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.
The deal gives Apple proven technology (it powers Microsoft’s Kinect controllers) that could be used in a wide range of contexts. Read more »
Listen in to a conversation between Om Malik and Kevin Systrom about how Instagram uses data when making design decisions, taken from our Roadmap conference. Read more »
Soundrop may have started as just another Spotify app, but the collaborative listening platform has outgrown its former host, and is now also on Deezer. Read more »
The British platform will have some immediate advantages over many local rivals as it leaps across the English Channel, namely continent-wide scale and a higher funding limit than that available in some mainland European countries. Read more »
The relevancy-defining, edge-weighting algorithms of Google’s Knowledge Graph, Facebook’s Open Graph and Gravity’s Interest Ontology are closely guarded company secrets. Imagine if that data was available to everyone — it would be as disruptive as Amazon Web Services. The internet would be a better place. Read more »
The arms merchants of the cloud and a new wave of developers armed with APIs are going to cause massive technology disruption. Read more »
The threat of a distributed denial of service attack has to be taken seriously, but what that threat is masking might be the real cause for alarm. Read more »
The week in cloud: Salesforce.com rejiggers its platform-as-a-service strategy; CenturyLink snaps up Tier 3 and Apprenda snags $16 million. Read more »
An anonymous sheep farmer in Britain’s Lake District got a new iPhone and reluctantly tried Twitter, not expecting to like it — and quickly became addicted to the ability to share his life with thousands of people around the world Read more »
Looking for a better screen capture app for Chrome or Chrome OS? Consider SnagIt from TechSmith. It’s both an app and an extension; the two work together for capturing images, annotating them and then syncing them up to your Google Drive. 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: a look at AWS Re:Invent, and another treatise on the future of work. Read more »
Greylock Partners’ Jerry Chen shares the triangular frameworks he uses to analyze opportunities and spot disruptive technologies in the IT infrastructure and enterprise application spaces. Read more »
Time bombs, digital barriers and biometrics–noteworthy technologies that are looking to provide Mission Impossible-style control for secure enterprise information. Read more »
The future of technology will bring big changes, including advances in AI, brain-to-brain interfaces, and the ability to halt death. Read more »
GeoPoll is using the lowly SMS to engage with and collect survey data from people in developing countries around the world. It’s one of the many means SMS is being used as a stand-in for the internet. Read more »
The platform-as-a-service market hasn’t caught on was wildly as some anticipated a few years ago, and Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller has some ideas why that it is. He says his PaaS company is killing it because it made some smart — and prudent — decisions. Read more »
Motorola is quick on the draw, pushing out Android 4.4 to its Moto X on three U.S. carriers within just a few days. Google is highlighting tablet-optimized apps now and speeding up its Chrome browser for Android phones and tablets. Read more »
Selfies, Selfies and more selfies: so much so it is the word of the year and in order to celebrate and understand the concept of selfie, I decided to curate seven of the best pieces I have read around selfies. Read more »
Last summer’s rumors of cable consolidation are back in the spotlight. But if the industry consolidates, it’s not about television, but about what you’ll pay for broadband that regulators should focus on. Read more »
After years of evangelizing, John Carmack has finally jumped to Oculus VR full time as CTO — leaving behind his decades of work at id Software. Read more »
Chill.com is closing down its premium content distribution platform by December 15. Maybe selling content like Louis CK isn’t that easy, after all? Read more »
Hot on the heels of the HBO Go app launch, as well as signs that more apps may be supported soon, comes the news that Chromecast is now more widely available for sale. Google’s TV streaming stick started selling at Staples stores as well as through the retailer’s website this week. Motorola is also selling the device through an online store you probably didn’t know existed, and Verizon has begun to sell it online as well as in its flagship store in the Mall of Americas in Minneapolis as well. There’s no word on when Chromecast will find its way into regular Verizon stores, or other retailers, just yet.