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March 13, 2013 – Jason Wolfe from Prismatic has generously agreed to describe their thoroughly modern solution for answering the “what to read question” using lots of sexy words like Machine Learning, Social Graphs, BigData, functional programming, and in-memory real-time feed processing. The result is possibly even more occult, but this or something very much like it will be how we meet the challenge of finding interesting topics and stories hidden inside infinitely deep pools of information.
March 12, 2013 – Pinterest launched Pinterest Web Analytics this morning to help brands and marketers see what Pinterest users are doing with their content. It’s a simple and, yes, very Pinteresty take on what brands want to know, and it’s a big step towards Pinterest actually starting to monetize its massive traffic asset.
March 8, 2013 – Suppose that you’ve had your DNA genotyped by 23andMe or some other DTC genetic testing company. Then an article shows up in your morning newspaper or journal (like this one) and suddenly there’s an additional variant you want to know about. You check your raw genotypes file to see if the variant is present on the chip, but it isn’t! So what next?
The New York Times
March 7, 2013 – Following people online, with cookies, tagged pixels and even voluntarily given information, has been a big business. Now much of the same technology is moving into the physical world. A company called Euclid Analytics uses the Wi-Fi antennas inside stores to see how many people are coming into a store, how long they stay and even which aisles they walk. It does this by noting each smartphone that comes near the store, feeding on every signal ping the phone sends.
March 7, 2013 – Analyzing queries made to Google, Bing, and other search engines can reveal the potentially dangerous consequences of mixing prescriptions before they are known to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study. Such data mining could even expose medical risks that slip through clinical trials undetected.
March 6, 2013 – After years of enterprise security breaches, one would think companies have learned much and are improving their security posture. In reality, the bad guys continue to have the upper hand in this game of cat-and-mouse. Security practitioners are beginning to see the need to conduct behavior profiling to counter security attacks, which is where Big Data comes in.
MIT Technology Review
March 5, 2013 – Following the collapse of the social network Friendster, computer scientists have carried out a digital autopsy to find out what went wrong.
March 5, 2013 – Depending on how one defines its birth, Hadoop is now 10 years old. In that decade, Hadoop has gone from being the hopeful answer to Yahoo’s search-engine woes to a general-purpose computing platform that’s poised to be the foundation for the next generation of data-based applications.
March 4, 2013 – Big Data's Best. It's not often you see an executive spend a keynote slot talking about another company's innovations. But, that's exactly what Scott Yara, senior vice president of products and co-founder of Greenplum, the big data-focused division of EMC, did during his keynote address at Strata this week.
February 26, 2013 – It’s going to be quite a whirlwind this week. Informatica Analyst conference tomorrow, wall-to-wall meetings at Strata Wed afternoon, before heading off to the mountains of Colorado for the SAS Analyst meet next week. So EMC Greenplum caught us at an opportune time in the news cycle. They chose the day before strata to saturate the airwaves with announcement that they are staking their future on Hadoop.