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In December, Sprint rolled out a promotion called “Cut Your Bill In Half” meant to attract AT&T and Verizon customers by offering them bill credits. Sprint extended the program to T-Mobile subscribers on Friday. Here’s how it works: Any T-Mobile subscriber can receive credit — at least […] Sprint entices T-Mobile switchers with up to $550 in credit originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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European video streaming service Wuaki TV is getting ready to expand to 10 additional countries this year. Wuaki, which was acquired by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten in 2012, plans to launch in Austria and Ireland first, according to Broadband TV News, and then later expand to […] Rakuten’s Wuaki TV wants to expand to 10 more countries originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A controversy over who should get paid when songs are streamed on the internet is about to get a whole lot bigger as a company that claims to own the royalty rights to 1960s acts, including the Flying Burrito Brothers, has sued Apple’s Beats Music and […] Apple is latest target in legal shakedown over pre-1972 songs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft has agreed to acquire Revolution Analytics, a company built around commercial software and support for the popular R statistical computing project. The open source R project is hugely popular among data scientists and research types, and having Revolution’s R experts in-house could be a big deal […] Microsoft buys data science specialist Revolution Analytics originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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David Omand, the former head of British spy agency GCHQ, has made an extraordinary threat. Speaking earlier this week, he said that if companies such as Apple and Google don’t abandon their end-to-end encryption efforts, intelligence services will have to employ more “close access” surveillance on people […] Defending encryption doesn’t mean opposing targeted surveillance originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Box’s first appearance on Wall Street as a public company is off to a good start. The Los Altos company’s shares are priced at $21.79 as of 7:18 AM PST, which is up from yesterday’s set price of $14 a share. Box’s IPO is being closely […] Live updates: Box shares up strongly on its IPO day originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Motorola is making good on another one of its promises, rolling out Android 5.0 to its mid-range handset in both the U.S. and India. The second-generation phone is getting the software upgrade in waves, according to a Google+ post from the company. When Motorola debuted the […] Android 5.0 comes to the Moto G, even the 2013 model in India originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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“Is Ford cool?” asked an abrupt tech reporter during the auto company’s grand opening of its new computing-focused Silicon Valley center in Palo Alto, Calif. on Thursday. The reporter likely meant, will Ford be able to attract the best Valley talent when it’s competing with the […] The Silicon Valley lab is officially a defensive strategy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Because no devices running Windows 10 went on sale after Microsoft announced its consumer-facing features on Wednesday, it’s hard to tell if it’s going to be a hit in stores. But Microsoft certainly generated some excitement with its unveiling: engineer Gabriel Aul tweeted Thursday night that more than 170,000 […] Microsoft post-announcement bump: 170,000 new Windows beta testers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Product Hunt’s happy hour starts in 20 minutes, and the line stretches far down the street. As I stroll through Geary, blocks from the bar, I’m convinced the crowds must be gathering for a Diplo concert or something. There’s no way this many people showed up for […] Over 1,000 people showed up to Product Hunt’s massive happy hour originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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You didn’t need the latest wave of selfie sticks to know that personal media on mobile devices is huge. People are taking photos and videos all the time, and Instagram and Vine have become the new social media darlings. But take a closer look at personal […] Special report: How we really use our camera phones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Scratch is a programming language built to help children learn basic programming skills. But now edX, the MOOC (for Massive Open Online Course) backed by top colleges including MIT, Harvard, Caltech etc., will offer a free Scratch course for anyone “regardless of age or digital skill.” Enrollment for “Programming in […] edX: Scratch isn’t just for kids anymore originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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In the latest move by a U.S. tech firm to abide by sanctions on Crimea, Google will stop Android users on the peninsula from downloading apps from Google Play, according to Russian reports. The freeze will reportedly commence at the start of February. Google will also […] Google and PayPal join Crimea sanctions efforts originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Uber, the tech firm that is most definitely not a taxi company, no sir, has applied for a taxi license in New Delhi so its drivers can legally return to the roads there. However, it’s restarted its services without waiting for the license to be granted. […] Uber returns to Delhi after grudgingly applying for taxi license originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The pairing-off of major U.K. telecommunications players continues: On Friday, Three’s Hong Kong owner, Hutchison Whampoa, said it was now in exclusive takeover discussions with Telefónica’s O2. The merry dance began in November last year, when fixed-line player BT (the company that once spun out what […] Hutchison Whampoa hopes to buy O2 UK for $15 billion originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Bill and Melinda Gates’ to-do list will probably put yours to shame. This year, in the Gates Foundation annual letter, the duo outlined their long-term, 15-year roadmap for the challenges that they want to solve. Their four main goals: Health: Reducing the number of children who […] Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking, but not with bitcoin originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a method for building a machine learning algorithm from data gathered from a variety of connected devices. There are two cool things about their model worth noting. The first is that the model is distributed and second, it can […] Researchers show a machine learning network for connected devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Box plans to offer 12,500,000 shares priced at $14.00 per share during its IPO on Friday, according to a Reuters report late Thursday citing an underwriter. CNBC and the Wall Street Journal are also reporting that updated share price. Box will be trading on the New […] Report: Box sets the price of IPO at $14 per share originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It looks like Google is about to bring its Nexus Player streaming box to some online and brick-and-mortar retailers within the next few days: The Nexus Player as well as the optional Nexus Player gamepad, both of which are being manufactured by Asus, started to appear […] Google’s Nexus Player Android TV streaming box about to go retail originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that the words people use on Twitter can help predict the rate of heart disease deaths in the counties where they live. Places where people tweet happier language about happier topics show lower rates of heart disease death when compared with Centers for Disease […] Scientists say tweets predict heart disease and community health originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Not content to rely on major brands for its new media exploration section, Snapchat is also planning on making its own according to a new report by Digiday. The company will produce high quality video, images, and text for people to view in the Discover tab. […] Snapchat hiring journalists to become its own publisher originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Raphael Pirker, who is probably the world’s most famous drone pilot, has reached a deal with the Federal Aviation Agency, which had sought to impose a $10,000 fine on Pirker for using an unmanned aircraft to take pictures for the University of Virginia in 2011. Pirker issued a statement through his […] Drone pilot and FAA settle for $1,100 in key commercial use case originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Tim Cook alluded to a daily recharge for the Apple Watch when introducing the device and that’s looking more likely, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. His sources say Apple originally planned for, and seems to be meeting, between 2.5 and 4 hours of active use on […] Reported Apple Watch battery life, chip capabilities surface originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Lawyers say never to sign (or click on) anything without reading it first, but that rule typically goes out the window when it comes to complex-yet-boring end user licensing agreements (EULAs) and other software licenses. As John Oliver said in his epic net neutrality screed: “If you […] In AWS cloud contracts (as in life), read before signing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft introduced its new browser for Windows 10 on Wednesday but only shared a glimpse of what to expect from Project Spartan. One day later, the company is providing a bit more information on its MSDN blog, mainly to help web developers understand what the browser’s […] Microsoft shares more Project Spartan info for web developers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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