Samsung is hoping to entice potential buyers with free subscriptions for everything from Box to the Wall Street Journal. Read more »
Events-focused site Meetup has been offline intermittently since Thursday, due to a massive DDoS attack on the company’s servers. According to a blog post from co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman, it’s the first attack of this magnitude in the 12 years since Meetup was founded, and the chain of attacks were attached to a ransom of $300. The company made the decision not to negotiate with the hackers, and continues to fight off attacks — as of 10 a.m. PST, the website remains down and redirects to the blog post.
Verizon is launching a new prepaid pricing structure called Allset that lets you buy data allotments that carry over into subsequent months. It’s not ideal, but it’s better way to buy data than the monthly bucket. Read more »
It’s a first for Android: In 2013, more tablets running Google’s software were sold than those running Apple iOS. How much does that matter? Likely little in the short term based on the smartphone market where Android also has the market share crown. Read more »
Bop.fm allows users of subscription music services to share songs and playlists with users of other services. The startup just added Beats Music to the mix. Read more »
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How might Samsung’s Chromebook 2 stand out from the crowd of Chrome OS laptops? A 1920 x 1080 resolution display would help and that’s apparently what the larger 13.3-inch model will have. Read more »
This 12-minute video provides a seemingly legit first look at the new HTC One. Read more »
Microsoft’s Windows Phone personal assistant is sounding much like Siri and Google Now. Cortana is the current name and the intelligent software will be able to scan your email to provide useful, contextual information. Will users accept that or complain about privacy? Read more »
Ask.fm now has 100 million registered users, the Latvia-based social network said on Monday. The service is apparently used in 150 countries and questions posted there – Ask.fm is kind of like Quora, only skewed more towards the teen demographic – now generate a billion answers a month. Bearing in mind that you don’t have to be registered to use it, Ask.fm also said it gets 190 million unique visitors each month. The 4-year-old service has unfortunately been associated with a number of teen suicides (though not always accurately) and the firm also used Monday’s announcement to promote its Safety Centre advice hub, stressing that it has recently improved cyber-bullying reporting mechanisms and boosted its moderator numbers.
Traditionally telcos have turned to do-it-yourself IT solutions for business intelligence and data warehouse projects. However, in this big data era, an operational intelligence platform that delivers faster time to value and market is necessary, leaving the question around whether the operator should build or buy it. Read more »
Apple is said to be hiring engineers from rival companies like HTC to develop more products and speed up launches. Read more »
On Monday, Kickstarter announced that it passed the $1 billion dollar mark in pledges to projects, with a few interesting insights into how that money was raised. Read more »
DueDil, a rather clever London-based outfit that uses open (and purchased) datasets to provide due diligence services, has raised another $17 million in a Series B round. The cash came from existing investors Notion Capital, Passion Capital and round leader Oak Investment Partners, and it comes on top of the $5m I reported on in April last year. In those 10 months, the “real-time decision intelligence” firm said, it has gained traction among most of the FTSE 100 companies. Customers can currently use the DueDil API to find out information about companies and directors in 22 countries, and the fresh capital injection should help spread that coverage.
The service, previously known as “iOS in the car”, will bring Siricentric infotainment functionality to the dashboards of a wide variety of cars. Read more »
Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella is making moves: Mark Penn will reportedly be named chief strategy officer while executive vice presidents Tami Reller and Tony Bates prep their exits. Read more »
Updated: The week in cloud: Questions pop up about how well Watson’s doing; Greenqloud launches a hybrid cloud and more. Read more »
The team used their own visual effects and rendering expertise atop Amazon’s brawn to do the sort special effects that succeed because you don’t know they’re there. Read more »
Not all cloud infrastructure is the same, as David Mytton discovered when he started looking into Google Cloud. The service differs markedly from AWS and SoftLayer in these five key ways. Read more »
Now that Adobe InDesign is part of the Creative Cloud, I thought it was worth taking another look at this valuable took for ebook design and page layout. Read more »
In hopes of making it’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable sweeter for regulators to swallow, Comcast is extending its low-cost broadband access program and announcing that 300,000 households have signed up. Read more »
Whistle started out selling a dog collar tag that monitored your pets activity, but it’s trying to evolve its platform into more than just a means of measuring walks. Read more »
Hope you like the faux leather trim and stitching on Samsung’s tablets and phones, because they might be coming to a Chromebook near you. After news of a Samsung Chromebook 2 leaked, an image with the trim appeared online. Read more »
This year, less than half of the screeners Hollywood professionals receive to help them vote on the year’s best movies were illegally uploaded — but what’s the cause? Read more »
LightSquare may have seemed to be a beacon of hope for rural broadband, but after looking at the details of the plan, rural America will be better off without the service the company planned to offer. Read more »
Determining a website’s mobile strategy isn’t rocket science, but it does take careful research and planning. Fortunately, design firm Entropy has it down to just three simple — but crucial — steps. Read more »
This Sunday, ABC is going to live stream the Oscars for the first time in the history of the awards. However, only a subset of TV viewers will have access to the show online. Read more »
Up till now developers could design and sell add-ons for Atlassian’s on-premises tools on its marketplace. Now they can do the same for its SaaS versions. Read more »
Advances in low-cost and low-power computing are removing the shackles that have constrained the feature sets of wearable devices. IBM’s Paul Brody predicts this will allow devices like smartwatches and fitness monitors to become more contextually aware and start to blur the lines between wearables and smartphones. Read more »
The medical practice of blood-letting persisted for decades in the face of evidence that it was a bad idea. Today’s patent system is experiencing the same difficulty. Read more »
As many outgrow their quotas for free online storage, hosting a personal cloud on becomes a more economical solution. This primer will go over some of the aspects of personal storage one should consider before diving in data first. Read more »
Sqrrl co-founder and VP of business development Ely Kahn came on the Structure Show this week to break down the state of cybersecurity and the cutting edge of data analysis within the Department of Defense. Read more »
Now that the Galaxy S5 and Nokia X are finally here, were they worth the wait? We took a hands-on look at the two which offer very different Android experiences. Read more »
Suzanne Vega, Rupert Murdoch’s broken marriage, Silicon Valley’s circus of innovation, Tom Steyer, the inconvenient billionaire; South Sudan’s old enmities and Facebook’s plan to conquer the world — some of the stories on menu this weekend. Read more »
Apple has been pushing for a windowed release strategy for new music, according to a Billboard report. In talks with record label executives, Apple has pointed to the latest Beyonce album as a possible blueprint for future releases: iTunes offered Beyonce’s self-titled album as an exclusive for one week when it was released in December. After that, it also sold at other retailers, but Spotify and other streaming services only got two tracks. Apple executives think that such windows could boost digital downloads, which declined by 5.7 percent last year.
Updated: This story has been corrected to reflect that it declined 5.7 percent last year, not 57 percent.
Big names Mark Lucovsky, Vadim Spivak, Richard McAniff, Karen Poole team up to make mobile story telling drop-dead simple. Read more »
The layoffs that started in India and Europe are now coming stateside. IBM admits to rebalancing its workforce but won’t confirm numbers or units affected. Read more »
In the next Gigaom Research webinar, our panel of experts will examine the future trends and use cases for streaming analytics. Join us on March 6 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Read more »
Planet Labs’ CubeSats aren’t the only satellites being released from the International Space Station this month. Lithuania, for example, just released its first two satellites ever. Read more »