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Vodafone, the second largest telecommunications company in the world, has revealed that government agencies have installed wires in their system that allow them to listen and track the calls of customers. The Guardian reported in the early hours of the morning that the telecom company, which operates in 29 countries,

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In the Ted Talk below, Computer Scientist Jennifer Golbeck tells the story of how ones Facebook Likes show strong correlations to seemingly unrelated personal attributes – the often cited example is how Liking the page “Curly Fries” is a strong indicator of high IQ, or Liking “That Spider is More

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Hadoop vendor Cloudera recently announced that it has acquired Gazzang, a startup specialising in encryption for big data environments, for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition of Gazzang is Cloudera’s first significant purchase and will allow companies with stringent security regulations to use the big data processing platform. The news comes

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Hadoop is the leading database engine among companies today, and many have realised just what is possible through its ability to store and process enormous amounts of data. Below are two use cases of Hadoop that are preventing suicides among military veterans and helping farmers manage their production. 1) Combatting Suicide

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Big data landscape v 3.0 – Matt Turck (FirstMark) from Matt Turck (Image credit: Kevin Dooley)

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Click the image to open the interactive version (via Penny Stocks Lab). From the 700 seconds (approx. 11 minutes) we were on the website, these are the statistics that were generated: Data produced across the internet: 18036626 GB Twitter: 7667 accounts created, 3972900 Tweets Google: 3211776 searches, $1116594 Ad Revenue

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According to a new report by Allied Market Research, the global market for Hadoop along with related hardware, software and services is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 58.2 percent between 2013 and 2020. In 2013, the global Hadoop market accounted for approximately $2 billion in

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Readers of our site are now well aware of big data’s implications on everything from political elections to forecasting movie success. Nevertheless, we’ve also discussed the limitations of big data – the more “human” capacities such as the nuanced reading of texts that a computer may never adequately understand or model in a

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On Monday, the Technical University of Denmark announced the details of its new specialist programme in Data Science (Big Data). From as early as autumn semester, DTU will be offering the course to students, where they will build interdisciplinary skills across the entire Big Data value chain — data collection,

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Google’s forward-thinking and experimental Google X division has been working on self-driving cars for some time. However, at a conference in California yesterday, Sergey Brin announced that Google will start building its own self-driving cars rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers. “We’re really excited about this vehicle –

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