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A Seattle-based startup called Indix has raised an $8.5 million series A-1 round of venture capital for its service that keeps a real-time index of the products available across the world of online retail. Avalon Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners led the round, which brings Indix’s total funding to $14.4 million. The company’s service targets retail-industry users that want to keep track of trends and the competitive landscape, including who’s selling what and for how much.

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IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles. Read more »

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The French consumer rights group UFC-Que Chosir has sued Facebook, Google and Twitter in the Paris high court over their terms of service and data collection practices. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the French-language terms were inaccessible and sometimes — quelle horreur! — linked to pages in English. UFC-Que Chosir is also concerned about the social networking services not seeking proper user consent before allowing others to exploit their data. The claims seem rather broad, though France does have a track record of cracking down on U.S. web firms’ privacy violations as hard as it can, so the case may turn out to have legs.

Rob Bearden at Structure Data 2014.

Hadoop vendor Hortonworks has closed a fourth round of venture capital worth $100 million. It follows up on news last week that competitor Cloudera had closed its own $160 million round. Everyone agrees there’s huge opportunity in Hadoop, but capitalizing on it takes capital. Read more »

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