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Nigeria: Big Four Telco Operators Investing In Big Data
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Nigeria telecommunication operators will be competing to upgrade their big data technologies over the next few years to ensure they will effectively predict consumer behaviour, buying habits and choices of their customers. According to a recent article in Leadership, the big data market is valued at more than $200 billion.

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Baidu Hires Google'S Lead &Quot;Brain&Quot;, Andrew Ng
Machine LearningNews

The Chinese search giant, Baidu, announced last week that it has hired the head of Google’s “deep learning” project, Andrew Ng. Ng will now assume the role of chief data scientist for Baidu’s new research initiative, taking the lead of labs in Beijing and Sunnyvale, California. “Andrew is the ideal

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Posiq: Using Big Data To Disrupt The Restaurant Industry
BI & AnalyticsNewsRetail & Consumer

Posiq, a company that aims to help restaurants enhance customer relationship through big data, announced yesterday that it received $3.2 dollars in Series A investment. Thayer Ventures led the round, with additional participation from SVG Partners and select angel investors. “The restaurant industry is inundated with loyalty gimmicks, email or text

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Acxiom Shares Plummet By 21%, 2 Days After Liveramp Acquisition
BI & AnalyticsNews

Acxiom announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to acquire ad-tech startup LiveRamp, a company that helps marketers use their offline CRM and transactional data on the web. The deal will cost $310 million and is expected to close mid-summer. When LiveRamp started in 2012, it had 116 clients. This

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Birst Introduces A Free Analytics Tool For Netsuite Customers
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Birst, the business intelligence and cloud analytics platform provider, announced yesterday that it would be offering a free analytics tool for NetSuite customers. The deal between the two companies is aimed at improving user experience in NetSuite and also increasing the standards inside “enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management

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Big Data Complexity And India'S Election
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The 2014 parliamentary elections in India witnessed two trends this year: a huge increase in new voters and massive advances in technology. In a recent news report, we uncovered the way in which analysts were using data from a range of sources – Facebook likes, tweets, calling behaviour, SMS’s – to

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Big Data: Brazil And Mexico Leading The Way In Latin America
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In a recent study by IDC, Brazil and Mexico are said to be the biggest markets for sales of big data solutions. The study predicts that both countries will drive growth in Latin America through to 2016. Analysts at IDC estimate that revenue generated from big data – hardware, software

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&Quot;Big Data&Quot; Set To Die In The Near Future
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The term “big data” has been prevalent over the past few years. Yet, according to Donald Feinberg, VP of Gartner’s Business Intelligence and Information Management group, the term will “disappear” in the near future. Talking at Gartner’s Business Intelligence and Information Management summit in São Paulo, Feinberg said “The term ‘big data’

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Salespredict Lands $4.1M In Series A Funding
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SalesPredict, a SaaS technology provider that helps B2B companies by using predictive analytics, announced on Monday that it has received $4.1 million in Series A funding from Yandex, KCG Captial and existing investors. The funding round brings the total capital investment in SalesPredict to $5.3 million. The product works by analysing and

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Splice Machine Goes Public With Its Hadoop Rdbms
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Splice Machine, a company that provides a Hadoop relational database management system (RDBMS), announced yesterday that it would be moving its management system from private beta to public beta.  The company will be offering its database to download for free and it is a fully supported commercial product. “Our go-to-market

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