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 »
The government has finally set a deadline for fixing the troubled HealthCare.gov. According to a Reuters report, Jeffrey Zients, the Obama administration’s new point man for the project, said the site would be working “successfully and smoothly” for the “vast majority” of consumers by the end of November. The news comes after a week of Congressional hearings and statements by the president about the rocky rollout of the new online health insurance exchanges. The administration is under pressure to show progress but will undoubtedly face a new round of criticism if it fails to meet its new goal.
We all love binge viewing — but not everyone loves Netflix: FX and Turner are looking to get the rights to stream entire seasons of shows, as opposed to just the last five episodes, to allow their viewers more binging. Netflix is opposed to those demands, and studios have learned to love Netfix’s cash. But which role is cable playing in all of this? Vulture has a fascinating story about one of Hollywood’s next battle lines.
At long last, I 3D print my water bottle cap. But is the finished product something I would actually put on a water bottle? Read more »
The debate over whether journalists need to code is a lot like the argument over whether bloggers are journalists — a sign of how quickly the field is being disrupted, and of how much we still have left to learn Read more »
Server virtualization king hopes that service providers that now offer vCloud Director plus non-VMware options will consolidate with VCHS in the future. Service providers themselves say: “Good luck with that.” Read more »
Technology buyers in some sectors drool over the promise of things like cloud computing and big data, but those words don’t mean a whole lot in places like warehouses or manufacturing plants, where how something works is far less important than that it works. Read more »
You can now order a customized Moto X through Moto Maker for $99.99 Read more »
There’s a new line of lingerie out based on the fit data of 200,000 women. Read more »
Bill Gates, along with the staff of nuclear startup TerraPower, visited the U.S. government-owned Idaho National Labs this week to check out the facilities in advance of reactor design work that TerraPower plans to do at the facility. Gates is chairman of, and investor, in TerraPower, which has been developing a traveling wave nuclear reactor that can run on waste uranium, and can make and consume its own fuel — theoretically it doesn’t need to be refueled for hundreds of years.
Want a smarter watch but not quite a smartwatch to track your workouts? The Magellan Echo may be the perfect compromise: It connects to a smartphone but only for music controls and in-app workout data at a glance. Read more »
Germany and Brazil are pushing forward with proposals for a global right to online privacy. It would have been nice if this action had begun in earnest when it was citizens being spied upon, and not only after Angela Merkel and Dilma Rousseff were revealed as targets. Read more »
Another iPhone gamepad has leaked. This one’s from Moga and is reported to have a built-in 1800mAh to charge your phone while you play games. Read more »
When it comes to endangering teenage drivers, texting has become a bigger threat than alcohol. But there’s no consensus on a prohibitive punishment that keeps texting while driving to a minimum, according to a series of infographics by Mother Jones.
The most punitive state is Alaska, which slaps texting drivers a $10,000 fine and one year in jail. On the other hand, California’s fine to punish texting is just $20. What’s more, four states — Arizona, Montana, South Carolina and South Dakota — don’t even have a ban. These vast differences show that most people still aren’t aware of the dangers of texting behind the wheel.
Lifelong learning startup Curious wants to provide teachers of all kinds with the web tools to build their own online classrooms and reach a wider audience of students. Read more »
How big are the tablet and smartphone markets to companies that build them? Bigger than the revenues earned for all other consumer electronics devices combined, says IHS. That’s staggering when just 6 years ago, CE device revenues were 9 times greater. Read more »
Samsung just posted its highest third-quarter earnings ever, to the tune of $9.56 billion in profit, thanks largely to strong smartphone and chipset sales. Read more »
My morning chuckle came from this irritated post over at BusinessWeek, where Drake Bennett complains that everything automated isn’t a robot. His attempt to get to the bottom of the robot-labeling craze lays the blame on the internet of things, the human tendency to anthropomorphize things and a lack of a clear definition for robots. Basically robots can sense their environment and then affect that environment, but as humans we tend to see any automated thing rolling around and declare it a robot. This irks Bennet. Maybe he’ll write a diatribe against the misuse of the word hacker next.
This GigaOM Research analyst webinar will examine the ways in which successful enterprises are balancing their hybrid cloud infrastructure and suggest a framework for IT decision makers to use going forward. Join us on Oct. 31. Read more »
Amazon Publishing’s head honcho in New York, Larry Kirshbaum, plans to leave the company next year. The company is also reportedly scaling back its publishing presence here, something it denies. But it’s undeniable that Amazon’s original plan to publish traditional fiction and nonfiction like a major East Coast publisher has not gone as planned. Read more »
The original iPad mini in a fresh coat of space gray paint appears to be making its way into some Apple store locations. Read more »
It’s no secret that the community behind Wikipedia is insular, methodical and bureaucratic. But the high barriers of entry that Wikipedians have established to keep the website’s millions of pages under control are now coming back to haunt them, according to an in-depth feature by MIT Technology Review. There simply aren’t enough people to regulate and edit the firehose of information — both correct and incorrect — to keep to the high standard the community sets for itself, much less be a reliable encyclopedia. That insular group is going to need to open up, or risk collapsing under the weight of its own system.
Streaming video service Wuaki.tv, which launched in the U.K. this summer, has partnered with Panasonic to make its app available on Viera smart TVs. The company says it expects smart TVs to be the largest viewing platform for its content. Read more »