Advocacy and non-profit agencies like Human Rights Watch fall into a group that veteran media-watcher Dan Gillmor calls “almost journalists,” and they are expanding their ability to produce their own journalism in much the same way that brands and advertisers have been Read more »
Square turns on bitcoin as a payment option for all Square Market purchases. Merchants still get their payout in dollars, but like other payments platform providers, Square is courting the increasing number of bitcoin spenders. Read more »
Fans of Google+ can now see how far their content has traveled on the social networking site, as the company announced on Monday that all users will now get a number of “total views” alongside their profile. According to the announcement, that figure represents “the sum of your profile, post and photo views since October 2012.” The feature won’t necessarily mean much to individual users, but it’s an interesting way for brands to see how their content has reached others — analytics on Google+ are relatively fuzzy, so this might be a small step towards a deeper analytics platform for brands.
It was Microsoft’s turn to slice prices on its cloud and it did so on Monday, although the changes won’t take effect till May 1. Read more »
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All those acquisitions paid off! Oracle is now the second largest software company in terms of revenue, according to new Gartner numbers. Read more »
As a Congressional deadline approaches, the FCC laid the groundwork for a new spectrum auction that would infuse new capacity into LTE networks. But there’s a catch: Carriers would have to share with the government. Read more »
The University of Texas-Austin team behind the patch reports it is the first that can store data, which could be important for long-term health monitoring. Read more »
GPU maker Nvidia is hoping to ride the wave of artificial intelligence. The company is already powering machine learning workloads within data centers of large companies, but now it’s targeting individuals with a cheap-but-powerful development kit targeted at robotics and the internet of things. Read more »
U.K. electronics retailer Currys sold a Chromecast every 4.5 seconds on launch day, leading to comparisons with the launch of the iPad. Read more »
Brands and prominent users like comedian Rainn Wilson are complaining about Facebook’s algorithm changes and how that forces them to pay money to reach their fans and followers — but Facebook has always been that kind of network. It controls the signal-to-noise ratio, not you Read more »
Risk-taking is in Tesla and Elon Musk’s DNA and in the next couple of years the company will enter another high-risk period. Why? It needs to in order to pave the market for electric cars. Read more »
The FCC voted unanimously to clear restrictions preventing Wi-Fi use in a 100 MHz swath of unlicensed spectrum. The end result is more capacity for wireless networks, especially those using 802.11ac. Read more »
Rdio is the next top-tier name to work with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. On Monday, the music service said its entire 20 million song catalog can be streamed to television through the Chromecast by using the Rdio app on iOS and Android. Don’t skip a step if you don’t use those mobile apps though: Rdio says its web client can also be used to stream music to a Chromecast. Using the apps, Rdio users can tune in to their favorite songs or create a personalized station for streaming, along with album art, to a Chromecast. In addition to Rdio, Crackle and VUDU also launched new apps that support Chromecast Monday.
The media and marketing industries — interdependent and connected at the hip — are in the midst of tumultuous change. “What’s next?” is the question at the heart of everything we do. Read more »
Not a huge surprise, but Scott Guthrie gets the official nod as Cloud and Enterprise chief at Microsoft. Stephen Elop was named EVP of devices and Phil Spencer to head combined Xbox/Microsoft Studio group. Read more »
MariaDB 10 is out, featuring a “Connect engine” that makes it easier to handle data from both traditional SQL databases and more web-scale NoSQL systems. The new functionality merits new editions of the MariaDB Enterprise and Enterprise Cluster products. Read more »
The Moto X is Motorola’s current top-of-the-line Android phone but guess what’s outselling it? The budget-priced Moto G. In the U.K., the less-expensive phone put Motorola back on the map in just six months, going from virtually no market share to six percent. Read more »
Following up on similar work with Intuit’s QuickBooks last year, Square has integrated its transaction tracking tools with Xero’s accounting software, allowing sales data to flow seamlessly from Square’s digital register into Xero’s spreadsheets. We can expect to see more partnerships like these: Square also launched a new software partner program on Monday, designed to make its sales and inventory tracking tools work better with small business software. Square hasn’t revealed who else it is working with or what other pain points besides accounting the program hopes to address.
It’s about time. On Monday Arista, the company behind a generation of superfast and scalable networking gear, filed to raise up to $200 million via an initial public offering. For Arista’s history and goals check out Om Malik’s epic profile on the company. Unfortunately, as software defined networking has exploded, Arista had been caught with a proprietary operating system that ran counter to the trends we’re seeing with open source code and merchant silicon boxes. Yet, Arista had sales of $361.2 million — up 87 percent from 2012 — and net income of $42.5 million, about double from the year before. Not too shabby compared to many tech IPO hopefuls that are all revenue and no profits.
Security outfit RSA has already had its name tarnished by the fact that the NSA paid it to distribute a mechanism (the Dual_EC_DRGB “Dual Elliptic Curve” random number generator) that turned out to be flawed. Now Reuters reports that RSA, these days part of EMC, also distributed a second NSA-recommended tool, the “Extended Random” extension, which researchers say made it easier to crack a version of the Dual Elliptic Curve software. Although Extended Random was included in the Bsafe security suite alongside Dual_EC_DRGB, it was sparsely adopted and was removed in the last 6 months. Again, RSA denies deliberately weakening its products.
Ryan Seacrest earned an award he probably doesn’t want: a court order stopping all sales of the Seacrest-backed $99 Typo keyboard for iPhone. BlackBerry proved that a “likelihood” of patent infringement. Read more »
The Boston Globe unearthed details of the investigation that led to Aaron Swartz’s arrest and prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read more »
Appy Pie, the cloud-based app builder, launches Appy Beacons at AdTech India. Appy Beacons are your next-generation Bluetooth low-energy devices that support Apple’s iBeacon protocol and send Bluetooth-enabled push notifications that show up on a user’s mobile device when a user moves within the proximity of the beacon. Read more »
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), a powerful lobby group that already had observer status in Google’s antitrust case, has applied to become a full-blown complainant, putting paid to any idea of the case being done and dusted. Read more »
Hadoop pioneer Cloudera has said it closed on a $900 million round of financing that gives Intel an 18 percent stake in the company. Rumors had Intel’s investment at around $100 million, but it’s likely much more. Read more »
ClearStory Data has raised a $21 million series B round for its business intelligence service focused on analyzing multiple datasets in real time. The company’s approach is one of several new approaches to analytics that has investors excited. Read more »
M-Pesa, the mobile money system used to handle nearly half of Kenya’s gross domestic product, is tentatively stepping into eastern Europe. Read more »
Music service Raditaz shut down late last year, promising to relaunch in 2014 with a new product. With a new name and $9.6 million in the bank, it now wants to follow through on that promise. Read more »
The Supreme Court is hearing what many regard as the most important patent case in years, which is expected to provide new rules on what can and can’t be patented. Read more »
Medical records are moving online, wearables are logging information about their users and genetic testing startups are in possession of highly personal information. We need to take steps to protect our healthcare data. Read more »
Business analytics could be a $150 billion field by 2020 if it embraces the full benefits of the cloud. Read more »
The week in cloud: Box ramps up its play for developers as Microsoft pledges Office 365 ubiquity across all devices. Read more »
As more things get connected, more data is available for businesses to use as a competitive weapon. But much of that data is more useful when pooled with other sources, forcing rivals to become friends. Read more »
Samsung says its new Chromebook 2 will have a strong performance boost while also running for 8+ hours on a charge. Starting at $320, these will compete against less expensive Chromebooks with Intel chips. Game on! Read more »
For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analyses on Gigaom Research. New reports this week investigate the European cloud market and digital currency services. Read more »
The microcontroller, which turns nine today, has helped make working with electronics accessible to everyone, including artists, hobbyists and children. Read more »
Cookies as a user tracking mechanism have come under fire recently — partly due to privacy concerns and partly because they simply aren’t very useful in a mobile world. Here are some alternatives. Read more »
Today, running your business on private servers is on the same level of odd behavior as carrying scuba tanks to provide a private air supply. Read more »
With so many note apps in the app store it is hard to pick the right one. Making the correct choice depends on what you are looking for as the best note apps have features all their own. Read more »