North Bridge Venture Partners’ Paul Santinelli offered up all sorts of opinions — many outspoken — on this week’s Structure Show podcast. Here are some of his thoughts on who can succeed in the cloud computing market. Read more »
The four GigaOM podcasts covered a range of topics this week: From SDNs and VMWare to BlackBerry’s past and present. We also discuss why the future of mobile banking will change due to connected devices, so tune in! Read more »
The Department of Interior named 10 vendors which can compete for what could be a $10 billion contract. Amazon was not among them, but you can bet it’s in the mix anyway. Read more »
With the traditional media industry struggling as it never has before, how could this possibly be described a golden age for journalism? The answer depends on whether you see journalism primarily as a business or a calling. Read more »
The humble banner isn’t dead yet, but it could be better. Changes there and an emphasis on social could make online advertising less of a battle between blocking software and marketers and give consumers better information. Read more »
Barnes & Noble dropped the price of the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight to $99 on Sunday, making it the only front-lit reader on the market under $100. 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 fine line between environmental and security policies, calls for a cheaper iPhone, and more. Read more »
Next week is the Y Combinator Demo Day, akin to a startup’s graduation. While it’s a big milestone, savvy startups need to know where to focus next in order to succeed. Read more »
Servers and switches are getting better, faster and cheaper, but the cables and ports linking them aren’t keeping up. Can we ever find an interconnect that’s better than 1 GigE? Read more »
A group of researchers from Georgia Tech managed to get a malware-infected app into Apple’s App Store. Here’s how they did it. Read more »
Need something to read? Here are a few book recommendation sites that you may not have heard of. Read more »
This week, I had the chance to customize and order a Moto X smartphone. What’s the process like? Watch our video to see. And Samsung is reported to surprise us with a smartwatch filled with features next month. Can it deliver? Read more »
Dalton Caldwell says App.net may not be the size of Facebook or Twitter, but it has proven that there is a market need for an open platform for developing social apps, a goal he believes is worth fighting for. Read more »
Nomads, death of used book stores, clothing factories in American South, Time Warner and CBS fight, music discovery (or not), making love like a movie star and fighting cancer are some of the stories on the weekend reading menu this week. Read more »
If there was any doubt about Google and its dominant reach on the web, then the five minute outage that took down all Google properties including GMail and YouTube on late Friday proved it for once and for all. Go Squared, which keeps track of web traffic, on its website noted that “the number of page views coming into GoSquared’s real-time tracking — around a 40% drop.” According to Deepfield, an Ann Arbor, MI based networking company, Google (not including its other properties) now accounts for nearly 25 percent of internet traffic on an average. “I’d say the overall impact was modest since the outage mainly seemed to impact lower bandwidth (but arguably more critical) services like gmail,” said Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield and added, “Specifically, the large volumes of Youtube traffic originating from distributed Google Edge Caches (GGC) do not appear to have been impacted in the same way.”
Al Jazeera started blocking U.S. visitors from accessing its news videos on YouTube this week. In light of the clashes in Cairo, timing couldn’t be worse. Read more »
Raffi Krikorian, Twitter’s Vice President of Platform Engineering, shared in a blog post Friday how the company went from essentially a patchwork infrastructure to one that could handle almost 143,000 tweets per second, a new record set last week. Twitter did this by blending its homegrown and open source technologies. What a marvelous read for the weekend.
Just when you thought that those enterprising third-party Chromecast developers have tried everything, they’re taking it one step further: Leon Nicholls, who previously experimented with local content playback, online shopping and other cool stuff on Chromecast, has managed to hook up his Kinect to a web app running on Google’s new TV stick. The result is a video playing via Chromecast that can be controlled with simple gestures, and us wondering what folks like Nicholls come up with next.
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy published new guidelines and FAQs to ease adoption of President Obama’s open data policy. In May, the president signed an order mandating that agencies use machine-readable and open data formats when they collect or create information so it can be re-used efficiently.
Facebook has reportedly done away with its once-important EdgeRank system in lieu of a system that considers about 100,000 factors in determing what content to show on users’ feeds. Read more »
Not interested in “traditional” video games? These four independent titles eschew the gameplay experience for more interesting tales that will challenge your mind and your morals. Read more »
Earlier this week, the SonyAlphaRumors blog posted pictures of a compete Sony camera inside a traditional-looking camera lens. On Friday, the site followed up with images from the camera manuals and found that the lenses support tripods. The interesting idea behind the Sony QX10 and QX100 is to add a high-quality image sensor and optics to an existing smartphone, turning the handset into both a viewfinder and storage device. These snap-on products would allow smartphone owners to upgrade their camera without buying a new phone.
Researchers found that x-shaped pieces of carbon fiber composite can form structures that are 10 times stiffer than existing ultralight materials. Read more »
Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and… Michelle Phan? YouTube’s most popular makeup artist has launched her own makeup line in partnership with L’Oréal Luxe. Read more »
Virtual operators have driven a good chunk of the growth in the U.S. mobile market in the last two years, according to GSMA Intelligence. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile host 23 million MVNO connections alone. Read more »
This hero of this week’s game is Mikey, who must jump through a series of obstacles to save his friends. Read more »
It looks like the scheduled September 12 shareholder vote on Michael Dell’s proposal will take place after all. Read more »
The touchless voice command feature of the Moto X is super; right up until you have to physically unlock your phone. Motorola has an answer for that authentication challenge in the form of a wearable NFC tag and NFC stickers. Read more »
The electric vehicle industry has moved past the toddler stage to early adolescence. Profitability is now within reach, but remaining companies must first find the most viable business model. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Google researchers have developed new methods for analyzing language using deep learning techniques. They’ve also open sourced an implementation of their work so any researchers can experiment with it. It could be the first of many deep learning tools designed for mass consumption. Read more »
With Time Warner Cable and CBS engaging in endless bickering, Verizon has the opportunity to swoop in and make gains — if they’d just roll out to needed places already. Read more »
Adap.tv, the ad exchange that AOL agreed to buy for $405 million last week, may have a problem with ads running on bogus sites where they are viewed only by bots, according to an Adweek report that quotes multiple researchers and ad buyers, some of which deemed between 30 and 80 percent of Adap.tv’s ad impressions suspicious. The company denies any wrongdoing, but it may just be part of a bigger problem in an industry where hidden ads are standard practice.
Serious Eats, one of my favorite food websites, has launched a monthly food magazine with iOS publisher 29th Street Publishing (more about 29th Street here). Each issue of “Serious Eats Magazine” will focus on an individual theme “by combining the most popular recipes and features in our […] Read more »
When it comes to data, soccer is the new baseball. The latest issue of the Economist has an article breaking down English Premiere League soccer players using data, and a subsequent blog post includes an interactive tool from machine learning startup Ayasdi that lets readers explore the data. Earlier this week, Disney researchers presented their analysis of an entire year’s worth of ball-position data for a professional soccer league and how that can affect the outcome of games.
A new report suggests the upcoming iPhone 5S will feature a larger f2.0 aperture, and come in 128GB storage and gold color options. Read more »
Has Samsung perfected the smartwatch? We may find out on September 4 as the company is said to introduce its Galaxy Gear watch, a wearable device running Android that “will make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails.” Read more »
Exclusive: Ambitious startup wants to be your one-stop-shop for operating and monitoring your cloud workloads wherever they run. Read more »
When even newspapers like the Washington Post have to sell out to an internet billionaire, is there any hope for the rest of the industry? Reuters media columnist Jack Shafer points out that historically the news business has never really made much money, and that non-profit models may be the only solution to the newspaper industry’s disruption.
The wait for the HTC One on Verizon’s network is nearly over. The carrier will launch the LTE-capable Android phone on August 22 for $199 with a two-year contract. Read more »
Layoffs have reportedly begun at AOL’s hyperlocal news community Patch, and could affect up to half of Patch’s 1,000-person workforce. Read more »