The New York Times has published further details of an NSA operation that involves spying on the fiberoptic cables running between the data centers of companies such as Google and Yahoo. The piece highlights the role played by Level 3, the company that runs such cables for Google and Yahoo. Level 3 has already been identified as one of the telecommunications firms working with the UK’s NSA partner, GCHQ. These fiber connections are crucial to the affair, as they may provide a way for the NSA and GCHQ to effectively tap into major web firms’ systems without their cooperation.
If you liked Docker before you may love it now that it supports more Linux variants — no futzing necessary! Read more »
The third-party hardware unit has some impressive specs, and an even more impressive price tag. Read more »
The online ad industry is still bedeviled by botnets. And since no one is cleaning up the problem, advertisers are likely to respond by moving their ads to Facebook and Google, where they can be sure a real person will see them. Read more »
Weigh in with your thoughts on the future of the wearable computing market. Read more »
There’s a battle of the bike locks going on — melding physical security with smartphone smarts and sharing-economy potential, Lock8 and Bitlock offer different takes on the same idea. And Lock8 just got an extra boost through funding from Horizon Ventures and Otto Capital. Read more »
Newegg’s use of industry-standard online encryption techniques infringed on an obscure modem patent, a Texas jury found. However, the e-commerce outfit has promised to appeal, which has worked out well for it in the past. Read more »
How will children play when the first toy they often get is an iPhone or an iPad. We discuss the future of connected toys on this week’s podcast. Read more »
“The Day of the Doctor,” a special episode celebrating 50 years of “Doctor Who,” took over the world on Saturday thanks to its fans — but said fans had plenty of encouragement, thanks to BBC Worldwide. Read more »
The smart home gets another boost as startup Revolv raises a $4 million round. The money will help the company serve the customers who ordered its device when it launched earlier this month. Read more »
Many months after it was expected, Fisker Automotive finally filed for bankruptcy, and in doing so revealed some more unusual names on its creditor list. Read more »
What if you could ditch cable, but keep the ability to record shows on a DVR? Tablo wants to make that a reality with a new DVR for cord cutters. Read more »
Harman’s Aha streaming radio service will soon carry location-based ads, which, thanks to Placecast’s geofencing technology, know when you’re driving near an advertiser’s store. Read more »
A Japanese project aimed at creating a computer system smart enough to pass the University of Tokyo entrance exam scored above average on a recent test run of sample math questions, highlighting some its progress as well as some problems. Read more »
Want a smartwatch with color display that runs for days on a charge? Qualcomm’s Toq is one option and the device is now available for pre-order. Expect to pay $349 though because it’s a showcase of Qualcomm’s technology. Read more »
By using simple APIs and a single IP address to serve traffic, Google Compute Engine claims it can now handle 1 million requests per second. Read more »
When asked if you’d like your HTC One supersized, think long and hard before you answer. Read more »
Chromebooks are already priced relatively low, yet this Friday, they’ll be even lower. I found not one, but two deals for the HP Chromebook 14, which can save you a $100 on the purchase. Read more »
iTunes is certainly not the only movie library out there. As things change, it can get confusing when it comes to accessing movies in the cloud. This guide will help iOS device users understand their options. Read more »
So where’s the new Nexus 10? Maybe it’s not here because it won’t actually run Android and will instead, run on Google’s Chrome OS platform. And that’s fine by me! Read more »
Google just added another major retailer to distribute its Chromecast streaming stick: Walmart started selling Chromecast in its stores as well as online Monday. The addition of Walmart comes just days after news broke that Chromecast now also sells at Staples as well as via Verizon’s and Motorola’s websites, and in time to make the device a big seller this holiday season.
It’s good to be a microcontroller vendor or even a low-end chip firm right now as the world demands smarter devices. Next up to benefit the chip industry is smarter appliances. Read more »
Bloomberg’s retrenching of its news operation around market-moving news briefs for traders and bankers — not to mention its deference towards the Chinese government — is a sign of how its terminal business drives every decision it makes Read more »
Katie Couric is leaving ABC News for Yahoo, where she will become David Pogue’s new boss, and do some features for Yahoo’s homepage. Read more »
23andMe is in hot water with the FDA, which has urged the startup to shut down sales of its $99 genome kit. Read more »
Following a milestone of installing 100 MW of its fuel cells in the U.S., Bloom Energy makes headway in Japan. Read more »
Amid falling smartphone sales as rivals are seeing gains, ZTE is planning to launch its own smartwatch in early 2014. Unfortunately, the watch will only work with ZTE phones. Why aren’t wearables more platform-centric? Read more »
Automatic Labs’ Link will get exposed to a much broader potential customer base thanks to a retail distribution deal with Amazon. The appliance establishes a connection between your car’s engine and your smartphone. Read more »
If you’ve got a Google Play edition of the HTC One, you should be seeing an update to Android 4.4 KitKat coming your way shortly. Read more »
A fuss over a girl-power video makes the Beastie Boys look like copyright bullies. Don’t judge too quickly — the case is not cut and dried, and the video maker’s own legal tactics leave something to be desired. UPDATED with Beastie Boys response. Read more »
According to a New York Times report the decision to go with MarkLogic rather than a traditional relational database was a factor in the website’s rocky debut. Read more »
Big changes at BlackBerry continue: On Monday, the company announced that COO Kristen Tear and CMO Frank Boulben are leaving. BlackBerry recently replaced its CEO with John Chen following in the footsteps of Thorsten Heins, making for a full executive sweep of late. After watching its handset market share erode and failing to sell the company, Chen has his work cut out for him. There are no quick-fixes likely available, although the company is sure to continue pushing its services, even as large organizations consider alternatives: Earlier this month it was reported the Pentagon is distancing itself from using BlackBerry.
Apple has confirmed a one-day shopping event in stores and online this Friday, November 29. Read more »
What are the trends shaping the SaaS infrastructure security market today, and what will it look like in three to five years? What is the impact of big data and enterprise mobility? Join Gigaom Research and CloudPassage for answers to these questions and more in this Dec. 3 webinar. Read more »
Editas Medicine, a startup that wants to enable “molecular surgery” to cut out bad genes before they can manifest themselves, has $43 million in Series A funding from Polaris Partners, Flagship Ventures and Third Rock Ventures. Co-founder Dr. J.Keith Joung, who is also director of molcular pathology at Mass General Hospital, told The Boston Globe that the idea is to “make changes to DNA … if there’s a defect, you can fix it; if there’s a missing piece you can put the missing piece in.”
HTC today announced a new gold variant of the HTC One. Unlike the 18-carat version introduced last month, this phone is merely gold-colored. Read more »
Ben Thompson maps out the symbiotic relationship between Social & Communications. It dovetails nicely with my news & analysis about why Instagram is launching messaging. It can be summed up by this tweet of mine: “Most modern applications need a layer of communication – comments, lightweight signals such as likes & messaging.” This in-turn led to a fun twitter conversation with contributions from John Lilly, Josh Williams, Adam Besvinick, Charles Ying and Semil.
Like Sony before it, it seems that Microsoft is benefitting from next-gen hype: the company said that more than a million Xbox One consoles were sold in less than 24 hours after launch last Friday — a feat that apparently shatters the initial sales record of the Xbox 360. However, its important to note that the Xbox One had a worldwide release while the similar sales numbers of the PlayStation4 were limited to the U.S. and Canada. But the strong reception both consoles have already received is a sign that next-gen fever will hit holiday shoppers hard.
500 workers at Amazon’s German logistics centers have walked out in protest at the company’s working conditions, and in support of better pay. This is the fourth strike by German Amazon workers this year, and union Verdi says more are coming. Meanwhile in the UK, a BBC investigation has also uncovered Amazon distribution center conditions than one stress expert described as “all the bad stuff at once”, with workers suffering increased risk of mental and physical illness. This is one way to offer market-beating prices, as is not paying very much in the way of taxes.
The Dutch publication NRC has published claims, based on Edward Snowden’s leaks, that more than 50,000 computing networks around the world have been infected with NSA or GCHQ malware, Belgacom-style, in order to siphon off information. The New York Times has revealed the NSA’s plans for grabbing more powers in future, in a report that also mentions a fascinating NSA data visualization tool called Treasure Map. And journalist Glenn Greenwald has challenged assertions by the Norwegian intelligence service that it only spied on Norwegians outside the country.