Big data looms large, not only in terms of sheer volume of data, but in terms of opportunity for those who leverage its potential. That's the thinking behind the investment direction of Data Collective, an early stage venture fund for big data and IT infrastructure.
Big data tools have been around for quite some time, so there are vendors out there who have a good deal of experience at getting the job done. However, there is also a strong and growing crop of smaller vendors who are worthy of consideration too. A recent report by Wikibon found that only 5 percent of the current field is made up of pure plays, or those who only supply big data tools. The remaining 95 percent of the market, as defined by revenue, are the usual big players in enterprise tech--the mega vendors such as IBM, Intel, HP, Oracle, Teradata and Fujitsu.
No surprise, Google continued to dominate comScore's search engine market share, but there was one surprising data point from Ask.com.
A great deal of energy in the last couple years has gone into defending cloud computing and the consumerization of IT against the obvious security problems they introduce. Cutting through the buzz, Dino Londis explains how and why security standards have declined amid these new technologies.
comScore's monthly search engine ratings for June 2012 showed Google in the lead with 66.8 percent, followed by Microsoft at 15.6 percent and Yahoo with 13 percent. And while none of these current scores come as any big surprise, a shake up appears to be imminent.
Beleaguered Yahoo has named Google veteran Marissa Mayer its new CEO. Mayer, who joined Google in 1999 as just its 20 th employee, most recently led the company's Local, Maps, and Location Services unit.
Yahoo has become the latest online service to suffer a massive password breach. Hacking group D33D Company has publicly posted more than 450,000 login credentials belonging to the Yahoo Contributor Network on its website.
YouSendIt functionality is now built into Yahoo! email and several other popular email programs, making it much simpler to send large files in a secure fashion.
In a burst of innovation, the three major search engines, all announced signifcant enhancements this month, showing that consumer search still has room to grow and that competition drives change.
Yahoo has launched the Axis "search browser" that produces visual search results as queries are typed out.