Google wants to get into the enterprise video conferencing business by offering an affordable combination of Chrome-based hardware and the company’s Hangouts video chat. Read more »
Pinterest has cleaned up its mobile website in the hopes of attracting a more global user base. Read more »
Application performance monitoring company says its revenue (which it doesn’t specify) grew 120 percent growth year over year. Read more »
Don’t like Roku’s default home screen theme? Soon you’ll be able to exchange it with a custom theme built by a third-party developer. Read more »
As Devicescape’s customer base grows, so does its virtual Wi-Fi network as every new user begins sniffing out new open Wi-Fi access points to add to its footprint. Read more »
Coming up with a comprehensive way of measuring how much attention people actually pay to a webpage or a website is not as easy as it seems. Upworthy says it has designed its own, more effective metric and wants to share it with other online publishers Read more »
Sony is getting out of the ebook business in the United States and Canada, and turning its customers (there aren’t many of them at this point) over to Kobo. Read more »
The caller ID and reverse phone directory app, which is only now seriously turning its sights on Western markets, is also touting major growth, having jumped from 10 million users in January 2013 to 45 million today. Read more »
This March in New York City, Gigaom’s Structure Data conference will showcase some of the most innovative computing approaches on the planet, including a talk from D-Wave, the maker of quantum computers, which operate at temperatures close to absolute zero. Read more »
KnCMiner, a Swedish company that makes hardcore hardware for the Bitcoin mining crowd, is constructing a data center for that very purpose. As reported by Data Center Knowledge, the 10-megawatt facility is being built in Boden, in a former army hangar nearby Facebook’s Lulea data center — northern Sweden is cold with great renewable energy facilities, and is as such an ideal data center location. According to KnCMiner co-founder Sam Cole, it will go live in the coming months as the first of many planned “mega data centers” for Bitcoin mining, a larger one of which may be situated nearby if talks with local authorities pan out.
Beep’s new connected speaker adapter isn’t just geeky on the outside: It renders HTML5 web apps, doing away with the need for proprietary home audio standards. Read more »
The spread of revenge porn, which is used to terrorize women, has led some to hail copyright law as a magic bullet solution. It won’t work and could do more harm than good. There are better options. Read more »
By taking a stake in Embrane, Cisco gains a better foothold in the upper layers of the networking stack which could boost its competitive position vs. VMware. Read more »
MemSQL, the database startup from two former Facebook engineers, has already raised a lot of money and roped in some big customers. Now it’s looking to broaden its footprint with a flash-optimized columnar store to complement its in-memory row-based one. Read more »
Two new patent applications could ensure you’ll never have to curse the autocorrect feature on your iPhone again. Read more »
Despite the good news in Twitter’s first quarterly earnings report as a publicly traded company — particularly stronger-than-expected revenue of $243 million and $0.02 earnings per share — the stock was down more than 20 percent in pre-market trading. Just before trading opened, the stock was at $51.40, more than 22 percent below its closing price of $65.97. The reason for the slide seems to be the company’s slow user growth in 2013: an increase of just 30 percent year-over-year. Pre-market shares tend to be more volatile than after the opening bell, but it’s still not looking very pretty.
Peering disagreements aren’t fun or consumer-friendly, but they might be the reason consumers’ video streams are suffering. New data purports to show much an effect these fights are having on your broadband. Read more »
Give us your thoughts on what forces are shaping the industry, and which companies might be best-positioned to harness them. Read more »
Studies show the vast majority of workers globally are disengaged in their jobs. There are many factors impacting engagement, but providing more-engaging collaboration tools can help bring better focus and more-meaningful interactions to an increasingly dispersed and mobile workforce. Read more »
Amazon has acquired video game developer Double Helix Games, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Terms of the deal are unknown, but the acquisition includes both the development studio as well as all of the intellectual properties owned. “Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch, which first reported the news. Double Helix is the studio behind Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct, as well as the upcoming Strider reboot, set to launch this month on PS3. A recent report suggested that Amazon is planning to launch a game console, so this news only adds fuel to the speculation.
Due to ongoing financial struggles, Sony is to sell off its venerable Vaio PC business in order to focus on smartphones and tablets. The company will also try to realign its TV efforts with an eye on the 4K market. Read more »
Russian web giant Yandex may focus on customers in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but its research efforts are widespread — speech recognition R&D takes place in Zurich, and on Thursday the company said it’s coming to Berlin for mapping work. Yandex’s mapping partner is Navteq or, as it is known these days, Nokia Here, and Berlin has long been a hub for that team. Yandex said it will hire 30-40 people for its Berlin office during 2014 to work on its global Yandex.Maps service and, while the company still has no intention of pushing into the German market, a spokesman told me it would look into partnership opportunities with local startups.
On this week’s Structure Show we take on (what else?) the new Microsoft CEO, Tableau’s rip-roaring quarter and how Ford uses data to build better cars and sell more of them. Read more »
DFJ was actually better than most at cleantech investing. Alas, even the solid ones have moved on. Read more »
Intellectual Ventures went to trial for the first time. The case was supposed to be a landmark test for its patent trolling model but the case ended in a mistrial. Read more »
Both TeleGeography and Cisco are pegging 2013 as the year that global 2G connections stopped growing globally, giving way to newer 3G and 4G devices. But it will be a long path toward obsolescence. Read more »
In a long discussion on Twitter about the future of journalism and the media, venture investor and Netscape creator Marc Andreessen talked about why he is fundamentally optimistic about the news business and the ways in which it is being disrupted by the internet Read more »
Wells Fargo and AMEX are giving out hundreds of dollars in rebates. Jamba Juice is offering up free smoothies. There are plenty of incentives to try Isis — if you have the right phone, carrier and bank. Read more »
After 3D Systems lowered its expectations for earnings per share for the last quarter of 2013 this morning, its stocks took a dive, bringing fellow 3D printing companies like Stratasys and Voxeljet down as well. 3D Systems was down 27.4 percent this morning and has since bounced back a little bit to being down 15.07 percent, closing at $64.34. The company lowered its expectations after higher than expected spending on research and development, sales and marketing expenses and acquisition concentration costs.
Should Netflix be more like TV, and just start playing a continuous stream of content as soon as you launch the app? There are good reasons for and against it. Read more »
In its first earnings report as a public company, Twitter reported revenue and profits higher than had been expected, but it’s user base continues to grow slower than company watchers had hoped. Read more »
Say what you will about Satya Nadella, but don’t say he doesn’t understand the value of Microsoft’s technology. In an era where it’s competing against Google and Amazon to become the default digital platform company, that’s more important than ever. Read more »
Swiss researchers tested the prosthetic on a Danish man who lost his hand nine years ago. He was able to feel objects without worrying about crushing them. Read more »
Todd Bradley and Dave Donatelli, once stalwarts in HP’s executive suite, have been sidelined of late and are now on their way out the door, Reuters reports. Read more »
Activists and others involved in the war in Syria say Facebook has been deleting pages created by dissidents and removing content because it violates the social network’s standards, and that important information about the conflict is being lost as a result Read more »
Apple has acknowledged that some late 2013 models of the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro are having problems with Airplay mirroring and issued a potential fix. Read more »
Chromecast is getting more music content soon, courtesy of Beats and Rdio. Spotify on the other hand seems to be busy with other things. Read more »
The deal should make it easier for shops to accept contactless payments from the handsets of Vodafone, EE and O2 customers. Read more »
Google’s Android developers blog shows that the three-year-old Gingerbead software is still running on 20 percent of devices, while the new KitKat update has only reached 1.8. Read more »
Kik is embarking on the next step of its transformation from over-the-top communications provider to social content company. An embedded browser will let users share any web content directly. Read more »