For better and for worse, welcome to the world without net neutrality. More people will get online, but unless they have the money to pay their way into the free web, they’ll effectively be in a walled garden. Read more »
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Shazam wants to use your Mac to help you identify every song you hear, be it in a coffee shop or watching YouTube videos at home. Read more »
Team Hortonworks now includes HP while rival Cloudera can boast of funding from Intel and In-Q-tel. Read more »
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 »
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 »