Datafiniti builds a webscale search engine for data

There’s a lot of talk about the democratization of data, but simply making data sets publicly available leaves open some key problems. Datafiniti wants to change that with a search engine it hopes will make finding structured data as easy as finding sites using Google.

Why a DIY Big Data Stack Is a Better Option

While settling on a standard big data stack is deeply important to the big data industry as a whole, I’m nonetheless questioning the operational and competitive consequences for companies who choose to buy into this standard without first considering the value of building a proprietary solution.

Verizon to Put Live TV on the iPad

Verizon demoed an upcoming iPad app today that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch linear programming available on their TV screens also on tablet devices. The app is expected to be rolled out next year and Verizon expects all its content partners on board by launch.

$300 Indie Dice Nails the Film Noir Style

It’s hard to get more indie than a show shot on $300 by a team of three friends, and thus give the crown to this five-episode drama, which features great cliffhangers and a cool polish that’ll appeal to any Bannen Way fan.

80legs Cares About Your Bandwidth Cap

80legslogoBandwidth caps are forcing at least one startup to adjust its business. Last month when I was in Houston, I met Shion Deysarkar, chief marketing officer of Plura Processing, a company that harnesses the CPU cycles and bandwidth of participating gamers (it pays them up to $2.60 a month for use of 100 percent of the CPU cycles). We talked about the product built on top of Plura, an application called 80legs, which is basically a web crawling service for hire. 80legs, which is still in private beta, provides access to data for search sites, video indexing sites and anything else that wants to scour the web for data.

Through 50,000 Plura nodes, 80legs has access to between 5 and 10 gigabits per second of capacity, which is nothing to sneeze at. However, because of the looming worries about bandwidth caps and metered broadband, Brad Wilson, CEO of Plura, says the company has had to implement several safeguards to keep the users who provide the nodes from hitting a cap. Read More about 80legs Cares About Your Bandwidth Cap