Chrome and Android haven’t merged but you can actually run Android on a Chromebook if you know where to look. We share the details on that and discuss Samsung’s performance promises for the new Chromebook 2. Read more »
Using genetically modified organisms, LanzaTech is looking to turn the world’s industrial waste gases into fuels and chemicals. Read more »
After winning a controversial ruling that ordered Google to suppress an anti-Islam video, an actress is seeking to hold the company in contempt of court. Read more »
In its annual survey of the state of the U.S. media industry, the Pew Center says that there are signs of growth and investment in new digital entities, but the bulk of the traditional industry remains weak and continues to shrink as it struggles to reinvent itself Read more »
Mobiquity has built a beacon network in malls across country touching 15,000 individual storefronts. Now it’s inviting retailers to tap into that network with an SDK. Read more »
Facebook’s first high-profile acquisition is chugging along: Instagram said a blog post Tuesday that it’s surpassed 200 million monthly active users, up from 100 million just one year ago. According to the post, 50 million of those users were acquired in the last six months, and now roughly 65 percent of the user base is outside of the United States. In an email to Gigaom, the company disclosed that users share roughly 60 million photos per day, and 20 billion photos to date. The user base growth is a good sign, as Instagram continues to pursue monetization opportunities and ad partnerships.
Facebook spending $2 billion to buy Oculus Rift may disappoint gamers, but I think it should give anyone who likes interacting with people in real life a bit of a pause. Read more »
Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K.: The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. Read more »
After Google’ s cloud pricing moves, all eyes turn to Amazon Web Services. Read more »
New research highlights a computer vision system that’s much better at telling when people are faking expressions of pain than are other humans. It’s the latest in a series of computer vision advances that foretell a brave, new and possibly creepy world. Read more »
The HTC One will be the first U.S. smartphone to connect to two separate LTE networks simultaneously, resulting in big boosts in speed. The first carrier we’ll see use that technology is AT&T. Read more »
Facebook has announced that it will acquire VR hardware company Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Read more »
Power your enterprise with data-driven insight by making the most of big data and data science. This requires you to think big and differently. But not in the ways you may assume. Asking the wrong questions will limit the capabilities of your data. Read more »
A new Swiss competition challenges labs to develop robotics hardware and brain-computer interfaces that will help parathletes compete at levels never seen before. Read more »
So, Google just took an axe to its cloud computing prices. Here’s how they stand up, as of Tuesday, compared to Amazon Web Services costs. Read more »
Bitcoin is still in its growing phase, and it’s now Silicon Valley and the bitcoin community’s responsibility to explain it, said Marc Andreessen in a panel at CoinSummit. Read more »
After spending time with the new HTC One M8 I came away mostly impressed. But is it enough to put Samsung on notice? Read more »
Facebook detailed on Tuesday a new cybersecurity framework called ThreatData. It’s a collection of systems for ingesting, analyzing and acting upon threat data that can vary greatly in both type and frequency. Read more »
Food Network programming has disappeared from Amazon Prime Instant just one year after both companies announced a licensing agreement for hundreds of episodes. Read more »
A startup called Boostable is helping individual sellers in large marketplaces like Etsy and Airbnb target potential customers on sites such as Facebook. It’s yet another company trying to package up some advanced algorithms for users with little or no IT budget. Read more »
The IRS announced that bitcoin and other virtual currency will be taxed as property, not currency. This settles an important tax question. Read more »
Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Winter 2014 class on Tuesday was marked by a formal goodbye to former president Paul Graham. Graham gave up his seat in late February to partner and YC alum Sam Altman. Before the presentation, the partners at Y Combinator went onstage to honor Graham, presenting him with a signed pair of khaki shorts.
You can help decide. NASA is accepting votes on three potential spacesuits that draw their designs from nature, technology and everyday life. The chosen suit will integrate custom 3D printed parts for each astronaut to create the best possible fit. Voting is open through April 15.
Numenta, the machine learning company from Palm creator Jeff Hawkins, has narrowed its business model to focus solely on predicting anomalies in Amazon Web Services instances. It’s one of several big changes at the company in the past few years. Read more »
Once a startup establishes itself in San Francisco, you don’t see many of them moving into Silicon Valley, but Square is bucking that trend. This spring it’s opening up a satellite office at 5451 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara that will house up to 50 employees living in the South Bay. Square has been on growth tear lately, doubling in size to 800 employees in the past year (though it hasn’t reached 1,000 bodies it projected for the end of 2013). In October, It moved its HQ to a mammoth space at 1445 Market Street. Though it’s opening up new offices in NYC, Atlanta, Tokyo, Waterloo and now the Valley, it still has plenty of room to grow in SF where it can accommodate 2,000 people.
Google Cloud Platform Live: Google slices prices across regions and services to take on the big dog in public cloud. Read more »
IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles. Read more »
Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One Tuesday, giving users of Microsoft’s new game console a way to watch live baseball games as well as replay full games from the archives. As always, blackout rules apply, and users need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as a MLB.tv Premium subscription — but if you are a cord cutter who want to follow your team from back home, this may be the best way to do it.
Something is wrong when publishers — and likely Apple — are paying consumers to go shopping at Amazon. Here’s the latest from an ebook investigation that jumped the shark some time ago. Read more »
A newspaper’s leaked internal presentation on performance metrics and expectations for reporters has caused a furor about the rise of “hamster wheel” journalism, but the strategy also gets a lot of things right about where media outlets need to be focusing Read more »
Want an HTC One M8? You won’t have to wait long, if at all, provided you use Verizon’s network. The carrier will have inventory in select retail stores today while other carriers will start online orders. Read more »
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The new HTC One (M8) might look the same, but it features a bigger 5-inch screen, faster processor, secondary camera lens and an even more polished design. Read more »
The driverless car may one day change the insurance industry said Progressive’s CEO, but in the meantime he explains how data is changing it today. Read more »
Frank Frankovsky, one of the men responsible for Facebook’s foray into building hardware, has left the social networking giant to form his own startup. 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 »
Group messaging app Rumr brings the novelty of anonymity to private messaging, but is the company ready to handle the possible consequences? Read more »
Since T-Mobile launched Un-carrier, the operators have all restructured their pricing, but monthly mobile bills aren’t falling. If we’re in a price war no carrier is suffering yet, but that could change as competition escalates. 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.
AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega doesn’t want consumers to pay for the capacity that Netflix and other large video streaming services require by pushing for some type of pay-per-use broadband. Read more »