In an effort to get a grip on how global a phenomenon bitcoin really is, I acquired data on more than 1.3 million tweets, spanning the month of February, about the crypto-currency. Here’s a breakdown of who’s tweeting, where and what they’re sharing. Read more »
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ICYMI: On this week’s Structure Show, the OpenStack Foundation’s Mark Collier and Jonathan Bryce take us through the Icehouse release and why we shouldn’t get our knickers in a bunch re. the Solum Paas project. Read more »
Nike has let go most of the members of its FuelBand wearables unit and will stop developing new versions of the device, according to a report by CNET. The tech news site quoted an unnamed person “familiar with the matter” as saying that the firm has laid off 70 to 80 percent of its 70-person hardware division and will not produce a new version of the FuelBand, but will continue to sell the existing version. Some industry observers believe Nike has decided to align itself with Apple, which is expected to launch an iWatch or other wearable device that might run Nike’s Fuel software. Apple CEO Tim Cook is a member of Nike’s board.
Snapwire, a mobile app and website, is trying to connect the creative power of the Instagram generation with the companies and people who are willing to pay them to keep snapping. Read more »
The Dragon capsule will carry important science experiments to the International Space Station. It also holds a part needed to repair a backup computer on the ISS. Read more »
The FCC has issued its proposed rules for the 2015 incentive auction, which aims to repurpose a sizable chunk of the UHF TV band for 4G. The FCC will make its first — but not last — vote in May. Read more »
It’s deja vú for bitcoin followers as a new possible creator is brought into the spotlight and MtGox continues to fight its long legal road ahead. Read more »
When it comes to cloud infrastructure, the underlying hardware and applications are only becoming more numerous and far flung. How then will concepts important to enterprise computing hold together? Read more »
On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its “mobile moment,” meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic. Both feed directly into each other — apparently mobile accounts for more than 50 percent of LinkedIn’s international traffic already. But the company conveniently side-steps any stats related to Monthly Active Users, perhaps a sign that the company is still trying to make its platform a daily destination.
Eventually autonomous cars will change the rules of the road, packing themselves onto streets and highways in the most efficient way possible. But the first autonomous cars will need to drive as badly as humans. Read more »