Apache Flink has released the version 0.8.0 of their project. Besides the usual performance, compatibility, and stability improvements, it has also added a streaming Scala API, where streaming capabilities had so far been missing. Apache Flink has also been promoted to the top-level of the Apache projects recently after joining the incubator roughly nine months ago.
A number of Google researchers and engineers presented their view on the technical debt of using machine learning at a NIPS workshop. They identified different aspects of technical debt and came to the conclusion that without proper care, using machine learning or complex data analysis in your company can induce new kinds of technical debt different from classical software engineering.
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2013 has been rich in announcements for new programs, degrees and grants for aspiring data scientists and Big Data practitioners.