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Dozens of Connecticut municipalities, representing half the state’s population, have signed on to a project that aims to dramatically increase broadband speeds to businesses and consumers through a series of public-private partnerships, officials announced on Thursday. The project began in September when three Connecticut cities — Hartford, New Haven […] 46 Connecticut towns join push to be first US “gigabit state” originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Airbnb has redesigned its mobile web experience, bringing it into responsive union with its desktop website. The two applications will now work in sync, so changes made and features added to one will also appear on the other. The shift highlights the growing importance of the […] Here’s the strategy behind Airbnb’s mobile web redesign originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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For a successful DevOps deployment, management must foster collaboration across teams and practitioners must see the value of adopting new processes and tools. What organizations need to adopt and implement DevOps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Five years ago, Microsoft began offering a choice of browsers to European customers who were booting up a copy of Windows for the first time. It did this in order to settle an antitrust case with the European Commission and avoid a hefty fine. That commitment – which […] Microsoft axes its EU browser choice mechanism after five years originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Touch ID fingerprint sensor already securely unlocks iPhones and iPads. Can it be any more secure though? Yes, based on a patent application submitted by Apple in June, 2013 and spotted Thursday by AppleInsider. There’s no guarantee will implement what it describes in the patent, but […] Patent request shows Touch ID could learn a few new unlock tricks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Hampton Creek, a San Francisco startup that uses advanced data analysis to develop eco-conscious, egg-free food products, has raised a $90 million series C round of venture from a collection of big-name investors. Horizons Ventures and Khosla Ventures led the round, with participation from Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, and DeepMind […] Big-data-based food startup Hampton Creek raises $90M originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Most experts surveyed by the Pew Center for its latest report on the future of the internet said that they expect online privacy will still be a battleground with constantly shifting expectations a decade from now Online privacy will still be a mess a decade from now, experts say originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Cardboard, Google’s virtual reality hobby that first launched as a kind of gag gift at its developers conference this year, has been making strides in the past month with new SDKs and a section of the Google Play app store specifically for Cardboard-compatible apps. And earlier […] Google Maps for Android has a VR mode, thanks to Google Cardboard originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The latest Lumia phone in India is available for pre-orders exclusively though the region’s Amazon site. Microsoft is selling the Lumia 638 — a variant of the previously released Lumia 635 — for INR 8,299 (US $131.71). It packs a reasonable amount of features in the […] Pre-orders begin on Lumia 638, Microsoft’s $132 4G phone for India originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google will try to persuade a federal judge in San Jose, California on Thursday that its Android agreements, which requires Samsung and other phone makers to include products like Google Search and Maps as default apps, are not anti-competitive. The hearing comes after a hard-nosed class action lawyer […] Google goes to court for antitrust claims over Android apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Chinese search engine giant Baidu says it has developed a speech recognition system, called Deep Speech, the likes of which have never been seen, especially in noisy environments. In restaurant settings and other loud places where other commercial speech recognition systems fail, the deep learning model proved […] Baidu claims deep learning breakthrough with Deep Speech originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Oracle, which ramped up its cloud marketing and product rollouts over the past year, touted some encouraging signs for that business in its second quarter, ending November 30. Revenue from  cloud products — which fall into what the Wall Street Journal called a “catchall category” — was up 45 percent year over year to $516 million. (Total […] Former cloud pariah Oracle claims stronger cloud sales originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The open-source WunderBar kit is a distinctive attempt to get app developers to shift their attention to the internet of things. It takes the form of a chocolate bar, the individual pieces of which can be broken off, with each piece containing different sensor functionality, such […] WunderBar sensor kit gets notifications app for broader appeal originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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For anyone who has ever missed a phone call because her phone is buried in her bag, or who is sick of checking for texts at the table, Ringly is for you. The connected jewelry combines fashion and technology in a statement ring that costs between […] Ringly: Bling for ladies who never hear their phones ring originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Open Garden has built a name for itself with FireChat, an off-grid messaging app taken up by protest movements around the world, and it’s technology hasn’t gone unnoticed by the VC world. On Thursday, it announced it has closed its Series A funding round of $10.8 million, […] Open Garden raises $11M as it adds more features to FireChat originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Ever since Germany’s Günther Oettinger became the new EU commissioner for the digital economy, with copyright reform as part of his brief, he has been making noises about getting Google to pay some kind of “levy” for using European “intellectual works”. I and others have been […] EU digital economy chief downplays “Google tax” reports originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The British government has got the country’s four big mobile operators to agree to boost their coverage, to tackle so-called not-spots in rural areas. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone said Thursday that they would jointly invest £5 billion ($7.8 billion) in the program over the next […] UK carriers agree to boost coverage, avoiding national roaming originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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It has been a dramatic 24 hours for Snapchat, which had some internal emails leaked last night via the Sony hack. Sony Entertainment’s CEO, Michael Lynton, sits on Snapchat’s board. There’s been dozens of articles about all the information surfaced, reported on (mostly) by Business Insider. Some of […] Everything you need to know about the recent Snapchat leaks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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After much speculation, the U.S. government will reportedly confirm on Thursday that North Korea was responsible for the massive hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to multiple reports from CNN, NBC and The New York Times. According to NBC, unnamed U.S. officials said that while the […] Reports: U.S. to confirm North Korea behind the Sony hack originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Melty chocolate is, it turns out, the perfect consistency for 3D printing. And so Hershey’s and 3D Systems have spent the last year developing chocolate and sugar printers. Hershey’s will open an exhibit this week in Pennsylvania showcasing their creations, but you can also check out […] Watch Hershey’s kisses be 3D printed in crazy shapes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The fact that Facebook and Twitter have come to dominate the way that news and information travels online has its downsides as well -- how do we reach potential readers who choose not to use those networks? There’s more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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IBM says it has developed a machine learning system that identified images of skin cancer with better than 95 percent accuracy in experiments, and it’s now teaming up with doctors to see how it can help them do the same. On Wednesday, the company announced a […] IBM bringing its skin-cancer computer vision system to hospitals originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Remember that data center land grab we keep talking about?  It’s not letting up. This week it’s IBM’s turn (again) to claim data center expansion to fuel its effort to offer cloud services worldwide. is adding 8 new data center locations via a partnership with . […] IBM beefs up cloud worldwide with more data centers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A good deal of modern farming is being done in the cloud, not just the soil, using data science as well as tractors and combines as tools – at least that’s the way Michigan agricultural technology startup FarmLogs sees it. Since graduating from Y Combinator in […] Agricultural-tech startup FarmLogs raises $10M originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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It’s time to find an alternative Christmas present if you had your heart set on the UP3, the latest and greatest fitness tracker from Jawbone. The startup had implied holiday availability when it announced the $179.99 wristband tracker in November, but now it’s now slated for an early […] Jawbone’s nicest fitness tracker won’t be in homes for Christmas originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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