Friday, September 28, 2012

How Facebook uses Big Data

To get an idea of where Big Data is headed, "there are worse places to look than Facebook," says Derrick Harris, the author of a GigaOM article on Facebook's use of Big Data technologies.

In the article, Facebook's VP of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh talks abouut the technologies that Facebook is using to harness its mountains of data.  These technologies include the usual suspects like Hadoop and Hive in addition to mySql and some home brewed backend and interface pieces.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dark side of big data: "terms of service" agreements

Time Magazine has an article on how the way big data is collected may affect us all.  In order for companies to analyze all that data, they have to collect it first -- from you, when you are browsing and clicking.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Harnessing the body's data

The New York Times profiles several current and upcoming devices that promise to harvest biometric data from the body for the benefit of both the wearer and perhaps for the populace in general.

See the story here: