Rdio is the next top-tier name to work with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. On Monday, the music service said its entire 20 million song catalog can be streamed to television through the Chromecast by using the Rdio app on iOS and Android. Don’t skip a step if you don’t use those mobile apps though: Rdio says its web client can also be used to stream music to a Chromecast. Using the apps, Rdio users can tune in to their favorite songs or create a personalized station for streaming, along with album art, to a Chromecast. In addition to Rdio, Crackle and VUDU also launched new apps that support Chromecast Monday.
The media and marketing industries — interdependent and connected at the hip — are in the midst of tumultuous change. “What’s next?” is the question at the heart of everything we do. Read more »
Not a huge surprise, but Scott Guthrie gets the official nod as Cloud and Enterprise chief at Microsoft. Stephen Elop was named EVP of devices and Phil Spencer to head combined Xbox/Microsoft Studio group. Read more »
MariaDB 10 is out, featuring a “Connect engine” that makes it easier to handle data from both traditional SQL databases and more web-scale NoSQL systems. The new functionality merits new editions of the MariaDB Enterprise and Enterprise Cluster products. Read more »
The Moto X is Motorola’s current top-of-the-line Android phone but guess what’s outselling it? The budget-priced Moto G. In the U.K., the less-expensive phone put Motorola back on the map in just six months, going from virtually no market share to six percent. Read more »
Following up on similar work with Intuit’s QuickBooks last year, Square has integrated its transaction tracking tools with Xero’s accounting software, allowing sales data to flow seamlessly from Square’s digital register into Xero’s spreadsheets. We can expect to see more partnerships like these: Square also launched a new software partner program on Monday, designed to make its sales and inventory tracking tools work better with small business software. Square hasn’t revealed who else it is working with or what other pain points besides accounting the program hopes to address.
It’s about time. On Monday Arista, the company behind a generation of superfast and scalable networking gear, filed to raise up to $200 million via an initial public offering. For Arista’s history and goals check out Om Malik’s epic profile on the company. Unfortunately, as software defined networking has exploded, Arista had been caught with a proprietary operating system that ran counter to the trends we’re seeing with open source code and merchant silicon boxes. Yet, Arista had sales of $361.2 million — up 87 percent from 2012 — and net income of $42.5 million, about double from the year before. Not too shabby compared to many tech IPO hopefuls that are all revenue and no profits.
Security outfit RSA has already had its name tarnished by the fact that the NSA paid it to distribute a mechanism (the Dual_EC_DRGB “Dual Elliptic Curve” random number generator) that turned out to be flawed. Now Reuters reports that RSA, these days part of EMC, also distributed a second NSA-recommended tool, the “Extended Random” extension, which researchers say made it easier to crack a version of the Dual Elliptic Curve software. Although Extended Random was included in the Bsafe security suite alongside Dual_EC_DRGB, it was sparsely adopted and was removed in the last 6 months. Again, RSA denies deliberately weakening its products.
Ryan Seacrest earned an award he probably doesn’t want: a court order stopping all sales of the Seacrest-backed $99 Typo keyboard for iPhone. BlackBerry proved that a “likelihood” of patent infringement. Read more »
The Boston Globe unearthed details of the investigation that led to Aaron Swartz’s arrest and prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read more »
Appy Pie, the cloud-based app builder, launches Appy Beacons at AdTech India. Appy Beacons are your next-generation Bluetooth low-energy devices that support Apple’s iBeacon protocol and send Bluetooth-enabled push notifications that show up on a user’s mobile device when a user moves within the proximity of the beacon. Read more »
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), a powerful lobby group that already had observer status in Google’s antitrust case, has applied to become a full-blown complainant, putting paid to any idea of the case being done and dusted. Read more »
Hadoop pioneer Cloudera has said it closed on a $900 million round of financing that gives Intel an 18 percent stake in the company. Rumors had Intel’s investment at around $100 million, but it’s likely much more. Read more »
ClearStory Data has raised a $21 million series B round for its business intelligence service focused on analyzing multiple datasets in real time. The company’s approach is one of several new approaches to analytics that has investors excited. Read more »
M-Pesa, the mobile money system used to handle nearly half of Kenya’s gross domestic product, is tentatively stepping into eastern Europe. Read more »
Music service Raditaz shut down late last year, promising to relaunch in 2014 with a new product. With a new name and $9.6 million in the bank, it now wants to follow through on that promise. Read more »
The Supreme Court is hearing what many regard as the most important patent case in years, which is expected to provide new rules on what can and can’t be patented. Read more »
Medical records are moving online, wearables are logging information about their users and genetic testing startups are in possession of highly personal information. We need to take steps to protect our healthcare data. Read more »
Business analytics could be a $150 billion field by 2020 if it embraces the full benefits of the cloud. Read more »
The week in cloud: Box ramps up its play for developers as Microsoft pledges Office 365 ubiquity across all devices. Read more »
As more things get connected, more data is available for businesses to use as a competitive weapon. But much of that data is more useful when pooled with other sources, forcing rivals to become friends. Read more »
Samsung says its new Chromebook 2 will have a strong performance boost while also running for 8+ hours on a charge. Starting at $320, these will compete against less expensive Chromebooks with Intel chips. Game on! Read more »
For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analyses on Gigaom Research. New reports this week investigate the European cloud market and digital currency services. Read more »
The microcontroller, which turns nine today, has helped make working with electronics accessible to everyone, including artists, hobbyists and children. Read more »
Cookies as a user tracking mechanism have come under fire recently — partly due to privacy concerns and partly because they simply aren’t very useful in a mobile world. Here are some alternatives. Read more »
Today, running your business on private servers is on the same level of odd behavior as carrying scuba tanks to provide a private air supply. Read more »
With so many note apps in the app store it is hard to pick the right one. Making the correct choice depends on what you are looking for as the best note apps have features all their own. Read more »
Google Now is supposed to anticipate our needs before we search for them, but one of its core features is terribly broken. Read more »
Google has kicked off a cloud price-cutting war with Amazon Web Services, which is a turn of events that doesn’t seem to bode well for small cloud providers that will have a hard time keeping up on price, features and scale. Read more »
The battle of Android flagships is on as both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are here. We look at each briefly to help you decide between them. Google I/O is coming but before then I plan to install Android on my Chromebook. Read more »
Sotheby’s troubles, $1000 Genome, Silver Thief is on the loose, A food site breaks up with Facebook, what are the technical textiles of tomorrow and the sexiest dog in Chicago are among this week’s recommendations. Read more »
Recent FCC filings point to Amazon’s TV streamer, and suggest that the device is indeed a box, and not a dongle. Read more »
Google wants to blanket the stratosphere with free-floating internet balloons. Facebook wants to place internet drones over specific population centers. Which approach is better? Mark Zuckerberg makes Facebook’s case. Read more »
Lixpen will launch via an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. It could make hand-drawn 3D printing much easier, though details are still slim. Read more »
Neil Young’s high-definition portable music player Pono is just about $34,000 shy of hitting $5 million in pledged contributions on Kickstarter, and the project still has 17 days to go. Pono surpassed its $800,000 funding goal on day one, and is now the fourth-most successful Kickstarter project ever in terms of money raised, just behind the Veronica Mars movie, the Ouya game console and the Pebble smart watch.
Say goodbye to the popular e-reading app Readmill: The Berlin-based startup’s cofounders confirmed Friday that Dropbox has acquired it and is absorbing its technology. Read more »
Innovation is alive and well around energy data, thanks to a series of initiatives and programs. Meet Ohmconnect, a bootstrapped startup that couldn’t have existed a couple years ago. Read more »
In our next webinar, our panel of analysts will discuss how to understand the impact of the cloud on business operations and help take steps toward a more efficient, powerful monitoring and management system. Join us along with our sponsor Librato on April 3. Read more »
Taking into account just how much of an impact iOS 7 had on developers, one can believe that Android is more stable than iOS. Read more »
After the launch of a connected device, for many people the waiting begins. They are waiting for the actual product, or an integration or even a promise that the device can’t deliver. Read more »