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MIT boffins hope to speed up analytics with GitHub-style platform

Boffins at MIT have proposed a GitHub-style collaborative platform to speed up one of the first, most challenging stages of data analysis. When faced with a large dataset, scientists need to first identify the features – individual measurable characteristics – of the variables. It's crucial the chosen features are good …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Nov 2017
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Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round

Chinese Amazon-chaser Alibaba has chucked a chunk of cash at open-source-database-flinger MariaDB, leading a $27m funding round in the biz. Alibaba is already a core sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation, and the Finnish company already offers Database-as-a-Service solutions on Alibaba Cloud. The continued partnership will give …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Nov 2017
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Advisory body to 'reconsider' ethics of hanging onto 'mugshots'

The UK's national biometrics ethics advisory body has promised to reconsider the government's use of custody images. The National DNA Database Ethics Group last year raised ethical concerns about the retention and use of "custody images" – which include pics of people who have never been convicted of a crime – on Police …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Oct 2017

MongoDB shoots for $220m in IPO, values NoSQL biz at $1.2bn

MongoDB hopes to rake in as much as $220.8m when it finally goes public – a move expected later today. The NoSQL database company, which started life as 10Gen in 2007, has set its share price at $24, up from previous market estimates of around $21. It is putting 8 million Class A shares on the market, with trading due to …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
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PostgreSQL says SCRAM to MD5 authentication

With the release of PostgreSQL 10, the open source database's developers are farewelling the deprecated MD5 in their authentication mechanism. Released late last week, PostgreSQL 10 instead uses an SHA-256 implementation of the Salted Challenge-Response Authentication Mechanism (SCRAM-SHA-256, described in RFC7677). The …

Google backs up Firebase with a second realtime NoSQL silo

Google's twin fetish manifested itself in its Firebase platform-as-a-service offering on Tuesday through the introduction of a second realtime NoSQL database. Firebase has been growing in popularity among mobile and web developers thanks in part to the Firebase Realtime Database, which provides a way to synchronize data across …
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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
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Redis releases respectable revision, tiptoes through tricky political terminology

Redis, the moderately popular in-memory open-source database has just hit its 4.0.0 milestone, to the delight of some. Project creator Salvatore Sanfilippo, who presently oversees development of the NoSQL info store at Redis Labs, celebrated the event with a Google Groups note to fans. Conceding Redis is not yet magically …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2017
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Will the last person at Basho please turn out the lights?

Basho, once a rising star of the NoSQL database world, has faded away to almost nothing, The Register has learned. According to sources, the company, which developed the Riak distributed database, has been shedding engineers for months, and is now operating as a shadow of its former self, as at least one buy-out has fallen …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Jul 2017

US army spin-off GPU database bags $50m Series A funding

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, has pulled in $50m in its first major venture capital financing round. The figure - large for Series A funding - was revealed by the company today, and takes its total venture funding to $63m. Kinetica started life in 2009 as a US Army research project, with co-founders Amit …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2017
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MongoDB tries to entice time-poor devs with new Backend as a Service

MongoDB’s latest offering, Stitch, is aiming to appeal to developers that don’t have the time - or the inclination - to write boilerplate code. The NoSQL business - which started life as 10gen in 2007 - used its world conference in Chicago to emit a new Backend as a Service, which is being launched in beta today. The document …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2017
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MySQL devs take cache behind shed, shot heard

The developers of MySQL Server have decided its Query Cache feature is a bottleneck and killed it off. Looking over the number of results (and the diversity of advice offered) if you search “tuning MySQL query cache”, it's not entirely surprising. The problem is scalability, as MySQL Server product manager Morgan Tocker …
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Microsoft's Cosmos DB adds Graph support to cloud database manager

BUILD Microsoft has announced Cosmos DB, an evolution of its existing DocumentDB NoSQL database service, with new support for graph and key-value database types. Microsoft calls Cosmos DB a "multi-model" database service because it lets you choose from several different APIs. These are DocumentDB, which uses SQL, MongoDB emulating a …
Tim Anderson, 10 May 2017
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High-end backup kid Datos IO embraces relational, Hadoop data

Datos IO has extended its on-premises and public cloud data protection to relational databases and Hadoop distributions. Non-relational database protector and migrator Datos IO has updated its RecoverX distributed database backup product to v2.0 and added RDBMS and Hadoop support. The RecoverX product is described as being …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2017
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Database deletion downed Digital Ocean last week

Ouch: last week, Digital Ocean took the GitLab fat-finger pill, deleting a production database and triggering a five-hour outage. Unlike GitLab's disaster, the Digital Ocean “engineer-driven configuration error” didn't include a backup failure. In its apology for the “unacceptable” turn of events, Digital Ocean explains that …
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Hortonworks: Yeah, we'll stay in London... as long as everyone else does

DWS17 Hortonworks' new president, Raj Verma, has stated that his company will retain London as its international headquarters unless its financial sector and telecommunications customers fled the city following Brexit. Speaking yesterday at the DataWorks Summit in Munich, Verma, also chief operating officer, explained his vision for …
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Couchbase swaps CEO for ex-Veritas prez

NoSQL business Couchbase has replaced Bob Wiederhold as its chief executive officer with former Veritas president Matt Cain. Wiederhold had been CEO since 2010, and will remain at the company as its executive chairman, but will no longer be at the helm as Couchbase makes its long-promised initial public offering. Mountain …
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CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

From stock searches to map directions, any time a user queries a database, they tell the database owner something valuable. A group of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is offering a way that queries can be made private, by breaking them into pieces and having different (identical) …

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