The Economist has a special section this month devoted to The Data Deluge. (Much of it may still be behind their firewall.) Many computer scientists are quoted/named in the collection of articles, and it gives a nice overview of what's going on generally. (It makes a horrible mistake, though, by saying that Google's original advance was counting the number of links to a page to score relevance; that ignores PageRank, and Altavista...)
Bach, Chawla, and Umboh take our previous work on the hiring problem in new directions. Or, even, new dimensions: they also consider multidimensional variations of the problem. It's definitely a general problem with plenty of variations to consider; perhaps this paper will inspire further looks at the problem.