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When Lithuanian developer Deep Sea Marketing launched its app Plague last year, there was a fair bit of confusion over its app and a popular game by Ndemic Creations called Plague Inc. Now Ndemic has asked Deep Sea to change the app’s name, and Deep Sea […] Viral communications app Plague changes its name – sort of originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Love free stuff? Then you won’t like Apple’s new music subscription service, which the company is expected to launch later this year. Apple is planning to launch the service without a free tier, and instead plans to charge every user after a limited free trial, according […] Apple reportedly wants to get rid of free on-demand music originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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After going it alone with health tracking hardware, Nike is expanding relationships to use its Nike+ app with non-Nike devices. The company announced four new hardware partners on Friday — Garmin, Tom Tom, Wahoo Fitness and Netpulse — with a new “Partners” app feature to connect the Nike+ […] Nike+ moves from app to platform with four new device partners originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Enterprise software giant SAP could cut up to 2,200 jobs (three percent of its 74,000 employees) in a move to rebalance employment around growth areas. The news was first reported by Bloomberg News. CEO Bill McDermott told Bloomberg that the company needs to put jobs where the work is. […] SAP to trim jobs and redeploy resources originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When Canada’s new copyright rules went into effect in January, critics feared that someone would use them to run settlement extortion schemes of the sort that have long plagued the American legal system. Those fears have proved to be justified. This week, a second U.S. company has come into Canada, apparently using an […] US firm runs mass copyright shakedown in Canada originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As Apple reportedly prepares developers to ready the first batch of Apple Watch apps, the company is setting a guideline: Try to keep your app usable in 10 seconds. That tidbit comes from Bloomberg in advance of next week’s “Spring Forward” Apple event where the new watch is […] Why Apple Watch apps should be usable in 10 seconds or less originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When normal people use a new app, they don’t wade through hidden service terms. Many just click “OK” and hope for the best. This might be fine for a game of Candy Crush, but it can be risky in the case of apps that monitor things like your bank account or […] FTC’s Brill sees consumer consent as key for health, finance apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple, the world’s most valuable company, will be calculated in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index starting later this month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The move has been a long time coming, and was likely made possible by last year’s 7-for-1 stock split which significantly reduced […] Apple finally joins the Dow, AT&T out originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When I wrote about the decentralization movement a year back, one of the big pro-privacy hopes was Mailpile, which is ambitiously trying to build a user-friendly yet rock-solid encrypted webmail system with a hybrid desktop/in-browser approach. On Friday, Mailpile’s Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson announced the rejection of […] Decentralized webmail contender Mailpile scraps beta, takes break originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The music business has been screwed up for a hopelessly long time, but change is afoot: Congress, courts and the Justice Department are all poised in coming months to shake up how companies and consumers pay for music. The big question, though, is whether this flurry of activity […] The music industry’s broken business could change in 2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Amazon.com has opened an online presence on rival Alibaba’s Tmall superstore according to Reuters and other outlets, citing an Alibaba spokesman. This is interesting because and are both prodigious online retailers and rivals and both are eying the other’s turf. Earlier this week Aliyun, Alibaba’s online services arm, opened a cloud […] Strange bedfellows: Amazon sets up shop on Alibaba site originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The big guns are coming for virtual reality, and they know what they are doing. A hands-on demo with Sony’s Project Morpheus proved it really is a comfortable, stylish and mighty option among the growing number of VR headsets. I’m already hungry for more time on […] Hands on with Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Russian authorities may start trying to extract more tax from foreign tech firms such as Google and Apple, according to a report by Vedomosti. There appear to be a couple elements to this push. Firstly, the Russians have taken note of recent changes in the European […] Google and Apple may be forced to pay more tax in Russia originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The “FREAK” vulnerability that downgrades and weakens secure web connections doesn’t just affect Google and Apple users — according to a security advisory from Microsoft, all supported versions of Windows are vulnerable too. FREAK (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys) is a recently discovered hangover from the […] Windows users are also vulnerable to FREAK snooping attacks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Facebook Pages may lose some of their likes soon. Thursday the company  warned businesses it’s removing likes from deactivated or memorialized accounts. The like dip would be more of an ego hit for companies than an actual hit on their Page’s reach, since Facebook is only removing people who weren’t […] Facebook is removing likes from deactivated accounts originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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If you were sad when Lyft’s “Match Muni” promotion ended, today is your day. The company has introduced a new kind of ride discount in San Francisco: Lyft HotSpots. So far, it has designated four intersections in popular parts of town. If you order a Lyft […] Lyft launches $3 carpool rides in certain “hot spots” originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Stanford startup Kumu Networks didn’t receive much notice at Mobile World Congress this week as the giants of the mobile industry revealed their plans for 2015, but it did get the attention of two rather important mobile carriers. At their separate booths, Telefónica and SK Telecom […] Full duplex may be the next breakthrough in mobile networking originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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To many iPhone owners, Mophie’s Juice Packs are the standard when it comes to handset battery cases. No, Mophie isn’t the only company in this market, but over the past few years, its Juice Pack line has become popular as a way to both protect an iPhone and […] Review: Mophie Juice Packs for iPhone 6, 6 Plus originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Today's CIO is very aware of the need to move toward a more connected enterprise, but a lack of industry-wide knowledge and effective use cases are inhibiting implementation and even strategy. What today’s CIO needs to implement industrial IoT originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Open-source software giant Red Hat said on Thursday that its new operating system custom made to power Linux containers is now available to download. Red Hat has been a big proponent of Docker and its container packing technology going back as far as last summer touting […] Red Hat’s new operating system will power up your containers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Netflix is for dramas, Hulu Plus to catch up on broadcast TV shows — but where do cord cutters turn for new coverage? That’s a question that Ish Harshawat struggled with himself after giving up on cable a few years ago. In 2013, he and a […] Video news app Haystack wants to be the CNN for cord cutters originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Want to see Hilary Mason, the CEO and founder at Fast Forward Labs, get fired up? Tell her about your new connected product and its machine learning algorithm that will help it anticipate your needs over time and behave accordingly. “That’s just a bunch of marketing bullshit,” […] Watch Hilary Mason discredit the cult of the algorithm originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft continues to fill in the check boxes for its Azure cloud. Example: Azure DocumentDB,  Microsoft’s take on NoSQL databases a la Couch or MongoDB, will be generally available April 8, the company said Thursday. The beauty of these document databases is they can ingest JavaScript […] Microsoft queues up DocumentDB for broad availability originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple and its developers are announcing a lot of apps being retooled for its new smart watch, launching next week, but one particular app caught my eye. Crowdsoured public transit app Moovit says it will have an Apple Watch-optimized version of its app ready when the […] The Apple Watch will tell you if your train is running late originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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J.D. Power released a report on Thursday looking at which of the big four major U.S. carriers provide cellular service with the fewest lost calls, slow downloads, failed texts and other common issues. As usual, the survey says Verizon has the highest mobile network quality. Verizon’s network had […] AT&T beats T-Mobile in latest J.D. Power network quality rankings originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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