Commercial companies most commonly use big data to understand customers and to parse and predict their actions, but Walmart has been accused of using it to spy on workers taking part in the employee action group OUR Walmart, short for the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Publicly, the giant retailer called the group's actions "just another union publicity stunt," but privately it considers the group enough of a threat to solicit surveillance aid from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Lockheed Martin.
The Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. just launched a Call for Inputs on the use of big data in the retail general insurance sector. It's the latest example of regulators' increasing interest in big data uses and abuses.
The sharing economy is no longer just a consumer affair, it's spreading into the commercial world. Case in point: Shotfarm, an e-commerce platform company, launched Switches Marketplace last week, a platform for complex product information exchange between manufacturers and retailers.
According to a new survey, mainframes are still in heavy use and are poised to become the big muscle in big data too.
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Among the latest efforts on the path to life-saving cures is AWS's recent announcement of two new public data sets: The Cancer Genome Atlas and The International Cancer Genome Consortium PanCancer dataset. These are two of the world's largest collections of cancer genome data and they're both now available at no cost on AWS as part of the AWS Public Data Sets program.
Manys stories have covered the use of big data and genomics to find new treatments and cures for diseases. The hope within that coverage is palpable but with a distinct "maybe one day" feel. But now there comes an announcement of the opening of The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine in Huntsville, Alabama, which just may be the very first clinic to be "designed solely for providing diagnoses to patients with undiagnosed disease via the exclusive use of whole genome sequencing data."
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office launched its first service for Global Dossier Monday. The goal of the new service is to make it easier for patent applicants to "view, monitor and manage intellectual property protection around the world by providing access to the dossiers of related applications filed at participating offices," the USPTO explained in a press release.
The new release of StealthINTERCEPT security software Tuesday added built-in analytics for pre-authentication failures, breached passwords, concurrent log-ins, impersonation log-ins and golden ticket attack vectors to the existing attack analytics for account hacking, brute force attacks and horizontal account movement detection.
LinkedIn acquired Slideshare in 2012, but as many companies have already learned the hard way, acquiring a company is the easy part. Integration of data, technologies and cultures always present daunting challenges, and LinkedIn found this acquisition to be no exception.
Using the Wikipedia website for this exercise was a perfect demonstration, as there is useful information there but it can easily be lost in the noise. According to URX, while the English Wikipedia corpus consists of 15 million pages, "only about one in three pages are considered informative enough for learning."
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