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R programming language gains on traditional statistics packages

The R programming language is quickly gaining popularity over the traditional statistics packages such as SPSS, SAS and MATLAB, at least according to one data statistician who teaches the language.

TPC helps take the measure of big data systems

Comparing commercial Hadoop big data-styled analysis systems might get a little easier, thanks to a new benchmark from the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC).

SAP makes it cheaper, easier for customers to use Hana in certain scenarios

SAP has relaxed hardware requirements for using its Hana in-memory database platform for development and testing, in a move that could make existing Hana customers' operations easier and less expensive while also generating more Hana sales.

Google's big-data tool, Mesa, holds petabytes of data across multiple servers

Google has found a way to stretch a data warehouse across multiple data centers, using an architecture its engineers developed that could pave the way for much larger, more reliable and more responsive cloud-based analysis systems.

Danish university transfers data at record-breaking 43Tbps over a single fiber

Using souped-up fiber, the Technical University of Denmark has set a new record for transmitting data over one channel: 43 terabits per second.

Oracle hits back at ex-employee's claims about in-memory database option

Oracle has responded to a former employee's claim that a new in-memory processing option is turned on by default with the latest release of Database 12c, insisting that the process of enabling it requires a series of deliberate steps.

Hortonworks and Pivotal team up to better manage Hadoop

In the hot market for big-data products and services, sometimes even competitors must work together for the common good.

HP invests in Hortonworks' Hadoop

Hewlett-Packard is betting $50 million that its customers will find value in the Hadoop data processing platform by investing in Hadoop distributor Hortonworks.

Oracle builds on BlueKai acquisition with Data Cloud

Oracle is combining its BlueKai consumer data aggregation platform with other parts of its catalog to create Oracle Data Cloud, a data-as-a-service offering aimed at companies that want to reach customers and prospects across multiple channels.

Teradata acquires assets of Hadapt, Revelytix for big data

Teradata has bought the assets of Revelytix and Hadapt in a bid to grow out its capabilities for the Hadoop big-data processing framework.

U.S. lawmaker seeks FTC probe of Facebook 'big data' experiment

A U.S. senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize the use of big data by Facebook and other Internet companies, following a controversy over a Facebook experiment on some of its users.

Michelin drives big data strategy with Microstrategy analytics

Michelin is using Microstrategy software to provide analytics and vizualisation capabilities as part of a big data strategy to improve the efficiency of its supply chain and manufacturing processes.

Microstrategy simplifies licensing, pricing in bid for growth

Hoping to win new business and build loyalty among existing customers, business intelligence software vendor MicroStrategy has broadly revamped its pricing and packaging structure.

Data scientists frustrated by data variety, find Hadoop limiting

Companies are focusing more and more attention on building out big data analytics capabilities and data scientists are feeling the pressure.

Oracle selling $10B in bonds, giving hint to buying spree

Oracle is selling $10 billion in bonds, in a move that could signal the vendor is planning to ramp up its already steady pace of acquisitions.

Databricks takes on Google streaming analysis with Spark

Taking on Google, Databricks plans to offer its own cloud service for analyzing live data streams, one based on the Apache Spark software.

Google focused on big data, real-time analysis in the cloud

When it comes to big data, many enterprises are getting slammed with big problems. Google plans to focus on helping those companies over the next year.

Here's why Oracle thinks Micros is worth $5.3B

Oracle's pending acquisition of retail and hospitality technology vendor Micros is its biggest since scooping up Sun Microsystems in 2010, which begs questions about why it's willing to pay so much.

The UPC bar code arrived 40 years ago; now, they're ubiquitous

The first bar code was used in 1974 to scan in a pack of gum. Now they're used for everything from flight check-ins to patient records and warehouse inventory. They've even been used to track bees. Yes, bees.

Katharine the white shark crashes research site's servers

Katharine, a 14-foot electronically tagged white shark, has become so popular with visitors to a shark-tracking site that she's now routinely crashing servers.

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