There’s no end in sight for Apple’s legal misery over an alleged ebook conspiracy. New court reports scold the company, and clear the way for a damages trial to start on July 14. Read more »
Microsoft showed off more its big data strategy on Tuesday in an event that touched on everything Excel to “ambient intelligence.” If the company can execute, it has a shot to repeat its desktop success in the data era. Read more »
SpaceX will operate and pay for Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Flight Center for the next 20 years. The pad was originally used for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Read more »
Automattic, the San Francisco-based company that is responsible for the WordPress web-publishing and blog-hosting platform — and the associated open-source community — is raising a round of venture capital that could value the company at $1 billion or more, according to a report in Fortune magazine. The financing is said to be in the $100-million to $150-million range. WordPress recently acquired Longreads, a content-sharing community, and has said it wants to get more into content recommendation. Web-publishing competitor Squarespace just closed a financing round of its own that was worth $40 million.
Disclosure: Automattic is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of Gigaom.
The Secret app might be fueled by gossip, scandal, and salacious secrets, but it’s soared to popularity (at least in the Valley) because it’s used a no-UI concept and utter simplicity to just get out of the user’s way. Read more »
Amazon wants to make it easier for Kindle users to stay within Amazon’s playground. Read more »
The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film — but the campaign is still far from being completely funded. Read more »
From the review of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable to the FCC’s proposed reboot of its overturned net neutrality rules, policymakers are playing a key role in shaping the future course of both old and new media industries. Read more at Gigaom Research »
There are more ways than ever to measure traffic, readership, attention and engagement with our content. But all that means is there are even more things to distract us from the important questions about who we are trying to reach and how. Read more »
Google’s mobile Maps lead Daniel Graf will be joining the flock at Twitter, where he will help mold the company’s product development efforts, especially on mobile devices. Read more »
After seven years of producing premium quality content, My Damn Channel is expanding its focus to talent management — and taking on a new name to do so. Read more »
Pioneer announced five existing in-dashboard consoles will be receiving a firmware upgrade that adds Apple CarPlay functionality. All five units are part of the NEX line and are currently available from Amazon. Read more »
BitTorrent is teaming up with Netgear to give users of its Dropbox competitor Sync an easy way to back up and sync files and folders from mobile devices directly to a ReadyNAS drive. Read more »
Aereo must go before the Supreme Court next week to explain how its tiny antenna service, which has rattled the TV industry, is legal. Here’s how it will make the case. Read more »
If your business sends more than 200 emails per day, consider the benefits to your deliverability, scalability and data insights if you move your email program from an in-house infrastructure to a cloud-based email service provider. Read more »
As Red Hat Summit gears up, Canonical drops news of a new Ubuntu Linux release — but with most of the focus on OpenStack. Read more »
A recent Samsung patent application shows that the company may follow Google into the wearable display market. The Earphone is strikingly similar to Google Glass but would likely run Tizen, not Android if Samsung wants to break away from Google’s software influence. Read more »
Microsoft launched a personal-sized Office 365 plan on Tuesday morning that knocks the monthly cost down to a manageable $7. Read more »
Following last week’s report of an Amazon phone announcement in June, the first reported pictures of the handset appeared online. That 3D interface sounds more like a parallax effect, moving the background around in relation to the user’s eyes. Read more »
Twitter is buying Gnip, the data startup that has full access to the Twitter firehose. Twitter now has what it needs to deliver meaningful data to companies that want to examine specific discussions and activities, rather than just the content Twitter chooses to publicize. Read more »
Google’s Chrome OS is looking more and more like a traditional desktop operating system when it comes to usability and familiarity. Now, when using a Chrome app that normally opens in a small window, you can drag it to the side of your display and the main browser will automatically re-size to make room. Microsoft introduced a similar feature called Snap in Windows 7 and it works the same in Chrome OS. That’s likely not a coincidence. Working in a browser-based environment is a big change for some after decades of using Microsoft Windows. By replicating existing usability and navigation features, Chrome OS becomes more familiar to new users.
Enterprises have different needs from independent developers and startups when it comes to the cloud. And not every cloud solution today is enterprise-ready. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Google has been quietly transforming Google+ into a useful way for Android users to backup and share photos, and its newest Gmail integration, announced Tuesday morning, is pretty nifty. If you use Auto Backup to offload and organize photos from an Android phone, the Insert Photo button gives you a one-click way to include those shots into a message when using Gmail on the web. In addition to the one-click feature, all photos inserted into Gmail now have re-sizing handles: To change the display size of a photo, simply drag a corner. Perhaps this isn’t as awesome — or silly — as Auto Awesome, but it’s certainly convenient.
Building an advertising-based business from scratch is hard. When we first decided that a platform should have non-traditional advertising, people thought we were crazy (they still do!). We could have plastered our pages with annoying, intrusive banners and hit the jackpot. But we took the long road instead, putting discovery at the center. Read more »
Google took a few months off from regularly scheduled Google Glass software updates but this month brings a big one: Glass is getting KitKit and several new usability improvements. Gone, however is the video calling for now. Read more »
Together, Zebra Technologies and Motorola unit plan to attack internet of things opportunities, where they compete with Honeywell and others. Read more »
Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi. Read more »
John Cook, editor of First Look Media’s investigative news vehicle The Intercept, says the site is still trying to hire writers and editors and put an editorial structure together, and so there likely won’t be any new material that isn’t NSA related for some time Read more »
As Wi-Fi network technologies improve, the goal is no longer to provide super-fast connections to individual devices, but build networks that can support multiple simultaneous high-speed links. Read more »
Cleantech appears to be turning the corner after some very difficult years. Positive acquisitions are occurring and public market performance of cleantech companies highlights growth prospects at market leaders like SolarCity, SunPower, and Tesla. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Google is borrowing strategies from Nike and other clothing companies to keep interest in Glass high. By artificially limiting Glass sales to one day, it remains an insider product for those well-connected and in the know. Read more »
In a bit of an about-face, Microsoft added a little support to Google’s Chrome strategy by announcing Office Online apps in the Chrome Web Store on Monday. “Apps” is a bit of a misnomer: These are shortcuts for Chrome’s app launcher to the already available web versions of Word, Excel and Power Point. The timing of the gesture is interesting as well: It corresponds with the ZDNet’s reported end of Microsoft’s Scroogled ad campaign today, a series of spots that focused on Chrome OS deficiencies including the fact that they don’t run Microsoft Office.
The OPALS experiment could begin its journey to the ISS on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as early as Friday. It will use laser communication to beam data to Earth potentially 10 to 100 times faster than is currently possible. Read more »
SpaceX’s CRS-3 mission, which has already been delayed for months, was pushed back again today after the Falcon 9 rocket experienced a helium leak. SpaceX said it will fix the leak before the next launch opportunity Friday, though the weather is expected to be poor. The CRS-3 mission will deliver supplies and equipment for experiments to the International Space Station. SpaceX will also deliver a gasket needed to fix a broken backup computer on the ISS.
Looks like there’s one more feature in the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1: Support for Apple Passbook files. These are appearing directly in Microsoft Wallet, so how did Microsoft manage this and will the feature continue to be available? Read more »
Tired of carrying a slim, light laptop along with a bulky power brick? Check out Dart, a new Kickstarter that uses Very High Frequency power conversion to provide up to 65 Watts of power in a pocketable size. Read more »
Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers. Read more »
Facebook was considering purchasing the startup, which builds drones that can stay aloft for years, earlier this year. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. Read more »
The Guardian has been experimenting with limited-edition printed newspapers that are produced by algorithms, based on the sharing habits of readers, and is rolling out a new version in the U.S. soon. But is that really what we want from our newspapers? Read more »
T-Mobile is now campaigning to end overage charges in all cases, eliminating its own fees on older plans. Overage fees aren’t inherently evil, but the way they’re implemented in the U.S. they might as well be. Read more »