The law requires web services operating in Russia to store citizens’ data in local facilities. It’s supposed to protect Russians from overseas hackers, but the censorship potential is clear. Read more »
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When Yelp and the European Consumer Organisation joined the 4-year-old EU antitrust case against Google, it became pretty clear that competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia would not get his wish of settling the case before his departure later this year. And lo, it comes to pass: According to the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, the European Commission is now planning to reopen its settlement arrangements with Google for an unprecedented fourth round of revisions. A Wednesday letter from original complainant Foundem expressed clear dissatisfaction with existing settlement proposals, and it seems the NSA mess is providing political pressure as well.
The cloud darling’s purchase of the London-based two-man development shop is the company’s first acquisition since changing its name from DotCloud to Docker. Read more »
Amazon’s first smartphone is essentially a smaller version of its Kindle Fire HDX tablet but makes phone calls and fits in a pocket. It hides the complexity of Android with Amazon’s simple software and rich ecosystem while boosting Amazon’s potential sales. Read more »
The latest accessory for the Moto X is a set of NFC-enabled stickers meant to be worn on a semi-permanent basis on skin. These e-tattoos are used to unlock the device. Read more »
Video curation startup Frequency added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for Frequency users to cast any of the app’s curated channels of online video sources to the TV screen. Frequency’s app offers more than 4000 channels from sources including popular YouTube creators as well as media outlets like CNN, the York Times and BBC News. The company has also struck partnerships with TV manufacturers, and most recently launched a SDK for pay TV operators.
Asus promised to deliver the first next-generation 802.11ac router in January but nothing appeared — until now. The new device, sporting multi-user MIMO technology, is now at Best Buy. But at $280, it ain’t cheap. Read more »
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now equipped with landing legs, which could eventually allow it to be reusable–a crucial step toward lowering the cost of carrying cargo to space. The space startup released a video today taken from the surface of the rocket as it passed through the planet’s atmosphere and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. “The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but we received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight,” a blog post states. “At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment.”
As the startup today said it received $120 million in funding, AppDynamics hopes to eventually branch out from only doing monitoring and analytics and plans to develop ways to remediate errors in the system. Read more »
When applications fail to perform, consumers are frequently feeling disappointment and frustration. The App Attention span examines how increased mobile device usage and performance expectations are impacting consumer behavior and what implications this has on businesses. Read more »