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Google

Google Caffeine Drops MapReduce, Adds "Colossus" 65

An anonymous reader writes "With its new Caffeine search indexing system, Google has moved away from its MapReduce distributed number crunching platform in favor of a setup that mirrors database programming. The index is stored in Google's BigTable distributed database, and Caffeine allows for incremental changes to the database itself. The system also uses an update to the Google File System codenamed 'Colossus.'"
Transportation

Submission + - Birmingham laid bare on OpenStreetMap

80N writes: The Register reports in this article that: 'Birmingham has joined Berlin, Canberra, Paris and Vienna in falling in its entirety to the cartographical skills of locals who've "completely digitally remapped" the city — in the process elevating it to the first British location to enjoy full-fat coverage on OpenStreetMap.'

'According to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, the UK-spawned project has to date attracted 85,000 volunteers worldwide, who've so far "mapped almost 14 million miles of road globally". There's more info available here.
Software

Submission + - Misys is moving to an open source model

mdozturk writes: "Hi,

Misys, the largest software company outside the US, will be open sourcing some of their products. They plan to make money from offering services to their products instead of making money on licenses.

Here is the news story

Here is their press release (PDF)"

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