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Netflix to developers: More monkeys to come

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If you’re a fan of Netflix Chaos Monkey stay tuned: there’s a lot more where that came from. And a few hundred developers showed up for  Netflix’ open source open house Tuesday night to get a sneak peak of more tools to come. Full house at Netflix open source open house. The company, which relies on

Why big data matters and data-ism doesn’t

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There has been something of a data backlash happening lately, and I think I’ve figured out why: Data for the sake of data has a tendency to sanitize experiences we’d rather leave a little bit dirty. But there’s a big, meaningful difference that’s worth knowing between big data and just plain data. David Brooks’s recent column in

Prelert Anomaly Detective for Splunk is on the case

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Prelert believes that APM tools today need to go beyond “human understanding” of how the IT infrastructure and overall environment behaves. The company has developed predictive analytics tools that deploy combination of big data techniques and artificial intelligences to help IT experts.

Nine Questions for Peter Levine, Andreessen Horowitz’s Enterprise Dude

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To borrow a phrase from the country singer Barbara Mandrell, Peter Levine was into the enterprise when the enterprise wasn’t cool. Now that the tech investment buzz cycle has pivoted in an enterprise-friendly direction, I thought it was time to check in with Levine, a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. I talked to

We need new laws not just for martyrs like Aaron Swartz, but for trolls like Weev too

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It’s been almost a month since hacker-activist Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26, driven — according to those who knew him — by a combination of depression and the threat of jail time. The latter was a result of federal charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for an incident

Get your organization to think and act like a fighter pilot

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Chris Taylor is an executive with TIBCO Software and a former U.S. Navy pilot. We live in a time of disruption. The average lifespan of a corporation is dropping fast, and technology and culture are changing at a remarkable rate. We can see disruption as a negative force, or we can see it the way a

At 500 Startups’ 5th Demo Day, 32 Startups Make Their Dave McClure-Endorsed Debut

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It’s demo day time once again for 500 Startups, the early stage venture capital fund and startup accelerator headed up by Silicon Valley’s favorite foul-mouthed investor, techie, and man about town Dave McClure. We’re here in a packed room at Microsoft’s Mountain View headquarters, where 32 new startups are set to show off the products

Is It Time for Just-in-Time Data Centers?

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The 1970s were a challenging time for automakers, especially in the U.S. The model that had worked so well for decades — building new, bigger models often focusing more on design than function and practicality — was being challenged as oil shocks and inflation took its toll on the American buyer. In the midst of globally

DARPA Funds Python Big Data Effort

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Department of Defense has dished out $3 million for Python big data analytics libraries from a $100 million fund for big data research and development.

Exclusive: Causata raises $7.5M and steps up its game in targeted ads

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I’ll be frank: Causata’s marketing software is a little creepy in the level of personal data it collects and analyzes, but it also seems very good at what it does. Good enough for the company to close a $7.5 million Series C round from Accel Partners in December, bringing its total funding to $23 million (all
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