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Spotlight: The 10 coolest big data startups of 2014 (so far)

Kristin Bent put together a slideshow in  CRN  on her list of the 10 coolest big data startups this year.

Robot reporters and the rise of analysts and journalists

Mashable has a good report on the use of WordSmith, an artificial intelligence system that uses data to churn out as many as five million stories a week--a feat human journalists and writers can't match. Is this the end of journalism as we know it? No, it isn't.

Cisco CEO pleads NSA to stop hacking his equipment

Following a photo and post by Sean Gallagher in ArsTechnica reportedly showing the NSA secretly installing spyware in Cisco routers, the company's CEO, John Chambers, wrote a letter to President Obama pleading for an end to NSA hacking. But even if the NSA refrains from such, will the damage done to private corporations' reputations persist?

Analytics market grew 8 percent last year, SAP remains at top

Gartner has published its 2013 market share analysis for business intelligence and analytics software. The bottom line won't surprise anyone: spending on these categories rose by a healthy 8 percent last year.

Spotlight: The Economist explains media, academic backlash against big data

The trouble with media accounts of big data usage is that it tends to be cyclic: first hailing it and then bashing it mercilessly.

Twitter buys Gnip, quietly builds $100 million big data business

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. 

Spotlight: Legacy data management companies face hard challenges

There's a good post in The NY Times by Steve Lohr on the effects new technologies have on legacy companies like Teradata. It's well worth the read. "The challenge to old-line data...

Farm machines produce privacy concerns, guidelines underway

Last week the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national independent farmers' group, met with John Deere, Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer to hammer out guidelines to protect farmer privacy and prevent potential market manipulations.

AlephCloud receives patent for content privacy in the cloud

No one is happy about cloud providers getting to peep, parse and use your personal or business content. But, really, it's delusional to think any cloud provider can't paw through your data at will if and when it wants. So announcements like AlephCloud's lock on content to keep provider snooping away will likely be met with cheers--both from cloud users who seek privacy and security, and from cloud providers who want to prove their trustworthiness. 

Intel and Cloudera get hitched

Intel is being very hush-hush on how big a dowry it paid to partner up with cash-hungry, over-achiever, Cloudera. This way Intel can focus on its core business while still fanning the big data flames that ignites server sales without getting lost in the smoke of building that fire. Hortonworks is probably crying at the wedding though.