Few people realize that Palantir works with a number of nonprofit organizations, assisting in various disaster relief efforts after Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.
Online petitions platform Change.org reached a huge milestone today, when its 50 millionth user registered on the site.
Weather Underground is an app from The Weather Channel to, well, tell you what it’s like outside.
Yahoo wants to keep the NSA out, just like Google.
Data scientists are the new rock stars. At Devbeat, we heard from Pivotal’s team lead Hulya Farinas about how developers can make the jump.
Stealthy storage startup Primary Data has come up with $40 million from big investors to make storage performs as well as flash and promises reliability.
Sqrrl wants to help regular private-sector enterprises take advantage of the majorly scalable and powerful NoSQL database created by the National Security Agency.
Editor’s Pick The first major investment from Mark Zuckeberg’s education fund? Panorama Ed, a polling company started by a Yale student in his college door room.
Criminals are taking your data, tying it up with some major encryption, and then throwing it back at you, saying, “You pay me, and I’ll decrypt your precious information.”
The Silicon Valley-based fund aims to be a Y Combinator of sorts, but specifically for big data and analytics startups.
Editor’s Pick If you’ve ever managed a site, launched a Facebook page, run a Twitter campaign, or tried to sell anything via Google AdWords, you know one of the key challenges of analytics:
So much data, so little knowledge.
Sending a Snapchat, at this point, is like sending a photo over regular text message. People you don’t want viewing your private pics are still going to see them — even the cops.
Hazelcast is designed to prevent enterprise applications from drowning in data. The open source technology provider closed a $2.5 million series A round today.
The special relationship between the United States and Israel is even cozier than we realized.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has access to a huge amount of AT&T through a special program called Hemisphere.
If you didn’t believe us that hackers have been keeping themselves really busy in the last few years, this interactive graphic might just be the visual proof you need.
The latest startup to bring much-needed transparency to health care costs? NerdWallet, a company that is best-known for its credit card comparison service.
Even though they failed at passing major privacy legislation in their home state of Montana, two unlikely partners are trying to put out a bill that could be a model to the rest of the country.
Saga passively captures data logged on your phone and uses it to make insights and recommendations. The company released social features today so users can share this data with friends.
Editor’s Pick Data collected by Flurry from over a billion mobile devices shows that app usage is growing explosively, and there’s plenty more room to grow even further.
After the leaks of U.S. government surveillance programs in June, the E.U. has voted to close two data-sharing programs that provide financial and travel information.
While you were getting ready for the weekend, Facebook announced a big bug that affected the data of 6 million of its users. Let’s take a second look.
Facebook page owners have long yearned for more insight than PTAT — Facebook’s people talking about this metric — offers. Starting today, they’re getting their wish.
“It’s like a giant game of Risk,” Prince says as he talks about trying to put servers in Turkey, which is hard, and settling for Bulgaria, which is the gateway to the country.
Shockingly, the European Union may turn out to be ordinary Americans’ best friend.
Editor’s Pick Google filed a petition resisting government requests to provide private information about its users, but last week a U.S. judge rejected the petition and ordered the company to comply with secret demands.
BitSight tells you how at-risk your company is through looking at a variety of data points you already have.
You’ve heard of fitness trackers for humans, but today one emerged for dogs. It delivers data about your pup’s to your phone — and to your vet’s office as well.
Bloomberg is launching a new $75 million venture capital fund to support early-stage companies. The fund will be called Bloomberg Beta and will invest in startups that are “producing insights from data” and “making the experience of work better.”
Top-ten-of-everything site Ranker had a novel idea for rating and ranking the best film schools in the country: check which ones graduate the most successful filmmakers.
“Imagine all diagnostics some day being reduced to a simple blood test,” said CEO Roopam Banerjee, who believes Raindance products are a “step in that direction.”
By take a deep look at people’s Facebook habits, Wolfram Alpha makes it clear that most Facebook users lead extremely conventional lives.
Newly-launched startup SRCH2 is not focused on standard web search, a space inhabited by Google and Bing, but is offering a new take on ‘enterprise search.’
ElectNext just raised $1.3 million to bring its open political database to the news media.
Evolv’s “big data” tech to increase workplace productivity and tenure has attracted the attention of investors.
Guest Post In the past few weeks we’ve been under a data deluge.
“Big data” and analytics startup Sociocast has raised $1 million in new funding, which it will use hire new stuff and to beef up its flagship Prediction API product.
Firebase’s cofounder James Tamplin (pictured, left) wants to make the process of developing an app “ten times easier,” so he built a product that will do the hard work for you.
The Transporter started as a Kickstarter campaign and is now backed by $6 million in venture capital.
Yandex shut down its social search app today, soon after Facebook pulled the plug on the app’s data access.