Less than two months after launching and Facebook’s buzzed-about Slingshot messaging app has already dropped off the downloads chart. Its trajectory mirrors that of another high profile, failed Facebook effort to combat Snapchat: Poke. Read more »
Even if you don’t have a desire to read Wikipedia entries on a smartwatch, a new Wikipedia app for Android Wear has a few new ideas about the best way to browse on a tiny screen. Read more »
Man bites dog shocker: a cloud provider actually ends a discount. There are a few possible explanations for Microsoft’s decision to eliminate an Azure price reduction for new subscribers. Read more »
Rhapsody has acqui-hired the teams behind the two music discovery startups Ex.fm and Soundtracking. Read more »
Fire TV just got a few app updates that target sports fans and kids alike. Read more »
Square is buying swish meal delivery service Caviar. The San Francisco startup could be what Square was missing to make its mark with independent restaurants. Read more »
The British newspaper chain Trinity Mirror has had some significant success online, both in terms of traffic growth and revenue, by experimenting with standalone sites that have been built quickly by small teams — and are also killed quickly if they don’t perform Read more »
An increasingly large swath of businesses are realizing that the cloud-plus-data-centers model provides the best of both worlds, and integrating the public virtual cloud with the physical data center is the best way to cost effectively scale, secure, and serve modern production workloads. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The container management startup is selling off its dotCloud business to the German PaaS company cloudControl GmbH as it concentrates on its container technology. Read more »
Google has a huge public cloud. But, inquiring minds want to know, just how enterprise worthy is it? Read more »
A new AT&T deal throws in a $1 mid-range LG tablet when buying an LG smartphone, but both devices need to be connected to a 2-year data plan. Read more »
Can the market support a notebook computer that runs a mobile operating system? That’s the question HP is attempting to answer with its SlateBook, a 14-inch laptop powered by Google Android software. The SlateBook 14 was announced in June with a July 20 launch but the computer is only shipping just now notes Android Headlines. The $430 cost gets you hardware similar to a less pricey Chromebook. There is an advantage to running Android instead of Google’s ChromeOS though: Hundreds of thousands of available apps. Is that enough to bring mass appeal? I don’t think so, but HP will surely find a niche audience with this product.
Microsoft is delivering on last week’s promise by pushing the first software update to Windows Phone 8.1 devices. You’ll need the developer preview to see the latest features, which include Live Folders, Apps Corner and more. Read more »
In this webinar an expert panel will examine the pros and cons of SDN powered scale-out storage architecture. Join Gigaom Research analysts and our sponsor Coho Data on Aug. 7. Read more »
Add a metal, chamfered edge to a Samsung Galaxy phone and what do you get? The purported Galaxy Alpha, which has a very familiar-looking casing if you’ve ever seen a recent iPhone; or an iPad, for that matter. Read more »
A Chinese government supplier list for security firms now includes only Chinese outfits, with Symantec and Kaspersky having been shown the door. Read more »
Like peers such as Axel Springer, the German magazine-publishing giant Bauer Media has been branching out into the digital world as an investor, notably in Swedish health startup Lifesum earlier this year. Now it’s really diving in: On Monday, Bauer announced the creation of Bauer Venture Partners, with €100 million ($134 million) lined up for a decade’s worth of investments. Created alongside VC Thomas Preuss, late of Neuhaus Partners, the fund will invest in European tech startups at a range of stages. As I noted when Google came to town with a $100 million fund a few weeks back, the days of European startups complaining about a lack of local capital seem to be fast receding.
The week in cloud. If you want to know how big your favorite vendor’s cloud business is — in scale, in revenue, in profitability … yeah, good luck with that. Read more »
The best part about having smartphones and thousands of connections through social networks like Twitter or Instagram is that we never have to be bored. But that’s also the bad part. Read more »
The internet of things is about data. So don’t miss last week’s podcast about data and the Quirky Wink smart home hub review. Read more »
If you’re concerned about your privacy and security while using a mobile device, here are a few tips. Read more »
AMPLab, the University of California, Berkeley, research group responsible for making Spark a household name in big data, has a lot more tricks up its sleeve. They range from databases to machine learning, and even include tools that could help treat cancer. Read more »
When you experience poor network connections, slow or sluggish performance, or even times when the device simply won’t respond, there are a wide range of symptoms that may have one thing in common, a simple solution. Read more »
Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden came on the Structure Show this week to discuss many thing, including HP’s $50 million investment in the Hadoop startup, the competitive landscape in Hadoop and why the time is now right for big data applications to succeed. Read more »
The CIA cloud, the subject of a heated contract battle between IBM and AWS, is now online, according to a DefenseOne report. Read more »
Noisebridge has not closed once in its seven year history. It closed down for all of July to bring the space up to code. It is also raising funds to make equipment repairs. Read more »
Sorry, St. Louis. You’re the unhealthiest major city in the country based on Yummly’s analysis of recipe search data. The healthiest? Of course it’s frigging San Francisco. Read more »
Ever wondered what happened to Valley solar startup Ausra, which nuclear giant Areva acquired in 2010? Well, it’s not good news. Read more »
On Friday, Google opened up its Google Now Launcher to any Android device running 4.1 and up. Read more »
Wikipedia released slick new apps for iOS and Android last week with features that will end up being very useful for first-time smartphone owners in developing nations. Read more »
Sprint and T-Mobile were reportedly looking to circumvent corporate anti-collusion laws by forming a joint venture to bid in the upcoming incentive auction. The FCC, though, has gotten wise to their plans. Read more »
Airbnb has officially wrapped up its long-rumored $475 million Series D, according to its SEC filing on the matter. No investors from private equity firm TPG or smaller firm Dragoneer Investment Group, which were previously reported to be leading the round, were mentioned. VentureBeat scooped the news, pointing out that the only people listed on the filing were Airbnb executives and counsel, Alfred Lin from Sequoia, and Jeff Jordan from Andreessen-Horowitz.
The Killing may have been too depressing for network TV, but thanks to Netflix, the dark and brilliant crime drama is now back for a short final season: All six episodes of season four went live on Netflix Friday. The Killing is not a newbie on Netflix: The streaming service previously collaborated with AMC on the production of season three. But with this season being a Netflix exclusive, you’ll actually get to hear some swear words, according to an interview with executive producer Veena Sud.
Apple’s content delivery network shows how dedicated the Cupertino company is to digital products — giving them the same care and attention as its physical ones. Read more »
It is now legal to unlock a cell phone in the United States. As promised, President Barack Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law on Friday, the White House announced in a blog post. Previously, unlocking your phone — modifying its firmware — could be considered a violation of federal copyright law, although it was rarely enforced. If you want to celebrate by unlocking your device (without fear of a fine) here’s a handy tip sheet for all four big carriers’ policies and procedures.
BitPay killed off its transaction fees on its starter plan, making bitcoin payment processing free for merchants. Coinbase then followed suit for nonprofits. Read more »
Microsoft completed the Surface Pro 3 lineup on Friday, adding three new models including an entry-level edition equipped with a Core i3 processor. Read more »
XBMC is dead, long live Kodi: The pioneering open source media center project has decided to rename itself. Read more »
An amendment that would have restricted the use of the controversial non-compete agreements, could be revived, but that’s unlikely. Read more »
Apples $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Audio has been finalized, and Vivendi is getting $404 million of the money. Read more »