Treasure Data's open source approach to big data and the cloud promises a speedy setup, just days rather than months. The Treasure Data REST API allows organizations to forego having an IT person involved in transiting to the cloud. The set up is Hadoop-based cloud warehousing using Apache Hive.
Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.