The company makes a system that’s in many ways similar to Google Glass, but used to help blind people interpret the world around them. The investment will most likely feed back into Intel’s healthcare division and perceptual computing drive. Read more »
Using LEDs powered over Ethernet, the system gives building owners and facility managers loads of useful data about their properties, and office workers new ways to negotiate their environment. Read more »
Good news for Turkish Twitter users: an Ankara court has ordered the lifting of a blockade on the social network, according to local reports. The ban, which drew international condemnation, came in 6 days ago as Turkey’s administration tried to put the lid on a growing corruption scandal. Citizens were able to bypass it fairly easily at first, but new forms of blocks made access very difficult. According to Wednesday’s reports, the telecoms regulator that instituted the blocks may appeal the ruling, but access will need to be restored in the interim, making this a “stay of execution”.
The Marco Civil da Internet, in its current form, is a big win for the likes of Google and Facebook, as it no longer requires them to store Brazilians’ personal data within the country’s borders. Read more »
The whistleblower has given a tentative thumbs-up to plans by the White House that will reportedly end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone call metadata. Read more »
An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would see online harassment cases moved to a different type of court that can dole out sentences of up to two years. Read more »
The French consumer rights group UFC-Que Chosir has sued Facebook, Google and Twitter in the Paris high court over their terms of service and data collection practices. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the French-language terms were inaccessible and sometimes — quelle horreur! — linked to pages in English. UFC-Que Chosir is also concerned about the social networking services not seeking proper user consent before allowing others to exploit their data. The claims seem rather broad, though France does have a track record of cracking down on U.S. web firms’ privacy violations as hard as it can, so the case may turn out to have legs.
The Russian-founded, Berlin-based operation offers more secure and private messaging than WhatsApp, but is it right for you? Read more »
Want to keep your searches private while still using familiar services like Google and Bing? Disconnect has just made that a bit easier for you. Read more »
The Twitter ban in Turkey may have been easy to bypass at first, but now the government has introduced more serious measures than DNS redirection. Read more »
As Bitcoin exchange collapses go, this one is notable for its highly optimistic approach to overcoming insolvency. Read more »
The latest Snowden leaks show the U.S. to be hacking China, which is hacking the U.S. Huawei is caught somewhere in the middle, along with various other companies. Read more »
MtGox really is a gift that keeps on giving: now in the throes of bankruptcy, the audit-averse Bitcoin exchange said late Thursday that it has found 200,000 bitcoins in an “old-format” wallet it previously thought was empty. That means it has only lost 650,000 bitcoins – 550,000 of which belong to its customers — rather than the 850,000 it previously thought had been pilfered by thieves (“evidence” that MtGox still has almost a million bitcoins is deeply suspect, accompanied as it was by fraudulent malware). The re-found bitcoins are worth around $116 million, which will interest the courts handling MtGox’s bankruptcy in Japan and the U.S., and customers clamoring for their money back.
The Turkish government has imposed a media blackout on a corruption investigation that goes all the way to the top. Now, as people turn to Twitter and YouTube to bypass that blackout, censorship of social media has begun in earnest. Read more »
AlchemyAPI CEO Elliot Turner and IBM Watson sales chief Stephen Gold took to the stage at Structure Data 2014 on Thursday to discuss the implications of cognitive computing’s rise. Read more »
The Madrid-based firm says fitting into the Spanish business culture counts for a lot in its quest to take on Amazon Web Services. Read more »
Swedish computer vision company 13th Lab has decided to focus on gaming technology, launching a crowdfunding drive for a new “reality gaming” platform called Rescape. Read more »
Daniel Kaufman, the deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, took to the stage at Structure:Data 2014 to explain the challenges faced by the agency in this age of big data. Read more »
The terminal should make it easier for small business to take contactless payments, assuming of course that their customers have suitably-equipped bank cards or mobile wallets. Read more »
The latest Snowden-derived story, this time from the Washington Post, gives us a broad outline of a program called MYSTIC, through which the NSA can record all voice calls in a country and store them in a searchable archive. Read more »
The Elance denial-of-service attack has been going on for over a day now, though it is now only sporadic. Elance says it has bought in new defences to try cope. Meanwhile oDesk says it got hit by a briefer, separate attack. Read more »
The wording of the proposal, included in a wider package of telecoms legislation, is vague enough to let ISPs favor certain content providers on their “open internet” offerings. Read more »
The deal gives Yandex an office in Israel that will handle much of its geolocation work that doesn’t require constant mobile tracking. Read more »
The online food-ordering service Just Eat is planning to go public on the main London Stock Exchange or its High Growth Segment in April, the company said Monday. According to the Financial Times, the IPO should give Just Eat a valuation of between £700-£900 million ($1.16-$1.5 billion) with a planned haul of £100 million. Just Eat’s main rival is the Berlin-based Delivery Hero, which took in a whopping $88 million in Series E funding back in January. Though Just Eat was founded in Denmark, it is these days part of London’s “Tech City” hub, and its flotation would provide major validation for that scene.
The deal is indicative both of Vodafone’s current wealth and of the European trend toward converging and consolidating fixed-line and mobile services. Read more »
The man identified by Newsweek as being the inventor of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has issued a categorical denial, claiming the story hurt his job prospects and confused his family. Read more »
Vodafone may buy Ono, a major Spanish cable company, for around $10 billion. According to sources quoted by Reuters and Bloomberg, Ono has postponed a planned IPO announcement to allow further negotiations over the Vodafone bid. Two previous offers have been rebuffed for being too low. The British mobile carrier group is on a fixed-line acquisition spree after Verizon bought out its stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion — it bought Kabel Deutschland in Germany last October for $10.4 billion, and it plans to use that buy as a “hub” for further non-mobile expansion.
A local Anonymous branch is DDoSing Russian media outlets, while a similar attack also took out the websites of the Kremlin and the Russian Central Bank. This follows the state blockading of several Putin-unfriendly outlets. Read more »
Berlin-based ResearchGate, in which Bill Gates is a prominent investor, provided a platform for study results that led to highly embarrassing backpedaling from a Japanese research institute. Read more »
A technological spin-off from the Occupy movement, Loomio is crowdfunding a system to help groups of all sizes make decisions. The team is starting small, but it has political transformation in its sights. Read more »
Liberty Global, the largest cable company outside China and a voracious acquirer of European cable firms, is reportedly planning to launch a more mobile assault on the continent. Liberty SVP Manuel Kohnstamm told Bloomberg that John Malone’s company wants to create a “pan-European” mobile network based on mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals — in other words, it will resell actual network operators’ connectivity on a country-to-country basis, with the same unified billing system and back-end that supports Liberty’s fixed-line efforts. This “deep MVNO” network will begin in the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Kohnstamm also said Liberty was still looking out for likely acquisition targets.
The latest documents to come out of the Snowden leak suggest the NSA is gaining access to network routers and people’s computers a lot more than previously thought. Read more »
The European Parliament has passed the EU’s first major overhaul of data protection legislation since 1995, taking into account today’s online landscape. Meanwhile, parliamentarians also approved a resolution calling for the suspension of a key deal affecting U.S. web firms. Read more »
The World Wide Web Foundation has set up a campaign called Web We Want, which it hopes to see draft a Magna Carta for the digital world as a way of pushing back against malign corporate and government intrusions on web freedom. Read more »
The Dario, which will work with both iPhones and Android devices, is launching in New Zealand first, then in Australia, Italy and the U.K. Read more »
Lenovo insists it will give Chinese IBM server factory workers a fair deal when they transition over as part of the $2.3 billion sale of IBM’s x86 server business, but until then it’s not Lenovo’s concern. Read more »
The data appears to show MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles was lying when he said all the exchange’s bitcoins had been stolen, but it also comes with a nasty surprise for those who don’t take care where they click. Read more »
The app, which promises to protect voice communications, is part of a slew of new security products being pitched to privacy-conscious businesses in Europe. Read more »
The equity-based crowdfunding platform is run by lawyers who have come up with contracts allowing speedy investing and, they say, remaining friendly to follow-up venture capital investments. Read more »