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Apple re-introduced two-factor authentication to iCloud earlier today, after pulling it in the wake of last month's leaked cache of celebrity nudes. This time, it covers the device backups many of those photos were stolen from. Two-factor authentication for iCloud now protects user backups originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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T-Mobile has a new attractive large phone option for its bargain-seeking customers. The ZTE Z Max is a 5.7-inch smartphone -- one of the first to be sold in the United States under the ZTE name -- that will retail for $252 unlocked. ZTE makes a 5.7-inch smartphone for T-Mobile that’s a good value for its size originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The new "How to start a startup class" from YC's Sam Altman features the likes of Marissa Mayer and Ron Conway. This may become the gold standard course for wannabe entrepreneurs. Why is Y Combinator giving away its trade secrets for free in a YouTube class? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Soft robots can fit in especially tight corners and tunnels, which could be useful in a search and rescue operation. MIT researchers decided to build a bot that has no hard parts at all, further expanding its abilities. This squishy tentacle robot may haunt your dreams, but it could also help you in a disaster originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Cable providers in Canada must pay a special subsidy to support Canadian culture. The companies, and some governments, are arguing that internet services like Netflix should have to pay it too. Proposed “Netflix tax” divides Canadians at key TV hearings originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Even as it announces a move to a swanky uptown New York office, Gawker Media remains a work in progress, says founder Nick Denton -- especially the somewhat balky commenting/blogging platform known as Kinja that was supposed to reinvent online media Nick Denton admits he was overly ambitious with Kinja, but insists the platform is on track originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Netflix has teamed up with European pay TV operators to add its app to their set-top boxes, and could make further inroads with this approach in the U.S. as well. Netflix’s secret weapon to conquer Europe: pay TV boxes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In an era of what looks to be cloud consolidation, Rackspace says it's no longer interested in being acquired. Rackspace takes itself off the block, names new CEO originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Our comprehensive guide to this year’s Structure Connect. Read up and get ready to dive into the Internet of Things next month. Upcoming Gigaom event: 10 articles to read before coming to Structure Connect originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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NASA will award $6.8 billion in initial contracts to the first-ever space taxis made by private companies. They will lift the U.S.'s reliance on Russia to get astronauts into space. SpaceX, Boeing will carry astronauts to orbit for NASA originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Startup Motiv Power Systems has spent the last five years building a business by electrifying truck fleets. Check out this electric garbage truck from a Silicon Valley startup originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft is taking advantage of Android Wear's openness: The company launched a version of its OneNote app specifically for Google smartwatches, making it easy to dictate, save and sync voice notes. “OK, Google, take that!”: Microsoft puts OneNote dictation on Android Wear watches originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Ford and Automatic have figured out a way of shoehorning Apple's Siri personal assistant into older model vehicles. The two are also connecting Ford cars to the internet of things through a project with IFTTT. Who needs CarPlay? Ford brings Siri to the car dashboard now with the help of Automatic Labs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Liked a song on Pandora? Now you can revisit it and listen to it again. Bop.fm wants to bring on-demand streaming to Pandora users originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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MapR has integrated the Apache Drill SQL-on-Hadoop engine into its big data platform. MapR led the development of Drill, which is part of a larger movement within the company toward building a stronger open-source culture. SQL-on-Hadoop tech Apache Drill is ready to use and part of MapR’s distro originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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One of the standard bearers of America's broken system -- a podcast troll that never made a podcast -- has proved depressingly tenacious. Despite winning another jury verdict, the troll's days may be numbered. Hated podcast troll wins $1.3M patent verdict from CBS, but may soon be dead all the same originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Chromecast just got another major app update: Twitch, DramaFever and iHeartRadio added Chromecast support to their apps, and Disney continued the adoption of Chromecast by adding cast capability to its WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps. These Disney apps do require authentication […] Chromecast gets Twitch, DramaFever, Watch Disney and iHeartRadio apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Gathering, tracking and analyzing customer metrics can be a challenge. Many of today’s tools only give a one-dimensional view of customer website interactions. Learn how SurveyMonkey, the world’s largest survey company, uses Splunk to gather business intelligence and in-depth metrics tracking well beyond typical analytics solutions. Sponsored post: SurveyMonkey gains deep customer insights with Splunk originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Journalists need to learn how to do more than just tell readers about news events -- they need to understand how to listen as well, and how to help their communities take action on the issues that are of importance to them Journalism isn’t just about informing readers, it’s also about helping them take action originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft's cross-platform approach doesn't just apply to software. The company will sell a new Bluetooth keyboard next month that works with Windows tablets, iOS and Android devices. A dedicated button brings you home regardless of which device you're using. Microsoft’s new wireless keyboard works with Windows tablets, iPhones, iPads and Android devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Bidgely, a startup that uses algorithms to dig into smart meter energy data, has teamed up with the Hawaiian energy-focused accelerator program, Energy Excelerator, on a new project to reduce the energy consumption of Hawaiian residents. Energy Excelerator is putting in a $900,000 grant to support […] Data energy startup Bidgely heads to Hawaii to cut energy consumption originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Misfit Flash is a new piece of wearable technology that takes most of the functions from the more expensive Misfit Shine and puts it into a soft-touch plastic package that will retail for under $50. Misfit announces Flash, a screen-less activity tracker that will cost under $50 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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IBM is getting into the freemium space, targeting individual business users with a new data analysis service called Watson Analytics. It helps users analyze data using natural language queries, and could help IBM fend off the myriad products threatening its analytics business from the bottom up. IBM goes freemium with new natural language analytics service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The weeks-long, country-wide ban is over, but the taxi association that sparked it will appeal, and Uber is arguably still not legal in Germany. Uber is no longer banned in Germany (for now) after court lifts temporary injunction originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Looks like there may be a data center building boom coming in Germany as Microsoft reportedly weighs a German-only facility. Microsoft weighing German-only data center, report says originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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