Netflix submitted an unusually blunt filing to the FCC that blasts Verizon and Comcast, and says the agency should use its “Title II” power to enforce net neutrality. Read more »
These free events in San Francisco, New York City and Chicago bring together developers, decision-makers, engineers and startups to hear from innovative companies about how they’re solving tough challenges as they deploy next-generation solutions like MongoDB, internet of things, ecommerce, devops and hybrid cloud architectures. Read more »
Wilocity has dominated the still tiny WiGig chip market so far, but Nitero is bringing its first radio silicon to market, and it’s targeted directly at the smartphone. Read more »
BlackBerry hasn’t given up any chance of a mobile device comeback: It will soon offer the square-screened Passport phone along with a BlackBerry Assistant app similar to other voice-activated digital assistant apps on competing platforms. Read more »
Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that would cost $9.99 a month. According to pages that were pulled down, it will offer access to over 600,000 titles. Read more »
Google Play accounted for 60% more app downloads last quarter than iOS, according to a new report. Read more »
Apple devices are flooding the enterprise anyway. Now businesses — IBM accounts anyway — can get help making sure they work well with others once inside. Read more »
A controversial law lets EU citizens remove search results from Google. A web developer who feels this is censorship has made a site to keep track of some of the sites that are disappearing. Read more »
That Dell Chromebook 11 for education is pretty popular, and not just in schools. That sounds good, right? But there’s a problem for you (and Microsoft) if you want this Chromebook, which is one of my current favorites. Read more »
Are the U.S. handset price wars about to start now that subsidies and contracts are on the way out? Take the Luma 635, for example: AT&T will start selling it to customers on August 8 for $139.99 or $29 less than T-Mobile’s full retail price. Read more »
Tado, the European Nest competitor, has taken $13.6 million in fresh investment from Target Partners, Shortcut Ventures – both of which have already invested — and others. According to CEO Christian Deilmann, the home climate control firm will use the money to expand to all major European countries and beyond. Currently, the Tado smart thermostat is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the U.K., while the more recently launched Tado Cooling box, which connects legacy air-conditioning units to the firm’s app, is already a worldwide proposition.
The Atlanta-based startup founded by a team of ex-Googlers sells a software script that is able to record all actions of users on a website, which will supposedly help its customers figure out what works as a good user interface. Read more »
Jibo can read messages, tell a dramatic story and beam in live video of a relative. Robots like it could soon bridge the social gap between humans and increasingly intelligent everyday devices. Read more »
Scale up computational resources for financial services data sets at lower cost. This white paper outlines how you can leverage HPC resources on the AWS Cloud to allocate capacity on demand without up-front planning or major infrastructure investments. Read more. Read more »
Jfrog, the company behind Artifactory and Bintray, will use new funds to beef up R&D and global sales and marketing, Read more »
New techniques and technologies are emerging, but things are nonetheless becoming more integrated. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Though no names were named, a report from the United Nations human rights chief has stressed that mass surveillance clashes with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — and that over-cooperative tech companies may be complicit in human rights abuses. Read more »
A startup that just raised $10.4 million in funding from NEA has me questioning the future of the best-effort internet. Here’s the scoop on IIX’s plan to change peering. Read more »
Deutsche Telekom has its own German cloud storage service, TelekomCloud, so it’s no surprise to see its big Dropbox partnership exclude the carrier’s home turf. Read more »
FiftyThree, the U.S. startup that produces the designer-friendly drawing app Paper, has now brought out the accompanying Pencil stylus in Europe, 8 months after it was released in North America. Pencil connects with the user’s iPad via Bluetooth to enable features like palm rejection, finger blending and switching to the erase function without needing to change tools in the app. Variable surface pressure will be added with the upcoming release of iOS 8. In the U.K., the graphite version of Pencil is priced at £49.99 ($85.64) and the walnut version at £64.99 ($111.34).
Stepping in where the banks won’t or don’t dare, Elliptic now has funding for its secure and insured Vault service, and it wants to expand its repertoire. Read more »
Samsung is in talks to buy smart home hub startup SmartThings in a deal valued at $200 million. If so, this is a win for both companies. Read more »
Tesla’s goes for the mundane moniker for the third-gen car: Model 3. The Tesla brand is first, and the car brands comes second. Read more »
Sling is back with a new box, and one that got a new name, along with a few internal updates. Read more »
The ecommerce platform had already supported BitPay since November, but announced today that its users could start accepting bitcoin via Coinbase, pitting the two payment processors against each other. Read more »
As expected, Verizon added LTE service for its Allset prepaid plans on Tuesday. Previously, Verizon’s prepaid customers were stuck with sluggish data from its CDMA network. Prices are staying the same as before: the base plan, which includes unlimited calls, texts, and 500MB of mobile data, costs $45 and you get the option to add 1GB and 3GB blocks of rollover data. LTE speeds will require an LTE-capable device, and you can either bring your own or purchase one from Verizon. If you’ve got an XLTE-capable device, you can take advantage of the added speeds from Verizon’s new LTE network as well.
A post on Google+ says that the social network has removed all remaining restrictions on what name a user can sign up with, meaning the platform has done away with its previous real-name policy. But the change is likely too little and too late for Google+ Read more »
The CEO who turned around Ford can only help Google as it dives deeper into the automotive industry with its driverless vehicle and Android Automotive projects. Read more »
Data is the gold that’s luring businesses to the internet of things and connected home. Consumers benefit, but absent a conversation about rights and appropriate uses of data we may give up more than we realize. Read more »
A data manager for Twitter says he asked for additional help while he underwent a medical procedure, but that the company instead chose to fire him and hire several people in their 20′s and 30′s. Read more »
“Landmark” collaboration announced by IBM and Apple will combine IBM’s enterprise know-how with Apple’s glitzy consumer devices. Read more »
Instead of buying a double-capacity battery for your Galaxy S5, why not make use of the existing battery by stacking another one on top of it? That’s exactly what the Unity Battery Case from Unu does. Read more »
Given the usual strategy for OTT communications apps is to grow big and then sell out to an internet giant, Line’s plan to go independent runs counter to the market. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast website is now listing more than 400 apps and counting that are capable of casting content to the TV screen. Read more »
Looking to get your hands on a Project Ara prototype? Google has opened up applications for its Ara developer’s program — but be warned, it won’t be easy to get one of the first modular phone prototypes available outside of Mountain View. According to an email sent on Monday to Ara developers informing them of the application page, Google will “prioritize requests based on technical experience and the strength of your module concept.” The first batch of dev boards, with three board options, will ship in late July. If you’d like to be in that group, you’ll need to get your application in by Wednesday. For non-developers, Google is aiming for a early 2015 commercial release.
AWS Marketplace now offers some third party software on a discounted annual subscription basis. Read more »
A Better Tomorrrow, Shaolin and Kung Fu Dunk are some of the movies now available on DramaFever, which also plans to launch a dedicated site for documentaries later this year. Read more »
More Internet companies are embracing wind and solar to help power data centers. Microsoft is the latest for a huge data center in Chicago. Read more »
Political commentator Ronan Farrow says that social networks like Twitter and Facebook should do more to police violent content from terrorist groups — but who gets to draw the line between free speech and hate speech, or choose which content should disappear forever? Read more »
The UK Data Retention and Investigation Powers (DRIP) Bill, which is being fast-tracked through the legislative process, cleared the first stage in the House of Commons by 498 votes to 31 after a sparsely-attended “debate” (pictured). As previously reported, DRIP expands the authorities’ surveillance powers so that foreign web communications service providers can be forced to hand over user information – despite the assurances of the U.K. government that it only maintains the “status quo”. Lawyers and web law experts (and Edward Snowden) strongly oppose it. DRIP, which all major parties agreed to support before the public got to see it late last week, now goes for a second reading in the evening, then the House of Lords on Wednesday.