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A novel service from Swan Island Networks crunches through and filters, then combines and aggregates information from a broad variety of big data sources to produce targeted alerts for cities.  First rolled out in 2004, the technology is currently in use by over 250 commercial customers to connect different agencies and

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According to Technology Business Review Inc., big data analytics are driving sharp growth for public cloud computing vendors. The report suggests that the top 50 public cloud providers experienced a 47% increase in their combined revenues in the fourth quarter last year, bringing the total to $6.2 billion. In particular,

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IBM has announced that it will be releasing a new software-defined storage platform for the cloud. The product, called SmartCloud Virtual Storage Centre (VSC), wiil “help clients transition from traditional to agile, cloud-ready, software-defined storage environment with no ‘rip and replace’” according to the company. The way the company plans

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Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s project for the Telecom Italia Big Data and Trentino Open Data Challenge 2014 has been listed as one of the ten finalists.   Their submission, entitled “Misery Loves Company: Twitter Sentiment Reveals Assortative Mixing of Aggregate Happiness in Urban Communication Networks”, focused on looking at the

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Last week, CropiIn Technology Solutions, an Agriculture technology provider, raised funding from Invested Development. It is said that the money invested in the company will be used to improve its technology, hire more talent and explore opportunities in new markets like Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia and the Philippines. Although CropIn did

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A recent article highlighted how big data is being used in political campaigns in America. Instead of campaigning in neighbourhoods with homogenous content, every approach at a door, every letter and TV commercial can be tailored to fit the voter being targeted – all based on an app that provides publicly available

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Volante, the financial data integration provider, announced today that Volante Designer 5.0 will now support the Hadoop framework. The new Hadoop integration will allow Volante clients to build analytic conditions and pass data sets into the Hadoop environment of their choice. “The explosion of unstructured data sets offers greater potential

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The cloud services and market management company, AppDirect, raised $35 million in Series C funding last week. Mithril Capital Management led the third round of funding and said the money will be used to ensure AppDirect continue to grow their marketplace for business apps, as well as the number of

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Apple has recently purchased a hydroelectric power plant near one of its data centers in central Oregon.  The plant, located in Prineville, will primarily be used to power things like iCloud and will be used to support a number of data centres across the country. With the advent of Apple

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Google will be partnering with several big data firms – including Datalogix and Acxiom — to track the “offline” sales impact of Google AdWords ads. The Internet giant will match the cookies on users’ computers to in-store sales information — which will be provided

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