Chet Kanojia, the man behind the company that could transform the TV industry, has some very big ideas about how to manage the airwaves and how people will watch television five years from now. 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 »
We’re answering some tough questions this week on the podcast starting with what’s that up in the sky and ending with, why hasn’t my smart lock shipped yet. Read more »
Uber announced today that it will start tacking on a $1 “safe rides fee” to every UberX ride. In a blog post, the company said the extra dollar would go towards security measures, like background checks and driver education. Both Uber and Lyft extended their insurance options to cover drivers better last month. The extra $1 won’t be too much of a cost burden though after UberX cut prices earlier this year.
A Reddit user received four nonfunctional pairs of Glass in the mail, each with a different titanium frame and different color of Glass, in what Google has confirmed to be a try-before-you-buy program. Read more »
Technology analyst Ben Thompson has quit his job and is trying to turn his blog into a business by launching a freemium membership model, which gives readers access to extra features and content if they pay a monthly fee Read more »
Did a local politician send the police to raid the house of someone who was using Twitter to mock him? Read more »
Twitter has announced the winners of its inaugural data grants program, which provide select researchers with access to the entire history of tweets. The six winning projects are wide ranging, from gastrointestinal illnesses to sports. Read more »
Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in one of its developments and KB Homes apparently installing an energy management system that will lay the groundwork for later home control upgrades in all new homes it builds. An article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an interview with a KB Homes VP about how the homebuilder has so far implemented technology into its homes, and the user reaction. I wish there was indication on how open KB’s systems are, but it’s still worth a read.
Hadoop startup Karmasphere, which launched in 2010, has sold its intellectual property to credit-scoring specialist FICO. Karmasphere appears to have been struggling for adoption and funding, so selling its assets was not an unforeseen turn of events. Read more »
Ho hum. Dropbox has another two startups under its belt as it continues its sorta-stealthy buying binge. Read more »
An appeals court has ruled that a blogger is a member of the media for the purposes of defamation law — another decision that helps support the idea of protecting acts of journalism, rather than just specific people who are defined as professional journalists Read more »
MLB.tv added Chromecast support for its iOS and Android apps on Thursday, giving baseball fans yet another way to stream America’s favorite pastime to their televisions. As always, live streaming requires a $129.99 MLB.tv premium subscription and in-market games are blacked out. Previously, you could mirror the MLB.tv website from a Chrome tab, but having the option to cast from an app usually improves video quality on Chromecast.
Google Fiber started as a project to show how broadband could be improved in the U.S. On its earnings call yesterday its CFO shared a statement that shows it had accomplished that mission. Read more »
Google continued its heavy infrastructure spending in the first quarter of 2014, to the tune of more than $2.3 billion. It’s the third consecutive quarter the company has topped $2 billion in capital expenditures. Read more »
Are you receiving a barrage of text message “invitations” to try an app? Blame desperate messaging apps that are trying to “growth hack” their way to survival. Read more »
Citymapper is more known in London than it is in the U.S., but with $10 million in new capital it plans to expand into other big metro areas where large numbers of public transit commuters live. Read more »
Twitter follower analytics company SocialRank is shaping its product up to cater to brands and individuals curious about their followers. Read more »
If email drives your business, can you afford to have over 20 percent of the emails you send not make it to your customers’ inboxes? Poor email deliverability negatively affects your bottom line and your relationships with your customers, but there are ways to take control. Read more »
According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple is planning to integrate Shazam song identification into an upcoming iOS update. Read more »
LG likes Chromecast’s way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices. Read more »
The use of OpenStack in Ericsson’s core next-gen gear means mobile operators will be able to roll out features faster and use cheaper hardware, said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel. Read more »
Portuguese company Ynvisible created Printoo kits to get flexible, thin electronics out of laboratories and into the hands of makers. It is offering a series of modules on Kickstart as of today that can do just about anything. Read more »
App developers will have a new way to reach potential users on Twitter: The company announced Thursday that it will support mobile-app install cards, meaning that users can install apps directly from a tweet. The ads will be powered by MoPub, the ad exchange Twitter acquired in the fall of last year, and will work for both iOS and Android phones. The apps are installed via Twitter’s Card system, and Twitter mentioned participation from Spotify, Kabam, HotelTonight and Deezer. It’s arguably Twitter’s highest-value ad yet, and could stand to bring in good revenue for the company as it establishes its ad network.
Users of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets can download a new Kindle app produced in partnership with Amazon. The app, Kindle for Samsung, has a new interface and gives away one ebook a month. Read more »
Building an advertising-based business from scratch is hard. When we first decided that a platform should have non-traditional advertising, people thought we were crazy (they still do!). We could have plastered our pages with annoying, intrusive banners and hit the jackpot. But we took the long road instead, putting discovery at the center. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show, OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce and COO Mark Collier make their case for enterprise OpenStack adoption. Read more »
Microsoft Azure Basic and Amazon’s designation of “previous generation” EC2 instances may signal a shift to more tiering of basic cloud infrastructure. Read more »
Bringing everyday physical objects online is going to shake up the chip industry in a major way. There are new opportunities for startups and even Intel knows it has to change. Read more »
Music subscription service Spotify is getting ready to switch its data delivery technology from P2P to a server-client model, according to a TorrentFreak report. Spotify has long been using P2P for its desktop client, but not for mobile and web listening, and it makes sense that the company is looking to streamline its data delivery as mobile usage grows and bandwidth prices continue to decline. With the shift, Spotify is also closing the book on a little-known part of its past: uTorrent creator Ludvig Strigeus started working for Spotify after he sold his company to BitTorrent Inc. That sale was facilitated by none other than Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who briefly served as uTorrent’s CEO.
Jasper has quietly become a force in the internet of things, brokering and managing many of the connectivity agreements – including AT&T’s increasing number of connected car partnerships – that link appliances, gadgets and vehicles to mobile networks. On Wednesday, Jasper announced it has raised a $50 million round led by the government of Singapore’s investment arm Temasek Holdings, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the funding raises its valuation to $1 billion. Mobile connectivity has mainly been a big factor in the industrial internet of things, where shipping, trucking and many other industries have long used machine-to-machine connectivity. But Jasper’s M2M technology is gradually creeping into the consumer realm, in particular the connected car.
Many media outlets look down on comments, and some have killed them off entirely, arguing that they are filled with bad behavior and therefore worthless. But there is value in listening to one’s readers, and social media doesn’t fill that need completely. Read more »
Austin’s M87 is trying to turn smartphones into extensions of the mobile network, sending mobile connections hopping from device to device before hitting the tower. Qualcomm has taken notice. Read more »
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering challenge, noting that Comcast implied that it was no big thing in its hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee. Since Netflix wasn’t at the hearing, perhaps Sen. Franken just wants to get Netflix’s comments on the record. And while, we aren’t Netflix, if Sen. Franken is interested, here’s how we think regulators should view the deal.
The “bring your own” acronym syndrome now has the cloud primed for inclusion in the tech lexicon. Is BYOC the next BYOD? IT administration
is looking more and more democratic, but who is in charge of company data and organizational structure? Read more »
Blogger Nick Szabo was found to be “an uncanny match” to the author of the original bitcoin whitepaper — another clue to revealing who created the currency. Read more »
Google released its Q1 earnings report for 2014, and while the company continues to make lots of money the results were shy of analysts’ expectations. Read more »
The newest Google Android app just made it easier to remotely access a Windows or Mac computer from a phone or tablet. You’ll need Chrome on the target computer but that shouldn’t surprise if you’ve been following Google’s long-term Chrome strategy. Read more »
If you mainly use your Kindle to read ebooks, you may be unaware that the device is also an excellent document reader — simply send an email with a document to a specific Amazon email address and it will appear on your e-reader. On Wednesday, Amazon sent an email to Kindle users informing them all documents sent to Kindle are now stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, in a folder labeled “My Send to Kindle Docs,” even documents sent before the cloud drive integration. Previously, documents sent to Kindle were converted to .mobi format, but now those docs are stored in their original format. It’s pretty nifty and allows you to send a document to your reader and make a cloud backup accessible from the browser at the same time.
Meet Kif Leswing, who will be covering mobile technology for us out of New York. Read more »