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  • Remember Google’s Wave? Thanks to Sandstorm, it’s easy to start using again

    21 August 2014, 7:33 am by: David Meyer

    Sandstorm's indie web app platform, which is currently crowdfunding, is picking up ports at an impressive rate. Earlier this week WordPress made an appearance, and now Apache (née Google) Wave has joined the party.…
  • Ads come to SoundCloud as music platform says it will pay artists

    21 August 2014, 4:22 am by: David Meyer

    The Berlin-based streaming success is introducing a new "Premier" tier for creators who want to get paid, which will mean the inclusion of advertising on its platform for the first time.…
  • Opera Mini to nurse Microsoft’s feature phones through their dying days

    21 August 2014, 3:23 am by: David Meyer

    The Norwegian firm's browser will be the default on Microsoft's low-end Asha, Series 30+ and Series 40 phones, almost all of which will be phased out by the end of 2015.…
  • In which we ask Aaron Levie how Box can compete with giants and what’s up with the IPO

    21 August 2014, 3:01 am by: Barb Darrow

    Box must contend with Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and now AWS Zocalo -- but Levie said the company's focus on managing content in complex business situations and across applications give it an advantage.…
  • Promiscuous media: News needs to go where the people are, not the other day way around

    20 August 2014, 8:55 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    Media companies like BuzzFeed, NowThis News and Fusion are increasingly creating content that is designed to live on other apps and services rather than just including links to their websites. This promiscuous approach to media is a smart strategy in an…
  • Savioke’s first robot begins its career as a hotel bellhop

    20 August 2014, 8:49 pm by: Signe Brewster

    Botlr debuted today in the Cupertino Aloft hotel, where it is delivering small items like toothbrushes and newspapers to guests.…
  • Apple and Google crush map patent in early test of Patent Office’s new appeal system

    20 August 2014, 7:48 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    There's another piece of good news on the patent troll front as a new Patent Office appeals system appears to be doing its job. This month, it agreed to invalidate a map-related patent challenged by Apple and Google.…
  • Vine’s new features may help it with marketers but could repel its teen audience

    20 August 2014, 7:23 pm by: Carmel DeAmicis

    Vine's newest feature lets users import video into the app. This is bound to delight the brands trying to reach teens, who can now produce prettier Vines, at the risk of alienating the teens themselves.…
  • Sensors, sensors everywhere (but especially in the fields): FarmLink raises $40M

    20 August 2014, 6:40 pm by: Derrick Harris

    A company called FarmLink has raised $40 million in equity capital to further its business of analyzing sensor data to determine how much food a field can ideally yield. It's just the latest in a string of investments at the intersection of agriculture and…
  • VMware buys CloudVolumes to deliver apps in real time

    20 August 2014, 4:52 pm by: Barb Darrow

    Company says combo of CloudVolumes and Horizon will expedite real-time delivery of Windows apps to desktops. VMware buys CloudVolumes to deliver apps in real time originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Twitter details its anti-spam system, BotMaker

    20 August 2014, 4:48 pm by: Derrick Harris

    Twitter has developed a system called BotMaker to deal with its spam problem. Essentially, BotMaker scans messages before they're posted, after they're posted, and as part of bulk data analyses in order to determine what's spam and then deal with them…
  • Startup Sakti3 says its battery could double the range of a Tesla Model S

    20 August 2014, 4:26 pm by: Katie Fehrenbacher

    A battery startup with promising technology is starting to scale up a breakthrough. Startup Sakti3 says its battery could double the range of a Tesla Model S originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • All things being equal, Windows Phone beats Android for battery life (for now)

    20 August 2014, 3:21 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Thanks to the HTC One M8, available in both a Windows Phone and Android edition, we can see which mobile platform is better optimized for longer battery life. Microsoft wins round one but Project Volta could change round two.…
  • Chef brings on agile guru as VP of engineering

    20 August 2014, 3:08 pm by: Jonathan Vanian

    Chef, the company that provides commercial support for the open-source Chef configuration management and deployment tool, on Wednesday said noted agile development bigwig Jez Humble has joined the company as VP of engineering. Humble is the co-author of the…
  • Netflix hack changes colors of living room lights based on the movie you’re streaming

    20 August 2014, 2:49 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    This is pretty cool: A few Netflix engineers integrated the streaming service’s connected TV app with Hue connected light bulbs from Philips to change the colors of your living room light based on the movie you’re watching. This is similar to a recent SyFy…
  • Should Twitter and YouTube remove images of James Foley’s beheading, or do we have a right to see…

    20 August 2014, 1:41 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    After the beheading of journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIS, social-media platforms like Twitter and YouTube are cracking down on the sharing of images and video of his death. But should they be the ones who decide what we can see and what we…
  • With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try over-the-air TV

    20 August 2014, 1:40 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Want to stop paying $100 for TV a month, but still have access to live television from networks like ABC and CBS? This new antenna promises a cheap fix.…
  • Say so long to vCheese and hello to vCloud Air

    20 August 2014, 1:29 pm by: Barb Darrow

    VMware plans to rebrand vCloud Hybrid Services as vCloud Air, sources said. The news leaked in advance of VMworld 2014. Say so long to vCheese and hello to vCloud Air originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Netflix’s Orange is the New Black got pirated more than 60 million times

    20 August 2014, 12:58 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Netflix's prison drama Orange is the New Black is resonating with file sharers worldwide, but the streaming company is still trailing traditional broadcasters when it comes to piracy levels.…
  • Sure, carriers like Verizon may want their own app store, but do customers? Nope

    20 August 2014, 12:27 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Details are sketchy but it appears Verizon is looking to band carriers together for a new global mobile app store. We've been down this road before with alternative app stores and it always ends the same: At a dead end.…
  • Biotech, nuclear fusion, and bitcoin: Highlights of Y Combinator’s summer 2014 class

    20 August 2014, 12:23 pm by: Carmel DeAmicis

    Sure, there the usual assortment of "X for Y" startups, but science and bitcoin companies abounded at startup accelerator Y Combinator's Summer 2014 demo day.…
  • Gigaom Research webinar: Customer-facing identity: securing and monetizing customer relationships at…

    20 August 2014, 11:55 am by: Gigaom

    In this webinar, we will examine the immediate need to extend identity to customer audiences, the risks of doing so using legacy software, and the most effective path businesses can take to build for the future while recognizing value today. We will discuss…
  • Researchers propose new Android security framework that could aid BYOD schemes

    20 August 2014, 11:36 am by: David Meyer

    The Android Security Modules (ASM) framework, proposed by U.S. and German researchers, would make it easier to install security modules on Android devices without the need for rooting or firmware updates.…
  • Announcing Google’s VP Design, Android, Matias Duarte at Roadmap 2014

    20 August 2014, 11:34 am by: Katie Fehrenbacher

    Don't miss Silicon Valley's design conference. Announcing Google’s VP Design, Android, Matias Duarte at Roadmap 2014 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • OnBeep snags $6.25M to push pretty, heads-up push-to-talk devices

    20 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Barb Darrow

    This is not your dad's walkie-talkie. OnBeep wants to produce beautiful wearable devices that will let consumers communicate with select colleagues without staring down at their phones…
  • Barnes & Noble’s newest Nook tablet is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

    20 August 2014, 10:47 am by: Kif Leswing

    The largest retail bookseller in the United States is now in the business of selling Samsung tablets. As was announced earlier this summer, Barnes & Nobel will discontinue its own line of skinned Android tablets and instead will partner with Samsung to sell…
  • FCC can knock out state laws that limit broadband, Wheeler warns

    20 August 2014, 10:23 am by: Jeff John Roberts

    Tension is building between the telecom industry, which is using state laws to shut down cities from building broadband networks, and the FCC, where chairman Tom Wheeler repeated a warning that he will overrule such laws.…
  • ZTE tries to crack the US market with a $279 mid-range phone

    20 August 2014, 10:19 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    China's massive population is an attractive target for smartphone makers but that doesn't mean the U.S. should be ignored. ZTE's latest effort is an unlocked $279 Android phone with beefy cameras and support for LTE networks.…
  • How retailers can deliver effective personalization

    20 August 2014, 10:17 am by: <a href="http://research.gigaom.com/analyst/bud-albers/" rel="author">Bud Albers</a>

    While online personalization has been around for a while, only now are things really lining up for implementing it in a truly meaningful way for consumers online, in stores, and interacting with smartphones.…
  • How retailers can deliver effective personalization

    20 August 2014, 10:17 am by: <a href="http://research.gigaom.com/analyst/bud-albers/" rel="author">Bud Albers</a>

    While online personalization has been around for a while, only now are things really lining up for implementing it in a truly meaningful way for consumers online, in stores, and interacting with smartphones.…

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