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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.

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.

E-health for pets? Smart collar can send health alerts to vets

PetPace's new smart collar is making it easier for veterinarians to track the well-being of pets and keep in touch with owners.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wades into the in-memory database wars

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is taking the fight to IBM, Microsoft and SAP in the burgeoning in-memory database market with a new option the company says can deliver dramatic performance boosts without requiring changes to applications.

Gazzang buy provides end-to-end encryption for Cloudera Hadoop

Cloudera will incorporate technology from its acquisition of encryption software provider Gazzang into Apache Hadoop so that industries with stringent security regulations can use the big-data processing platform.

IBM, Fujifilm show super dense storage tape for big data work

Anticipating a storage crunch spurred by big data, IBM and Fujifilm are advancing magnetic tape with a prototype capable of storing 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch.

Hortonworks buys big data security specialist, will donate IP to Apache

As more organizations put big data applications into production, questions about enterprise requirements such as security in Hadoop are taken on ever greater importance. Hortonworks, the vendor behind the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) distribution of Hadoop, moved to answer those questions today with the acquisition of data security specialist XA Secure.

Platfora update puts Hadoop's power in business users' hands

Platfora is continuing to evolve its Hadoop-focused analytics platform with a series of features catering to various user roles, such as data scientists and business analysts.

Cascading allows apps to execute on all big data fabrics

Organizations are increasingly focusing on building enterprise data applications on top of their Hadoop and NoSQL infrastructure. But even as that's happening, Hadoop itself is becoming much more diverse and complex. That's a potential headache for developers seeking to build applications on top of that data infrastructure, but data application platform specialist Concurrent, primary sponsor of the open source Cascading application framework, sees it as an opportunity.

R support package unveiled in time for big-data boom

To help organizations get a better handle on the R statistical programming language, which is enjoying a surge in use as a big-data analysis tool, Revolution Analytics has introduced a new support package.

Cornell Tech-funded startup launching bootcamp for data scientists

Advanced academic backgrounds in statistics, mathematics, and other science and technology fields usually provide the raw analytical skills required for a data scientist's job. But even with such skills, some additional prep work is generally needed to handle such a job in private industry.

Big data key to bringing hyperlocal weather forecasts to Georgia farmers

Farmers in southwest Georgia's Flint River Valley could one day get accurate, hyperlocal weather forecasts just for their individual farms up to three days in advance.

Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative

Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S.

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