Android’s share of the mobile market might be growing rapidly, but if it really wants to generate Apple-style levels of consumer excitement, it could learn some lessons from the legion of iPhone copycats that are all the rage across China.
I’ve had the chance to speak with a number of online innovators. Every day, step by step, these people have proceeded into the unknown. The web has possibilities for innovation that takes us from the warm shallows into the uncharted depths beyond what we know now.
Perhaps the last refuge from social media is the book, where many of us go to find shelter from the smoggy haze of status updates, tweets and comments hanging over our media lives. But the solitary paradise known as the book is going social too.
The number of internet users in China rose by 9.4 in the first six months of the year, and is now at 420 million, according to China’s Internet Network Information Center. It’s a huge market, and one that’s getting faster speeds with government subsidized fiber deployments
DemandTec, a retail forecasting software provider, has convinced Target Corp. to hand over even more of its shopping data in order to better set prices and forecast demand. But DemandTec has needs of its own — partners that can help it filter unstructured social data.
Building webscale applications is hampered by figuring out how to spread tasks out over thousands of computers without slowing things down or requiring too many people to keep things running. A Berkeley researcher hopes to solve some of those issues with a programming language called Bloom.
In some ways, the fact that Hadoop is mature enough to inspire commercial products — Cloudera and Karmasphere, e.g. — means it’s yesterday’s news. Which open-source, big-data-inspired product will be the next to launch a wave of startups and drive tens of millions in VC spending?
Pat Gelsinger is stirring things up EMC with a plan to virtualize and federate storage so data and compute can be linked together to keep constantly changing information up to date despite networks that are built for gigabytes rather than petabytes.
Kicking things off with the proclamation that “we’re betting the company on it,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed cloud computing and the future at the University of Washington this morning. “The goal can’t be to throw out all the world’s software and start again,” he said.
Big data is on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days as more information is contributed to electronic records and more sources provide that information. We now have a river of data that we’re going to harness and use to make money and better decisions.