Exposed GOP database demonstrates the risks of data-hungry political campaigns

 Since November, the Trump campaign’s possibly brilliant, maybe-just-lucky data strategy launched a thousand thinkpieces. Now, we’ve got a more intimate look at that data than we were ever meant to have. As discovered by Chris Vickery, a cyber risk analyst at UpGuard, and reported by Gizmodo, an analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee left the data of 198 million U.S. Read More

Databricks releases serverless platform for Apache Spark along with new library supporting deep learning

 On the stage of Spark Summit this morning, Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi announced a Serverless Platform for Apache Spark — welcome news for developers looking to reduce time spent on cluster management. The move to simplify developer experiences is set to be a major theme of the event overall. In addition to Serverless, Ghodsi also introduced Deep Learning Pipelines, a library that makes… Read More

Amazon Charts, Amazon’s new bestseller list, ranks titles by ‘most read’ and more

 Amazon has long relied on customers providing feedback and providing other ranking data as part of the process of encouraging more sales on its platform, and now the e-commerce giant is adding a new twist on this to spur more buying in its books business. Today, Amazon announced Amazon Charts, a new kind of bestseller list that will give users, for the first time ever, a top 20 list of… Read More

The Most Valuable Tech Skills in 2017

The Most Valuable Tech Skills

The interactive graphic above comes to us from Dice Insights, and it helps to visualize the relationship between the supply and demand for over 1,400 technology skills. Specifically, the supply shown on the graph is based on the amount of job seekers with those skills available, while demand is the portion of employment opportunities listed that require that skill. The “hotter” red a skill is, the greater the ratio of demand to supply.

Big Data Heats Up

With billions of new “things” connecting to the IoT and an explosion in the amount of information that must be processed and interpreted, it is no surprise that many of the most lucrative skills in tech today relate to making sense of large volumes of data. Here are the ten highest paying skills in technology, according to Dice:
RankSkill2016 SalaryYr/Yr Change
#1HANA$128,958
Top tech skills ranked by heat
Year over year growth in tech salaries
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Snowflake rakes in $100 million to grow its Data Warehouse as a Service.

Snowflakes Snowflake Computing, the company that built a Data Warehouse as a Service cloud solution, announced a $100 million Series D investment led by Iconiq Capital with help from Madrona Venture Group. Early investors Altimeter Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures also participated. Snowflake last raised $45 million in June, 2015. Today’s investment brings the… Read More