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Amazon CTO Werner Vogels introducing Kinesis in Las Vegas today (via webcast).

Amazon this morning introduced a new cloud service called “Kinesis” — promising to let developers stream and process “terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources” and incorporate the results into their apps.

The announcement was the capper in a series of new services shown by Amazon Web Services at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas over the past two days. Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, said oday Kinesis will lead to “tremendous, innovative, real-time applications.”

As an example on stage, the company demonstrated Kinesis working with data from Twitter, streaming into DynamoDB for real-time analytics, and creating a tag cloud that changed in real time. As a second stage of the demo, another Kinesis app collected the data in Redshift, making it possible to analyze a collection of tweets from multiple days to see the biggest driver of conversations about a particular word — discovering, in this case, that references to Mars were actually about Bruno Mars, not the planet.

The service is being launched today as a limited preview for developers.

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