With the launch of The Upshot from the New York Times, there are now three major sites going after the “explanatory journalism” market. Each has its own unique flavor, but is the market for that kind of content really large enough to support that many sites? Read more »
Following last week’s leak of Amazon’s unannounced handset, a new report suggests it will employ a 3D interface that “dramatically changes the way users interact with a smartphone.” Read more »
Illustrated storytelling platform Storybird is moving beyond picture books and rolling out a platform to let users create longer, serialized stories with art. Read more »
Move over, cable box, there is a new kid in town: Time Warner Cable customers can now buy Fan TV to access live television and online video services. Read more »
The Supreme Court is worried that granting the broadcasters’ request to shut down Aereo would imperil cloud computing – but the Justices also expressed deep skepticism about Aereo’s tiny antenna design. Read more »
For fitness tracker enthusiasts looking for the next new thing, Withings has added a sensor that tracks your respiration to its upgraded Pulse O2 activity tracker. Read more »
The drone performed well once it was in the air, but at times it was a trial to get it to fly, and poor support documentation could frustrate new quadcopter pilots. Read more »
Amazon dedicated instances take some of the “shared” out of shared cloud infrastructure. Depending on your point of view, that’s a good or not so good thing. Read more »
Truecaller, the Swedish reverse-lookup phone directory, has expanded its Live Caller ID feature to its iOS app, allowing users to quickly look up unknown numbers from the home screen. Read more »
In our next webinar, our panel will delve into how businesses can understand the value of flash storage and build a sensible, staged implementation plan to maximize benefits while reducing risk. Join us on May 1. Read more »
Google keeps finding creative ways to power its data centers with clean energy. Here’s the largest and latest in Iowa. Read more »
Cloud storage service Bitcasa is adding Chromecast support for its Android app, the company announced Tuesday. Bitcasa offers an “infinite drive” for an annual price of $999, as well as a free 20 GB plan. The most interesting uses for this new feature should be centered around casting personal content like photos and home videos onto a TV. While the Chromecast can natively cast image file types from a desktop browser, streaming from a cloud app streamlines the process. You can download Bitcasa from Google Play right here.
IBM has made another investment out of the $100 million it has set aside to fund companies using the Watson cognitive computing system, this time investing an undisclosed amount of money into a company called Fluid. IBM and Fluid are working on an application, called Expert Shopper, that will let consumers ask complex, natural language questions on retail websites and receive product recommendations in return. Fluid is IBM’s second publicly announced Watson-fund investment, with the first going to a health care startup called Welltok. Both were early partners in IBM’s cloud-based Watson service and API.
AT&T is creating a streaming video service thanks to a $500 million joint venture with the Chernin Group, a producer of a variety of television and media content. Read more »
Keeping revenue-generating systems up and running can make or break an organization. Becoming aware of issues before they turn into problems is at the heart of maintaining availability. Learn how Clickatell, a leader in mobile messaging services, uses Splunk for improved business metrics, customer service and availability. Read more »
All eyes and ears will be on Satya Nadella, now in his third month as CEO, on his first appearance on the Microsoft earnings call. Read more »
Some major acquisitions jolted the mobile industry in the first quarter of 2014, underscoring some important trends. Meanwhile, turbulence plagues the mobile-gaming industry and Dish is ramping up speculation about its plans to enter the mobile market. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Korner, a Seattle startup building a home security system, has managed to rethink the open/close sensor, create an app and build a security set up that goes for $99. Read more »
The fight over Aereo, which has had the TV industry buzzing for months, is going to the Supreme Court on Tuesday: here’s what you need to know. Read more »
Nav systems have been optimized for cars on city streets, but what if you’re on a moped trying to avoid steep hills, or on foot on a mountain trail? You need a new kind of navigation. Read more »
By making Nike hardware and Apple hardware one and the same, Nike not only gains a huge installed user base, but Apple gets a user-facing feature no other handset maker can match: fitness from a world famous fitness company. Read more »
The New York Times is launching The Upshot, a new site that its editor says will offer a combination of data journalism and explanatory reporting — and also try to go head-to-head with new high-profile projects like Ezra Klein’s Vox and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Read more »
Food Network may be entertaining with you with culinary TV battles today, but it could wind up helping you plan your meals online tomorrow. Read more »
IT decision-makers must better understand the modern workers they’re supporting in order to make them more productive and better aligned with corporate objectives. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Netflix wants to launch on U.S. cable boxes this quarter. First in line could be Suddenlink and RCN. Read more »
Hey, Ma Bell! Your peering policies are so lame, your fiber network is slower than DSL! That’s essentially the insult that Netflix is flinging at AT&T in a shareholder letter accompanying the streaming video service’s first quarter financials. The gist of the accusation is that by refusing to sign an interconnection deal with Netflix, AT&T’s customers are getting a streaming experience that sucks. It’s the same tactic Netflix employed with Comcast, putting the customer in the middle of an esoteric fight about internet interconnection agreements. Absent FCC intervention, we’ll see if the Netflix strategy works a second time around.
After a month-long investigation into allegations of sexism and intimidation, Github has announced that the co-founder at the center of the controversy has resigned. Read more »
The well of big regional carriers has almost dried up, so Verizon is looking to much smaller operators to acquire. It’s now targeting Mobi PCS and Golden State Cellular. Read more »
The New York Times Bits blog reports on the close of InBloom, a database for student data that became a privacy lightning rod. On the one hand, it’s a great idea: there’s a lot that educators and researchers could learn from analyzing this type of data across regions, demographics, etc. On the other hand, it’s probably not a wise idea to connect students’ names with sensitive or personal information. Objectivity is key, too. You’d like to measure attributes in a way that doesn’t lend itself to educators’ biases and reinforcement of stereotypes.
Netflix will raise its streaming prices for the first time since 2010 this quarter. New customers may soon have to pay as much as $10 per month. Read more »
AT&T plans to possibly bring speeds of up to a gigabit to 21 new cities. But before these cities get too excited it’s time to call Ma Bell out for its gigawashing. Read more »
Samsung has stopped selling apps on its smart TV platform, and is offering refunds to some consumers who have bought apps in the past. Read more »
In its third quarter, Adobe’s Social Media Intelligence Report has shown Facebook’s growth in video as well as a year-over-year boost in referral value. Read more »
Apple has started telling its clean power story big time this week, with new reports, photos, and a video narrated by Tim Cook. Here’s why it’s opening up now: Read more »
Beats Music, the newly-launched music subscription service spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, is in the midst of raising another $60 million to $100 million in funding, according to a Billboard report that notes that the company spent tens of millions on advertising, including its Super Bowl TV spot. However, a Beats Music spokesperson denied those claims, sending us the following statement via email: “Beats Music is not in any active process of raising more funding.” Billboard also reported that some in the music industry are disappointed by Beats Music’s uptake, while insiders unsurprisingly say that first numbers exceeded expectations.
Updated at 10:48am with a statement from Beats Music.
Even Microsoft has to work really hard to compete with Google on search. So how might Leap.it, a small startup of Kansas City, take on the world’s biggest search engine? Read more »
Ecommerce startup Birchbox, which specializes in subscriptions to monthly beauty kits, announced Monday that it raised a $60 million Series B round, led by Viking Global Investors and including existing investors such as First Round Capital and Accel Partners. The company said that it would use the funds “to continue to tell its story through marketing initiatives, refine its mobile application, fortify Birchbox Man and develop its team worldwide.” According to Fortune, the new round gives the company a $485 million valuation, which prompted a “no comment” from Birchbox.
There are multiple reports that old AOL email addresses have been compromised and are sending out spam. Read more »
During the first quarter of 2014, changes in technology meant new products on the market, new roles in the enterprise, and structural changes for the IT department. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Cheap semiconductors — that are lower tech than solar cells — could be the key to converting heat into useable energy at power plants, in appliances and even in vehicles. Read more »