A new startup called Paxata wants to make business analysts’ lives easier by automating the process of going from raw data to something that an analytics product like Tableau can actually understand. Read more »
The weekend brought a spate of updates in the ongoing NSA saga. German media reported that Barack Obama had known about the tapping of Angela Merkel’s phone for years despite claiming he hadn’t, prompting fresh denials from Washington. Der Spiegel also published a detailed look at the American agency’s Berlin spying tactics.
Meanwhile El Mundo reported that the NSA had recorded phone call details of millions of Spaniards, and the Kyodo news agency said Japan had rebuffed U.S. requests in 2011 to tap fiberoptic cables going through Japan to China.
Rackspace has opened its Hortonworks-powered Hadoop service for early access customers, about a year after announcing it would be building the offering. It’s neither the first nor the last managed Hadoop service we’ll see this week. Read more »
What is the role of the physical locations for a connected consumer? Listen in on this panel discussion from our recent Mobilize Conference. Read more »
A failure at a Verizon Terremark data center Sunday is the latest snafu to afflict Healthcare.gov, the web site underlying the Obamacare insurance initiative. Sunday’s failure caused a loss of network connectivity, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Verizon said it is working with HHS and other tech vendors to fix the issue as soon as possible.
Last week, the administration pledged to get Healthcare.gov working smoothly by the end of November.
Software isn’t just eating the world, it’s highly profitable compared with most other industries. Software and tobacco are bringing in high margins, and other businesses want in. Read more »
Kevin Kelly, is a great role model for any and every technology writer. Former editor of A Whole Earth Catalog, co-founder of The Well (an online community) and founding executive editor of Wired Magazine is a man of ideas. My reflections after meeting him last week. Read more »
Knowledge about the common pitfalls of AWS and how to avoid them can help your company make the world’s most popular cloud service work in your favor. Read more »
Amazon Web Services continues to sell like hotcakes although it may or may not be the most price-efficient option; and this week’s Structure Show. Read more »
On paper, the specs of Acer’s $249 Chromebook C720 beats out the $279 HP Chromebook 11 but is it the better device? For some, surely. For me, no. Here’s a look at my comparison after using both for the past two weeks. Read more »
Our weekly Chrome Show podcast started out with discussion about Apple of all things. Free iWorks apps and improved iCloud features, such as collaboration, could be a shot at Google’s free, cloud-based way of doing things. Read more »
For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analyses on Gigaom Research, our subscription-based research service. This week: the convergence of hardware and design, and our latest quarterly wrap-ups. Read more »
The co-founder and former CTO of Joyent will direct digital strategy at the mobile broadband networking giant. Read more »
Buffer was forced to turn its social-sharing service off on Saturday after a number of users found the app was posting diet spam-related content to their social networks without their consent. Read more »
A study by IBM information scientists that looked at the aftermath of the Boston bombings found that Twitter was unreliable — but during such events almost all information sources are inherently unreliable Read more »
The launch of iOS7 generated a lot of commentary about its design changes. However, it also foresaw the shift in how enterprises are using and developing mobile apps, and includes several business-friendly features. Read more »
Software defined networking may not be mainstream, but when it does get deployed, how will we manage the new networks and ensure performance? Read more »
People retweet lies and errors on Twitter all the time. Are there special cases where they should be punished for doing so? That’s what happened in the UK, raising questions again about how to regulate speech on not just Twitter, but other sites where you can slander with a single click. Read more »
Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman came on the Structure this week to talk about everything from building open source storage pods to dealing with the CIA to how hard it easy it can be to waste $1 million marketing to the wrong people. Read more »
Apple released new versions of iWork this week that actually come with less features than the previous versions, and it’s not clear how that benefits those using Apple’s productivity apps. Read more »
Here’s a suggestion for Apple: Forget about building that long-rumored huge flatscreen TV for the living room, and make a small touch-screen TV for the kitchen instead. Read more »
AT&T customers get a price cut on the Moto X and can still customize their device. Best Buy suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a 30 percent return rate. After using one for a few weeks, I understand why. Read more »
The story of a refugee Armenian family fleeing Syria, Jonathan Franzen, Funny math of clothing sizes, Facebook Feminism and Sheryl Sandberg, Paul Krugman on Climate Change and why have young people stopped having sex in Japan — these plus chess are on menu this weekend. Read more »
Snapchat, the hottest consumer service in tech-town is getting even more money – a rumored $200 million — and some say is now being valued at over $3.5 billion. True or not, Snapchat remains one of the fastest growing social platform. Read more »
Cleantech continues to show slow but positive signs after a 2012 that saw a third drop in venture investing. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Verizon plans a big update to its Messages app in the next few weeks adding new social communications features to SMS. One of the highlights of that upgrade is integration with Glympse’s location sharing tools. Read more »
Zynga is pleasing investors with its latest numbers, but social gaming alone won’t keep it from doing better than breaking even. Read more »
A world where computing is embedded in everyday devices will cause a huge shift in how we advertise to people. Commercials and banner ads don’t make sense with wearables and the internet of things. So what does? Read more »
Medium, the blogging platform founded by Twitter cofounder Evan Williams, opened to everyone Friday afternoon, after months in closed beta where writers had to be invited to participate. You’ll need to login with your Twitter account and then verify your email address; after that, you can only post from the Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers. Mobile devices aren’t supported yet.
Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly says his company doesn’t really think of its peers Hortonworks and MapR as competitors, deciding instead to focus its efforts on winning bigger and broader deals. Read more »
Microsoft’s new Surface 2 is available and much better than its predecessor in nearly every way. My first impressions are mainly positive, but there are still some unresolved challenges if Microsoft expects Surface 2 to be a hit. Read more »
It’s unclear how much IPO prices affect a stock’s longterm value. Here are some other examples of famous social media IPOs and how they’re doing now. Read more »
Specs for the LG G Flex have seemingly been revealed through AnTuTu benchmark test results. Read more »
Hulu seems to love getting its leadership from its parent companies. Just weeks after it announced Mike Hopkins, a former executive at Fox, would take over as CEO after Jason Kilar left the position in January, the streaming video company has confirmed via blog post that former Disney executive Elaine Paul will join the team as CFO. Like Hopkins, Paul also has a history with Hulu: She was involved in Disney’s original investment in the company.
Maybe so. A locked-down mystery structure on San Francisco’s Treasure Island may be the beginning of a new Google data center that could make use of water-based cooling and wave-generated power, as outlined in a Google patent for a water-based data center.” More on that patent here. Google did not comment.
Simple.tv’s new DVR for cord cutters will come with a sticker price of $250 and go on sale in mid-December, according to a product page on Newegg.com. Read more »
Yarrr, that must hurt. Forbes reports that the FBI has located a new stash of 144,000 Bitcoins, currently worth about $28.5M, that belongs to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind of the online criminal bazaar Silk Road. The agency took down the site three weeks ago, and charged the Dread Pirate (aka 29-year-old Texan, Ross Ulbricht) for plotting to torture and kill an employee he believed had betrayed him. The FBI appears to have moved the seized pirate booty to its own Bitcoin wallet, but has not confirmed it will sell them for dollars. The new Bitcoin haul comes in addition to two other large Silk Road related seizures.
Those aliens just keep trying to take over the planet, and in Dead Space, you get another chance to fight back. Read more »
Smashwords authors who make their ebooks available through ebook subscription service Oyster will get 60 percent of their book’s list price if an Oyster user reads at least 10 percent of it. Read more »
Starting on Tuesday, a coffee shop in Canada plans to have a real live Bitcoin ATM. It’s a symbolic win for Bitcoin believers, but the plan makes little sense from a business or economic point of view. Read more »