A Russian leaker, Wzor, says Windows Cloud, a limited loss leader version to tempt users to subscribe to get the full features, is headed our way soon. While freeware has always been a great tactic in increasing software subscriptions, given how much data is harvested via "free" software and social media services these days, I have to wonder if this move too might turn users from their former categorization as customers into product.
In the "oh, this is cool" column of interesting things happening in visualizations is Datameer's 4.0 update this week. Instead of creating a visualization at the end of your work on the results, you can visualize the data on your screen while you're working with it (in real-time) as long as your working with Datameer's analytics tool.
Hortonworks has added Concurrent's Cascading SDK to its Hadoop distribution. Such helps developers operationalize their data. In addition, Hortonworks will certify, support and deliver Cascading--the most widely used App development framework for data applications on Hadoop.
Well, not exactly. More like IBM is helping farmers in Georgia tackle all the bedeviling issues Mother Nature is dishing out. But like the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band, the farmers need some serious big data help and they need it right now "'cos hell broke loose in Georgia and the devil deals it hard." Here's what's up with that showdown in my neck of the woods…
You'll find a good overview in a CNN Money blog post on how social media data as a business has, for all intent and practical purposes, passed away.
You'll find plenty of food for thought there on the limitations and opportunities in raw data dumps.
Make no mistake, Twitter is a big data company and it's looking to get even bigger. Hence yesterday's acquisition of Gnip, added to about four or so other similar acquisitions earlier. The end goal: Make Twitter a $100 million big data business.
While some data will also be proprietary and closely guarded, the vast majority of data will be joined to the open data movement. Why? Because the more data people can access, the more discoveries can be made.
You might think this post is about how data and edtech are being used to improve our education system. But you would be wrong.
Rest assured that all governments are or will be using big data. The latest to stake claim to its benefits is Beijing.