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  • Copernicus Masters competition wants big data fueled ideas and markets for space data

    What makes this contest in particular interesting is that the organizers are stretching beyond the expected applications in agriculture, construction and renewable energy by also deliberately inviting new services and products in "forward-thinking segments such as big data, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, data visualization, mobile applications, and more."

Yahoo's Ceph implementation for Flickr, mail apps--Object storage at Exabyte scale

Yahoo uses the community version of Ceph software for its Flickr and Mail applications on its Cloud Object Store (COS). For a deep dive on that implementation, see the Yahoo! Engineering blog post. But for the purposes of this post, it is the increasing interest in, and use of, software-defined storage (SDS) that is of importance.

Survey reveals company data privacy policies are largely ignored

A new survey conducted by Dimensional Research and sponsored by Druva found that almost 84 percent of respondents reported that their employees do not follow data privacy policies. And while 84 percent also plan to up their game in data privacy protection and 87 percent said they are concerned about data privacy in the cloud, a whopping 90 percent said that their volume of data stored in the cloud will increase this year anyway

SQream launches screaming fast big data analytics database for genome researchers

Yesterday at the Bio-IT World Conference in Boston, Israel-based SQream announced the launch of its GenomeStack which the company says "enables the first-ever querying of a large number of samples simultaneously." 

Spotlight: Keep your eye on these data center companies

There's a major shakeup coming to data center products and everyone is busy trying to figure out which companies and products will fold and which will fly. 

You can now see your entire Google search history--look if you dare

Google has now made it possible for you--and only you--to see your entire search history. Google will even let you download the entire archive but it cautions you to protect that data because, yeah, there's a lot of sensitive data about you in that file. 

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