The Windows Azure HDInsight Service is built on the Hortonworks Data Platform to ensure long term compatibility with Apache Hadoop, while providing customers with the low cost and elasticity of cloud computing. Starting today, customers can perform Hadoop-based big data analysis in the cloud through the Windows Azure Portal, paying only for the storage and compute capacity that they use. The preview will enable customers to deploy permanent clusters with up to 40 nodes.[source]
Python Software Foundation Reaches Settlement, Ends Trademark Dispute
The Python Software Foundation has reached a settlement in its recent trademark dispute with PO Box Hosting Limited trading as Veber in Europe. The amicable agreement reached between the two sides will result in a rebranding of Veber’s Python cloud server and backup services.
State Of The News Media: Everything In Decline But Digital
Significant percentage of them not only have noticed a difference in the quantity or quality of news, but have stopped reading, watching or listening to a news source because of it. Nearly one-third—31%—of people say they have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to, according to the survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults in early 2013.[source/via]
Gmail Android App Updated
With today’s launch of the new Gmail Android app, you can save time on the actions you use most often: reply, archive, and search. If you’re using Gmail on an Android 4.1+ device, the updated app lets you reply and archive messages right from notifications with one quick tap.[source]
AirBNB has open-sourced Chronos- a scheduler built around Apache Mesos (a cluster manager).
Chronos has a number of advantages over regular cron. It allows you to schedule your jobs using ISO8601 repeating interval notation, which enables more flexibility in job scheduling. Chronos also supports the definition of jobs triggered by the completion of other jobs, and it also supports arbitrarily long dependency chains. Chronos is available on Github [source/via].