Improve Working Conditions in Bangladesh? Walmart Says 'No'
In the wake of the worst garment factory tragedy in world history, which left over 1,200 dead in Bangladesh last month, a number of Western brands have signed an agreement to improve working conditions in their subcontracted factories there. Walmart was missing from the list of signatories.
Walmart checks Bangladesh factories; retailer accord elusive
Wal-Mart Stores Inc stepped up Bangladesh factory inspections while U.S. and European retailers pursued separate accords to try to prevent another disaster in a garment industry where more than 1,200 workers have died in the past six months.
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@WalmartLabs Acquires Cloud Computing Startup OneOps & Delicious Founder's Tasty Labs
Walmart, via its Silicon Valley innovation lab @WalmartLabs, announced today the acquisition of two startups: cloud computing newcomer OneOps and the software development shop Tasty Labs, from Delicious founder Joshua Schachter. Tasty Labs offered two services Jig.com and Human.io – both domains which are now redirecting to Walmart’s acquisition announcement, along with that of their corporate parent. Walmart declined to disclose deal terms. OneOps developed a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capability that Walmart explains will enable it to “significantly accelerate” its PaaS and Private Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) strategies. The company offered developer tools built from the ground up for those who host their applications on cloud services like Amazon’s Web Services, for example, as well as Rackspace and HP Cloud. Developers could publish to any cloud, and seamlessly port their apps elsewhere as needed, eliminating lock-in. The company offered a library of predefined ...
GraphLab Raises $6.75M For Data Analysis Used In Consumer Recommendation Services
GraphLab, the open-source distributed database, has received $6.75 million from Madrona Venture Group and NEA for its machine learning technology used to analyze data graphs for recommendation engines. Developed five years ago at Carnegie Mellon University five years ago, the open-source data analysis platform takes semi-structured data that describe relationships between people, web traffic, product purchases and other data. It then analyzes that data for services to provide online recommendations. Graph databases, similar to Graphlab, have increased in use as more data needs correlating to better understand its meaning. Wikiepdia describes graph database in the context of graph theory. It applies mathematical structures “used to model pairwise relations between objects. A graph in this context is made up of vertices or nodes and lines called edges that connect them.” It’s the ability to make the connections between billions of nodes and lines that forms the basis for making recommendations. ...
Placed Insights Debuts, Bringing ComScore-Like Analytics & Ratings To The Physical World
Madrona-backed location analytics startup Placed is today launching Placed Insights, a ratings service for real world locations which has been in development over the past two years. The system is designed to bring a web analytic-like offering to offline locations, or as CEO David Shim puts it: “what Nielsen has done for TV, and comScore has done for offline, Placed has accomplished for the physical world,” as he explains. Like the above firms he references, Placed Insights also measures activity using data from panelists who have agreed to share their location on their mobile phones. The system works in apps which request access to users’ location data. Though, arguably some users may not read or understand permissions dialog boxes, at the end of the day, it’s on users to protect their location privacy. Placed is not being dishonest to acquire this data. Today, the service measures over 70 million locations daily from more than 70,000 panelists, and this data then allows retailers, ...