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  • Looks like Amazon’s CIA cloud is live

    1 August 2014, 10:27 pm by: Barb Darrow

    The CIA cloud, the subject of a heated contract battle between IBM and AWS, is now online, according to a DefenseOne report. Looks like Amazon’s CIA cloud is live originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Welcome back anarchist hackers: Noisebridge reopens after cleaning house

    1 August 2014, 7:34 pm by: Signe Brewster

    Noisebridge has not closed once in its seven year history. It closed down for all of July to bring the space up to code. It is also raising funds to make equipment repairs.…
  • What recipe search tells us: The coasts eat healthy, but inland, we like our bacon

    1 August 2014, 7:33 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Sorry, St. Louis. You're the unhealthiest major city in the country based on Yummly's analysis of recipe search data. The healthiest? Of course it's frigging San Francisco.…
  • Struggling nuclear company Areva drops solar division it acquired from startup Ausra

    1 August 2014, 6:21 pm by: Katie Fehrenbacher

    Ever wondered what happened to Valley solar startup Ausra, which nuclear giant Areva acquired in 2010? Well, it's not good news.…
  • The Google Now launcher is available for almost all modern Android phones

    1 August 2014, 6:07 pm by: Kif Leswing

    On Friday, Google opened up its Google Now Launcher to any Android device running 4.1 and up. The Google Now launcher is available for almost all modern Android phones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Wikipedia’s new apps are good for you, but they’re even better for the developing world

    1 August 2014, 5:34 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Wikipedia released slick new apps for iOS and Android last week with features that will end up being very useful for first-time smartphone owners in developing nations.…
  • Sorry, Sprint, T-Mo. The FCC isn’t letting you collude in the upcoming spectrum auction

    1 August 2014, 5:33 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Sprint and T-Mobile were reportedly looking to circumvent corporate anti-collusion laws by forming a joint venture to bid in the upcoming incentive auction. The FCC, though, has gotten wise to their plans.…
  • Airbnb closes its rumored $475M round

    1 August 2014, 5:18 pm by: Carmel DeAmicis

    Airbnb has officially wrapped up its long-rumored $475 million Series D, according to its SEC filing on the matter. No investors from private equity firm TPG or smaller firm Dragoneer Investment Group, which were previously reported to be leading the round,…
  • Season 4 of The Killing goes live on Netflix

    1 August 2014, 4:07 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    The Killing may have been too depressing for network TV, but thanks to Netflix, the dark and brilliant crime drama is now back for a short final season: All six episodes of season four went live on Netflix Friday. The Killing is not a newbie on Netflix: […]…
  • With the launch of its CDN, it’s clear Apple is just as webscale as Facebook or Google

    1 August 2014, 3:34 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    Apple's content delivery network shows how dedicated the Cupertino company is to digital products -- giving them the same care and attention as its physical ones.…
  • Obama signs cell phone unlocking bill; It is now officially legal to unlock your phone

    1 August 2014, 2:58 pm by: Kif Leswing

    It is now legal to unlock a cell phone in the United States. As promised, President Barack Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law on Friday, the White House announced in a blog post. Previously, unlocking your phone…
  • This week in bitcoin: Free payment processing finally takes true advantage of bitcoin tech

    1 August 2014, 2:11 pm by: Biz Carson

    BitPay killed off its transaction fees on its starter plan, making bitcoin payment processing free for merchants. Coinbase then followed suit for nonprofits.…
  • As expected, Microsoft adds three models to the Surface Pro 3 lineup, starting at $799

    1 August 2014, 2:08 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Microsoft completed the Surface Pro 3 lineup on Friday, adding three new models including an entry-level edition equipped with a Core i3 processor.…
  • XBMC media center software rebrands as Kodi to free itself from its Xbox roots

    1 August 2014, 1:39 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    XBMC is dead, long live Kodi: The pioneering open source media center project has decided to rename itself.…
  • Remember that thing about Massachusetts killing non-competes? Never mind

    1 August 2014, 1:38 pm by: Barb Darrow

    An amendment that would have restricted the use of the controversial non-compete agreements, could be revived, but that's unlikely.…
  • It’s official: Beats is now part of Apple

    1 August 2014, 1:06 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Apples $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Audio has been finalized, and Vivendi is getting $404 million of the money. It’s official: Beats is now part of Apple originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • The Qi wireless charging standard gets “resonant,” expanding its range to nearly 2 inches

    1 August 2014, 1:04 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Future Qi-enabled phones will be able to power up their batteries even without direct contact with a charging pad thanks to an update to the technology's standard.…
  • Sandstorm’s decentralized hosting platform could finally make indie web apps viable

    1 August 2014, 1:03 pm by: David Meyer

    Currently crowdfunding, Sandstorm is a genuinely exciting opportunity for the creation of a viable, federation-friendly indie web-app ecosystem. It promises the benefits of running your own server, without having to actually do so -- usability is the name of…
  • Rough morning for Facebook, with a sustained outage and a spotty recovery

    1 August 2014, 12:44 pm by: Carmel DeAmicis

    Facebook went down for more than fifteen minutes for most users Friday morning pacific time. No word from the company yet on why.…
  • Want to increase your readership? Forget about Twitter and stop posting so many stories, says the…

    1 August 2014, 12:02 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    The editor-in-chief of the Telegraph Media Group says the newspaper has seen a large increase in traffic as a result of two strategies: focusing on Facebook more than Twitter, and devoting its resources to fewer stories…
  • Fashion first? Designer Michael Bastian sets his sights on wearable technology

    1 August 2014, 10:57 am by: Kif Leswing

    A new watch that promises to connect to your smartphone and serve notifications is a collaboration between HP and menswear designer Michael Bastian.…
  • Who has the biggest cloud? By year’s end, the answer may surprise you.

    1 August 2014, 9:33 am by: Barb Darrow

    Microsoft's cloud biz, including Azure, Office 365 and other stuff, will hit $5.77 billion run rate by December, surpassing Amazon Web Services and, according to Nomura Securities Analyst Rick Sherlund.…
  • Why these startups think chat apps are the next big thing in workplace collaboration

    1 August 2014, 8:00 am by: Jonathan Vanian

    The big cloud storage companies like Amazon and the file-sync players like Box aren't the only ones rolling out work-collaboration features; there's a host of startups generating a lot of interest in the market and these companies are betting that improving…
  • The registration of Russian bloggers has begun

    1 August 2014, 7:53 am by: David Meyer

    The first to receive notices demanding that they join a censorship-happy register reportedly include prominent novelists and satirists, who are now expected to abide by the same rules as journalists on their blogs.…
  • USB’s security is fundamentally broken, researchers claim

    1 August 2014, 5:57 am by: David Meyer

    German security researchers claim to have identified a serious vulnerability in the fundamental security of USB devices. The SR Labs team is preparing a presentation for Black Hat next week in which they will demonstrate the “BadUSB” reprogramming of the…
  • Facebook faces class action privacy suit in Austria, with most of the world invited to join in

    1 August 2014, 4:47 am by: David Meyer

    Facebook nemesis Max Schrems is fed up with what he sees as the ineffectiveness of the Irish data protection regulator, so he's launched a mega-suit in his home country of Austria. Sore points include PRISM, Graph Search and general non-compliance with EU…
  • The new enterprise operating model

    1 August 2014, 3:00 am by: <a href="" rel="author">Haydn Shaughnessy</a>

    Modern IT allows companies to free themselves from old enterprise constraints. However, business management and IT organizations must address ensuing conceptual and business model issues in order to succeed.…
  • Spaceflight to launch network for communicating with tiny satellites

    31 July 2014, 8:10 pm by: Signe Brewster

    It's expensive and difficult to communicate with satellites, especially if an organization is only launching one or two. Spaceflight will allow paying customers to reach their spacecraft wherever they are above Earth.…
  • Do we really need more sites for up-voting viral content? The Independent seems to think so

    31 July 2014, 6:42 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    You might think the market for viral clickbait sites is already saturated, but The Independent newspaper in Britain has launched its own version anyway, called i100 -- complete with celebrity gossip, cat photos and large, red "upvote" buttons.…
  • The new Foursquare is all about expertise instead of badges

    31 July 2014, 6:36 pm by: Carmel DeAmicis

    It’s no secret that the new Foursquare app has eliminated check-ins. But the company still needs users to leave reviews at local joints without getting that pat-on-the-back from badges. Enter: Expertise. People will earn “expertise,” and when they…

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