Media companies like BuzzFeed, NowThis News and Fusion are increasingly creating content that is designed to live on other apps and services rather than just including links to their websites. This promiscuous approach to media is a smart strategy in an increasingly crowded environment Read more »
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Botlr debuted today in the Cupertino Aloft hotel, where it is delivering small items like toothbrushes and newspapers to guests. Read more »
There’s another piece of good news on the patent troll front as a new Patent Office appeals system appears to be doing its job. This month, it agreed to invalidate a map-related patent challenged by Apple and Google. Read more »
Vine’s newest feature lets users import video into the app. This is bound to delight the brands trying to reach teens, who can now produce prettier Vines, at the risk of alienating the teens themselves. Read more »
A company called FarmLink has raised $40 million in equity capital to further its business of analyzing sensor data to determine how much food a field can ideally yield. It’s just the latest in a string of investments at the intersection of agriculture and data. Read more »
Company says combo of CloudVolumes and Horizon will expedite real-time delivery of Windows apps to desktops. Read more »
Twitter has developed a system called BotMaker to deal with its spam problem. Essentially, BotMaker scans messages before they’re posted, after they’re posted, and as part of bulk data analyses in order to determine what’s spam and then deal with them accordingly. Read more »
A battery startup with promising technology is starting to scale up a breakthrough. Read more »
Thanks to the HTC One M8, available in both a Windows Phone and Android edition, we can see which mobile platform is better optimized for longer battery life. Microsoft wins round one but Project Volta could change round two. Read more »
Chef, the company that provides commercial support for the open-source Chef configuration management and deployment tool, on Wednesday said noted agile development bigwig Jez Humble has joined the company as VP of engineering. Humble is the co-author of the book Continuous Delivery, which advocates for a kind of development process in which software can be rapidly deployed to production at any given moment. Since Chef promotes the devops school that aims to bring developers and operations staff together, this hire makes sense. Humble’s development skills and notoriety in the agile community could help bridge that gap. Humble was previously a principal at the agile consulting firm ThoughtWorks.