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The flawed bill fell two votes short of what was needed, creating an odd situation where the bulk collection of communications records and other metadata can continue for now, but some of the underpinning legislation becomes likely to expire in mid-2015. Surveillance-limiting USA Freedom Act fails to clear Senate originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft Azure is having troubles again, the company acknowledged Tuesday night. According to a status update, Azure's Traffic Manager was experiencing "a multi-region partial performance degradation." Microsoft Azure afflicted again originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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For Netflix, the concept of personalization doesn’t just apply to what movies or television shows tickle your fancy; it also applies to the way you watch video, especially as it pertains to your mobile device. Netflix wants to bring personalization to mobile devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Car-sharing service Uber, already under fire for a plan to attack journalists, appears to be scrambling to get ahead of another potential PR nightmare -- this one related to its allegedly cavalier use of customers' personal information. Uber touts “strict” privacy rules, but terms suggest broad access originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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When designers stray too far from a product's original purpose, it doesn't work. Ammunition founder Robert Brunner offered up a checklist at Gigaom Roadmap that companies should check every time they develop a connected device. Connected devices need to be better, not just different originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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High Fidelity uses webcam technology to create characters who interact in virtual worlds, but based on their real motions. The gap between virtual reality and sci-fi is shortening originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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An education startup called Galvanize, which focuses on tech workers and entrepreneurs, has acquired a San Francisco company called Zipfian Academy that offers a 12-week program in data science. Zipfian’s instructors have data analysis and engineering backgrounds at a variety of companies ranging from software startups […] Education startup Galvanize buys data science school Zipfian Academy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Twitter data editor Simon Rogers took the stage at Gigaom's Roadmap conference to talk about making sense of messy data with good visualizations. It can be hard work, but also very enlightening when done right. Telling stories from tweets is about more than time and number originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Before people start truly embracing autonomous cars, first need people to trust them enough to ride in them. That's not going to be easy -- a recent study found that 88 percent of Americans said there's no way they'd ride in a driverless car. Driverless cars need to make their passengers feel like drivers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Human Machine Interactions founder and CEO Brant Ward wants designers to take cues from the movie AI to make voice interactions with machines more compelling. How to make devices sound less like robots: add lovable flaws originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Netflix is going to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March of 2015, the company announced Tuesday. The launch will bring the number of countries Netflix is available in to over 50, and the announcement is not unexpected: Netflix CFO David Wells said earlier this month […] Netflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand next March originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The first APIs for developers to extend their Android apps to the car are here but Google has limited them to two for now: Messaging and audio functions. Developers, start your engines: Android Auto APIs arrive originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Las Vegas became host to the largest cloud event in the tech industry – AWS re:Invent. In its third year, it is clear how far this conference has come. With over 13,000 attendees, 400 speakers, 250 sponsors and more than 200 sessions, the Sands Expo convention […] AWS re:Invent 2014 – Highlights and analysis originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Jim Roberts, who left the New York Times to become editor-in-chief of Mashable, told a group of journalists that the social element of journalism has become the most important factor in how news is distributed -- and also in how it is created Mashable editor Jim Roberts on how he approaches the news originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Many apps and cloud services provide users with their own account. You can connect Meldium to these services to get a complete view of your team with the ability to add & remove accounts in just one click. Get started now. Sponsored post: Simplify access to team services at the click of a button originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Limited interface options on wearable computers are often missing as a product of considered design -- they're not just features the team didn't get around to building. Wearable interface designers only have a “small bag of tricks” originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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"We see with our brains, not with our eyes," artist and technologist Aisen Caro Chacin said at Gigaom's Roadmap conference Tuesday, paraphrasing neuroscientist Paul Bach-y-Rita. Beyond screens: Music in your mouth, smelling the time originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Designer Yves Behar says that designers now have to expect that their products will be upgraded or have their features changed over time via software updates. Design now has to assume that objects evolve over time originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The tissue can be used to test if early-stage pharmaceutical drugs are toxic. Organovo is interested in eventually printing entire organs that could be implanted in humans. Organovo begins selling 3D printed liver tissue originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In the mid-20th century, designers turned away from heavy concrete to embrace lighter, more subtle materials. A similar shift is underway in the tech industry right now, as companies are adopting minimalism as a way to overcome the demands posed by small screens and powerful processors. Design, culture and tech’s turn to minimalism originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Facebook has launched a new tech-focused version of its Newswire called FB Techwire, which it says it hopes will become a resource for technology journalists -- a shot across the bow of existing aggregators like Techmeme Facebook goes after Techmeme with the launch of Techwire originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft said today that users can now run Docker inside a Windows machine and manage Linux-based containers using the new Docker Command Line Interface for Windows. The news follows up on the recent partnership between Microsoft and Docker to ensure that Docker can run nicely on the Azure cloud and Windows Server. Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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If you want a better life for yourself, the best thing you can do is periodically unplug, go offline, and just "be," according to designer and artist Elle Luna. How to design your way to a better life originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Apple announced on Tuesday that it is making an Apple Watch software development kit available to developers. You can download the WatchKit resources from Apple's developer website. Developers can start working on Apple Watch software now originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Twitter has built a new search index that allows users to surface all public tweets since the service launched in 2006. At nearly half a trillion documents and a scale of 100 times Twitter's standard real-time index, it's an impressive feat of engineering. Twitter now indexes every tweet ever originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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