Amazon’s Consumer Business Has Turned Off Its Oracle Data Warehouse

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Inc. has taken another step toward eliminating software from Oracle Corp. that has long helped the e-commerce giant run its retail business. An executive with Amazon's cloud-computing unit hit back at Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison, who ridiculed the internet giant as recently as last month for relying on Oracle databases to track transactions and store information, even though Amazon sells competing software, including Redshift, Aurora and DynamoDB.

Children are being “datafied” before we’ve understood the risks, report warns

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A report by England’s children’s commissioner has raised concerns about how kids’ data is being collected and shared across the board, in both the private and public sectors. In the report, entitled Who knows what about me?, Anne Longfield urges society to “stop and think” about what big data means for children’s lives. Big data practices could result in a data-disadvantaged generation whose life chances are shaped by their childhood data footprint, her report warns.

Understanding the role of automation in data management strategies

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If you want to be fast and agile with your data, you need a strategy built on enabling you to do that. But your data strategy needs to include more than just raw processing power.

20 startups take center stage at Berkeley SkyDeck’s demo day

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The largest-ever Berkeley SkyDeck demo day kicked off with a high-energy performance from the Cal marching band, setting the tone for an afternoon of presentations from none other than Berkeley faculty and students-turned-entrepreneurs. Launched in 2012 as a modest accelerator for student-run businesses, SkyDeck has flourished since its inception. To date, the program has mentored 300 startups, which have gone on to raise $800 million via 27 funding rounds and 10 acquisition deals.

Police Are Using Big Data To Predict Future Crime Rates

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Law enforcement has been changed drastically by technology over the past two centuries. The use of fingerprints was the beginning of the forensic revolution. DNA, ballistic analysis, CCTV and other types of technology have also played an important role. But big data may soon have a bigger impact on law enforcement than any technological development of the 21st Century. Big data has been used in law enforcement for some time.

Syncsort survey shows cloud adoption still tactical

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A survey conducted by data integration provider Syncsort provides a window on the readiness and expectations of customers for moving to the cloud. Most consider the expected benefits worth the trouble, but are not far enough along to have any coherent strategy.

A Data Hub is not the same as a Data Lake or Data Warehouse

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Despite our best efforts we still receive lots of inquiries from organizations that confuse and conflate data hubs with data lakes and data warehouses.  In truth, the term "data hub"...

Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem

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A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying for at least 25 years. Erica Klarreich, writing for Quanta Magazine: On September 16, 2011, an anime fan posted a math question to the online bulletin board 4chan about the cult classic television series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya .

4 steps to make business intelligence teams more relevant

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To enable business intelligence teams to move up the value chain from providing commodity reports to business driving analytics, organizations should add these four components.

Venture capital and the blockchain will be the talk at Startup Battlefield Africa

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TechCrunch Startup Battlefield returns to Africa next month, and we have an agenda chock-full of interesting panels and our premier startup competition. Joining us in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11 for a couple of those aforementioned panels will be Chris Folayan, the founder and CEO of Mall for Africa; Nichole Yembra, chief financial, risk and investment officer for Venture Garden Group (VGG) and a managing partner at GreenHouse Capital; and Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, partner at Hacked Capital.
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