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Why more data isn't always better

In the past 10 years, the focus of data has been on amassing and storing: the more data collected, the better. But while we all became expert data gatherers, what we actually ended up with was a glut of data, a shred of the insights...

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Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwagon

The big data processing technology looks to draw in data scientists.

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Creating cybersecurity that thinks

Data science techniques can help security move from reacting to threats after discovery to predicting them.

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Oracle steps up its big-data push with new products

Focusing on the intersection of Hadoop, NoSQL and SQL technologies, Oracle's new offerings aim to put big-data insights within closer reach for a wider array of business users.

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White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

What's a CDSaDCTODT? Dhanurjay 'DJ' Patil is now the U.S. (deep breath) Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say it four times fast...

Microsoft adds machine learning as an Azure service

Microsoft has expanded the data-analysis offerings on its Azure cloud.

Pivotal goes all-in with open source in Big Data Suite

Enterprises demand it because they're taking a more active role in software development, Pivotal says

Big data vendors to forge a common Hadoop base platform

Several of the largest big data vendors, including IBM, Hortonworks and Pivotal, have banded together to specify a unified base platform for Hadoop.

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HP extends R programming language for big data

Hewlett-Packard has devised a way to run programs written in the R statistical programming language against data sets that span more than one server

Big data digest: The backlash begins

Critics diagnose the limits of big data, while analysts continue to see a bright future.

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Big Data secrets from Airbnb, Starbucks and Sonic

The 5 small steps that can lead to big competitive advantages.

Skytree aims to put machine learning in every data scientist's hands

By automating model creation, Infinity 15.1 promises significant productivity improvements.

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Cloud analytics is expected to keep growing and growing

Companies are adopting data analytics to better understand consumption patterns, customer acquisition and various factors believed to increase revenue, cut costs and boost customer loyalty.

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A lot of private-sector data is also used for public good

The unprecedented collection of data by the private sector has been a boon for the average citizen, but government restrictions could have a chilling effect.

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NEC aims at Big Data 'sweet spot' with SAP Hana tool

NEC on Friday released a tool designed to boost Hana availability in the cloud.

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Orchestrating the Super Bowl

With the biggest football game of the year coming up, technologists have their hands full with providing a complete engaging experience to those in attendance. From device access to analytics, technology is being turned on its head...

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Test shows big data text analysis inconsistent, inaccurate

"State of the art" method to categorize and analyze unstructured data delivers different results from identical data one time in five, is wrong one time in 10, new study shows

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Microsoft's real-time processing engine boosts Bing, Azure services

Microsoft Research built Trill to radically speed up queries against real-time data -- but for now, it's for Microsoft use only.

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