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Botlr debuted today in the Cupertino Aloft hotel, where it is delivering small items like toothbrushes and newspapers to guests. Savioke’s first robot begins its career as a hotel bellhop originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. Apple and Google crush map patent in early test of Patent Office’s new appeal system originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. Vine’s new features may help it with marketers but could repel its teen audience originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 data. Sensors, sensors everywhere (but especially in the fields): FarmLink raises $40M originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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….

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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 accordingly. Twitter details its anti-spam system, BotMaker originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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….

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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. All things being equal, Windows Phone beats Android for battery life (for now) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 book Continuous Delivery, which advocates for a kind […] Chef brings on agile guru as VP of engineering originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 experiment with […] Netflix hack changes colors of living room lights based on the movie you’re streaming originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 can't? Should Twitter and YouTube remove images of James Foley’s beheading, or do we have a right to see them? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try over-the-air TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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….

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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. Netflix’s Orange is the New Black got pirated more than 60 million times originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. Sure, carriers like Verizon may want their own app store, but do customers? Nope originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. Biotech, nuclear fusion, and bitcoin: Highlights of Y Combinator’s summer 2014 class originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 real-world examples in the automotive, marketing, and other industries, and draw lessons that businesses of all sorts can use. Gigaom Research webinar: Customer-facing identity: securing and monetizing customer relationships at scale originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. Researchers propose new Android security framework that could aid BYOD schemes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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….

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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 OnBeep snags $6.25M to push pretty, heads-up push-to-talk devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 a Nook-branded version of the […] Barnes & Noble’s newest Nook tablet is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. FCC can knock out state laws that limit broadband, Wheeler warns originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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. ZTE tries to crack the US market with a $279 mid-range phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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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 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Startup Siluria has raised almost $100 million for its natural gas to chemicals and fuels tech. Saudi Aramco backs natural gas tech startup Siluria originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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