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Remember the seemingly-too-good-to-be-true $1,000 bonuses that Lyft promised to new drivers and those who recruited them? Well, it turns out they may actually have been too good to be true. New drivers who applied to join Lyft in light of the reward just received an email from the […] Lyft may not deliver on some of its $1,000 sign-up bonuses, angering drivers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Yes, the Apple Watch could replace your car keys, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with the Telegraph last week. It won’t be the only watch to do so, though. On Wednesday, Hyundai debuted its watch app that lets Android Wear owners do the same. […] Hyundai car start here for Android Wear, coming for Apple Watch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Maybe first impressions don’t matter that much, after all: Netflix often underwhelms when it enters a new market, but wins consumers over by getting better in the following months, said the company’s CFO David Wells during an appearance at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. […] Netflix CFO to viewers in new markets: be prepared for the worst originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It’s no secret that Product Hunt is the Pied Piper of startup land. Founders would probably follow the company anywhere, since the so-called Reddit for new apps and gadgets gives them exposure to media, investors and potential users. Now, Product Hunt is using this influence for a social […] Product Hunt is using its megaphone to tackle startup depression originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Business model innovations have been crucial for the solar industry in recent years. Community solar — where people can buy into community and neighborhood solar panel projects — has emerged, as has crowdfunding, where people can buy into solar projects and make back money (or a […] Do you want to own a solar panel in a farm far away? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Here’s an interesting rumor out of China: iSuppli researcher Kevin Yang posted on Weibo on Wednesday that Huawei will be making a Nexus device this coming fall. The post has since been deleted. Huawei isn’t a household name in the United States, but it actually makes a good deal […] Why it makes sense that Huawei could make the next Nexus originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Back in October, we saw how Elliptic Labs integrated ultrasound hardware and smart software to interact with phones and tablets though gestures. At the time, the company said its technology worked from up to 50 centimeters away. Now, Elliptic Labs has boosted the range: You can […] Watch this: Hands free phone gestures from 2 meters away originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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So much for AlchemyAPI CEO Elliot Turner’s statement that his company is not for sale. IBM has bought the Denver-based deep learning startup that delivers a wide variety of text analysis and image recognition capabilities via API. IBM plans to integrate AlchemyAPI’s technology into the core Watson […] IBM acquires deep learning startup AlchemyAPI originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The latest Chrome OS Stable channel update is here and with it comes remote access to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Until now you could only remote out of such devices; now you can remote in to them; handy for tech support and other use cases. We also […] Chrome Show: Remote Chromebook access arrives for all originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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On Monday, Amazon wanted us to know that its staff worked day and night to avert planned reboots of cloud instances and updated a blog post to flag that information. But it didn’t provide any specifics on how these live updates were implemented. Did use live migration — […] Google gets chatty about live migration while AWS stays mum originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apps that run on Apple Watch will likely be a major focus of Apple’s upcoming event on March 9, but if you can’t wait that long, check out App Advice’s new website, WatchAware, which is collecting Apple Watch mockups and putting them on a single page. […] Preview 27 different Apple Watch apps in your browser originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Online shopping is hugely popular but not with state governments. For years, states have complained the internet shopping boom is costing them billions in tax revenue thanks to a long-standing law that prevents them from taxing distant retailers. That’s set to change after a Tuesday Supreme Court decision that opens the […] Internet retailers face looming duty to collect out-of-state tax originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google won’t be updating its Chrome browser past version 42 for older Android devices, so it can better focus on its mobile browser for more current phones and tablets. The company announced that it would freeze Chrome 42 for its Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) software, which […] Got an Android 4.0 device? You might want an alternative browser originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Swiss startup MindMaze is moving its technology from the medical field to the mainstream with a virtual reality headset that reads the wearer’s brain waves and uses the data to help them relax and play. The team announced $8.5 million in angel funding today, which it […] MindMaze’s headset brings your brainwaves into virtual reality originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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You can add another acquisition to Docker’s plate with the startup set to announce on Wednesday that it has bought a small networking startup called SocketPlane. The acquisition, whose financial terms were not disclosed, is just one more step in Docker’s plans to become the de-facto […] Docker buys SocketPlane as it builds out its container-networking strategy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Don Draper, meet Sling TV: The recently launched online TV subscription service started to carry AMC and IFC as well as the Epix family of movie channels Wednesday, which means that Sling TV subscribers can now tune in live for episodes of shows like The Walking […] AMC, IFC and Epix go live on Sling TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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IBM is a big backer of the OpenPOWER open-source hardware project. And it’s the company behind the SoftLayer cloud, so it was only a matter of time that it put the two together by offering SoftLayer bare-metal servers on OpenPOWER-based hardware. The new service will come online in […] IBM taps OpenPOWER for SoftLayer bare-metal service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Council of the European Union – the part of the EU legislature that represents member states – has formally laid out its stance on changing incoming legislation around roaming and net neutrality. This means negotiations with the European Parliament can formally commence, and as some […] Let roaming fees hang around for a while longer, EU countries say originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has released its latest study into, well, the affordability of internet access. The study shows how big the challenge is on that front in emerging markets – for over two billion people there, fixed-line broadband costs on average 40 percent […] Affordability report shows why emerging markets need smart internet policies originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Nvidia has revealed an Android-based smart TV console and gaming system that pairs high-resolution video with an accessible interface for $199, plus a game streaming service that will offer games playable within a minute. “All of us have been working toward this day for many years,” Nvidia […] Nvidia reveals Shield, a $199 console for 4K TV and gaming originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a data center hub in Silicon Valley, adding yet another gigantic player to a growing but already hotly contested cloud computing market. Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing arm has been likened to Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services unit and you can bet that , as well […] If you thought cloud competition couldn’t get hotter, think again originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The FCC’s landmark decision on net neutrality has produced all sorts of speculation about the degree to which well-known tech giants shaped the outcome. Gawker, for instance, claimed that Americans can thank a benevolent Facebook-Google cabal for the open internet rules that were passed last Thursday. The Wall Street Journal, on the other […] FCC official says Google, Facebook had little say on net neutrality originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A team of security researchers unearthed a decade-old vulnerability called the FREAK (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys) attack, which impacts Google and Apple device users who may have visited websites, including Whitehouse.gov and NSA.gov, according to a Washington Post report. One of the researchers who spotted […] Decade-old FREAK bug leaves Google and Apple device users vulnerable originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Sony revealed the latest prototype of its virtual reality headset today, when it announced it will release the Playstation 4-compatible device to consumers in the first half of 2016. The Project Morpheus prototype displayed at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) doesn’t look much different from the […] Sony to release Playstation 4 virtual reality headset in 2016 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Uber is reportedly buying a mapping company called deCarta, according to a new report from Mashable. The San Jose based startup provides technology for turn-by-turn navigation and local search with its software system. It powers the mapping backend for consumer-facing apps. Uber confirmed the news to me and explained […] Uber buys a mapping company, but this isn’t its first acquisition originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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