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 »
Instead of a paywall around its existing content, Slate is trying to convince its biggest fans to become members of a community — membership that will bring them additional benefits, including preferential access to writers and editors at the site. But will it be enough to move the revenue needle? Read more »
After 8 months, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business becomes official on April 25. Nokia’s network and mapping groups will remain separate, but Nokia phones will become Microsoft phones. Read more »
Since 2012, people have been 3D printing robotic hands for those in need through projects like e-NABLE and Robohand. Fifty-three-year-old Jose Delgado, Jr. recently swapped out his $42,000 prosthetic arm for a 3D printed one derived from Robohand and found it actually helped him accomplish more. Materials for the hand cost $26.14, but 3D Universe founding partner Jeremy Simon plans to offer kits for $50 to cut down on initial investment costs. He recently posted an interview with Delgado, along with a video of Delgado’s thoughts:
A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has already used the system to power equipment at a nuclear power plant. Read more »
First generation Apple TVs have lost their ability to connect to iTunes, according to a 25-page-long thread on Apple’s support forum. Users report they cannot connect to the iTunes store to download or stream movies, TV shows and podcasts, although most internet functions, such as Youtube, are working. The issue appears to be widespread and worldwide, implying an issue on Apple’s backend. Users first noticed the issue last Thursday. Apple has yet to state whether this is a temporary glitch or an intentional change to functionality. The first generation Apple TV was released in 2007 and sold until 2010. The glitch does not affect the second or third generation models.
This month, Facebook will announce a mobile ad network that delivers advertisements directly to third-party mobile apps. Read more »
It would make sense for Google to talk to Square about acquiring its slick but money-losing mobile payments business, but good luck determining who talked to who about what. Read more »
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Digital technologies are transforming the communications, technology and entertainment sectors. USC’s Advanced Management Program is a five-day course that covers business strategy in the age of mobile, digital, social, big data and the cloud with a focus on leadership and innovation. Read more »
Mobile games have become so popular that phone makers are offering coveted marketing spots in the app store to game makers that release early on their platforms. Read more »
When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. Read more »
Samsung’s Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times despite only being available for select Samsung handsets. Samsung now plans to launch a premium version of the service. Read more »
Joss Whedon has taken inspiration from comic books and Shakespeare — his latest muse? Beyonce. The fanboy god surprised his fans tonight by releasing the newest film from his production company, exclusively on Vimeo On Demand. Read more »
Record companies are using obscure state laws to take another legal whack at Pandora. Making a scapegoat out of the internet radio service is unlikely, however, to make new money for musicians. Read more »
As businesses demand faster user experiences, the nature of the internet is going to change. Read more »
The week in cloud: Firehost nets $25 million in new funding to add features to and market its secure cloud; Linode pours $45M into its infrastructure. Read more »
Sensors and other electronics will drive tremendous innovation in medical devices, building off the current momentum in fitness and wellness devices. Read more »
The future of cloud computing is the availability of more computing power at a much lower cost. Read more »
For those of you that still purchase music CDs, the following guide will help decide which is the best cloud based music library to access your digitized music library from your iOS device. Read more »
In an effort to get a grip on how global a phenomenon bitcoin really is, I acquired data on more than 1.3 million tweets, spanning the month of February, about the crypto-currency. Here’s a breakdown of who’s tweeting, where and what they’re sharing. Read more »
ICYMI: On this week’s Structure Show, the OpenStack Foundation’s Mark Collier and Jonathan Bryce take us through the Icehouse release and why we shouldn’t get our knickers in a bunch re. the Solum PaaS project. Read more »
Nike has let go most of the members of its FuelBand wearables unit and will stop developing new versions of the device, according to a report by CNET. The tech news site quoted an unnamed person “familiar with the matter” as saying that the firm has laid off 70 to 80 percent of its 70-person hardware division and will not produce a new version of the FuelBand, but will continue to sell the existing version. Some industry observers believe Nike has decided to align itself with Apple, which is expected to launch an iWatch or other wearable device that might run Nike’s Fuel software. Apple CEO Tim Cook is a member of Nike’s board.
Snapwire, a mobile app and website, is trying to connect the creative power of the Instagram generation with the companies and people who are willing to pay them to keep snapping. Read more »
The Dragon capsule will carry important science experiments to the International Space Station. It also holds a part needed to repair a backup computer on the ISS. Read more »
The FCC has issued its proposed rules for the 2015 incentive auction, which aims to repurpose a sizable chunk of the UHF TV band for 4G. The FCC will make its first — but not last — vote in May. Read more »
It’s deja vú for bitcoin followers as a new possible creator is brought into the spotlight and MtGox continues to fight its long legal road ahead. Read more »
When it comes to cloud infrastructure, the underlying hardware and applications are only becoming more numerous and far flung. How then will concepts important to enterprise computing hold together? Read more »
On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its “mobile moment,” meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic. Both feed directly into each other — apparently mobile accounts for more than 50 percent of LinkedIn’s international traffic already. But the company conveniently side-steps any stats related to Monthly Active Users, perhaps a sign that the company is still trying to make its platform a daily destination.