Although their mail clients have shut down, Lavabit and Silent Circle have joined forces to change the protocols of secure mail. Read more »
In an age of Amazon reviews, Consumer Reports is struggling to succeed: Its average reader is over 60 years old. “It was a very slow process for [Consumer Reports] to wake up to the notion that the website was more important than the print product,” one former employee told Romenesko. “There was the attitude, ‘Users don’t know anything; we’re the experts.’”
Pandora made it official Thursday and added Chromecast support to its mobile apps. Users can now launch personalized stations straight from their phone or tablet. Read more »
Creativity comes to the track, as Austria’s Runtastic introduces Story Running. The stories all feature running and have been designed to fit the ideal pace of a run. Read more »
There has been a lot of speculation over whether recent disclosures about America’s extensive spy programs will harm the country’s economic interests. Now, in one of the first concrete examples of economic fall-out, the Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T’s plans to make a bid for Vodafone have been set back indefinitely over growing European anger over the US telephone company’s role in collecting information.
Recent leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggest that both AT&T and Verizon, which has also been mulling a bid for Vodafone, have participated in an ongoing US program to collect and record call data in the U.S and abroad. New disclosures that the U.S. tapped the personal cell phone of the German Chancellor have added new fuel to the controversy.
On this week’s show, we talk with Atlas Venture partner Chris Lynch about big data disruption and recap the big cloud news of the week. Read more »
Sprint has finally tapped into the spectrum treasure trove that has sat dormant for so long in Clearwire. It’s new LTE network is fast, but more importantly it has enormous amounts of pent-up capacity. Read more »
SunPower plans to build a new solar cell factory, a move that reverses the trend of solar manufacturers shuttering factories to deal with an over supply of solar equipment worldwide that began in 2011. Read more »
ServiceMesh layers service level assurance and reporting atop multiple cloud applications in a centralized way that should appeal to CSC enterprise accounts. Read more »
Wheeler not only has to manage an enormously complex spectrum auction next year, he faces two huge policy debates: the battle over net neutrality and the ramifications of the telecom industry’s transition to IP. Read more »
Vanished is a scary, stressful thrill that is worth the dollar I paid for it. Read more »
Dropbox has hired Kevin Park as its new head of technical operations and IT. Park was at Facebook from 2006 until 2011, where he was a director of technical operations. This isn’t the first time Dropbox has brought on former Facebook employees to help grow its engineering team — in 2012 it bought a startup called Cove that was started by Aditya Agarwal (now VP of engineering) and Ruchi Sanghvi (formerly VP of operations), who built Search and Newsfeed, respectively, during their time at Facebook.
Correction: This post has been updated to clarify that Ruchi Sanghvi is no longer with Dropbox.
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 gigs at technology companies across the country. Read more »
High-performance computing applications can help businesses take advantage of the lower energy costs a green data center offers, no matter where it’s located. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Facebook has announced its Q3 earnings, which shows not only growth in mobile ads but also a widening of the social platform’s user base. Read more »
Cisco may have landed a surprise coup to push for H.264, but Google still thinks that VP8 is the best codec for real-time communication on the web. Read more »
Peter Chernin’s media company is buying a controlling interest in Crunchyroll, reports AllThingsD. The report puts the money spent at less than $100 million, noting that Crunchyroll has raised $5 million to date. Crunchyroll is specializing in the import of anime TV shows, and the company operates a growing subscription business. For more on Crunchyroll, check out my interview with the company’s CEO Kun Gao.
Sprint is turning a spectrum disadvantage into a strength with Spark, the carriers solution to optimize bandwidth between its three different LTE network bands. The first phones to use Spark are launching on November 8. Read more »
Five years after co-founding Kickstarter, Perry Chen is moving up to the chairman’s office and being replaced by his co-founder Yancey Strickler. Another co-founder, Charles Adler, is moving to an advisory role. Kickstarter now boasts 5 million backers who have pledged close to a billion dollars. Read more »
The several decade-old practice of design thinking has now seeped into the roots of Silicon Valley. Read more »
Is Intel looking to get rid of its TV project, or get a partner on board to finally get it launched? The company is talking to Verizon to explore either of those options. Read more »
Politico is launching a free, bi-monthly print magazine, as well as a new “Politico Magazine” section of its website that will be updated daily. The editor, Susan Glasser, was formerly editor in chief at Foreign Policy. Read more »
Spanish Wi-Fi provider has already built a 2000-hotspot network in NYC. Now its enticing businesses onto that network by promising them the ability to communicate with their customers. Read more »
Maybe indie is popular after all. Gaming company Valve announced today via email that its independent-focused platform Steam experienced 30 percent user growth in the past year, pushing the total active accounts to 65 million — more than Xbox Live. Microsoft estimates that its platform has 48 million accounts, while Sony’s Playstation Network claims 110 million. Valve will enter with a broad user base into 2014, where it hopes to convert those fans into loyal Steam Machine buyers. But it’s a sign that PC gaming isn’t as ailing as everyone expects.
Jim Roberts, a former New York Times editor and Reuters executive, is joining Mashable as executive editor, and says he wants to expand the kinds of journalism the site does while taking advantage of its social-web skills Read more »
The NSA is not only accessing Google and Yahoo records with the companies’ permission, but has an overseas program to break into the fiber optic links connecting the companies’ data centers. Read more »
Want to see the zany world of FCC enforcement? Check out this tale of recalcitrant hair salon owner Ronald Bethany, his interference-producing fluorescent lights and AT&T’s affected 700 MHz spectrum. After AT&T noticed interference near a San Antonio strip mall an engineer tracked it down to some lights hanging in Bethany’s salon. Bethany contacted GE over the offending lights and GE offered to replace them. But Bethany wanted cash instead. Now the FCC is involved to force the light replacement. I guess Bethany has a Verizon phone.
One way to get more things done is to combine tasks with events in a single place. That’s exactly what Fantastical 2 for iOS does and it makes it easy to do so thanks to improvements in its natural language processing. Read more »
Today’s internet is based on client devices such as PCs or smartphones talking to centralized servers to get their data. If an EU-funded project called Pursuit takes flight, the future could be a whole lot more distributed. Read more »
This is a pretty interesting benchmark study, although the headline is a bit misleading because Hadoop isn’t really optimized for graph analysis. When you look at comparisons to Spark, GraphLab and other platforms, it seems the decision of what to choose might come down to data volume, acceptable latency and cost, especially when considered against the value of that graph workload. Projects like Giraph and other YARN-enabled engines might make Hadoop look better, too.
In this webinar, our experts will take the mystery out of defining a PaaS strategy around OpenStack and will provide examples of existing best practices, emerging technologies and integration of these technologies to best support the business. Join Gigaom Research and Red Hat on Nov. 7. Read more »
There are tons of MySQL database aficianados out there who prefer to use standard tools in their cloud work. Google is obliging with new support for native connectors and drivers. Read more »
The Nexus 5 seems to be showing up everywhere. Can an announcement be far behind? Read more »
After several quarters of sequential sales declines, notebooks rebounded in the third quarter with 47.9 million sold. Don’t break out in celebration though: Thanks to improved tablets, the improvement is likely to be short lived. Read more »
For the last few years Intel has had a small line of business manufacturing other companies’ chips — mostly expensive custom chips for companies like Altera and Tabula. This foundry business is getting a publicity boost today as Altera said Intel will let it embed ARM-based cores in chips made on Intel’s hallowed x86 production lines. This is a big deal, not because ARM is Kryptonite to Intel, but because it could signal that Intel under its new CEO is ready to open its fab operations and make that a bigger part of its business. That’s the huge shift for Intel, not that it might make a few ARM-based chips.
Online health community HealthTap has launched a new paid mobile app, called TalktoDocs, that gives patients a voice-controlled way to get answers to their medical questions. Read more »
Qualcomm has a huge lead in LTE silicon, but Intel made up a lot of ground today. It’s multimode LTE modem is now commercially available, giving 4G device makers the voice and 3G compatibility they need. Read more »
For Comcast, broadband is a gift that keeps giving and the company today announced that it added 297,000 new customers during in its third quarter ending September 30, 2013. That brings the total number of broadband customers to 20.283 million subscribers. The growth in its broadband business has been pretty robust during 2013: the company has so far this year added 917,000 broadband subscribers and brought in about $7.7 billion in revenue.
Gimball flies around in an elastic cage, which absorbs the shock of crashing into walls and other obstacles. Read more »
A third of businesses are already creating products associated with the internet of things but the evolution of connected networks will likely evolve faster in the corporate, rather than the consumer world. Read more »