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Traditionally, running a business has been an intuition game with decisions based on best practices, experiences and gut feelings. Human insight will always be relevant, but today’s computer-aided analysis is unparalleled and Big Data has quickly become a key to marketing success. Sponsored post: Big Data and Intuition: The future of Marketing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Norwegian browser firm Opera has released version 4 of its Coast browser for iOS, adding the data-compressing Turbo feature that’s already in its other browsers. The feature saves money on data use and makes for faster browsing. Coast is a sort of experimental browser for […] Opera’s Coast browser gets Turbo feature, discovery and more originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Two early backers of electric car company Tesla — Nancy Pfund and Ira Ehrenpreis — are teaming up to invest a new fund, for which they’ve been in the process of raising $300 million, according to a SEC filing as well as sources we’ve spoken with. Dan Primack […] Two of the key early investors in Tesla have a new fund originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Network gear maker Riverbed Technology is being acquired for about $3.6 billion, or $21 per share in cash, by private equity firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor arm of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The San Francisco vendor, which specializes in WAN optimization, has pretty much been […] Riverbed agrees to buyout by Thoma Bravo and teacher friends originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google has been threatened with yet another fine in Europe over its cavalier approach to EU privacy laws. However, while previous fines levied by national data protection regulators have maxed out at around €1 million, the Dutch privacy watchdog is talking about a fine of up […] Google could face €15M privacy fine in the Netherlands originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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From the beginning of January, new EU tax rules will force many businesses offering online services across the Union to take on a load of new administrative responsibilities. The changes have caused particular consternation among micro-businesses providing such services – for a classic example, think about […] EU tax change is about to hammer small digital service providers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The identity-management space is not showing any signs of slowing down as security startup OneLogin plans to announce Tuesday that it landed a $25 million series C investment round, bringing its total funding to $44 million. This makes for another security minded startup that’s been attracting […] OneLogin grabs $25M to make sure bad guys can’t access your apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Kik continues to ship new features for its chatting application. Following on the heels of Promoted Chats and its in-app browser comes the hashtag. It’s an easy way to create a group chat and invite people to join it within the Kik app. You send them the […] Kik’s new hashtags reveal the potential of a chat network originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Many media sites are deciding to shut down reader comments because they have become troll and spam-filled cesspools -- but why not show how much you value readers by spending the time to improve your comment section? Instead of killing comments, we should be trying to fix them originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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I was at the gym the other day thinking about how fun virtual reality would be on a treadmill. My gym’s treadmills have screens, and you can pull up videos of different runs around the world. There are trails leading through forests and up the sides […] Working out while wearing Oculus Rift could soon be a thing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft is continuing its open-source push, this time announcing that it will open source its Project Orleans cloud computing web framework. The framework has supposedly been “used extensively” in the Azure cloud and is best known for powering the first-person shooter video game Halo 4. The […] Microsoft open sources cloud framework that powers Halo originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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HBO is a go for owners of Amazon’s Fire TV: Amazon has added a HBO Go app to its Fire TV set-top box, and promises to bring the same app to the Fire TV Stick this coming spring. Consumers do need to have HBO as part of […] Amazon is adding HBO Go to its Fire TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In a new twist in the long running antitrust case against Apple, an appeals court on Monday cast doubt on the Justice Department’s theory that the company brokered an illegal conspiracy among book publishers, and asked instead why the government’s focus has not been on Amazon. The 90-minute hearing, […] Judges question Apple ebook verdict and Amazon’s role originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The new Grindr is all about that face. The company redesigned its iOS and Android app this month, abolishing text from a person’s first glance profile. If a user wants more information on someone than just their picture, they’ll have to click further to surface the profile summary. […] Say goodbye to text in Grindr. It’s embracing the visual web originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Smart remote control app maker Peel is going back its roots: The company has teamed up with Philips subsidiary PITS to launch the Pronto, a new extender device that brings the power of Peel to iOS. The Pronto is a $50 hub that communicates with an […] Peel teams up with Philips for a smart iOS remote extender originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning is white hot right now, as we have noted numerous times before. It’s powering many of the advances in computer vision, voice recognition and text analysis at companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu, and has been the […] What we read about deep learning is just the tip of the iceberg originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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You have to hand it to MIT Ph.D candidates Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean Yang for facing the lions’ den last week when they participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything forum. The AMA, timed to coincide with Computer Science Education Week, addressed topics like what it’s like to conduct research at MIT; […] Female techies brave Reddit AMA to talk about their worlds originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Turning a media site into a massive, multibillion-dollar property reaching hundreds of millions of readers isn't the only route to success any more -- starting and running a niche or targeted site has never been easier There’s never been a better time to run a niche media business originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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BT, the company once known as British Telecom, said on Monday that it is now exclusively negotiating a possible £12.5 billion ($19.6 billion) takeover of the mobile carrier EE, a joint venture of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange. BT and EE are now in a […] BT in talks to buy EE for $20 billion originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Microsoft started rolling out a new feature for Skype on Monday called Skype Translator which will translate communications from users using different languages in near real-time -- that is, as you're chatting on Skype. Skype can translate spoken Spanish to English in near real-time originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Decade-old energy company Tendril has struck an important deal with giant solar panel maker and project developer SunPower, the companies announced on Monday. SunPower has invested $20 million of growth capital into Tendril and has licensed Tendril’s energy software for solar data-related services. Tendril started out […] SunPower backs Tendril & plans to use its energy software originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Bare-metal clouds offer IT departments greater value and efficiency for performance, security, hybrid workloads, and more. How bare metal overcomes the public cloud’s limitations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Projects like Apache YARN expand the types of workloads for which Hadoop is a viable and compelling solution, leading practitioners to think more creatively managing data. What new Hadoop solutions mean for managing data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Xiaomi reported only 347.5 million yuan in net profit last year on a regulatory filing which works out to USD $56 million -- which means Xiaomi's operating margin works out to a slim 1.8 percent. With slim profits, China’s Xiaomi is more like Amazon than Apple originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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If you weren’t already worried about the security of your company’s internal memos and other documents, the recent Sony hack probably fixed that (and reinforced the message that if you don’t want egg on your face, you shouldn’t write embarrassing emails). Here’s the thing: Security is hard, and as […] Pro tip: If you use cloud storage, bring your own security originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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