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.
Google announced a team of hackers dedicated to finding previously undiscovered bugs in software from other companies. Read more »
Box for Office 365 supposedly puts Box front and center and will allow for users to share attachments in Outlook via Box. Additionally, the file-sync and sharing company is giving away unlimited storage for customers of its Business plan. Read more »
The ability to deploy Hadoop clusters in the public cloud, on premises or in appliance form should be a critical requirement for your Hadoop distribution selection. And rolling out Hadoop clusters on both the Linux and Windows operating systems will be another important criterion for a great many enterprise customers. Tune in on July 17 to learn more. Read more »
Half of the world’s mobile carriers are exempting at least one app from data charges, according to Allot. More often than not, that app is Facebook. The subsidized mobile internet is becoming a key carrier draw. Read more »
TunnelX is a service that uses really strong encryption to let ordinary people have a truly private conversation online. But what will happen if the government comes calling? Read more »
The wait for Windows Phone 8.1 and all of its improvements is over now that Microsoft has started to roll the software out around the world. Also included is the Lumia Cyan update with Nokia-specific features. Read more »
Big layoffs are something that only Wall Street and shareholders could love, and that’s why Microsoft’s stock was up Tuesday. Read more »
A life-sciences-as-a-service startup called Transcriptic has opened its APIs to the general public, allowing researchers around the world offload tedious lab work to robots so researchers can spend more of their time analyzing the results. Read more »
Google will deactivate links on smartphone searches that go to flash-heavy websites. Read more »
Iron Man couldn’t save smartphone sales and he couldn’t save the jobs of two key HTC executives, either. The company’s CMO and Engineering head are both out of the picture, leaving the company with some big gaps to fill. Read more »
Hewlett-Packard’s board will discuss a succession plan at its next meeting in the wake of Ralph Whitworth’s resignation. Read more »
Hit an Apple Store in Japan and you can digitally purchase in-store credits for all things Apple. The new program, called iTunes Pass, could hint at Apples larger mobile payment ambitions. Read more »
Mediatek makes a lot of chips for inexpensive Android smartphones, but its latest system on a chip has features commonly associated with more cutting-edge mobile chips. Read more »
Facing off against cloud giants AWS, Microsoft and Google, Rackspace regroups in a way it hopes will show off its service and support advantages. Read more »
A Seattle-based machine learning startup called GraphLab is releasing the first official version of its software, which the company hopes can democratize an historically difficult space. Called Create, the software is focused on simplicity, speed and being able to handle a wide variety of applications. Read more »
The new announcements show that Chef is continuing its push to be the market leader in configuration management and IT automation. However, there’s probably going to be some disgruntled open source purists who have a bone to pick. Read more »
Attend this free webinar and get valuable insights and practical advice from Gigaom Research analyst Stowe Boyd and Bob Zukis, the CEO of Bloomfire. You will learn how you can leverage next-generation web-based social and mobile tools in the future of work — right now. Read more »
The White House finally responded to a petition, signed by more than 100,000 people, that called on it to let Tesla sell cars directly in all 50 states. Read more »
Kosta Grammatis, who believes broadband is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone, has a new startup and business model. The startup, Oluvus, buys bandwidth from an undisclosed telco and then offers free mobile phone service to the U.S. The hope is that people will shell out for extra services and fund broadband services for other parts of the world. The model reminds me of Toms Shoes, where each purchased pair of shoes pays for a pair for a needy child. Whether or not Grammatis succeeds, the Wired article detailing his efforts and failures is worth a read.
Getting developers to try — and then buy — new tools can be tricky. Codeship is hoping a new full-access freemium model will help. Read more »
The agreement will make it easier for companies using Thinfilm’s NFC barcodes and sensor-equipped labels on their products to manage the data flowing from those items, through Evrythng’s identity management platform. Read more »
A newly-published list of GCHQ tools that were in operation or being developed a couple years back, provides a fascinating insight into modern propaganda and disinformation techniques. Read more »
This week we are all about internet of things standards and certifications as we welcome the head of the AllSeen Alliance to the show and discuss a new radio certification introduced by Samsung, Nest, ARM and others. Read more »
Does the smart home need a new network? Some really big companies have created Thread, a new standard that aims to supplant Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee as the ideal radio tech for the home. Read more »
That didn’t take too long: Star Trek fans with Android Wear smartwatches can already download and install a free watchface based on the fictional LCARS computer interface of the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Daniele Bonaldo created and uploaded the “Starwatch” app to Google Play on Monday night, announcing the custom design on his Google+ page. The watch face displays the time, date and — just for kicks — the Unix Epoch, which is the total number of seconds (not counting leap seconds, of course!) since 0:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time on January 1, 1970.
The close of an FCC comment period revealed an important difference in how big and small tech companies are approaching the net neutrality debate. Read more »
Researchers at the University of Washington, Tacoma, have built a machine learning system capable of predicting readmission risks for congestive heart failure patients. It has shown good results in a pilot deployment, and now the team hopes to commercialize the technology. Read more »
Now for sale at Amazon, Radioshack and Staples, 3D printers are getting less and less difficult to find. Home Depot became the latest retailer to offer 3D printers today when it began selling MakerBots online and in 12 stores nationwide. The store is selling three printer models, plus MakerBot’s 3D scanner and filament. The 12 stores are located in California, Illinois and New York. “Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in a release.
Many acknowledge the need to manage mobile content, but there is currently no consensus on how to do so. Enter the mobile content management software market, which holds a number of strategies and tactical approaches for vendors with important go-to-market decisions. Read more at Gigaom Research »
San Francisco-based IoT startup Aether Things is delaying the shipping date of its Cone connected loudspeaker. The Cone, which is supposed to learn from your listening habits and automatically mix music based on past preferences, was scheduled to ship by July 15. On Monday, the company informed prospective buyers via email that it won’t meet that deadline: “We’ve come across some delays in finalizing Cone, which means we are unfortunately postponing the ship date. We’re very sorry to have to extend the wait,” the email reads, without providing an estimate for a new shipping date.
The rules for who can stream internet TV are up in the air in light of a new appeals court decision over “Dish Anywhere,” which is remarkably like the Aereo technology that the Supreme Court shut down last month. Read more »
A terrible Google+ experience keeps me from using Windows Phone handsets full time. This weekend, I tried gPlus — a Metro client for Google’s social service — and it (along with Windows Phone 8.1) is good enough for me to keep my SIM in a Lumia 930. Read more »
BitTorrent is looking to hire folks for a new BitTorrent TV product that could finally make use of its live streaming technology. Read more »
Startup BloomSky is making personal weather stations that link to a larger crowdsourced climate network. It hopes one day to tell you temperature and rainfall on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level. Read more »
After its “Scroogled” ad campaign against Chromebooks, Microsoft is now reiterating it has “a great value proposition against” Google’s Chrome OS laptops. Look for $99 Windows tablets and sub-$200 Windows laptops later this year as Microsoft rallies the troops. Read more »
Even streams of the Netflix kids show Turbo Fast are very slow for Verizon FIOS customers: The ISP continues to decline in Netflix’s monthly speed index. Read more »