Thanks to new app interoperability features in iOS 8, 1Password will soon be able to log you in with a few taps. Previously, on iOS, users had to copy and paste passwords out of password manager apps. Read more »
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New app Beehive goes where many tech companies have gone — and failed — before. It tries to clean up the “noisy” social media space by offering a single app feed that tracks six of your favorite Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook “friends.” Read more »
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo suggested during the company’s earnings call that it is considering algorithmically-filtered features similar to Facebook’s newsfeed, but some users say if it implements a Facebook-style approach they will leave Read more »
A Cambridge, Massachusetts, startup called Nara has released a service the company claims use “deep learning artificial intelligence” to improve online personalization. Essentially, the technology works by scouring customer databases and the web, identifying attributes and connecting the dots between them. Nara’s team has some chops in neuroscience and computer science, but it’s difficult to tell if Nara is actually doing deep learning as it’s usually defined or something based more on mimicking the human brain. Regardless the technology, though, personalization and recommendation systems are currently a major focus of many machine learning efforts both commercial and open source.
Apparently the chairman of the FCC isn’t a fan of Verzion’s plans to throttle the speeds of customers signed up for its unlimited plans, and has asked Verizon’s CEO to justify that decision. Read more »
Hadoop far more than the one-trick pony it was once characterized as, and with its new capabilities, businesses are using it to gain real insight and add real value. Read more at Gigaom Research »
BitTorrent’s new P2P chat app is dubbed Bleep, and Windows users can now line up to become part of an invite-only test. Read more »
If a $3 billion acquisition offer shocked you, prepare to faint at the latest Snapchat news: The company is reportedly in financing talks that would value it at $10 billion. Investors are placing their bets that Snapchat is the next Facebook…or at least the next WhatsApp. Read more »
Gyft, a mobile gift card company, announced Wednesday that it has been acquired by First Data, an Atlanta-based payments giant. The acquisition terms were not disclosed, as first reported by Pando Daily. While it’s not technically a major acquisition of a bitcoin company, Gyft has been a long-time favorite of bitcoin users because it was one of the easiest ways to exchange the cryptocurrency for digital gift cards to use at everyday businesses. Although First Data may be bitcoin shy itself, Gyft’s CEO Vinny Lingham said in the release that it will continue to accept all kinds of payment for its mobile gift cards.
Here’s what I’ll be hoping to hear from Tesla’s earnings on Thursday. Read more »