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So long Windows 8, hello Windows.... 10? That's the next version from Microsoft, which showed off an early look at the new software on Tuesday. Live Tiles are blended with the Desktop in a way that appears more seamless than ever before. Microsoft pitches Windows 10 to enterprises with a blend of Metro and a dash of Desktop originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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5G research is gaining momentum worldwide, and it will require new spectrum. Enter the FCC. Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to start investigating the future cellular technology from a regulatory standpoint. FCC starts poking around for future 5G airwaves originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Reddit has closed a new financing round that values the online community at close to half a billion dollars -- but will the money clash with the site's commitment to freedom of speech and its tolerance of offensive behavior? Reddit closes $50M financing round, valuing it at $500M — so will it have to grow up now? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The police and firefighters that cover your particular neighborhood may be using Nextdoor to warn you about safety concerns. Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor’s new safety feature makes it a must-use originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In the face of Android Wear watches costing $179 and up, Pebble is dropping the price of its wearable device: You can get one for $99. The company is also adding better health tracking support and sleep monitoring with third-party apps. Pebble drops smartwatch prices, adds sleep and more health tracking originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Joshua McKenty, one of the early architects of OpenStack while at NASA, and a co-founder of OpenStack startup Piston, has joined Pivotal at field CTO for Cloud Foundry. He hopes to make Cloud Foundry, running on OpenStack, into what NASA envisioned several years ago. Pivotal nabs OpenStack co-creator and Piston co-founder Joshua McKenty originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The world runs on data. For today’s digital enterprise, the question is how to make data accessible and useful for employees, rather than a hindrance. Companies need a comprehensive approach to data and analytics. Sponsored post: The data-powered digital workplace originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Why are courts taking such a hardline against music-sharing sites? A judge's decision this week to throw the book at music-sharing site Grooveshark is just the latest example of how the tide has turned. Victory against Grooveshark shows music industry has upper hand on sharing sites originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Want a big phone to act as your tablet, but would rather make calls on a dedicated handset? Check out Alcatel's new Pop Mega LTE, which includes a phone that pairs through Bluetooth to a 6-inch Android device. This 6-inch phone comes with a smaller Bluetooth handset for making calls originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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This is the third post in our How We Built it package featuring lessons from hardware entrepreneurs on getting from an idea to a product. LIFX explains the hard part of finding funding. How we built it: Tell your story to find funding and then stick with it originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The ability to swap out a Project Ara phone component was already intriguing and now it will be easy to do as well: A modified version of Android L will let you change parts without turning off the phone. Google’s modular phone will let you swap out parts without powering down originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Matchstick wants to take on Chromecast with a dirt-cheap dongle that is more open than Google's streaming stick, and promises developers more powerful hardware. Matchstick, the Firefox OS-based Chromecast competitor, launches on Kickstarter for $18 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft said it was taking the low-cost market seriously and now it has proof: A pair of tablets and two laptops from HP that use Windows 8.1 with Bing and come with a year of Office 365 personal plus a terabyte of OneDrive storage. Microsoft’s quest for low-end Windows sales begins: $99 tablet, $199 laptop from HP originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In the cloud, Application Performance Management matters more than ever. But how do you manage performance for 3rd party SaaS apps you use? While most APM solutions continue to focus on cloud app producers, a growing market of cloud app consumers demand solutions of their own. Sponsored post: APM is dead. Long live APM! originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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News from another MBaaS: AnyPresence will use its new money to speed up releases and add better API management. More money for mobile apps: AnyPresence nails $6M in new funding originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Günther Oettinger, the man who will likely oversee much of Europe's digital policy from later this year, made a pretty startling slip-up during his confirmation hearing. Hacked celebrities were “stupid”, says incoming EU digital economy and society chief originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Although Apple sold a record number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones during the opening weekend, the number surely would have been higher with China sales. That country will get the phones on October 17 after Apple addressed security concerns from regulators. After security review, China approves Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for sale originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Thanks to pressure from activist investors, eBay and PayPal will be separate entities next year, ending 12 years of togetherness eBay and PayPal to part ways in 2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Companies like Cisco, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks along with the Linux Foundation are hoping that the Open Platform for NFV Project will develop a standard for NFV, a network architecture concept that calls for all aspects of networking to be virtualized. Big telecom companies band together to form open-source project for network functions virtualization originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Basis announced the Basis Peak on Tuesday, which is a fitness-focused smartwatch that can measure REM sleep. The second Basis fitness tracker slims down but retains a healthy battery life originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The carrier has revealed an O2-branded version of the Zubie Key. It's only available in Germany for now, but O2 is considering a rollout in other markets too. O2 Germany partners with Zubie to connect older cars to the internet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Apple has released an update for recent versions of its OS X operating system, in order to patch the so-called Shellshock bug. The flaw in the bash shell, which Unix-based systems like OS X and Linux use, is severe and could allow attackers to steal information […] Apple issues OS X patch for Shellshock vulnerability originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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This week's podcast goes from disruption (of the intercom market) to degradation (discussing the inverse of a graceful degradation problem as applied to the smart home. Listen up. Everyone should be a maker. So how do we get there? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The New York Times has been criticized because some of its senior editors and writers -- including its executive editor -- don't use Twitter. That may seem trivial to some, but it is also an indication of what could be a much larger problem Does it matter that some New York Times editors and writers don’t tweet? Yes and no originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The dream of the 90s is alive at eMusic: The music subscription pioneer is going back to its roots and severing its ties with all three major labels to only offer indie music for download, according to a New York Times report. eMusic launched as an unlimited […] eMusic becomes once again an indie MP3 subscription service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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