Any day now the DC Circuit Court is expected to rule on Verizon’s case against the FCC’s open internet order — the network neutrality rules. Most analysts expect the court to reverse many parts of the FCC’s order, which would be a devastating blow to consumers and tech firms. But Stifel Nicolaus, a DC investment bank, notes that the expected confirmation for three new Democratic appointees to the D.C. Circuit Court will give the FCC a better chance of winning if it appeals the decision the current 3-judge panel makes. Which basically means more waiting.
Sensors are everywhere, but if we can build a generation of more efficient energy-harvesting chips, sensors could go in even more places. Here’s how researchers are trying to make that happen. Read more »
BIME, a business intelligence software company, has raised $4 million in first round funding and opened a U.S. headquarters in Kansas City. Read more »
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data. Read more »
Google posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months, and reminding residents to get out and ask their neighbors to sign up for the fiber service in order to get access in their neighborhood. Google notes that while it doesn’t have a date, the sign up process will take place next year. Meanwhile AT&T has already announced four neighborhoods where it will deploy fiber at 300 Mbps speeds beginning in December.
As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box. Read more »
The FCC Chairman has signaled that he intends to take on the transition from copper networks to all-IP networks starting next year. As the agency preps for this transitions here’s what you should know. Read more »
The FTC is taking a close look at the internet of things, but how it should regulate the potential for security breaches, consumer privacy and transparency around personal data is still a mystery. Read more »
SmartThings, the startup that offers people a hub and sensors so they can connect devices within their home, has fewer than 10,000 people using its hubs since its launch in June (one of which is mine). What’s more interesting is that those homes generate 150 million data points a day according to Jeff Hagins, the CTO of SmartThings, who shared those stats during a question and answer session on the internet of things hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. That’s a lot of data, and the FTC today is wondering what that data availability means for privacy and security.
August, a smart lock company that hopes to launch its product in the spring has raised $8 million in first round capital led by Maveron. But are such locks ready for prime time? Read more »
This week’s episode features two connected devices that at first glance seem frivolous, but could change our scientific knowledge about our bodies and those of our pets’. Read more »
A seattle-based startup has built a tracker that knows when you are sitting or standing. The goal is to help people stand more and sit less. But is it necessary? Read more »
Companies that rent out data center floor space to companies are seeing their business boom as more services move to the cloud. Yet, not all markets or players are created equal. Read more »
We’re not fans of ISPs capping broadband here at Gigaom, so we’re keeping a close eye on how those caps evolve and who they affect. Check out our updated list on who’s capping your broadband. Read more »
The television industry is in the middle of a shift, but so far most consumers are content to keep both their pay TV subscription and shell out of over-the-top services. How long will that be true? Read more »
As people attempt to connect their homes, different protocols post a challenge. Some vendors, like ConnectSense, are doing away with that drama by embracing only Wi-Fi. Read more »
Under Armour has acquired MapMyFitness, an Austin, Texas-based company that uses a phone’s GPS to let people map their runs, bike rides and other workouts and share them among a community for $150 million. It’s akin to the RunKeeper app. Is this the beginning of consolidation in the quantified self arena? Will the market split along sporty and medical lines — leaving room for authentication, provable algorithms and other elements a diagnostic style app or activity tracker might need?
Updated to reflect that RunKeeper is not owned by Nike.
Quirky has raised $79 million in funding with $30 million coming from GE. The two companies are expanding their partnership to bring connected devices into the home and now selling them at Home Depot. Read more »
The maker of Atoms connected toys has raised $2.1 million from former Apple executives and Bono. Up next is a ship date for its products that well before the holiday. Read more »
SmartThings, the connected hub and sensor company that wants to be the brains (and some of the brawn) behind your smart home, has raised $12.5 million. It will need it. Read more »
Scanadu wants to put the resources of a doctor’s office in the palm of your hand, and has raised $10.5 million to do so. It’s also beginning FDA trials for its Scanadu Scout diagnostic device. Read more »
I’ve been eager to see the Revolv home hub in action since meeting with the company several months ago. The good news is the hardware is awesome. But the software could use some work. Read more »
Ventana Medical Systems makes a machine that helps deliver quick biopsy results. Because no one wants to wait for a diagnoses, Ventana has added connectivity those these machines to make sure they don’t break down. Read more »
Another cloud for the internet of things has raised funding, with Redwood City, Calif.-based Arrayent scoring $11.9 million in second round funding from Intel Capital and DCM Ventures. Read more »
After almost a year of covering the internet of things, I review what I’ve learned, how my thinking has changed and what we’re looking for in the year ahead. Read more »
Comcast is expanding its usage-based broadband trials. Given the larger roll out, it looks like a 300 GB cap plus a $10 overage fee that gets you 50 more GB is the winner. Read more »
Intel’s formalizing its interest in the internet of things with the creation of a new division that will report up to the chip giant’s executive office. Read more »
In a laughter filled talk, Beth Comstock, SVP and CMO at GE explained how the company is taking advantage of design to keep people relevant in the industrial internet. Read more »
The founders of Fusion-io have raised $50 million for their stealthy startup. The company is planning to offer a product in the software-defined storage space. Read more »
Ahead of Cisco’s Insieme product launch, networking companies are busy explaining where they stand. Cisco’s launch will validate the threat of SDN while also trying to neutralize the threat that it and white-box networking pose to Cisco’s business. Read more »
Can we secure the internet of things? Probably not, but in this week’s podcast Tiffany Rad of Kaspersky Labs offers some common sense ways to make your connected devices more secure. Read more »
The smart home won’t be built using apps and connected devices. To truly embed computing into our home environment we need better computer vision, projectors and a new understanding of computing. Read more »
The Washington Post followed the trail of Comcast’s campaign donations in the Seattle mayoral race and discovered that the ISP was backing the challenger to the current mayor who helped bring gigabit broadband to the city. The current mayor Mike McGinn has been a big proponent of bringing ultrafast broadband to Seattle, and in 2014 certain areas of Seattle are set to get gigabit broadband for $80 thanks to a pilot between the city and Gigabit Squared. I suppose that backing a rival that might not be as gung-ho for a gigabit is probably cheaper than laying fiber.
Wheeler not only has to manage an enormously complex spectrum auction next year, he faces two huge policy debates: the battle over net neutrality and the ramifications of the telecom industry’s transition to IP. Read more »
The NSA is not only accessing Google and Yahoo records with the companies’ permission, but has an overseas program to break into the fiber optic links connecting the companies’ data centers. Read more »
Want to see the zany world of FCC enforcement? Check out this tale of recalcitrant hair salon owner Ronald Bethany, his interference-producing fluorescent lights and AT&T’s affected 700 MHz spectrum. After AT&T noticed interference near a San Antonio strip mall an engineer tracked it down to some lights hanging in Bethany’s salon. Bethany contacted GE over the offending lights and GE offered to replace them. But Bethany wanted cash instead. Now the FCC is involved to force the light replacement. I guess Bethany has a Verizon phone.
For the last few years Intel has had a small line of business manufacturing other companies’ chips — mostly expensive custom chips for companies like Altera and Tabula. This foundry business is getting a publicity boost today as Altera said Intel will let it embed ARM-based cores in chips made on Intel’s hallowed x86 production lines. This is a big deal, not because ARM is Kryptonite to Intel, but because it could signal that Intel under its new CEO is ready to open its fab operations and make that a bigger part of its business. That’s the huge shift for Intel, not that it might make a few ARM-based chips.
A third of businesses are already creating products associated with the internet of things but the evolution of connected networks will likely evolve faster in the corporate, rather than the consumer world. Read more »
Big data, the internet of things, digitizing medicine and even more marketplaces to drive efficiency all were themes at Tuesday’s Techstars Austin demo day. Read more »
If we’re going to build out an easy-to-use internet of things, we’re going to have to figure out how to avoid constantly changing sensor batteries. Which is why Driblet has developed a water sensor that harvests its own energy. Read more »