Big data's big attraction for regulators

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.

Spotlight: Europe's largest public research institution calls for proposals to solve terrorism-related issues

The French National Center for Scientific Research, a public-funded institution that covers all scientific disciplines, has issued a call for research proposals "on all issues potentially...

USPTO Global Dossier Initiative launches first service

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.

StealthINTERCEPT new release doubles down on attack analytics

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.

The technical challenges LinkedIn encountered with Slideshare acquisition

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.

URX analyzes Wikipedia to train machine learning models

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."

Spotlight: 'Data science: Where are we going?'

In case you missed DJ Patil's speech at Strata earlier this year, here's a YouTube video of it, complete with remarks from President Obama. Patil, in case you didn't already know, is the...

CERN LHC collaboration improves global access to data for thousands of researchers

A new collaboration between Comtrade, a provider of IT infrastructure management and monitoring products, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research – or CERN – plans to improve global access to more than 140 petabytes of data for thousands of researchers conducting experiments on the Large Hadron Collider.

Codilime earmarks $4M for investment in

Part of's appeal is its focus on solving the dormant untapped dark data problem that is common in many organizations. Gartner defines dark data as "information assets that organizations collect, process and store in the course of their regular business activity, but generally fail to use for other purposes."

New AWS public data sets and the rise of a data singularity

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.

The sharing economy moves into commercial retail content

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.

Splice Machine 2.0 RDBMS adds Spark to speed SQL on Hadoop

Splice Machine announced Tuesday that the 2.0 version of its relational database management system – a hybrid in-memory RDBMS using the scalability of Hadoop coupled with the in-memory processing of Spark – is now available in public beta. The company is currently looking for testers.

Mainframe becoming big muscle in big data?

According to a new survey, mainframes are still in heavy use and are poised to become the big muscle in big data too.

Spotlight: Supreme Court to decide if inaccurate data hurts people

The Supreme Court case centers on Spokeo, a site that aggregates data on people but almost always is inaccurate, but the implications of the decision will likely reverberate far beyond Spokeo. For a...

Procera launches virtual experience probe for real-time analytics

Procera released its virtual experience probe called eVolution Tuesday. It's an all-virtual data product designed to deliver broader subscriber intelligence to real-time analytics for broadband operator use, i.e. fixed, cable, mobile and Wi-Fi operators.

Kaspersky Lab's 2016 and beyond predictions: The rise of 'access as a service'

Kaspersky says to watch out for the rise of "access as a service" and more data dumps for shaming purposes. Here's what they mean by that and what else they say to guard against.

Anaconda brings Python to AMD's APU

Continuum Analytics, developer of Anaconda – an open source analytics platform that relies on Python – announced the availability of Anaconda on AMD's Accelerated Processing Units. This enables Anaconda users to use AMD's APU with Python for complex data science applications.

Spotlight: Walmart's failed facial recognition trial

If you're interested in data privacy issues and how consumer data is gathered and used by retailers, even to the point of using facial recognition technologies, you'll find this post in...

Accenture launches advanced analytics for 4 verticals

Accenture launched five advanced analytics applications last week for utilities, oil and gas, chemicals, metals and mining companies. Accenture developed each on the Accenture Analytics Applications Platform. They support pricing, risk management, credit collection, energy trading and workforce planning decisions.

Oracle's Business Intelligence 12c now generally available

Oracle announced last week the general availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 12c, essentially an integrated platform for self-service data discovery.