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I'd certainly agree many of the latest iOS 8 features were first found in Google's Android software. It really doesn't matter though: Many people -- including some Android users -- will like what Apple is bringing to both the iPhone 6 and older handsets this week. 6 great features coming to both old and new iPhones this week in iOS 8 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The size of Sidecar's latest funding round may not bode well for the company. Uber and Lyft’s forgotten stepsister, Sidecar, raises a small round originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Peq home automation system is pitched at mainstream consumers who are willing to install their own light switches but who also don't mind paying a $10 monthly service fee. The Peq hub: You want me to pay $10 a month for this? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Company's goal is to bring public cloud flexibility to private cloud. It's not there yet, but more flexibility is coming. Blue Box pledges sort-of elastic OpenStack private clouds starting now originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Some might wonder why Microsoft would pay $2.5 billion for a game with low-res graphics and no real plot-line -- but the reality is that Minecraft is far more of an open platform for creativity than it is a simple game, and is likely worth much more than $2.5B Why Microsoft is basically stealing Minecraft by buying it for only $2.5 billion originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Don't want the U2 album that Apple has added to everyone's iTunes library? Now you can use Apple's dedicated opt-out page to permanently delete it. After downloading the U2 album to your phone, Apple now helps you to delete it originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Carriers are fiercely competing for new iPhone customers and the lucrative two-year contracts that come with them. The latest carrier deal comes from Verizon, which confirmed to Gigaom that all existing postpaid customers who would be eligible for an upgrade before November 15th can now take advantage […] Verizon subscribers: check to see if you have an early upgrade originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Well, you didn't think surveillance had decreased, did you? The latest Google transparency report shows government demands for data in criminal investigations increased again, and that more countries are asking for it too. Google reports surveillance requests keep rising, up 250 percent in US since 2009 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Spotify is coming to Amazon’s Fire TV, with a twist: instead of launching a regular app on the device, Spotify just made the Fire TV a Spotify Connect-capable device (hat tip to Engadget). Like with a number of connected speakers, users can now beam songs from their […] Amazon’s Fire TV connects with Spotify originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Add Google Drive to the growing number of cloud services that can stream video to a Chromecast. The latest developer version of Chrome OS brings direct Drive to Chromecast streaming to your TV so that even low-cost Chromebooks can use the function. Watch movies from Google Drive with Chromebook to Chromecast video streaming originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Today’s programmatic RTB solutions sacrifice visibility, control and quality for automation. JUICE Mobile and Gigaom Research investigated the limitations in current RTB solutions and present best practices and future solutions for publishers & advertisers. Sponsored post: JUICE Mobile & Gigaom Research explore programmatic direct for mobile originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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North Carolina is getting a wave of new solar farms bought, built, and developed by utility Duke Energy. Duke Energy goes big on solar in North Carolina, plans to drop $500M originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Panasonic announced a new camera in its Lumix line. It packs a 1-inch sensor behind a Leica lens and a fully-fledged smartphone into the same device. Panasonic’s first smartphone in a year is more camera than phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The NSA whistleblower says Kiwi prime minister John Key has been less than truthful with his people about state surveillance. Snowden weighs into New Zealand election with surveillance claims originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The FCC has already been swamped by a record-breaking number of comments on its proposal to change the rules for internet traffic. More comments are likely to come in by the final deadline period on Monday. Comment period for internet “fast lanes” closes today, FCC sees record submissions originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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More than 1,000 authors in support of Hachette reached out to Amazon's board of directors Monday, decrying Amazon's treatment of Hachette titles. More than 1,000 pro-Hachette authors send a letter to Amazon’s board of directors originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft announced its blockbuster $2.5 billion deal on Monday to acquire Mojang, the company behind Minecraft. In the five years since launching, the popular open-world game has racked up more than 50 million downloads and is available on multiple mobile platforms, computer systems and game consoles. […] Microsoft pays $2.5B for Minecraft as Notch makes his game exit originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Lots of people want the iPhone 6: Apple announced that first-day pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million, which is twice as many pre-orders as Apple reported for the iPhone 5 in 2012. Over 4 million people pre-ordered the iPhone 6 on the first day originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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An internal image of a new Microsoft-powered handset shows a Windows logo only; there's no Windows Phone on the device. This makes sense as Microsoft is unifying its platforms and opens the door to Wi-Fi tablets with the software. Goodbye, “phone”: Windows-only branding leaks out on a handset originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Al Jazeera is officially unveiling AJ+ and the AJ+ iPhone app, which aims to bring news and context to people who don't watch news on TV anymore. Al Jazeera’s digital news venture AJ+ launches with a dedicated iPhone app originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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FutureStack14 is your chance to learn from people who are doing beautiful, important things with data and software—and get the insider’s view on how they’re doing it. And you could win a free pass just by tweeting out this post. Sponsored post: Win one of 10 free tickets to New Relic’s FutureStack14 conference originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The cloud monitoring company will use new funding to delve even deeper into customer cloud deployments and optimize them. Cloudyn nets $4M to assess your cloud(s) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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HTC, Lenovo and Acer are among the manufacturers that will make cheap phones for Google's anti-fragmentation drive in emerging markets. Google reveals new set of Android One manufacturers as program launches in India originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Netflix has launched in France, it indicated on Monday morning with a tweet. This is the start of a major push into mainland Europe, with other countries such as Germany and Belgium also set to get Netflix this month – Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands have […] Netflix begins fresh European push with France launch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Direct Moto X pre-orders kick off on Tuesday: You can get an AT&T model or an unlocked GSM version called the Pure Edition. The phone's Turbo Charger and Moto Hint earbud will also be available, along with more Moto 360 stock. Pre-orders for Moto X, including a Pure Edition, start September 16 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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