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Splunk goes native with machine learning, aims to speed up monitoring

Analytics firm Splunk is making machine learning central to the next generation of its enterprise solution, and claims it performs 20 times faster than before. Splunk's platform drills into the machine-to-machine data generated by big companies to help them identify weak spots and boost operations and performance. It has …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Sep 2017

SAP flings out one-hub-to-rule-and-crunch all the data. Yes, a hub

Enterprise giant SAP is taking on silos with its latest offering that aims to centralise data processing and governance - but not storage. SAP’s Data Hub, launched on Monday at an event in New York, looks to capitalise on the vast amounts of data companies collect, especially when they are from an increasing variety of sources …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Sep 2017
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More than half of small firms plan on using Privacy Shield – survey

Almost half of the organisations surveyed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals say they will use the Privacy Shield data-sharing framework in the next year. Agreed last summer, the deal between the European Union and the US aims to safeguard EU citizens' data when it is transferred to the States. It …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017

Hortonworks aims to entice enterprise with simple data management service

Hortonworks has launched an enterprise-scale data management service for multiple platforms and environments that will capture data-in-motion or at rest. The cloud-based DataPlane Service, launched today, will manage workloads across any data assets and let companies apply consistent security and governance across all their …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017
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SAP gobbles customer identity management startup Gigya for $350m

German enterprise giant SAP has bought customer identity management firm Gigya for a reported $350m. Gigya, which is headquartered in Mountain View but started life in Israel, offers companies a platform to manage their customers' details. The platform, which has about 1.3 billion customer identities, collects usage data, but …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017
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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

Computer science graduates are some of the highest earners six months after leaving university, according to The Sunday Times' annual Good University Guide. The guide assesses UK universities for research and teaching quality, student experience, and graduate opportunities and earnings. It found that computer science courses …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017

UK.gov lays down rules for cross-Whitehall data slurps

The UK government has offered more detail on how public authorities can pass around the data they hold on citizens – a mere five months after the Digital Economy Act passed into law. The final versions of the codes of practice, which are used to add some meat to the bones of the legislation, are now open for a six-week …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Sep 2017

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

Microsoft has revealed the location of its flagship UK store – just up the road from Apple's flamboyant, tree-lined Regent Street shop. The new store, which the company reportedly started scouting for back in 2015, will be at Oxford Circus, one of the most stressful places to visit busiest shopping areas in London. Microsoft …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Sep 2017
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Database biz MongoDB files to go public, hopes to raise a cool $100m

Oracle-chaser MongoDB has filed to go public, with its accounts revealing it made a net loss of almost $90m in the year ended January 31, 2017. The company, which started life as 10Gen in 2007, has secured a total of $303.4m in equity funding to date, and is hoping to raise $100m in its initial public offering. MongoDB's SEC …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Sep 2017

Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta. The startup's focus is data wrangling – cleaning up raw, complex data into structured formats for analysis – and the collaborative platform is based on its Photon Compute Framework. That framework …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Sep 2017

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

Waterfowl situation... Some alpha ducks bully smaller ducks so much when competing for mates that the beta birds' undercarriages barely take off, so to speak, a new study has found. Ducks are pretty unusual, in that some species temporarily grow their penises for the mating season, and penis shape and size is already diverse …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Sep 2017

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

The UK's Prime Minister has once again raised the tech stakes in the fight against online terror, with her latest, er, bright idea being for internet giants to stop extremist content before it's even online. At a meeting with companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google today, Theresa May urged them to "develop …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Sep 2017
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EU watchdog: Govt bods are seeking 'legal knockouts' to dodge transparency

Public bodies are taking an increasingly “legalistic” approach to disclosing information that doesn’t always support transparency, the European Union’s dodgy management watchdog has said. In a speech at the International Conference of Information Commissioners, EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said that, although a high proportion …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Sep 2017

Grab your popcorn: The first annual Privacy Shield review is go

Transatlantic data-transfer agreement Privacy Shield is facing its first major political hurdle as the inaugural joint review kicks off this week. Agreed last summer, the deal between the European Union and the US aims to safeguard EU citizens' data when it is transferred across the pond. The two-day review, launched today by …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2017
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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

Updated Google will not contest new warrants for overseas data - as long as they are made outside the Second Circuit, according to the US Department of Justice. The DoJ made the revelation in a reply brief issued as part of the ongoing battle between the US government and Microsoft over emails held on servers in Ireland, which Uncle …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017

ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

A Welsh firm responsible for 146 million nuisance PPI calls has been slapped with a £350,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office - not that the data watchdog is confident that penalty will be paid. Your Money Rights (YMR) - which had its authorisation as a claims management company cancelled in May - instigated 146, …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017
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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

The UK’s Data Protection bill has landed with a hefty thud, offering up 200-plus pages of legislation for the geeks and wonks to sink their teeth into. The bill, launched into the House of Lords yesterday and published in full today (PDF), aims to overhaul the UK’s data protection laws and update them for the digital age. …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Sep 2017

Get out your specs: Java EE's headed to the Eclipse Foundation

Oracle has named the Eclipse Foundation as the new host for Java Enterprise Edition, but said the platform won’t get to keep its name. The decision to make Java EE - which is already developed in open source - fully open was announced last month, with Oracle’s David Delabassee saying it was in a bid to make it “more agile and …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Sep 2017
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Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

The UK is risking a data economy worth £240bn if it doesn’t secure a “simple” transition deal that minimises disruption of data flows after Brexit, the Confederation of British Industry will warn today. According to the body - which represents UK businesses - the government has made the right noises about data protection …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Sep 2017
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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

The company behind a taxi comparison app that sent more than 700,000 spam texts in the space of 10 days is facing a £45,000 by the UK's data protection watchdog. Cab Guru, a Cambridge based firm that raised $2.8m (£3.7m) in its March 2016 seed funding round, runs a comparison app that gives users the low-down on the prices and …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

Exclusive Oracle is cutting costs by shifting pan-European hardware support to Romania in a move that could see hundreds of existing staff made redundant, multiple insiders have told The Register. The process of winding up the in-country operations started in recent weeks, though the deadline for migrating the support seems to differ …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

A Dartford-based telco has been handed an £85,000 fine for two years’ of nuisance and "misleading" calls - despite a warning from the UK’s data protection watchdog. The Information Commissioner’s Office stepped in to investigate True Telecom - which offers broadband and call services - after receiving 201 complaints about …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Sep 2017
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EU court must rule on legality of UK's mass surveillance – tribunal

The UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which oversees the country's spy agencies, has said the European Court of Justice should rule on the legality of the government's mass-surveillance legislation. The case was brought against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ by campaign group Privacy International as part of a continued bid to prevent …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2017
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You gotta have goals: Oracle ties Larry, Safra and Mark’s equity to cloud

Oracle’s top earners will only be able to earn more equity if the company delivers on its cloudy promises and pays out for stockholders, according to a revamped compensation plan. The changes, detailed in the company’s latest 8-K filing, mean that from fiscal 2018, CTO Larry Ellison and joint CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2017
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Cloudera bags AI biz, eyes up IBM customers... and continues to report operating losses

Big data company Cloudera has acquired an artificial intelligence research firm in a bid to expand its machine learning offering and get customers to part with more of their cash. The smaller firm, Fast Forward Labs, focuses on machine learning and applied AI research, with its CEO Hilary Mason describing algorithms as her …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2017

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