Stories for Mar. 25, 2014
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Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One Tuesday, giving users of Microsoft’s new game console a way to watch live baseball games as well as replay full games from the archives. As always, blackout rules apply, and users need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as a MLB.tv Premium subscription — but if you are a cord cutter who want to follow your team from back home, this may be the best way to do it.

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The French consumer rights group UFC-Que Chosir has sued Facebook, Google and Twitter in the Paris high court over their terms of service and data collection practices. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the French-language terms were inaccessible and sometimes — quelle horreur! — linked to pages in English. UFC-Que Chosir is also concerned about the social networking services not seeking proper user consent before allowing others to exploit their data. The claims seem rather broad, though France does have a track record of cracking down on U.S. web firms’ privacy violations as hard as it can, so the case may turn out to have legs.

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College students who subscribe to Spotify just got more money to spend on pizza: The streaming music service announced a half-price discount on Tuesday. Instead of the standard $9.99 a month subscription fee, U.S. collegians can take advantage of a new $4.99 plan available on Spotify’s website. The monthly fee offers the same Premium features as the full-priced plan, including ad-free playback of more than 20 million songs, downloadable playlists for offline listening, improved sound quality and Spotify access on various devices and home entertainment systems.

Stories for Mar. 24, 2014

Rob Bearden at Structure Data 2014.

Hadoop vendor Hortonworks has closed a fourth round of venture capital worth $100 million. It follows up on news last week that competitor Cloudera had closed its own $160 million round. Everyone agrees there’s huge opportunity in Hadoop, but capitalizing on it takes capital. Read more »

Box CEO Aaron Levie
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If you are interested in reading about Box, its horrid financials and high cost of customer acquisition, or the new reality for enterprise focused startups, then I suggest you stop reading this. Because this is really about Aaron Levie, the co-founder of Box.net and me. Read more »

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Roku just launched version 3.0 of is remote control app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the new app doesn’t just look better, it also offers universal search for movies and TV shows across Roku channels. It’s a feature that Roku introduced for its set-top boxes last year, but it makes even more sense on the mobile, where text input is easier to handle. As before, the apps also support local content playback.

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What are the opportunities for developers building applications for the cloud, and what are the key considerations from an architecture, design, network and cost standpoint when building applications for the cloud? Find out when you join the live webinar on April 1. Read more »

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HP will not necessarily release further details on its first 3D printer in June, as CEO Meg Whitman stated last week. An HP media relations official said today that the date was an “inadvertent statement,” and the announcement will actually come by the end of HP’s fiscal year, which falls on October 31. Whitman said last year that the company would enter the 3D printer market in mid-2014. HP did not say if she actually meant the end of the fiscal year or if the printer was pushed back.

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After months of appearing in experimental and beta versions of Chrome, Google is rolling out Google Now notifications in its mainstream edition of the Chrome browser for Windows and OS X. If you’re signed in with your Google account when using Chrome, you’ll begin to see contextual notifications from the Google Now service, such as when to leave for appointments due to real-time traffic data or reminders for favorite television programs. The Google Now service already supports mobile devices and Chromebooks and will also be the basis of smartwatches built using the Android Wear software platform.

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