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IBM Research Announces Cloud Breakthrough For Protecting Personal Data

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by Angela Guess ARMONK – 28 January 2015: IBM researchers today announced plans for a cloudbased technology that holds potential to help consumers better protect online personal data, including date of birth, home address and credit card numbers. The technology, called Identity Mixer, uses a cryptographic algorithm to encrypt the certified identity attributes of a…

What France’s First CDO is Doing to Improve Open Data and Data Governance

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by Angela Guess Marine Gossa of the London School of Economics recently wrote, “Working under the Prime Minister’s direct orders and within the Ministry for Public Action Modernization, [France’s Chief Data Officer Henri] Verdier has two main challenges to face in coordinating public data collection and use: enhancing the State’s accountability (open data) and efficiency…

The Best Hardware and Software of the Year

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by Angela Guess Eric Knorr of InfoWorld recently wrote, “After witnessing the unprecedented explosion of enterprise technology development last year, I’ve been particularly excited to see how the 2015 Technology of the Year Awards would play out. As it turned out, some pretty bold themes emerged from this year’s selection of 32 winners. First and…

Culture Gap Between CEOs and Managers Hinders Big Data Efforts

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by Angela Guess Darryl K. Taft of eWeek reports, “A major gap exists between how CEOs and lower-level managers view big data, according to the findings of a new study sponsored by big data and marketing applications specialist Teradata. The study indicated that CEOs tend to look at big data through rose-colored glasses while lower-level…

Microsoft Set to Acquire Revolution Analytics

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by Angela Guess Joseph Sirosh of the Microsoft Blog reports, “I’m very pleased to announce that Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire Revolution Analytics. Revolution Analytics is the leading commercial provider of software and services for R, the world’s most widely used programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. We are making this…

Using the IBM Power Development Cloud for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta Application Testing

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by Angela Guess Bob Dick of IBM reports, “Excitement continues to build around Linux on IBM Power Systems from the first Scale-out POWER8 processor-based systems shipped in mid-2014 to the Enterprise POWER8 processor-based systems which began shipping in 4Q2014 and includes the Integrated Facility for Linux support. A big part of that excitement is around…

Goldman Sachs Invests $56M in Singapore Big Data Firm, Antuit

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by Angela Guess Rick Carew of the Wall Street Journal reports, “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is placing a bet on big data’s growth in Asia. The U.S. investment bank is leading a $56 million investment in Singapore’s Antuit Holdings Pte. Ltd. to help it grow and acquire rivals in Asia’s rapidly growing data analytics market,…

Using Big Data to Fix the Payday Loans Industry

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by Angela Guess Steve Lohr of the New York Times recently wrote, “At any given time, there are an estimated 22 million payday loans outstanding, and the fees paid by payday borrowers amount to about $8 billion a year — a lot of money for those in the working population least able to afford it.…

Apple Gets Musical with Acquisition of Data Startup Semetric

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by Angela Guess Paul Sawers of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Apple has acquired U.K. media data startup Semetric, the company behind the Musicmetric music analytics platform. News of the deal emerged after the London-based company changed its registered address to that of law firm Baker & McKenzie, the same registered address of Apple Europe Ltd.…