Arianna Huffington said the time has come to put names to commenters — at least on the Huffington Post. Read more »
General Motors expects to offer wireless smartphone charging mats in some new 2014 vehicles. Before you step on the gas pedal with excitement, know that GM chose Powermat’s technology over the Qi standard, which more phones natively support. Read more »
A military judge sentenced Private Bradley Manning, who famously leaked classified US documents to Wikileaks, to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act. Manning also received a dishonorable discharge from the military. His lawyer is expected to make a statement later today. The Guardian has a live blog of the day’s events.
In a recent interview, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun responds to negative reports about his startup’s online education partnership with San Jose State University. Read more »
Has social media made the news toothless? That’s the charge made by Time reporter Eliana Dockterman in conversations with Buzzfeed’s Jack Shepherd and Upworthy’s Eli Pariser, both of whom preside over overwhelmingly positive news sites and stress the importance of upbeat news. While MIT research shows positive influences make news go viral, social media is only part of the feel-good echo chamber of the online news cycle — as publications jockey for news scoops, a positive angle sure helps the chance for an earlier embargo.
Samsung is back with another new Android flip phone, the Galaxy Golden, with features designed to appeal to an older crowd. Read more »
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is a big draw for television networks — his name assures viewers and that is why these days no one really asks him questions that need answers. CNN’s latest exclusive interview is yet another example. Read more »
Lawyers for Comcast are making the firm look bad for no good reason by issuing outlandish copyright threats to a news site that reports on copyright issues. Read more »
Unless your eyesight is better than 20/20, it’s not likely you’ll see much benefit from a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen. Is LG creating this to improve the mobile experience or simply for bragging rights? To my eyes, it’s the latter. Read more »
We’re surrounded by broadband connections wherever we go, but we’re not allowed to access them. What if we could connect to every network we encounter? At Mobilize 2013 we’re advocating for a broadband commons. Read more »
Thinking about the connected home? With SmartThings launching a shop and the recent introduction of the Revolv hub platform, here’s a handy guide to help you decide what’s right for you. Read more »
Frustrated by company-issued, old-school conferencing tools that spoil your day? Next time, choose join.me, the modern, faster way to run online meetings and conference calls. Read more »
Update: RightScale is pulling this blog citing a problems with the underlying data set. It is working with Wikipedia and will revise as appropriate.
Even Web-rooted operations like Wikipedia can save lots of dough if they do cloud right, according to Hassan Hosseini, co-founder of PlanForCloud, now owned by RightScale. Net, net the online encyclopedia, which estimates it spends more than $3 million on Internet hosting annually, could do that cheaper — for $618,000 per year — on Microsoft Windows Azure, at least for the first year.
According to a report, the LG G2 will be available on AT&T and Verizon before the middle of September. Availability for Sprint and T-Mobile is still unknown. Read more »
Netflix is rolling out “My List,” a watch-it-later list that replaces the Instant Queue and lets streaming members watch content they’ve saved right from the home screen. Read more »
Aside from some Chrome tips, tricks and news, thoughts about the timing of new Chrome OS hardware surface during this week’s podcast. We also answer a Chromecast question and share a useful extension that helps you read web content in less time. Read more »
New investment from Goldman Sachs doubles funding for SugarCRM; Maybe someone should tell investors that open-source software is free. Read more »
The Finnish startup says its initial run of Android-battling smartphones has been snapped up through pre-orders and by sales channel partners. It won’t say how many phones are in that batch, though. Read more »
AT&T completed its summer LTE expansion plans this week with 370 markets under its belt. It hopes to finish the year with 420 markets and 270 million people covered. Read more »
According to the Wall Street Journal, the NSA’s surveillance program allows it to tap into more data than it has previously admitted — up to 75 percent of all internet traffic in the U.S., the newspaper says. Read more »
Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung are launching an initiative called internet.org that aims to connect the whole world with internet access via cheaper devices, better business models and better infrastructure. Read more »
Someone exhibiting their startup from Y Combinator’s latest graduating class at Tuesday’s Demo Day will find big-time success, but picking winners based on cookie-cutter two-and-a-half minute presentations can be tough. Read more »
The legal discussion forum Groklaw is the latest web service to shut down out of concern over the NSA’s surveillance program — and the latest sign of how much we are losing due to the chilling effects of that government behavior. Read more »
In a candid interview last week, Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden discussed a variety of topics — including personnel, profitability and a public offering — in some detail. Hortonworks is a Hadoop startup that spun out of Yahoo in June 2011. Read more »
In a legal filing, AWS lays out its argument why its bid to build the CIA’s private cloud should stand. The contract is worth an estimated $600 million. Read more »
The $1.25 million program, with participants including Intel and Xively, will use sensors and data visualizations to train pupils in the use of emerging technologies and bring other subjects to life. Read more »
Beats Music has been busy compiling thousands of playlists with the help of a small army of freelancers – but internal documents show that record store clerks with attitude aren’t welcome. Read more »
Apple radio arrives in September – but it will come with fast food ads and playlists of the company’s choosing, much like old FM radio. Users can avoid the ads if they sign up for the company’s cloud music service. Read more »
The hyperloop is still an idea, but a model made with three 3D printers has brought it a little bit of life. A team at WhiteClouds designed and printed the to-scale model in less than 24 hours.
Al Jazeera America can’t be watched on Time Warner Cable, AT&T Uverse or online – but the network’s corporate parent seems to be readying a new online offering. Read more »
Vine, which was acquired by Twitter almost a year ago, has hit 40 million users. The company announced this milestone via a tweet earlier today. I was initially skeptic when Vine launched in January this year, but the app (which allows you to make six second videos) has genuinely emerged as a new kind of video art form and has even created its own set of Vine video stars.
We've said this before and we'll say it again: this community – now more than 40 million of you – is amazing. Thank you for inspiring us.—
Vine (@vineapp) August 20, 2013
European gaming show Gamescom 2013 is in full-tilt in Cologne, Germany, and some big news about hardware has already filled the show floor with buzz. Read more »
University of Michigan researchers’ new method of producing isobutanol from inedible plant material could provide an alternative to ethanol, which drives up food costs. Read more »
10gen has added some new features to its MongoDB connector for Hadoop, including support for Hive and the ability to backup MongoDB files in HDFS. Read more »
The law about when cops can search your phone is a cluster of confusion. But now the issue is teed up for the Supreme Court to define the privacy rights surrounding the personal computers in our pockets. Read more »
A survey from Gazelle indicates very high interest in iPhone upgrades, even though most respondents don’t feel the technology improves enough to upgrade each year. Why upgrade then? The current iPhone loses its luster within a year, say most. Read more »
Condé Nast and Amazon have a new partnership that lets readers subscribe to magazines through Amazon and activate digital access at the same time. It’s easy to use, but you need to watch the pricing fine print. Here’s our guide to the subscription process. Read more »
Active Notifications, the app that brings Moto X-style notifications to your phone’s home screen, is now available for all phones running Android 4.0 and above. Read more »
Just hours after releasing its new Android app, YouTube is following up with a new iOS app that brings most of the new features to iPads and iPhones as well. This includes the ability to scour for new videos while you’re watching one, with a kind of picture-in-picture mode, as well as advanced preview capabilities for Chromecast and other DIAL-capable devices. Check out all the details on YouTube’s blog, or download the app via iTunes.
OpenStack player Morphlabs will use some of its new money to train prospective users in Jakarta, Singapore, and Hong Kong in the niceties of the cloud technology. Read more »