data matters and how to leverage it, even if they haven’t fully come around on the concept.
Consumers are feeling pretty perky about things going into Memorial Day, according to new IBM sentiment analysis. That means stores and hotels might have reason to smile over the holiday weekend, as people seem to want to travel — and shop — over the long weekend.
Big data is an intimidating concept for publishers who don’t collect much info about their customers already. A first step is to think about “data-driven decision making,” and little data, says bitly’s Hilary Mason.
Howcast, a New York producer of quality how-to videos, has gotten to 1 billion videos streamed since launching in 2008. The company has leaned heavily on data to inform all its decisions and ensure that its collection of 15,000 videos can keep producing revenue.
Ravel Data, a promising big data startup best known for its open source graph database called GoldenOrb, has sold its assets to marketing-and-communications firm W2O Group. According to sources, the company had been winding down for about a month after expanding faster than business actually demanded.
In the latest dispatch from the too-much-information bureau, on-demand ride service Uber has calculated the prevalence of one-night stands among its customer base. It’s another example of what companies can find out if they’re just able to think of the right questions.
The technological hurdles to embracing big data are well-known at this point, but strong anti-data corporate culture might be an even bigger obstacle. The changes required to listen to the data and, possibly, to transform a company’s business model take a lot of work.
Big data’s fine; the right data’s a game changer. Serial database entrepreneur Andy Palmer — who co-founded Vertica Systems and VoltDB — sees this massive amount of diverse big data as table stakes. The real, compelling value lies in “big analytics,” he says.
It may not be man-bites-dog but it is still surprising to hear about a software as a service vendor moving towards on-premises deployment. And yet that is just what Birst is doing, first with its business intelligence service and now with its home-grown in-memory database.
Big data technology is attracting some big bucks. Kaggle, a startup that helps companies outsource large business analytics projects by turning them into large-scale competitions for scientists around the world, will announce Thursday it has secured $11 million in venture capital funding.
IBM detailed early results of a new sentiment-analysis experience to determine how Twitter users feel about the World Series. The findings won’t tell you who’ll win, but perhaps they’ll set the stage for a new way of thinking about who to sign, trade and cut.
Cloud computing and big data are a match made in heaven. Although it’s still very early in the evolution of this combination — experts predict major investment in this area going forward — several companies have already melded the two into a variety of unique services.
Amazon.com is making what appears to be a big investment in analytic database startup ParAccel. ParAccel today announced the close of a Series E round led by Amazon, bringing the company’s total funding to $73 million. The amount of this round is undisclosed.
Consumer electronics recommendation engine Retrevo launched a new feature this morning that challenges the Amazon Marketplace. However, for Retrevo to meet its lofty goals of dethroning Amazon even in this single category, it will have to rely on the accuracy of its machine-learning algorithms.
If there’s one thing websites love, it’s analytical tools that show who comes to their site and what they do when they get there. Now they can get that from Facebook too, thanks to some new tools based on the network’s “like” buttons and comments.
After all the talk over the past few weeks about IBM’s Watson, it’s becoming clear that Watson is not HAL of big-screen notoriety. But when used in concert with predictive analytics software, technologies like Watson can become part of a very complete big-data architecture.
I’ve recently written a couple of blog posts related to analytics. It appears (based on the analytics, of course) that quite a few of you were interested in this topic, so I thought I would follow up with another post and a few more tips.
Twitter plans to roll out a free real-time analytics dashboard in the fourth quarter, said Ross Hoffman of the company’s business development team at a conference yesterday. If true, the announcement has implications both for Twitter’s business model and for startups currently offering analytics.
Ooyala is rolling out new reporting and analytics features aimed at helping publishers to determine where and how users are viewing their videos online. The new platform provides more than 500 reports, including local reporting, page-level reports, designated marketing area (DMA) reports and social sharing reports.
Twitter is investing in building more robust analytical tools, judging by today’s acquisition of Smallthought Systems. The Vancouver-based startup is the creator of a flexible database tool called Dabble DB, as well as Trendly, a tool for filtering the traffic and behavioral data from Google Analytics.
Kontagent, an analytics platform for social applications that describes itself as “Google Analytics for the social web,” announced new features and an enhanced dashboard this morning, along with a new round of funding. The company says it now tracks over 50 million active users a month.
How well do you know your web site visitors? What makes them tick? What makes them abandon your shopping cart or simply leave your site, never to return? What if you could read their minds and fix your site based on their thoughts?
Do you ever want to peek over the shoulder of your web site visitors to see how they move about and navigate?…
For this installment of the App Store Roundtable, we talked to developers about analytics. On the web we’re spoiled when it comes to…
So often testing and tweaking a product once it’s released is a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have. Tel Aviv-based startup EyeView believes…
YouTube has developed a new analytics feature called Hot Spots to help video creators see, on a second-by-second basis, when they’re losing their audience and when people are especially tuned in. The tool was released today as part of YouTube’s “Insight” dashboard.
A single commodity hard disk is fast on its way to being able to store every song ever recorded;* a close examination…
YouTube has made some updates to its site, adding referrer logs to its analytics package and changing the layout of video pages.…