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Tech events you don’t want to miss

By Jenn Webb
April 29, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and space. Have an event to share? Send us a note. IBM Impact Developer Unconference Date: April 28—May 2 Location: Las Vegas, NV Why you shouldn’t miss it: Tim …

Big data not only will change our world, it will change the world we imagine

By Jenn Webb
March 15, 2013

The magnitude of big data’s role eclipses the hype In a post at NPR, Adam Frank argued that the potential and extent of big data’s role and influence in our world is akin to the role the steam engine played …

Strata Week: Raising the world’s data privacy IQ

By Jenn Webb
February 1, 2013

Data Privacy Day and the fight against “digital feudalism” Data Privacy Day was celebrated this week. Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, the day is meant to increase awareness of personal data protection and “to empower people to protect …

Extracting value from uncertain data

By Joe Wikert
January 16, 2013

At TOC NY 2012 I made a point of telling attendees they need to learn the essentials of “big data.” It was still a fairly new concept then and a completely foreign one to most of the crowd. What a …

Four short links: 18 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2012

Let’s Pool Our Medical Data (TED) — John Wilbanks (of Science Commons fame) gives a strong talk for creating an open, massive, mine-able database of data about health and genomics from many sources. Money quote: Facebook would never make a …

Developer Week in Review: A big moment for Kinect?

Developer Week in Review: A big moment for Kinect?
By James Turner
January 13, 2012

Microsoft thinks the Kinect has a bright future with the PC. Elsewhere, we have a new contender for worst software patent ever, and the mayor of New York City wants to get his geek on.

Strata Week: IBM puts Hadoop in the cloud

Strata Week: IBM puts Hadoop in the cloud
By Audrey Watters
October 27, 2011

IBM targets businesses with a cloud-based Hadoop product, Factual tackles incomplete geo records, and Google embraces transparency by publishing and explaining the data requests it gets from governments.

Strata Week: IBM puts Hadoop in the cloud

By Audrey Watters
October 27, 2011

IBM targets businesses with a cloud-based Hadoop product, Factual tackles incomplete geo records, and Google embraces transparency by publishing and explaining the data requests it gets from governments.

The Java parade: What about IBM and Apache?

The Java parade: What about IBM and Apache?
By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2011

Why did Mike Loukides leave IBM and Apache out of his recent piece, "Who leads the Java Parade?" Because — despite good reasons — they both opted out.

Strata Week: Data Without Borders

By Audrey Watters
June 23, 2011

This week's big data news includes a call for Data Without Borders, data journalism catches the Knight Foundation's attention, IBM's new big data appliance, and a social graph built around the Marvel universe.

Strata Week: Data Without Borders

Strata Week: Data Without Borders
By Audrey Watters
June 23, 2011

This week's big data news includes a call for Data Without Borders, data journalism catches the Knight Foundation's attention, IBM's new big data appliance, and a social graph built around the Marvel universe.

Watson's marketable skills

Watson's marketable skills
By Jenn Webb
February 22, 2011

Aside from whipping the pants off two Jeapardy geniuses, the Watson computer is opening the door to new monetization possibilities for search.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
February 17, 2011

Tired of everyone making "Terminator" or "Matrix" references to Watson's domination of its pitiful human rivals? Well, we go old school with our media references, as we look at Nokia's fickleness, new toys for geeks, and Google's campaign for pretty data.

Big business for big data

Big business for big data
By Alistair Croll
September 21, 2010

Netezza sprinkled an appliance philosophy over a complex suite of technologies, making it easier for enterprises to get started. But the real reason for IBM's offer was that the company reset the price/performance equation for enterprise data analysis.

Watson, Turing, and extreme machine learning

By Mike Loukides
August 12, 2010

While IBM's Watson supercomputer / Jeopardy contestant is a masterpiece of natural language processing, it's important to remember that it's just a learning tool that will help us solve more interesting problems.

Four short links: 17 June 2010

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2010

What is IBM's Watson? (NY Times) -- IBM joining the big data machine learning race, and hatching a Blue Gene system that can answer Jeopardy questions. Does good, not great, and is getting better. Google Lays Out its Mobile Strategy (InformationWeek) -- notable to me for Rechis said that Google breaks down mobile users into three behavior groups: A....

IBM releases ILOG Elixir 2.5

By RJ Owen
July 22, 2009

Yesterday IBM announced the release of ILOG Elixir 2.5 - the first Elixir release since ILOG was acquired by IBM back in January.

An Up and Down Week for JAVA

By Timothy M. O'Brien
April 6, 2009

...and, I'm not talking about the language. I'm talking about the stock, Sun Microsystems is down 20% in the futures market @ 8:10 AM ET. -20% On the news of the $7 billion game of brinksmanship, it is important to...

Brian Aker: What Would an IBM Buyout of Sun Mean for MySQL?

By James Turner
March 26, 2009

MySQL has had a long and sometimes strange journey from an independent database project to being commercialized; then brought to Sun and now possibly moving to a new home again. Brian Aker is the director of technology for MySQL with Sun Microsystems and probably is familiar as anyone with the life history and current status of the popular open-source database. He recently discussed the current status of MySQL with us, and how it might fare if IBM were to acquire Sun.

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 23rd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 23rd, 2009
By James Turner
March 25, 2009

This week's podcast features a chat with Brady Forrest, who organizes conferences for O'Reilly, about the upcoming Where conference, and what's happening with geo-aware technology in general. Brian Aker, MySQL guy for Sun, talks about the possibility of MySQL becoming...

Blue Sun? What an IBM acquisition of Sun means for software

By Kurt Cagle
March 24, 2009

However, Sun's software side of the acquisition ledger, especially by IBM, has been rather oddly overlooked, given that it will likely have major implications for software development and cloud computing for years. Sun's software holdings cover five primary areas - Java, Solaris, mySQL, Open Office, and Sun's recently acquired QLayer cloud infrastructure. Understanding how IBM could potentially ramp up (or destroy) each of these gives some interesting insight into the real value of IBM's potential software acquisitions.

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 16th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 16th, 2009
By James Turner
March 18, 2009

This week's roundup include discussion of the Sun/IBM rumors, the future of newspapers, Microsoft and Science Commons teaming up, and the weekly podcast quiz....


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