Facebook is finally rolling out that News Feed redesign it has talked about for a year, but the end result is a lot less drastic than it was originally meant to be. Read more »
Google is drawing distinctions between different tiers of cloud partners, ripping a page out of the playbooks of Microsoft, Novell, and enterprise software companies that came before. Read more »
Newsweek has identified a man it believes is the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, and published details about his personal life. How is this different from what Reddit users and others have been widely criticized for doing with the Boston bombers? Read more »
Looks like Dish’s internet TV deal with Disney may open the floodgates for news about similar arrangements: Reuters is reporting that DirecTV is in negotiations with Disney about also launching an internet-based TV service with programming from ABC and ESPN. DirecTV’s retransmission agreement with Disney is up soon, so the timing couldn’t be better.
Printing in full color is generally a privilege limited to professional and high-end consumer 3D printers. Spectrom could change that. Read more »
Thanks to its camera, Google Glass can see the world around it. And with Emotient’s software, Glass can even read the emotions of people, offering real-time data that could be useful in education, retail and other market segments. Read more »
This year’s Structure Data conference has a few new wrinkles, including a trivia night at a nearby pub and a series of Data Lab talks about using new types of data. Here are the details. Read more »
Vobile wants to bring its video identification and management skills to YouTube publishers, which is why it hired YouTube analytics startup Blayze. Read more »
North Bridge Venture Partners co-founders Rich Damore and Ed Anderson are stepping down as general partners although they will continue to be involved with the company’s second equity growth fund, according to Fortune’s Dan Primack. Damore and Anderson led a series of big deals over the past two decades and one source close to the company said this is a generational shift. Remaining movers and shakers at the company include Structure faves Paul Santinelli, Michael Skok and Jonathan Heiliger, who once ran operations at Facebook.
The German giant has definitely realized that, when it comes to the threat of services running over its data networks, it’s better to join up with them than try to beat them. Read more »
Motorola’s Touchless Control software gained a new trick on the Moto X and Verizon Droid phones: You can now say “OK Google Now, what’s up?” to hear a quick summary of your unread notifications. Read more »
Streaming music service Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest and its graph of musical data spanning more than 35 million songs and 2 million artists. It’s an easy way for Spotify to match companies like Google and Pandora on the data science front. Read more »
DigitalOcean offers an affordable IaaS for normals (non-techies) and is growing fast. Andreessen Horowitz noticed and is funding that effort. Read more »
Vimeo wants to spend another $10 million on exclusive content for its Vimeo On Demand platform — but not everyone is invited to apply. Read more »
Apple will receive nearly one billion dollars in damages, but failed to win a permanent injunction against a number of Samsung devices. Read more »
HTC took the wraps off of its first Mediatek-powered smartphone, and a new leak of the new HTC One shows off the handset’s dual rear cameras. Read more »
Move over Snapchat or Secret, there’s a new social app that wants to combine ephemeral chat with anonymity. Banter is a new app from the creator of iChat. Read more »
There are plenty of ways to do a backup. When it comes to virtual machines, you need the right approach. Why? VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V are incredible platforms, and you may miss out on the best restore scenarios. In case you care about that part. Read more »
Newsweek says it has identified the mystery man behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency — a 64-year-old computer engineer living near LA, not a whizzkid hacker in Japan. Read more »
The move brings Opera in line with the other two big WebRTC-supporting browsers, Chrome and Firefox, which both already support the promising protocol in their Android versions. Read more »
In this week’s Structure Show, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos talks about the long and winding road to private cloud, an idea that arrived ahead of its time. Read more »
Wello slips onto your iPhone and reads a number of your vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. Read more »
More solar has been installed in the U.S. in the last 18 months than in the last 30 years. Read more »
Depending on if you live in an urban or rural location, recycling plastic into filament could save 3 to 80 percent of the energy it would take to send it to a traditional recycling center. Read more »
Lit Motors is a cool company but that might not be enough to get its C-1 electric scooter to market. Read more »
Mystery mobile payments startup Clinkle lands Twitter’s former Principal Designer Josh Brewer. He joins a growing list of top tier talent joining a startup that has yet to announce a product. Read more »
Industry sources suggest TSMC is already producing Apple’s chips for the next iPhone. It’s possible that this is just a test run but the timing makes sense as Apple has reportedly been looking to move some of its chip-making business away from Samsung. Read more »
Connected devices need to connect to more than just the internet, they need to connect to each other. And while an open API can help, popularity is more likely to result in that next level of connectivity. Read more »
Facebook will crack down on how guns are sold on its platform, but is it enough to curb it entirely? Read more »
The BBC says it will take BB3 off the air and only stream it online. But will the broadcaster really follow through? Read more »
Adventure and travel site Peek announced on Wednesday that it’s raised $5 million in a Series A funding round led by Montage Ventures. The company, which operates as part travel guide, part deals and booking service, is best known for its high-profile investor pool: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Eric Schmidt participated in the company’s initial seed round of $1.4 million. The company says that the money will go towards expanding Peek’s reach to 11 new cities (it currently operates domestically and internationally, including cities like San Francisco, New York and London) as well as accelerating its vendor platform, Peek Professional.
A new study might help confirm that D-Wave Systems’ quantum computer chip might actually be what it claims to be. Conducted at the University of Southern California, where the D-Wave system owned by aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin is based, a team of scientists has concluded that the 128-qubit processor “behaved in a way that agrees with a model called ‘quantum Monte Carlo,’ yet disagreed with two candidate classical models.” In two weeks at our Structure Data conference, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell will talk about what quantum computers can do and how they’ll be available as cloud services.
In what came as a little surprise, Dish Network has walked away with every one of the 176 spectrum licenses the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off in the PCS band last month, according to FCC documentation (pdf). And given that every other major carrier declined to participate, Dish walked away with those airwaves at the minimum reserve price of $1.56 billion. Dish now owns 10 MHz nationwide of the same airwaves carriers use in their 2G and 3G networks. It plans to couple those frequencies with the mobile broadband spectrum it owns in the neighboring satellite band to build its LTE network.
The video streaming service will continue to use AWS and possibly other public clouds for spiky loads and move much of its big data stack from bare metal to MetaCloud’s private cloud. Read more »
After BlackBerry’s CEO expressed outrage over a T-Mobile promotion to get BlackBerry owners on iPhones, the carrier offered a new promo offering more cash to BlackBerry owners. Most took a lesser deal and ditched their BlackBerry. Read more »
Google announced a Gmail for iOS update on Wednesday that should virtually eliminate manually refreshing your Inbox on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The software now supports background refreshing so messages are pre-fetched and synchronized. Users will have to enable the background refresh function after updating the app, which can be found in the iTunes App Store. Apple notes that enabling background refresh for an application can impact battery life, so you’ll need to consider if the constant mail syncing is worth it compared to the manual or scheduled refreshing of your Inbox in Gmail for iOS.
In this Gigaom Research webinar, our panel will define the range of UC offerings, provide a framework for choosing the features that matter to your business, and offer concrete steps businesses can take to build UC tools into their existing infrastructure and processes. Read more »
Not much has changed in the pecking order of U.S. mobile networks since last year, according to Root. But there was a lot of network upgrade activity in recent months not necessarily reflected in the results. Read more »
The Stockholm-based outfit wants to provide a more user-friendly alternative to traditional website hosting platforms and platform-as-a-service players like Heroku. Read more »
Tableau and Splunk, two of the more successful (and ubiquitous) data startups turned public companies over the past several years, have partnered on a new connector that lets Tableau users access Splunk as a data source within the analytics software. However, it’s not just the existence of a connector that’s valuable for users, but what it means — that they can now combine Splunk data with other data within Tableau to visually analyze all of it together. As Tableau grows more popular, partnering with it is becoming a popular move for everyone from large software vendors to small startups such as BigML.