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Big Data is Big Business’ Friend

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by Angela Guess Quentin Hardy of the New York Times reports, “For big sellers of computer technology to business that are looking to stay relevant, there’s no friend quite like Big Data. Things like cloud computing and mobile technologies are changes in the ways that computing is done. That makes them a threat to an…

Deep Information Sciences Raises $10M for DeepDB

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by Angela Guess Jordan Novet of GigaOM reports, “Investors continue to bet on databases that can handle large swaths and wide varieties of data. The latest proof point:  Deep Information Sciences on Tuesday said it has $10 million in new Series A funding to fuel what it calls a high-performing transactional and analytic database. Funding sources include…

Big Data is Aids Government, Police Departments

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by Angela Guess Merrill Douglas of Government Technology reports, “Cheaper storage and more powerful analytic tools are making big data an increasingly viable concept for the public sector. Some police departments, for example, already mine high-volume, high-variety, high-velocity data sources to support predictive policing. Public officials also hope to deploy big data in public health,…

Is Big Data Changing What We Eat?

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by Angela Guess Ana Andreescu of Smart Data Collective reports, “Remember the old saying, ‘You are what you eat’? Big data is changing that proposition to ‘You analyze what you eat.’ From food safety to trends in restaurant dishes, data analysis is changing the way we manufacture food, track our diets and serve our dishes.…

New York Times Creates Prototype Semantic Search Engine

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by Angela Guess Andy Plesser of Beet.TV reports, “The New York Times R&D Labs has created a prototype search engine that provides Times article results with embedded links to sources outside of the paper, says Michael Zimbalist, VP for Research and Operations in this conversation with Forrester Principal Analyst Joanna O’Connell. As an example, he says the search engine…

Kickboard Raises $2M for Big Data-Powered Education Tools

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by Angela Guess Tom Cheredar of Venture Beat reports, “Kickboard, a web-based school analytics platform, has closed a $2 million funding deal, the startup announced today. Kickboard allows teachers to collect, analyze, and share student information in one centralized place. This eliminates a lot of the switching between other document software, databases, and test grade…

IBM & Deutsche Telekom Working Toward Smarter Cities

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by Angela Guess David Meyer of GigaOM reports, “IBM and Deutsche Telekom, the carrier behind the T-Mobile brand, are to work together on creating smart city systems, the companies have announced. The smart city concept, which is closely related to the ‘internet of things’, is reliant on pervasive connectivity, drawing on what has traditionally been known as…

The Big Data Challenges Facing Facebook’s Graph Search Team

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by Angela Guess Zach Miners of Network World reports, “Facebook’s engineers have many challenges ahead of them as they work to scale up Graph Search, the sites new social search tool. One stumbling block: an over-abundance of data to sift through. Take the example of searching for Japanese restaurants in New York City liked by…

Saving Lives with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Derek Klobucher of Forbes reports, “Big Data can be a life saver, figuratively and literally. We’ve all heard about how Big Data can save time and money, but 87 percent of federal IT officials think that real-time Big Data could save a significant number of lives each year. But changes in strategy,…

Big Data and the White House

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by Angela Guess J. Nicholas Hoover of Information Week reports, “Petabytes of information are accumulating across government: military veterans’ genomics data, climate records dating to the 16th century, years worth of stock trades and even the results of particle physics experiments. The era of big data has arrived in government just as it has in…