At the request of Twitter, U.S. intelligence agencies can no longer access Dataminr, a company that mines social media for patterns that might indicate breaking news, analyzes those patterns using algorithms, and then sends out real time news alerts. Dataminr has a vested interest in keeping Twitter happy; not only does Twitter have a 15% stake in Datamir, but it also gives Dataminr full access to its users’ data, and allows them to sell that data to other companies.
Microsoft will be releasing SQL Server 2016, the latest version of its database tool, at the beginning of next month. The 2016 software will have better tools for analyzing and visualizing data, as well as more advanced encryption methods to protect sensitive data.
Campaigns and Elections reports that the Republican party is suffering from a shortage of data scientists, which could be hurting its campaign infrastructure as it heads into the last of the primaries and begins to focus on the general election.
Last week, Apple announced that they are partnering with software corporation SAP to create a SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS that will help developers build better native iOS apps that are based on SAP HANA. They will also launch a training academy for developers interested in building SAP-based iOS apps.
Draper, an engineering firm, has announced a competition to find better ways to understand aerial imagery. Teams will look at five different pictures of regions of California taken over five days and figure out how to put them into correct chronological order. The contest is designed to get data scientists thinking about the best way to organize the abundance of new data coming in from tiny satellites, and develop algorithms to analyze that data. Winners will earn $40,000 with second- and third-place teams taking home $25,000 and $10,000, respectively. You can enter here, and the first deadline is June 27.
And check out the winners of the first Data Stories Competition, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which showcases the best scientific data visualizations of the year. These beautiful videos highlight scientific data in fields as diverse as neuroscience, climate change, and oceanography.