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Are there conferences in the Silicon Valley where entrepreneur-to-investor ratio is 2-to-1, where you can freely access some of the top angels and venture capitalists without formal introductions, where famous speakers do not use VIP rooms to enter the stage? SVOD or Silicon Valley Open Doors […] Sponsored post: Don’t miss SVOD 2015, June 10-11 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It’s bad enough having a toothache. It’s much worse when your dentist rips you off for $4,000 and then threatens to sue you for complaining about the treatment. That’s what happened to New York City patient Robert Lee, whose ordeal started in 2011, but ended last week when a federal judge […] Bad dentist must pay $4,677 for threats over Yelp review originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Spoiler alert: In episode 5 of the Netflix original series House of Cards, the U.S. President plays the mobile game Monument Valley. I’m sorry to have ruined the series for you with that big news, but truth be told, it is big news — and big business […] How House of Cards helped one app jump up the charts originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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What if your smartphone camera were smart enough to identify that the plate of clams and black beans appearing in its lens was actually food? What if it then automatically could make the necessary adjustments to take a decent picture of said dish in the low […] A look at Zeroth, Qualcomm’s effort to put AI in your smartphone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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One of the ways Google keeps Android fresh on a regular basis is by updating Google Play Services on handsets. This approach helps reduce fragmentation because it brings new features to both new and old Android phones without a full software update. And Google is doing that again, […] Your Android phone is about to get better with this update originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The European Parliament’s liberal-centrist bloc has warned over changes being made by EU countries to incoming telecoms legislation, saying they will severely weaken efforts to introduce unified net neutrality rules and eliminate mobile roaming surcharges for people moving between member states. The Council of the European […] Alarms sound over changes to EU roaming, net neutrality and privacy rules originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When Google purchased Waze for roughly $1.15 billion in 2013, it was easy to assume that it would largely end up folded into Google Maps. But it looks as if Google has different plans for the mapping software. At Mobile World Congress this week, Waze announced that it would be […] Waze gets Google’s greenlight to be pre-installed on Android originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Some hail it as a trendy buzzword, some think it’s the future of IT. Whatever your stance on the term “DevOps”, you can’t argue the fundamental theory behind the phrase won’t benefit IT organizations — increasing the collaboration and feedback between Dev and Ops. However, we […] Sponsored post: Quantifying the value of DevOps according to Fortune 100 companies originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Pebble said it would have a few surprises in store after it launched its new Pebble Time watch on Kickstarter last week. On Tuesday, Pebble shared two of them: A new Pebble Time Steel edition available in multiple finishes with longer battery life and support for watchbands with […] Pebble Time Steel launches alongside new smart watch straps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Remember that planned Xen-related reboot Amazon Web Services warned about last week? Well, things went better than planned, according to an updated blog post Monday. The company said it was able to perform live updates on 99.9 percent of the affected instances, avoiding the need for a reboot altogether.  Last […] Amazon hones its cloud update process originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Although the rise of the internet of things means that organizations could gather enormous quantities of data through the billions of connected devices out there today, the big elephant in the room is that security is not where it needs to be, which means there’s a […] Tempered Networks wants to secure critical infrastructure so hacks don’t lead to sewage spills originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Open Whisper Systems has released version 2 of its Signal secure calling app for iPhone. This is an important iteration, as it introduces secure text messaging that’s compatible with the outfit’s TextSecure app for Android — for now, Open Whisper Systems’ secure voice app for Android, […] Signal secure comms app for iPhone gains TextSecure compatibility originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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BlackBerry has launched a touchscreen-only smartphone – its first since the Z3 a year ago — called the Leap, which will be reasonably affordable at $275 off-contract when it goes on sale this April. The handset has a five-inch display and will reportedly go on sale […] BlackBerry shows off affordable, touchscreen-only Leap handset originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The internet of things will disrupt the hell out of your business and you best start preparing your business to meet that change by preparing to deal in information as opposed to physical goods, according to Charlie Peters, an executive senior vice president at Emerson. This […] The internet of things will rock your business and here’s how originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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So much for net neutrality: Netflix has struck a deal with Australia’s iiNet ISP to exempt its traffic from iiNet’s broadband caps. This means that iiNet subscribers will be able to watch as much Netflix as they want, without the fear that their viewing will lead […] Netflix won’t count against iiNet broadband caps in Australia originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Citizenfour, the acclaimed Edward Snowden-centric documentary (and recent Academy Award winner), is now available to watch online for free at Thought Maybe. The film traces the origins of how Edward Snowden leaked numerous top-secret NSA documents and his meetings with filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalists Glenn […] Updated: Snowden documentary pulled from site (but here’s where you can still pay to watch it) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Virtual reality could be the next big platform, and it is drawing some big names to match. Oculus confirmed today it has hired Mary Lou Jepsen, the former head of the display division at secretive hardware laboratory Google X. An Oculus spokesperson declined to say what […] Mary Lou Jepsen, formerly of Google X, takes job at Oculus originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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“Be careful about changing patent law — it could harm innovation,” is a favorite talking point for those who oppose plans to reform to America’s troubled patent system. But what if the opposite is true? What if it’s the status quo, in which patent trolls sock productive companies with abusive lawsuits, […] Patent trolls hurt R&D say scholars in letter to Congress originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When the Nexus 6 handset arrived late last year, it came with full data encryption enabled out the box. Google also pushed its hardware partners to do the same at first, but now appears to have quietly changed the requirement with a strong recommendation to enable encryption […] Google backtracks on Android 5.0 default encryption originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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After months of rumors, Tinder has finally unveiled its premium feature, announcing the news with a blog post. If you’re not satisfied with the free version, you can pay the company $10 a month for a few added features: Rewind and Passport. With Rewind, people can “undo” a […] Here’s what the new Tinder Plus looks like originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Electric car company Tesla Motors says it’s now deployed 2,000 of its fast chargers at close to 400 Supercharger stations (380 according to the latest annual report). Tesla’s Superchargers can give Tesla cars 170 miles of range in 30 minutes, and the company doesn’t charge for […] There are now 2,000 Tesla superchargers out there originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Some of the new phones launching at Mobile World Congress are sporting fingerprint scanners, but a new device from ZTE uses a very different biometric security measure to lock its screen. Using technology from Kansas City-based EyeVerify, the ZTE Grand S3 uses its front facing camera to check you […] You unlock this smartphone with your eyes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A team of researchers from Stanford University and Google have released a paper highlighting a deep learning approach they say shows promise in the field of drug discovery. What they found, essentially, is that that more data covering more biological processes seems like a good recipe for uncovering new drugs. Importantly, […] Google, Stanford say big data is key to deep learning for drug discovery originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple released a beta version of its OS X Yosemite software on Monday, making it publicly available to all Mac hardware owners for the first time, says iMore. Aside from expected stability fixes and performance enhancements, OS X 10.10.3 provides a first look at Photos for OS […] Now available: OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta with new Photos app originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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YouTube viewers are getting their dose of March Madness this year in the form of short clips of game highlights as the action unfolds and video recaps of all 67 games, which will be made available as part of a new NCAA March Madness channel. The channel […] March Madness is coming to YouTube with a new NCAA channel originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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