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  • Big data the security answer?

    Posted March 11, 2013 - 11:23 am

    The recent RSA conference in San Francisco was awash in talk of big data, but it was clear there was some disagreement about what people mean by big data and some outright skepticism about it being the answer.
  • Using YouTube as a music service

    Posted March 7, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    YouTube will reportedly soon launch a music streaming service; some of us are already using it that way
  • Feds take (baby) steps to fight fraud with analytics

    Posted March 5, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    ID'ing fraud is a good first step, but the power of analytics won't be tapped until agencies can share data more freely.
  • Webcast

    Better Results With Analytics and Decision Management Systems

    Posted March 4, 2013 - 11:30 am

    See how predictive analytics and optimization can enable automated decision-making to better cope with new business conditions and learn what works best to continuously improve over time.
  • The Weekly Hash - March 1, 2013

    Posted March 1, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    From the pope to the PGA to pants, we joke about the top tech stories of the week
  • Forget big data, the value is in 'big answers'

    Posted March 1, 2013 - 11:45 am

    The CTO of Barack Obama's reelection campaign says we need to stop worrying about big data and turn our attention instead to the 'big answers' the data provides.
  • Facebook confirms buying Microsoft's Atlas to boost ad sales

    Posted February 28, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Facebook is buying Microsoft's Atlas Advertiser Suite, an ad analysis platform, in a move that should increase its advertising revenue and give marketers better information about their campaigns across the social network, on both desktop and mobile.
  • WTF? Patent troll goes after popular podcasters

    Posted February 28, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    It used to be that all you needed to put out a podcast was a microphone, a computer and some content. If one company has its way, that list may soon also include money to pay licensing fees
  • Applying big data approaches to information security a challenge

    Posted February 28, 2013 - 7:10 am

    Applying big data approaches to information security can help enterprises build better situational awareness capabilities, but implementation could prove to be a major challenge, security experts said at the RSA Conference 2013 being held here this week.
  • Help fund the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

    Posted February 27, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Photographs of the moon’s surface taken to prepare for the Apollo landings are currently being digitized and preserved and your help is needed
  • EMC Greenplum tackles big data with Hadoop distribution

    Posted February 26, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    In a further sign that Big Data is beginning to hit its stride, EMC Greenplum on Monday debuted a new Apache Hadoop distribution that it hopes will soon become the de facto standard, pushing aside current leaders like Cloudera and Hortonworks.
  • Social media marries big data at wedding retailer

    Posted February 26, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    David's Bridal uses data from its social shopping community, where the bride-to-be shares plans with the wedding party, to tie the knot with customers
  • RSA: Big data, analytics services will secure data centers

    Posted February 26, 2013 - 10:18 am

    RSA, the security division of EMC, kicked off its annual security conference on IT security with a pitch to establish its new Big Data Security and risk-governance products as a foundation for security operations centers. And RSA says it'll send in its security professionals to help set them up, too.
  • HP unveils 'Big Data Security' strategy

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    HP today took the wraps off its Big Data Security strategy, describing how combining the enterprise search and knowledge management resources from its Autonomy subsidiary with its ArcSight security-event and information management (SIEM) can yield new ways to detect cyberattacks or rogue-employee behavior.
  • Big data, big business, big government, bigger brother

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    In his 1990 book "The New Realities," Peter Drucker noted: "Knowledge is information that changes something or somebody - either by becoming grounds for action, or by making an individual (or an institution) capable of different and more effective action." And that is what Big Data is delivering ... new knowledge, new insights and new actions, all of which will give us new problems to deal with.
  • Hadoop is not just for Linux anymore

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    The expanded partnership between Microsoft and Hadoop distribution specialist Hortonworks has borne fruit with the release of a beta of Hortonworks' Hadoop Data Platform for Windows.
  • Open source 'Lingual' helps SQL developers unlock Hadoop

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    One commonly cited stumbling block to the broader adoption of Apache Hadoop in the enterprise is the difficulty and expense of finding and hiring developers who understand and can think in Hadoop MapReduce. But Big Data application framework specialist Concurrent wants to change that.
  • Red Hat contributes Hadoop plug-in for cloud Big Data projects

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Red Hat is contributing its Red Hat Storage Hadoop plug-in to the Apache Hadoop open community to help transform Red Hat Storage into a fully-supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for Big Data environments.
  • Etsy gets crafty with big data

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Handmade marketplace Etsy has grown to 800,000 sellers and 40+ million monthly visitors. All that activity generates enormous quantities of data, which Etsy uses to drive site improvements.
  • Hortonworks brings Hadoop to Windows

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 9:37 am

    Hortonworks is bringing the popular open-source Apache Hadoop data processing platform to Microsoft shops.
  • The Weekly Hash - February 22, 2013

    Posted February 22, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Joking about the week’s top tech stories, this week featuring Burger King, Chinese cyberspies and a new Chromebook that will revolutionize the way we watch porn
  • Facebook engineers identify Graph Search's big data challenges

    Posted February 21, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Facebook’s engineers have many challenges ahead of them as they work to scale up Graph Search, the site’s new social search tool. One stumbling block: an over-abundance of data to sift through.
  • Who really wants a self-driving car?

    Posted February 20, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    There's lots of hype around self-driving cars; some of it sounds good, some of it sounds pie-in-the-sky and some of it sounds downright dumb
  • 6 innovations that will change healthcare

    Posted February 19, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    When economists, data scientists and medical professionals team up, the result is often remarkable innovation. These six examples from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Future of Health and Wellness Conference could change the way patients interact with hospitals, physicians and each other.
  • The Weekly Hash - February 15, 2013

    Posted February 15, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    From the College of Cardinals’ new high tech method for choosing a pope to Google’s new private airport to the president’s geeky Fireside Chat we make fun of some of the this week’s top tech stories
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