John Sculley, former Apple CEO famous for ousting Steve Jobs from the company, is considering a bid to buy BlackBerry, a report says. Read more »
Vine has issued an update that will please power users, with a very important editing tool. Read more »
Government contractors behind HealthCare.gov said that while their own pieces of the site passed final testing, the responsibility of testing the entire site end-to-end fell to the Department of Health and Human Services. Read more »
As VP of finance at MakerBot, Larry White helped build a market leader. Now he hopes to replicate that success at DigitalOcean. Read more »
Check out some of the very best in product experience design, according to these designers. Hear more from them at Roadmap on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco. Read more »
For years, people have been chasing the concept of the viral video. But as two companies who made it a business model join forces, it seems the business model is changing. Read more »
Amazon’s long-rumored Roku killer may be facing delays, forcing the company to postpone a launch until next year, according to a Verge report. The device, which is based on Android, has been in the works at Amazon for more than a year, and the company hired a bunch of Google TV developers from Logitech to work on it after that company decided to get out of the connected TV space. Amazon’s TV box is going to have third-party apps, but obviously also feature Amazon’s own services — but now we might have to wait until after the holiday season to find out how it stacks up against Roku, Apple TV and Co.
Apple’s two new iPads will be available just in time for the holiday season. Which one should end up on your wish list? Read more »
On this week’s podcast Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman who talks about when the CIA came calling, his most painful lessons, and how to underprice AWS and still make money. Read more »
Flash storage pioneer Fusion.io posted a third quarter loss Wednesday night with revenue dropping 27 percent year over year and said its CFO and EVP Dennis Wolf will be leaving the company. The company reported a loss of $27.9 million (28 cents pershare) compared to a profit of $3.9 million (4 cents a share) for the year-ago period. Wolf is leaving to join Datastax.
a privately-held company, according to Fusion.io.
The stock was off more than 25 percent Thursday, to $9.62 per share.
This post was updated at 9:17 a.m. PDT to reflect Wolf’s new job.
We all should probably drink more water. I know that when I track my consumption, I’m barely getting 32 ounces, nowhere near the recommended amount. Sure there are bottles like this one, where you can just flick a counter mechanism to track consumption, or you can log it via an app, but I always forget. That’s why this Kickstarter for connected water bottle with an accelerometer and weight sensor caught my eye. At $70 this is pricey, but I love the automated water tracking. And hopefully over time, that price goes down.
HP is looking to sell off some or all of its mobile patent portfolio, which could recoup a sizable portion of the $1.2 billion the company spent to buy Palm in 2010. Bloomberg reported the news on Thursday, saying HP recently removed some restrictions from potential buyers, which will make the overall portfolio more attractive and valuable.
Although HP made mobile devices in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s based on Microsoft Windows CE and Pocket PC software, the bulk of the mobile patents are likely from the Palm purchase. HP’s handling of the Palm brand, IP and devices are a business case-study of what not to do. If the company can gain back a bulk of its original investment in Palm, I’d call it a huge win considering all of the Palm webOS blunders it made.
Want to see more information about an email sender in iOS Mail before you even read the message? That’s what LinkedIn Intro provides. However, to make the magic happen, you need to have all of your email routed through a LinkedIn server. Read more »
Samsung has filed a design patent in Korea for “sports glasses” that look a lot like Google Glass. Read more »
A new study by the Pew Center and the Knight Foundation shows that while many users come across news while they are on Facebook, most don’t go there specifically looking for it. Read more »
The iPad mini with retina display might be hard to find when it first ships, as one analyst claims the supply will be “ridiculously tight.” Read more »
Samsung has been fined by Taiwan’s FTC for paying for false online comments against rival HTC. Read more »
A new product code-named Rubicon aims to answer developers’ rapid-fire queries about all aspects of their applications’ performance in real time, said New Relic CEO Lew Cirne. Read more »
Upgrading your network in a high-pressure environment isn’t easy. But finding the fastest way to deploy ethernet fabrics just got easier. Brocade® VCS® fabrics can be deployed five times faster than any other network on the market. See how. Read more »
YouTube is reportedly planning to launch its own subscription music streaming service, which would include video, this year. It will enter a very crowded marketplace. Read more »
One of the biggest selling points for TiVo’s latest line, the Roamio, was the promise of out-of-home streaming. The company finally announced via press release that the feature will begin its roll-out today via a software update to all TiVo Roamio Pro and Plus owners. Users will be able to watch shows over WiFi both in-home and on-the-go, as well as download and save shows for viewing offline — provided they have an Apple product to run TiVo’s app. The company says that Android and 4G/LTE support will debut next year.
Buy a copy of the New York Times from a newsstand or Starbucks on Sunday, November 3, and you’ll get a free four-week membership to the newspaper’s website and smartphone app. Read more »
With $1.65 million from several Silicon Valley investors, BloomNation is the latest flower-selling business to take on older companies like 1-800-Flowers. Read more »
As competition grows in the booming kids’ app industry, San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital is turning to the enterprise for broader distribution. Read more »
The Irish data protection chief turned down a request to investigate Facebook’s alleged complicity in the NSA’s PRISM scheme, but campaigners Europe v Facebook have won the right to a judicial review of the decision. Read more »
Despite having three out of every four contract customers already owning a smartphone, AT&T’s continued to grow its smartphone base in the third quarter. What’s more existing smartphone customers are upgrading their data plans. Read more »
Pinterest has confirmed an AllThingsD report that it has raised a $225-million Series E round of funding led by Fidelity Investments, with previous investors including Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, Valiant Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners chipping in as well. The investment comes at a $3.8-billion valuation, and the total amount of money raised by Pinterest is now around — brace yourself — $538 million. Pinterest recently started to experiment with ads, or promoted pins, as the company calls them – but so far it isn’t charging brands any money for these experiments.
Facebook originally allowed users to post videos of beheadings, arguing that it was similar to a TV news network, but now the company has removed them — making it unclear how strong its commitment to free speech is. Read more »
Chromecast will soon get support for another major media service, as Google is preparing to push the button for Pandora integration any day now. Read more »
Airbnb open sourced a new tool called SmartStack that automates the management of the company’s various services. If they’re healthy, SmartStack facilitates communications. If they’re not, it knows and it takes them down. Read more »
First, Netflix brought us binge viewing. Now it wants to shorten the time between TV seasons, stream in 4K and give us access to movies sooner. Read more »
The new VC round, led by Meritech Capital Partners, will help Bromium boost the sales push for Microvisor worldwide. Read more »
Linkedin has debuted a new feature for iPhone that allows users to see each other’s professional profile without leaving their email. Read more »
After growing concerns over companies that manage and store student data, a U.S. Senator is asking the Department of Education about how it scrutinizes data-centric third-party vendors. Read more »
Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, has confronted U.S. president Barack Obama over the likely tapping of her communications. The White House has said the U.S. “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications, but has not denied doing so in the past. Read more »
Enterprise software companies, eager to soak up more of their customers’ IT budget are building out sales and marketing suites to do just that. Read more »
A smaller take on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 4 will be hitting four US carriers in November. Read more »
The company hasn’t revealed what kind of product it is working on, but its CEO said affordability and speed are big focuses. Read more »
Hulu revamped its mobile website Wednesday, giving users access to free mobile clips. Previously, only paying subscribers could access content on mobile. Read more »
T-Mobile is trying to make it as easy as possible for new iPad owners to switch over to its LTE network. It’s selling the baseline iPads at no upfront cost and tweaking its tablet plans. Read more »