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Hadoop in the wild: These are the 3 biggest challenges

When we deployed the first production Hadoop cluster in 2006, we were looking to build a more efficient and cost-effective web search index at Yahoo. Very quickly, other groups at Yahoo started using Hadoop for research jobs and revenue-driving applications, such as click prediction for sponsored search. Since then, Hadoop has evolved to become an essential tool for many of the world’s largest companies, including Facebook, GE, Visa, and Wal-Mart.

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How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

At full capacity, the aperture arrays of the largest radio telescope ever built are expected to produce 100 times more data than the entire Internet. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that such a deluge of information creates a big data problem.

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Why China will leapfrog the world in Internet of Things

The U.S. led the world in the PC revolution. Europe was where cell phones took off. So where will the wellspring of innovation and customer adoption take place for the Internet of Things?

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The evolution of Chinese Internet cafes

As personal computer ownership in China has grown dramatically in the past decade or so, a majority of Chinese Internet users don’t have to visit Internet cafes for services like chatting and shopping anymore. Today, most people in a Chinese Internet cafe are playing games, for the specs of their computers home are not so good for gaming or playing games ignores their families.

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Why Oracle wins by Larry Ellison stepping down

Oracle’s challenge is in retaining this business over the long term and, more importantly, competing for new business. This will require more focus on product innovation, product alignment, and successfully transitioning to the cloud.

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Will Salesforce's Analytics Cloud shake up predictive?

If Dreamforce 2013 was all about marketing automation and capturing data across every touchpoint, it looks like the theme of Dreamforce 2014 will be all about turning data into insight and insight into action.