The IoT community is still debating which of three different funding models will best support development, with some favored by Europe and some by the US. Understanding these models is crucial to understanding where the technology is heading and what region will lead the way. Read more »
Data means a lot to Ford, informing everything from product design to business intelligence. In this interview from the Structure Show podcast, Ford’s top data scientist talks all about how Ford approaches everything from deploying Hadoop to hiring the right people. Read more »
When transitioning from a computer to the iPad there are still a few challenges that you will face along the way. Here are a few steps that may help you leave the personal computer era behind for good. Read more »
Chiquita Brands is famous for the fresh produce it brings to the table. It’s a mature, established company that’s has a “cloud first” mantra for all new applications, said CIO Kevin Ledford. Read more »
The concept of HR must change to support an increasingly distributed workforce that operates socially in increasingly ad hoc teams. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Google lost an emergency appeal, meaning it is posting a notice in the middle of its French homepage for a period of 48 hours that tells users it violated their privacy. Read more »
The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for it to learn and anticipate my needs as opposed to me having to program them. The team behind an Indiegogo product called Webee feels the same way. Read more »
Building a gigabit network is unfortunately not a fast proposition. It takes time and money to dig trenches or string fiber. But in an op-ed over at Ars Technica, the CEO of Wicked Broadband in Lawrence, Kansas suggests that if Google really wanted to drive broadband competition and gigabit networks it would teach cities how Google thinks about the problem and costs of building fiber. Then, municipalities could take on the act of building out the infrastructure and help roll out gigabit fiber faster. I’ve made a similar suggestion myself.
The Justice Department wrapped up its investigation into Samsung’s decision to use so-called FRAND patents to obtain an import ban on Apple devices at the ITC. Read more »
Bitcoin took a fall after some bad news this week — but nothing like its notorious crashes of the past. Meanwhile, other currencies, including the lira and the peso, fell just as much. Read more »
The patent battle between Nokia and HTC has come to an end. Nokia on Friday announced the companies have settled all patent litigation, and have entered into a patent licensing and technology collaboration agreement. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but HTC will make payments to Nokia, and both companies will have access to HTC’s LTE patents. Prior to this arrangement, the companies squared off in court most recently over a sales injunction against the HTC One and HTC One Mini in the UK. The timing of this deal is key, as Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device business is expected to close this quarter.
Viddler used to be a pioneer of personal video blogging. Now, it’s getting readu to delete most of those early web videos Read more »
Samsung is trying to renew interest in the Galaxy S4 with a new paint job and leather-like back cover. Read more »
LinkedIn is nixing two services in an effort to “focus” its product line. Read more »
Google’s build out of fiber networks around the world could give its cloud a leg up on #1 player Amazon Web Services, says Randy Bias. Read more »
India has an ambitious goal to implement a massive amount of solar-powered water pumps. The project could reduce load on the neglected power grid, reduce costs for farmers, and lower carbon emissions. Read more »
It’s a very special episode of The Gigaom Show, as Microsoft doesn’t change CEOs very often. We also tackle connected cars and mysterious slowdowns in your online video streaming services. Read more »
The growing popularity of Netflix in Canada has resulted in calls for regulation, reports The Toronto Star. The Canadian Media Production Association, which represents English-language filmmakers in Canada, wants to tax Netflix’s service, and force the company to invest in local film production. The group also wants Netflix to take a tougher stance against VPN services that allow users to access the company’s service in other countries, possibly to make sure that Canada’s users don’t access U.S. films that haven’t been licensed for their country yet.
If you have a smart home and want to make it a bit more automated, modes might be your new best friend. Here’s how to take advantage of them. Read more »
Canada’s Telus is replacing key cards with SIM cards as the security credentials necessary to enter its buildings. Employees need only wave their NFC phones over a contactless sensor to gain entry. Read more »
Venture capital firm Khosla Ventures already has a long list of startups that it’s backed that are looking to make food more sustainable — like plant-based egg maker Hampton Creek Foods, organic candy company Unreal Candy, salt replacement product Nu-Tek Salt, and plant-based meat replacement startup Sand Hill Foods. But Fasto.co Exist has the details on the Khosla-backed vegan cheese startup Kite Hill, which uses nut milk instead of dairy to make artisanal cheeses.
A leaked screenshot might provide a first glimpse at HTC’s forthcoming Sense 6.0 software. Read more »
The Finnish infrastructure-as-a-service provider is moving into the U.S. with a slightly secretive new model that, it claims, will protect customers’ personal data from U.S. authorities. Read more »
Critics charge that the NBC News report that your smartphones and computers get hacked the minute you arrive in Russia is erroneous and misleading. Read more »
Pandora will open up its submissions process to artists of all kinds. Read more »
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has bought back $14 billion in stock since reporting its Q1 financial results. He also said the company is working on some new product categories. Read more »
Here’s a new paywall perk: Digital subscribers to the U.K.’s Times or Sunday Times can get a free year-long membership to Spotify Premium (normally $9.99 or £9.99 per month), through a special offer starting this Sunday. New and existing subscribers to the Times‘ two annual products — a digital-only subscription or a digital-plus-print subscription — are eligible. ”Spotify said [this deal] is the first it has done of this nature with any media owner,” the Guardian notes.
Looking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to Gigaom’s job board. Check out the latest tech gigs at leading companies across the country. Read more »
IBM is considering a sale of its chip business, according to a report in the Financial Times. The article suggested that IBM may also look for a new partner with which it could spin off a joint venture, but either way it’s appointed Goldman Sachs to see if anyone’s interested. IBM’s semiconductor business is very cutting-edge, experimenting with new materials and technologies such as photonics, graphene and carbon nanotubes. Its Power architecture is also used in some IBM servers and supercomputers such as Watson. IBM said last month that it was selling its x86-architecture server business to Lenovo, the same company that took on its PC business in 2004.
One day before the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Google changed its front page in both Russia and the U.S. to what looks like a very public protest in doodle form. The rainbow-themed image of athletes pictured below includes a quote from section 6 of the Olympic charter, which advocates against discrimination in any form. Russian law limits free speech from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. While some Olympic sponsors have issued statements condemning the law, it’s not surprising that Google went to its doodle to make a not-so-subtle point.
So you want to watch the Olympics, but not on your TV? You are in luck: NBC is streaming more than 1,000 hours of competitions live online — but those streams can only be accessed if you are a pay TV subscriber. Read more »
Qualcomm is on a mission to dominate the guts of our smartphones, and this year it will get one step closer as the first smartphone debuts using Qualcomm components from the antenna to the processor. Read more »
Linkedin had a solid fourth quarter earnings report, bolstered by an acquisition designed to help better match recruiters with the company’s users. Read more »
In a moving story, a father begged Facebook to share a video of his dead son. The story had a happy ending, but points to growing tech companies and families for control of our memories. Read more »
The Turkish parliament has passed draconian new amendments to its internet law, which will allow the authorities to block content at the URL level without a court order, something critics of the new law say will effectively kill free speech Read more »
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have created a $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund, to help support people in Kansas City, Kan. and Chattanooga Tenn. create apps that will showcase novel uses for gigabit networks. The open source software developed under the program will take advantage of the advanced networks in both cities, and hopefully offer up some great use cases for people who ask, why does anyone need a gig. Last summer Mozilla provided some funding for 22 ideas that competed as part of a U.S. Ignite event to showcase gigabit apps. Check ‘em out.
Twitter is offering up access to its entire corpus of tweets to a select group of researchers through a new data grant program. But the program raises a simmering question over whether such valuable data shouldn’t be more open in the first place. Read more »
Apple will soon have everything it needs to put sapphire displays in the next generation of the iPhone, according to 9to5Mac. The company has reportedly ordered large quantities of furnaces and chambers used to make sapphire displays, along with tools for inspection. According to an analyst mentioned in the report, Apple will have enough materials for production parter GT Advanced Technologies to make anywhere from 100 million to 200 million sapphire iPhone displays, assuming a 5-inch screen size. Though debatable, it’s possible that sapphire could make for a stronger, more scratch-resistant display than the currently-employed Gorilla Glass.
Based on Square’s marketing it might seem like an iPhone and a Square Reader go hand in hand, but half of all Square’s merchants are asserting their love for Android smartphones. Read more »
Tesla boss Elon Musk says that Spotify didn’t want to work with his company, so he sealed a deal with Rdio instead. Read more »