Revolution, the investment firm behind the $450 million Revolution Growth Fund which has made investments in LivingSocial and Revolution Money, now has raised $200 million for an early stage venture fund. Revolution Ventures will be headquartered in Washington DC and the press release makes a huge deal about it investing outside Silicon Valley. However, its only other office is in San Francisco. Revolution’s previous early stage investments, RunKeeper, BenchPrep, HomeSnap and Booker Software will be rolled into this fund.
When you add thousands of devices to a network it’s going to be impossible to program in the same way we program computers today. IBM is working on Node-RED a tool to help “wire” the internet of things. Read more »
The Stir Kinetic Desk is a height-adjustable, connected desk that wants to be part of the quantified self movement. But at almost $4,000 it seems like furniture for a tech bubble — or at least the 1 percent. Read more »
Thingsquare, the company behind the lightweight Contiki OS for the internet of things has released development kits that let people build products that go directly online, without going through a hub first. Read more »
Mediacom, a U.S. cable company, has turned to Qwilt, a three-year-old startup to solve its over-the-top video woes. Qwilt thinks it can cut costs and solve the business problems of delivering online video. Read more »
Rural wireless provider C Spire is taking a page from Google and announcing a contest to offer a gigabit fiber-to-the-home network for a Mississippi town. It’s not as odd as you might think. Read more »
Srinivas Krishnamurti, the former head of VMware’s mobile effort, including its Horizon suite of products that were designed to make mobile file sharing and collaboration easier, has left VMware to try his hand at a yet-to-be-disclosed enterprise mobile startup. Sure, he’s just one of many leaving VMware as it flounders, but I can’t wait to see what Krishnamurti is cooking up.
Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron are merging to become a $29 billion chip equipment maker as the semiconductor industry undergoes a radical shift. Here’s what’s behind the deal. Read more »
Want to buy a connected door lock? Kickstarter is one venue, but thanks to news announced Tuesday the most complete package for connected devices might soon be Staples. Read more »
Attention connected device companies, Staples has a smart home hub product and software that it hopes to build into an ecosystem of devices. With its retail stores and marketing muscle it hopes to drive consumers to the internet of things. Read more »
Perhaps sick of the people who look askance at gigabit connections and ask, “Why does anyone need a gig?” the US Ignite broadband effort and Google Fiber are launching a competition for people who think they have the next gigabit application. This is your chance to invent the equivalent of email for the 21st century, y’all! You’ve got until next Monday to submit your idea as an individual or as part of a team. Make me proud.
Oracle and Freescale have teamed up to make a universal translator appliance for the many protocols used by the internet of things. The first appliance will be aimed at the smart home. Read more »
Farming is undergoing a shift as more people consume locally grown food and a younger generation of farmers are bringing technology to the field. Agriculture is meeting the internet of things. Read more »
Randall Munroe, the man who writes web comic xkcd, also runs a series called What If in which he offers the answer to questions using data gleaned from the web and physics. On Tuesday the he tackled the question “If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?” The result is a speculative blog post that estimates Google’s server count (between 1.8 million and 2.4 million) total storage (10 exabytes) and tells you how to find the search giant’s secret data center locales (go read it to find out.)
Plaid, a startup seeking to give developers access to financial data has raised $2.8 million. With services like Plaid we could see the emergence of a new breed of Quicken-like products or new connected devices. Read more »
Microsoft has signed a deal with AT&T to let corporate cloud customers connect to the Azure cloud using AT&T’s private network. With the idea that concerns about security have kept enterprises out of the public cloud, this deal emphasizes how none of the corporate assets will touch the public internet. The partnership lets people use AT&T’s virtual private network service to connect their data centers to Azure and presumably gives Azure a leg up in advertising itself as an enterprise-focused cloud.
Marc Hedlund, the former SVP Product Development & Engineering at Etsy, is joining Stripe as VP of engineering. Hedlund, or his engineering staff are a fixture at scaling and devops conferences explaining how they build things at Etsy. Hedlund is also behind Etsy’s successful push to bring in more female engineers at the company and a passionate advocate for getting more people to code. As a fixture in the developer community Hedlund is well placed, given Stripe’s focus on the developer market.
The web is chock full of data, but it’s locked away in the form of websites. A startup called Import.io that hopes to unlock that data, won the Structure Europe Launchpad event on Wednesday. Read more »
Research shows that Europe is becoming the new hub for global bandwidth as broadband consumption in Africa and the Middle East grow. Read more »
HP has hired Microsoft’s former open source evangelist to lead its converged cloud computing products. Can Bill Hilf help HP see the value in using the cheapest possible gear in its cloud? Read more »
Many people are excited about iBeacons in iOS7 that let your iPhone receive notifications based on its proximity to a transmitter. But a Canadian startup has discovered a loophole that turns that idea on its head. Read more »
Faster broadband isn’t just something to brag about, it gives you an economic edge. Data from Ericsson suggests a boost from 4 MBps to 8Mbps leads to a $120 rise in monthly income. Read more »
Attending a concert or any live performance is already an immersive event. You are in the same room or arena as the artist, but what if you hooked the artist and stage up with sensors? Read more »
In a 70-page white paper released Monday, Facebook, Qualcomm and Ericsson tried to connect the app and cloud world with carriers as part of the internet.org effort. Even if this doesn’t bring broadband to all, it’s a necessary conversation. Read more »
From industrial products to a better sprinkler, we have chose eight finalists for the Mobilize Product Showcase coming up on October 16. Meet the finalists below and come see them live in San Francisco next month. Read more »
Bump, the app that used sensors a location to mimic the function of a NFC chip inside a phone to share information between two phones, was ahead of its time when it comes to user interface and implementation. Om loved it, and millions of people downloaded it, but it’s still hard to find actual users. So I was glad to see that the Bump team is joining Google, after being bought for between $30 million and $60 million.
Video isn’t breaking the web, the way that the web’s biggest players are trying to optimize their costs at the expense of the best consumer experience is. Read more »
Ray Dolby, who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered the Dolby noise reduction technique, passed away Thursday at the age of 80 in his San Francisco home. His work in audio engineering includes noise reduction techniques, the creation of a videotape recording system as well as surround sound.
I recently visited a connected home in Houston to see how Comcast views the internet of things, and the smart home. If the platform is as open as they say it is, it’s pretty compelling. Read more »
Oh internet of things, is there anything you can’t do? Thanks to estimates about productivity gains from Cisco, AT&T and GE, the Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, is asking if the internet of everything (the PPI claims that phrase is more accurate, reflecting it’s acceptance of the Cisco spin) can jumpstart growth and reduce the political gridlock. I suppose that is more important than my connected fridge.
LogMeIn’s cloud platform for sharing data generated by the internet of things has created a partnership program and signed on two new partners. Read more »
Feeling like you just aren’t quite quantifying enough of your daily life? Check out Hexoskin, a maker of connected tanks that track your heart and respiration as well as your steps. Read more »
The Verge went to the factory in Texas where the Moto X phones are made, and the photo of the workers at their stations stunned me. I’ve visited the factory floors where computers, servers, electronic toys and even semiconductors are made, and this one had the most people doing jobs by hand that I have ever seen. I had no idea assembling a phone was so people-intensive.
The connected washing machine is getting some love, but when it comes to connecting appliances many vendors are missing the true value of connectivity. It’s not about selling filters, but about providing information and easing friction. Read more »
Well this is a marketing coup. The biggest chip maker gets the biggest cloud provider to use its silicon and display its brand. Intel at its developer event Tuesday said Amazon Web Services instances that exclusively use Intel Xeon processors now display the “Intel Inside” brand. AWS is also adding the latest Xeon processor family to its data centers. I guess for someone, commodity x86 servers aren’t a commodity.
Apple’s two new chips inside the iPhone 5s are not exactly necessary for the phone, but are excellent indicators of where Apple wants to go next. Read more »
Intel just announced a new system on a chip for the internet of things. This is a big moment for the chip giant, signaling a change in its business model and a new architecture. Read more »
Before there was Google Glass, Microsoft employees Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell were recording their lives. What they learned a decade ago is becoming more relevant today as Gemmell explains in this week’s podcast. Read more »
Some of the hottest names in technology startups can attribute some of their success to Benchmarks’ Peter Fenton, who has backed Twitter, New Relic (see New Relic’s CEO Lew Cirne at Structure:Europe next week), and Zuora. With Twitter and New Relic expected to go public soon Benchmark is about to reap what Fenton has sown, according to this Bloomberg profile of the man.
The judges hearing the lawsuit filed by Verizon against the FCC’s network neutrality rules seem inclined to let ISPs charge providers for delivering premium content– effectively creating a fast lane for the web and gutting network neutrality. Read more »