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 »
Facebook has one of the largest, if not the largest, MySQL installations in the world, and has created a tool to keep that system online with as little human intervention as possible. It’s called MySQL Pool Scanner and, Facebook’s Shlomo Priymak wrote in a post on Monday describing it, it’s designed to automate ”nearly everything a conventional MySQL Database Administrator (DBA) might do so that the cluster can almost run itself.” Not only does MPS handle availability but, Priymak noted, it also lets administrators do things such as copy the entire Facebook dataset with a single command.
NASA has spent years perfecting data transmission between the Earth and space, starting in the 1960s with radio wave technology. The group is one step closer to seamless, lossless and speedy data transmission as it announced that the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has used a pulse laser beam to create a record-breaking 622Mbps connection between the Earth and the Moon. That’s a connection much faster than ones found in the average American household traveling more than 200,000 miles. NASA hopes the laser technology will help provide increased image resolution and even 3D video transmission from deep space.
Apple has managed to avoid sensor-gate with its latest update to iOS 7, which fixes calibration issues with the iPhone 5s sensor. More good news: Your iMessages issues should be now be over. Read more »
Looking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to GigaOM’s job board. Check out the latest tech gigs at leading companies across the country. Read more »
The SEC finally presented, and unanimously approved, a long-awaited plan to let companies raise money on the internet from small investors. The plan is now open for public comments before a final version goes into effect. Read more »
The U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program — which allocates small grants to early stage, high risk technologies — has launched a new project focused on efficient power grid electronics. Say wha? When electricity flows across, on and off the grid it has to go through a lot of inefficient conversion devices. This program, called SWITCH, will give funds to 14 projects working on more efficient power conversion technologies mostly at the transistor manufacturing level. More info and project winners here.
Microsoft started packaging some popular websites as WebApps for its Windows Phone Store, but has now removed at least one of those apps for failing to tell the content owner beforehand. Read more »
Fon is introducing its community Wi-Fi model to the U.S., selling its $59 router on Amazon. The idea is to create a shared bandwidth network that any Fon member can access for free. Read more »
The BBC is the latest broadcaster to sign a partnership deal with Twitter that will allow the British media entity to embed video clips — complete with pre-roll ads — in its Twitter stream. Read more »
A new breed of web API has emerged, delivering a vision of a lightweight, low-cost approach to connect devices and allowing applications to exchange data efficiently. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The media has reported that HTC has shut down a production line, but the Taiwanese company begs to differ. Read more »
A Canadian spy agency is collecting meta-data about its citizens’ phone records and internet activity, according to a new lawsuit, which is the first such case in the country since the PRISM scandal broke in the US this summer. Read more »
The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to suspend a deal with the U.S. that allowed the sharing of financial data, in order to track terrorist funding. However, that call appears to have been rebuffed. Read more »
New fund targets established tech companies with “tens of millions” in revenue but little outside capital. Read more »
A Boston-area startup called Nutonian is taking its machine learning software originally developed for scientific research into the mainstream. To the degree software can ever tell users how and why data are connected, Nutonian says its product is the best thing around. Read more »
The EMC-VMware spinoff integrates the GemFire in-memory database with its Hadoop offering. The goal? Faster feedback cycles. Read more »
The new 3.4 release enables management of private and Amazon public cloud workloads in one console. Oh, and “warm upgrades.” Read more »
In our next webinar session, you’ll hear from BTI and GigaOM analysts on what the trigger points are for building versus buying network capacity and what kind of savings a company should expect. What benefits are incurred, and what are the drawbacks? How does this migration effect operating expenses? Join us on Oct. 30. Read more »
More creators can now take advantage of YouTube’s paid subscriptions. As of Tuesday, free channels that have over 10,000 subscribers and meet some other criteria can create paid channels and charge monthly fees for them. Read more »
Today we’re introducing an updated look for Gigaom that honors the standards of our past as we push ahead into the future. Read more »
Before today Automatic was selling its vehicle-data-gathering gadget solely on its website. Now it has the opportunity to put its quantified driving technology in front of millions of Apple customers. Read more »
Carriers subsidize handsets when they’re sure that their customers are locked into their contracts. Remove that certainty, and it becomes much less risky to break out the true cost of the handset and have the customer pay it off separately. Read more »
Apple sounded kinda Google-y yesterday. We talk about that and the Haswell-powered Acer Chromebook C720. Is it the “perfect” Chromebook? Not quite. Read more »
Adoption by Google, Wikipedia and some of the top Linux distros is all good and fine, but SkySQL really wants to see the MariaDB database get picked up in the enterprise. $20 million should help that happen. Read more »
Jofi Joseph, a senior National Security Council aide, admitted tweeting hundreds of anti-administration messages under the pseudonym @NatSecWonk. Joseph was fired last week after an investigation of the tweets, some of which criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top officials.