Last year, Google combined the privacy policies of Gmail, YouTube and all its other products into a single policy. A US judge this week explained why, unlike in Europe, this is okay. Read more »
Just days after clearing the U.S. Department of Justice, Microsoft’s plan to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion got the European Commission’s stamp of approval. On Wednesday, the EU body outlined three main reasons to let the deal happen, including Microsoft’s low Windows Phone market share, saying that Apple and Samsung will continue to compete with the merged entity. The Commission also saw no risk to Microsoft holding back Windows Phone from handset makers other than Nokia, nor Skype or Office from other platforms.
Since the start of 2012, home automation startups have raised $468M across 56 deals. Surprisingly, most of those have not been the recent flurry of smaller rounds for SmartThings ($12.5 million), Zonoff ($3.8 million) or Revolv ($4 million), but from companies like Alarm.com ($136 million) and Nest ($80 million) raising really large rounds. Check out the CB Insights story for a nifty chart!
After a Cyber Monday snafu, the Moto X went on sale again this morning at 9AM PT. But it appears that Motorola underestimated demand, as the allocated supply of discounted phones has already run out. The sale requires you to register with your name and email address at Motorola’s site to get a $150 discount code on an off-contract Moto X ordered through Moto Maker. But if you go there now, you’ll only see a message that says “We’ve sold all the phones we allotted for this promotion.” If you missed out you can try again on December 9, though. Same time, same place.
With this acquisition, Docstoc’s 50 employees and myriad documents, courses and templates will fill out Intuit’s product portfolio for small businesses. Read more »
Media center app Plex could be coming to Chromecast soon: A recent version of Plex’s server software already includes a Chromecast configuration file. Read more »
In less than 3 months, iOS 7 is running on 74% of iPhones, while KitKat is only running on 1% of Android devices after a month. Read more »
Beats Music will launch its music subscription service in January, likely at CES, and the company is partnering with AT&T to get on people’s mobile phones. Read more »
Yesterday I wrote about Intel’s great big telecommunications market takeover plan, and on Wednesday the chip giant unleashed a networking chip that can offer some pretty intense competition for the network processors from the established vendors. Highland Forest is the third generation of Intel’s networking processors and can process up to 255 million packets per second. Rose Schooler, a VP and GM in Intel’s Data Center Group, says Intel currently has 17 pilots in the telecommunications space with seven of those being public today.
Bluetooth is getting a software update that will make it friendlier for connected devices including room for IPv6 support and the ability to act as a hub, instead of only as a peripheral. Read more »
Join Gigaom and the Valley’s music crowd for the sixth annual Silicon Valley Rocks! featuring eight bands of tech professionals plus a DJ who is a techie by day and rocker by night to raise money for Music in Schools Today. Read more »
Now that China has awarded 4G TD-LTE licenses to the three largest carriers, are there are any phones ready for the network? Yup, Apple’s newest iPhones already support the technology, which could go live on December 18 on China Mobile. Read more »
The service now has a beta feature that allows users to enter their own criteria for comparing one thing to another, which should make it easier for the Versus team to tell what’s most important to people. Read more »
Hitting the road and don’t want the hassle of international data plans or multiple SIM cards? GigSky has an option: A single SIM card that automatically provisions itself for 3G and 4G networks in 70 countries around the world. Read more »
Should Twitter users be held in contempt of court if they retweet information about a sensitive court case? The UK government is reminding them of the risk. Read more »
If these benchmark results are for the Galaxy S5, expect it be an absolute beast of a phone. Read more »
London-based early-stage venture capital firm Hoxton Ventures officially revealed itself on Wednesday, despite having already made some quiet investments into startups Campanja and (according to TechCrunch) Tizaro. The firm will make 4 to 6 investments a year from its $40 million fund, which will apparently soon close at $50 million. Europe may be experiencing a much-needed boom in early-stage investment — Hoxton Ventures’ rivals include the likes of London’s Balderton Capital, Wellington Partners and MMC Ventures, and Berlin’s Earlybird and Point Nine Capital.
Valve Software has been leaning toward Linux for some time. By joining the Linux Foundation it will contribute tools and expertise to make the open source OS more gamer friendly. Read more »
How do you build a big market for batteries and other forms of energy storage? Here’s a look at the key challenges. Read more »
People have the right to protect the use of our name and likeness, but what do we do about technology that can sense the shape of our face? The Hill reports that the Obama administration and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the first of a series of monthly meetings in February to discuss “a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology,” according to the NTIA. The proposed policy comes as more companies are building facial recognition technology into their features.
Mapping out this tech sector shows enormous growth and room for more. Read more »
LinkedIn has added to and refined its business over the past two years. What will the professional social network do next? Read more at Gigaom Research »
Connected devices and the internet of things are dramatically improving patient well-being. Learn how iRhythm, the creator of the ZIO XT Patch that monitors heart arrhythmia, is using Splunk to analyze medical device data to track service life cycles and patient usage while also monitoring its business processes. Read more »
MIcrosoft’s latest Chromebook ads are amusing but also misleading. Is the company feeling some heat at the low-end of the market? Check our recommended extension that actually helps you manage your extensions. How meta! Read more »
The unusual Android phone with an LCD on the front and an e-ink screen on the back is now on sale in Europe. Read more »
Mint, the popular personal finance app, is finally available on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Read more »
The stealthy startup has stocked its ranks with more Netflix veterans to run its seamless payments system. Read more »
Following its task management hit, the folks behind Any.Do have brought Cal to Android. The sleek and simple looking calendar has tight integrations with other apps and makes it easy to manage your day. Read more »
As the market for connected wearable devices set to grow sharply, Broadcom isn’t sitting on the sidelines. The company’s latest chip includes a processor, Bluetooth Smart and wireless charging support, making it an all-in-one choice for makers of smartwatches and other devices. Read more »
One big advantage of Apple’s Lightning connectors over industry-standard Micro-USB (technically “Micro-B”) connectors is that they can go either way up – you don’t need to look first to see which way to insert it. Perhaps with that in mind, as well as the rise of thinner devices, the USB Implementors Forum said (PDF) on Tuesday that a new Type-C connector will offer the same benefit and more. It will be agnostic not only about orientation but also cable direction, and will be around the same size as today’s Micro-B connectors – prepare to say goodbye to the existing USB plug form factor after the specification is finalised in mid-2014.
The mobile operator’s customers will get to use their domestic voice and data allowances while travelling in the United States, even though Three parent company Hutchison Whampoa doesn’t have a carrier operation there. Read more »
Big customers may want to use OpenStack but need hard metrics on how it performs in very large implementations. Mirantis and iBM are using Rally to fill that need. Read more »
The company has been quietly buying firms to help it build robots that could be used in manufacturing, logistics and quite possibly other sectors, too. Read more »
Wouldn’t it be cool to use any handset to control your TV or to share media around your home? A deal to put Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol on LG Smart TVs brings that reality closer. Read more »
Developed by a German research firm, the sensor-studded shoes should be available for purchase by early 2015. Read more »
It’s been a while since 1996, so Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that it’s time to rewrite the Communications Act. The plan is to start generating hearings, white papers and the discussions necessary to start this process in 2015. This is a law that governs how communications infrastructure operates, and has its roots in railroad legislation from the 1800s. Since we’re moving beyond the dial-up modems of ’96 and into gigabit connections, an update makes sense. For those who want to follow the legislative action there’s a hashtag (#commsactupdate). Of course.
As music subscription services are looking to bring their apps to the big screen, they might want to consider to take a closer look at Instagram and Co. Read more »
The rocket will deliver a telecommunications satellite to orbit above Earth, where it will serve the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. Read more »
Everyone from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post seems to be chasing after viral content because of the traffic it brings — but all this does is reinforce how doomed the pageview-based model really is Read more »