The equity-based crowdfunding platform is run by lawyers who have come up with contracts allowing speedy investing and, they say, remaining friendly to follow-up venture capital investments. Read more »
As it has been doing a lot of lately, the Facebook data science team released another study on Friday highlighting a particular facet of the social science treasure trove that is its collection of wall posts. It might be cool to see this kind of data in the hands of non-corporate researchers, but it’s still interesting to see things like how polarized political parties are or how much more positive women seem toward each other than men. Also, “Damn Canadians!”
Facebook is building its second data center in Luleå, Sweden, using “rapid deployment data center” techniques that will speed construction and simplify design by prebuilding certain parts and creating standardized kits for others. Read more »
The NSA whistleblower has given extensive evidence to an inquiry into the surveillance of European citizens, describing what he calls a “bazaar” of EU intelligence agencies allowing the U.S. to spy on pretty much everyone. Read more »
British academics and the Dutch electronics giant Philips have been working together on a new kind of transistor for many years, and now they say they’ve made enough progress to make the production of flexible electronics more viable. Read more »
The German giant has definitely realized that, when it comes to the threat of services running over its data networks, it’s better to join up with them than try to beat them. Read more »
The move brings Opera in line with the other two big WebRTC-supporting browsers, Chrome and Firefox, which both already support the promising protocol in their Android versions. Read more »
The BBC says it will take BB3 off the air and only stream it online. But will the broadcaster really follow through? Read more »
The video streaming service will continue to use AWS and possibly other public clouds for spiky loads and move much of its big data stack from bare metal to MetaCloud’s private cloud. Read more »
The Stockholm-based outfit wants to provide a more user-friendly alternative to traditional website hosting platforms and platform-as-a-service players like Heroku. Read more »
The company, which boasts 20 million active monthly users, now has a mobile app that lets users transfer up to 10GB in pictures and videos. Read more »
Even if your data plans are as noble and necessary as they come, a failure to earn buy-in will leave you facing significant opposition. Read more »
A Belgian magistrate has mulled blocking Apple’s websites there, according to local reports on Tuesday, as spotted by Tech.eu. This was as a result of the still-ongoing kerfuffle over Apple and warranties – although EU law says consumer goods should automatically come with a two-year warranty, and although Apple acknowledges as much on a webpage, the firm still advertises its gadgets as being covered by a one-year warranty and tries to upsell customers to a two-year AppleCare plan. The reports suggest the magistrate may have realized blocking Apple’s sites would mess with iTunes and other services, so is still considering his next move.
Ask.fm now has 100 million registered users, the Latvia-based social network said on Monday. The service is apparently used in 150 countries and questions posted there – Ask.fm is kind of like Quora, only skewed more towards the teen demographic – now generate a billion answers a month. Bearing in mind that you don’t have to be registered to use it, Ask.fm also said it gets 190 million unique visitors each month. The 4-year-old service has unfortunately been associated with a number of teen suicides (though not always accurately) and the firm also used Monday’s announcement to promote its Safety Centre advice hub, stressing that it has recently improved cyber-bullying reporting mechanisms and boosted its moderator numbers.
DueDil, a rather clever London-based outfit that uses open (and purchased) datasets to provide due diligence services, has raised another $17 million in a Series B round. The cash came from existing investors Notion Capital, Passion Capital and round leader Oak Investment Partners, and it comes on top of the $5m I reported on in April last year. In those 10 months, the “real-time decision intelligence” firm said, it has gained traction among most of the FTSE 100 companies. Customers can currently use the DueDil API to find out information about companies and directors in 22 countries, and the fresh capital injection should help spread that coverage.
The layoffs that started in India and Europe are now coming stateside. IBM admits to rebalancing its workforce but won’t confirm numbers or units affected. Read more »
Just how accountable is the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency, which has tapped the world’s communications infrastructure, hacked activists and snooped on webcam chats? Every time it’s challenged, GCHQ says it submits to “rigorous oversight” from the intelligence services commissioner and Parliament, but on Thursday Parliament’s home affairs select committee had to take the unusual step of ordering that commissioner to show up for questioning about the Snowden leaks. Sir Mark Waller, who is supposed to be a watchdog, refused to respond to the customary polite request for an appearance, and this is the first time during this government’s rule that the committee has had to order someone to show up.
The embattled exchange appears to be done for, leaving around $63.6 million in debts. Meanwhile, regulators around the world are still scratching their heads as to how to handle Bitcoin. Read more »
The latest Snowden revelation shows Yahoo being heavily targeted yet again — and this time it was bulk collection of images from users’ webcams, apparently for facial recognition purposes. Read more »
The deal should make life easier for some of CloudSigma’s customers, while for the freshly-launched, open-source CompatibleOne it represents early validation. Read more »
Good news: there are tools out there that can make you much safer online and give you more control over your data. Bad news: most of them are really hard to use. A new generation of the open-source movement is trying to fix that, and here’s how. Read more »
Investment by 3D CAD giant should give NuoDB’s NewSQL database a good foothold in design and manufacturing workloads. Read more »
Google and Yandex, its main rival in Russia, have formed a partnership around real-time bidding for display advertising. The deal gives Google access to Yandex’s substantial ad inventory for the former Soviet states in which it operates, while Yandex’s ad clients can now bid for ads in the inventory of Google’s DoubleClick AdExchange partners. According to a blog post from the Russian firm, the two companies’ advertising pools in the region “don’t overlap much,” so both ad outfits will see a boost in inventory. Yandex reckons this “gives a new kick to competition,” as real-time bidding works better when there are more bidders and sellers.
The tie-in gives Parallels the ability to offer a fully hypervisor-agnostic package for service providers looking to provide infrastructure-as-a-service, and it gives Flexiant a huge boost to its reach. Read more »
Orange, which has the largest stake in French online video portal Dailymotion, is reportedly in talks with Microsoft over a potential partnership. Regulators in France nixed a previous attempt to sell the service to Yahoo, but this doesn’t appear to be a sale attempt – according to the Wall Street Journal, Orange wants an “industrial” partnership with Microsoft that would leave the telco in charge while expanding Dailymotion further into the U.S. market. Orange CEO Stephane Richard told the publication that talks are ongoing, but a deal is no certainty.
The two-week delay is apparently down to technicalities over translations, but those opposed to anti-neutrality amendments made by some in the committee say it will give everyone a chance to better examine the details of the text. Read more »
In what had to be the strangest event at Mobile World Congress, EU digital chief Neelie Kroes expounded on the need for 5G technologies that no one has actually defined yet. Read more »
Comcast’s recent deal with Netflix re-ignited a debate on net neutrality and how best to implement it, with venture investor Marc Andreessen arguing that competition is what will solve the problem, not more regulations Read more »
Good news for privacy fans: the Blackphone is pretty decently-priced if you take into account the extensive bundled security services, and Deutsche Telekom is making a real effort to put privacy-enhancing tools in its users’ hands. Read more »
Intel is seeking to make its processors a key component of mobile networks, and its influence is starting to be felt. At Mobile World Congress, Intel revealed its working with numerous carriers and equipment makers. Read more »
Meet Zero Site, a new concept for street lighting that includes a tiny mobile base station. Launched along with an innovative financing scheme, there are huge benefits to be had for municipalities, carriers and mobile users alike — but possible risks, too. Read more »
Magisto is coming to Russia with a partnership with Mail.ru. The Russian intenet giant also invested $2 million in the video startup. Read more »
Verizon has closed its $130 billion buyout of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless. Now Big Red can tear down the artificial distinction between its mobile and wireline operations. Read more »
Amazon is rolling together its Prime and Lovefilm Instant video services in the U.K. and Germany. That means the cost of an annual Prime membership in the U.K. will rise to £79 per year from £49. Read more »
Google has bought London security startup spider.io, which deals in detecting ad fraud. Founder Douglas de Jager and his small team specialize in combating scams like hidden display ad inventory and click fraud botnets — swarms of computers that have been quietly co-opted by hackers to generate masses of click-throughs on website ads, driving revenue to the website owner without driving customers to the advertiser. Google said it will put the spider.io technology to use in its video and display ad products to give advertisers and publishers “a clearer, cleaner picture of what campaigns and media are truly delivering strong results.”
The operating system will run on some devices in the Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Sony Xperia lines, and before that comes out a Sailfish launcher will be made available so users can get used to the UI. Read more »
The value of social-media networks such as Twitter and Facebook becomes even more obvious during crises like the uprisings and anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine and Venezuela, where both have become a lifeline of real-time information for residents and expatriates alike Read more »
The $19 billion Facebook is paying for WhatsApp makes it seem like a desperate move to retain users, but it is also a sign that Mark Zuckerberg is more than willing to disrupt his own company rather than letting others do so Read more »
Big job: Hundreds of millions of PCs still run Microsoft’s venerable (13-year-old) OS, which faces the end of life support on April 8. Cyvera has a deal for them. Read more »
The carrier group is being unusually smart about taking on the threat of rivals like WhatsApp and Viber, offering one major thing they don’t: the ability to communicate outside the walled garden. Read more »