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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…

How and Why Standards for Artificial Intelligence Keep Evolving

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by Angela Guess Kristen V. Brown of SF Gate recently wrote, “John McCarthy, the scientist who coined the term ‘artificial intelligence,’ famously lamented that ‘as soon as it works, no one calls it AI anymore.’ He felt many of his field’s achievements are underappreciated. Technologies such as Apple’s personal assistant app, Siri, perform many of…

Meet Ross, the Artificially Intelligent Attorney

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by Angela Guess Brian Jackson of IT Business reports, “A group of University of Toronto students are taking Watson, IBM Corp.’s Jeopardy champion computing system, to law school. They’re also giving it a new name – meet Ross, the super intelligent attorney. After taking part in a contest hosted by IBM in New York earlier…

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.…

What NoSQL Has to Offer

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by Angela Guess John Leonard of Computing.co.uk recently wrote, “There is no doubt that many more people are taking a long look at what NoSQL has to offer, both to manage traditional workloads and for new applications too. The near-monthly announcements of a new multi-million dollar funding round are testament to the fact that this…

Persado Raises $21M to Make Human Copywriters Obsolete

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by Angela Guess Barry Levine of Venture Beat reports, “If you’re a marketer with a knack for writing great copy, you may want to learn another job skill. New York City-based Persado is offering an artificial intelligence-based system for creating the most effective text for emails, web pages, and other marketing. Today, it announced it…

IBM Watson Can Now Provide You With Financial Advice and Recipes

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by Angela Guess Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “IBM has recruited a couple of new partners in its quest to mainstream its Watson cognitive computing system: financial investment specialist Vantage Software and the Institute of Culinary Education, or ICE. While the former is exactly the kind of use case one might expect from Watson, the…

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.…

Choosing the Right NoSQL Database For Your Needs

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by Angela Guess Thomas Casselberry of Information Management has put together a guide to help businesses determine which NoSQL database might be right for them. He writes, “In this big data market where the NoSQL database is king, there are more than 100 different offerings available in various licensed models. The fact that these non-databases…