Determining a website’s mobile strategy isn’t rocket science, but it does take careful research and planning. Fortunately, design firm Entropy has it down to just three simple — but crucial — steps. Read more »
This Sunday, ABC is going to live stream the Oscars for the first time in the history of the awards. However, only a subset of TV viewers will have access to the show online. Read more »
Up till now developers could design and sell add-ons for Atlassian’s on-premises tools on its marketplace. Now they can do the same for its SaaS versions. Read more »
Advances in low-cost and low-power computing are removing the shackles that have constrained the feature sets of wearable devices. IBM’s Paul Brody predicts this will allow devices like smartwatches and fitness monitors to become more contextually aware and start to blur the lines between wearables and smartphones. Read more »
The medical practice of blood-letting persisted for decades in the face of evidence that it was a bad idea. Today’s patent system is experiencing the same difficulty. Read more »
As many outgrow their quotas for free online storage, hosting a personal cloud on becomes a more economical solution. This primer will go over some of the aspects of personal storage one should consider before diving in data first. Read more »
Sqrrl co-founder and VP of business development Ely Kahn came on the Structure Show this week to break down the state of cybersecurity and the cutting edge of data analysis within the Department of Defense. Read more »
Now that the Galaxy S5 and Nokia X are finally here, were they worth the wait? We took a hands-on look at the two which offer very different Android experiences. Read more »
Suzanne Vega, Rupert Murdoch’s broken marriage, Silicon Valley’s circus of innovation, Tom Steyer, the inconvenient billionaire; South Sudan’s old enmities and Facebook’s plan to conquer the world — some of the stories on menu this weekend. Read more »
Apple has been pushing for a windowed release strategy for new music, according to a Billboard report. In talks with record label executives, Apple has pointed to the latest Beyonce album as a possible blueprint for future releases: iTunes offered Beyonce’s self-titled album as an exclusive for one week when it was released in December. After that, it also sold at other retailers, but Spotify and other streaming services only got two tracks. Apple executives think that such windows could boost digital downloads, which declined by 5.7 percent last year.
Updated: This story has been corrected to reflect that it declined 5.7 percent last year, not 57 percent.
Big names Mark Lucovsky, Vadim Spivak, Richard McAniff, Karen Poole team up to make mobile story telling drop-dead simple. Read more »
The layoffs that started in India and Europe are now coming stateside. IBM admits to rebalancing its workforce but won’t confirm numbers or units affected. Read more »
In the next Gigaom Research webinar, our panel of experts will examine the future trends and use cases for streaming analytics. Join us on March 6 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Read more »
Planet Labs’ CubeSats aren’t the only satellites being released from the International Space Station this month. Lithuania, for example, just released its first two satellites ever. Read more »
February 2014 will mark a turning point for the internet thanks to a historic peering agreement and the FCC capitulating on net neutrality. Let’s let Verizon’s CEO share what the future internet will be. Read more »
Enterprises must identify the common features for each IaaS building block and compare them to the services offered by key players in the industry. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Bad vision plus Google Glass typically means spending $225 on special Glass frames. Or you could just spend a buck and custom 3-D print clips to attach Google Glass to your existing glasses. Read more »
Cloudera is working on an open source project called Oryx that aims bring machine learning to Hadoop in a way that previous attempts such as Apache Mahout could not. Read more »
Google filed an emergency motion on Friday asking a California appeals court to stay a decision this week that forced it to purge all copies of a controversial anti-Islam video from YouTube. The removal order was based on an unusual interpretation of copyright law, and was greeted with alarm by scholars, free speech advocates and the tech and entertainment industry. The order was all the more remarkable since it came with a gag order that forced Google to pull down all the videos before the court ruling was disclosed. In Friday’s motion, Google asked the court to suspend the original order until a full panel of the 9th Circuit Court can hear its appeal.
The Lumia Icon for Verizon isn’t perfect, but it’s the best Windows phone I’ve seen so far. Read more »
An increasing number of new-media startups — and even new projects by existing media outlets — are aimed at bringing context, background and analysis to the news instead of just trying to be the first to report something, and that’s a very beneficial development Read more »
Just how there were winners and losers in the telecom sector, there’s starting to be some truly disruptive successful startups that will make money on both sides of the coming energy transition. Read more »
Although Apple considers it just a hobby, its Apple TV and related content is generating big revenues: Sales topped $1 billion in 2013. With a current $25 promotion for Apple TV, is the connected set-top box about to graduate from hobby status with new hardware? Read more »
Like an eBay listing for a vintage Def Leppard concert T-Shirt, the Federal Communications Commission’s first spectrum auction in six years reached its reserve price of $1.56 billion and then promptly came to a halt with no further bids. Given the lack of carrier interest in Auction 96 and the 10 MHz of PCS spectrum it offered, the lackluster result is hardly a shock. Nor are we likely going to be surprised by the winners when the FCC announces them next month. Dish Network had promised to bid the reserve price for this spectrum, and barring any surprises, it likely ran away with these airwaves.
A court said drivers can look at maps on your phone — but not talk or text. This will only lead to more confusion at a time when we need new rules for computers, including Google Glass, in cars. Read more »
Al Jazeera is hiring dozens of video journalists to staff up for the launch of its AJ+ online venture. Read more »
Will this be the week that ended Bitcoin? It’s too early to know, but the market is recovering even in the shadow of the MtGox mess. Read more »
Apple just launched an Apple TV promotion that looks a lot like an attempt to clear the shelves for new hardware: Apple TV buyers will get a $25 gift card, effectively lowering the price to $75, reports 9to5Mac. Last month, reports surfaced that Apple was getting ready to introduce new Apple TV hardware in the first half of this year.
After buying up several of its competitors, GrubHub has announced its intentions to take its online digital food delivery and takeout operation public. Read more »
Sure it would make for strange bedfellows, but Microsoft needs Red Hat Enterprise Linux and an acquisition would signify a bold move by new CEO Satya Nadella. Read more »
Looking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to Gigaom’s job board. Check out the latest tech gigs at leading companies across the country. Read more »
It might be time to upgrade your home Wi-Fi now that that 802.11ac standard is official. Industry analysts are counting on you to do so, expecting 802.11ac access point sales to zoom with 45 percent market share in 2014, up from 8 percent last year. Read more »
Bloomberg now has sentiment analysis tools to tell traders about spikes in positive or negative chatter on Twitter. Read more »
Salesforce.com has been challenged on the profitability front, and that trend continued for its fourth quarter. Read more »
Power your enterprise with data-driven insight by making the most of big data and data science. This requires you to think big and differently. But not in the ways you may assume. Asking the wrong questions will limit the capabilities of your data. Read more »
Keeping secure in today’s always connected age of computing is not a once and done sort of task, it is an ongoing process that requires attention. The following checklist will help keep your devices secure. Read more »
Just how accountable is the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency, which has tapped the world’s communications infrastructure, hacked activists and snooped on webcam chats? Every time it’s challenged, GCHQ says it submits to “rigorous oversight” from the intelligence services commissioner and Parliament, but on Thursday Parliament’s home affairs select committee had to take the unusual step of ordering that commissioner to show up for questioning about the Snowden leaks. Sir Mark Waller, who is supposed to be a watchdog, refused to respond to the customary polite request for an appearance, and this is the first time during this government’s rule that the committee has had to order someone to show up.
The embattled exchange appears to be done for, leaving around $63.6 million in debts. Meanwhile, regulators around the world are still scratching their heads as to how to handle Bitcoin. Read more »
The tiny sensor also powers itself with TV signals, which already fill the air around us. The team behind the device says it could have big applications for the internet of things. Read more »