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FreedomPop today started selling the iPad mini and the Samsung Tab 3, offering the same free voice and data plans available to its smartphone users. FreedomPop starts selling tablets with free data and voice plans originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The company whose chip is bringing 3-D computer sight to a Google handset project has released a second generation SoC that would offer better vision with less of a battery drain. The chip firm behind Google’s Project Tango unveils its next-gen silicon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Structure Connect 2014 focuses on the internet of things, which connects everything from our hospitals to our heart rates to improve our day-to-day lives. Get to know three speakers who are innovating the next generation of IoT. Upcoming Gigaom event: hospitals, heart rates and intuitive experiences at Structure Connect originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Virgin Mobile’s new prepaid plan can be anything you want it to be from a bare-bones emergency calling service to a custom unlimited Facebook plan. Virgin Mobile intros a blank-slate smartphone plan you can customize any way you like originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The Wink smart home hub launched this month, but it's not ready for the mainstream just yet. If it fixes its flaws though, it's software should make it a winner. Wait on Wink: Fixable flaws in this smart home hub, but a solid user interface on which to build originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The logo is designed to make it clear to consumers when the goods they're carrying contain an RFID smart chip, and to bring retailers and healthcare and banking companies out of a legal "gray zone" when it comes to data protection. Anything with an RFID chip in it will have to carry this logo in Europe, because privacy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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After it identified a group of malicious relays that ran for over 5 months this year, Tor has issued a security advisory warning those running hidden services on its network to change up their locations, and those running Tor relays to make sure their software is up-to-date. Tor attackers tried to peek into the Deep Web, anonymity network reveals originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The online retail giant says it will be happy to stick with the 30 percent cut it already gets from Hachette ebook sales if the publisher agrees to slash its ebook pricing, a move which Amazon claims would be central to the future of reading. Amazon: Hachette spat can be fixed with lower ebook pricing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Instagram's latest messaging app Bolt is reportedly its answer to the ever-present Snapchat threat. The company readily admits it's a rip off of a whole host of predecessors. Instagram’s Bolt is late to the photo-sharing app party and might ruin your selfie originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Twitter has acquired MADBITS, a deep-learning-based computer vision startup founded by proteges of Facebook AI director Yann LeCun. It's the latest in a spate of deep learning and computer vision acquisitions that also includes Google, Yahoo, Dropbox and Pinterest. Twitter acquires deep learning startup MADBITS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The new SDN prototype, developed as part of the U.S. Government's DARPA CORONET program, is basically a powerful resource management system that can coordinate data flow and hand out more bandwidth when needed. AT&T, IBM Research and ACS create faster way to distribute bandwidth in the cloud originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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It's tempting to see private vs. public as something binary or black and white, but there is a whole universe of human behavior expressed through services like Twitter and Facebook that falls somewhere between those two extremes, and we need to figure out how to handle it properly It’s complicated: Why we need a new etiquette for handling what’s private and what’s public originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Andrew Ng knows a lot about both deep learning and robotics, and he recently presented on how the former might affect the latter. Robot brains will need to train on a lot of data, and deep learning seems like a good way to do it. Robots helped inspire deep learning and might become its killer app originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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AT&T has become the third major U.S. ISP to get money for peering with Netflix. Netflix agrees to pay AT&T to speed up its video streams originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The GAO has taken a look at broadband caps on behalf of Congress and has uncovered a few troubling things. The GAO finds a few problems with broadband data caps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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An Apple support page for Boot Camp mentions a 2014 Mac Mini model. If Apple does release a Mac Mini refresh, it would be the system's first update in two years. Unless somebody made a typo, Apple may be planning a 2014 refresh of the Mac Mini originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Ouch, that's gotta hurt: Hubspot is losing two key product people as it prepares its long-anticipated public offering. Hubspot’s top product and engineering guys are leaving, er “graduating” originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Twitter's second quarter earnings pleased investors and the stock jumped 30 percent after the report came out. Twitter users are growing and the stock market is pleased originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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A new generation of hip-hop artists has been on the forefront of online music innovation, and an upcoming documentary is trying to shed a light on the intersection of hip-hop and technology. The Gigaom interview: documentary filmmaker Marguerite de Bourgoing on hip-hop and the internet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Here's one possibility for repurposing old TV broadcast airwaves: You could use them for TV. Nokia is experimenting with sending traditional broadcast video to mobile phones using LTE. Nokia tinkers with the idea of turning LTE into a TV broadcast network originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Uber and Airbnb chose to forge the same partnership the same week, both striking a deal with business travel expensing company Concur. The move signals that the sharing economy is ready to move beyond its consumer audience and expand into other sectors. Uber joins Airbnb in bringing the “sharing economy” to business travel originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson said Sifteo's experience and IP portfolio when it comes to consumer electronics convinced the drone company to make the purchase. 3D Robotics buys connected toy company Sifteo originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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File sync-and-share platforms are remedying a defect in today’s operating systems, which have yet to implement virtual distributed file systems. Sector Roadmap: File sync-and-share platforms originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The Yahoo-owned website has moved beyond a photo repository to an image licensing marketplace. Flickr expands into image licensing to take on its frenemy Getty Images originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Medium has launched a mini-magazine about design that is sponsored by BMW, and will include articles about the auto-maker that are written by Medium staff with the help of the company's ad agency Medium becomes even more of a publisher as it experiments with sponsored content originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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