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AT&T hit a nerve with its privacy-eroding Internet Preferences Plan, which lets customers surf the web at gigabit speeds but also lets the telecom giant see what sites they visit in order to serve up relevant ads. AT&T’s plan may be short-lived, however, if the FCC takes action under its new […] AT&T’s privacy plan may be short-lived and may not even be as bad as we think originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google announced Tuesday that it’s releasing a preview of its new Google Contacts app, which can be accessed now. If you use Gmail, you use a form of Google Contacts, although it’s hardly a perfect system. Previously, Google’s contact app was a mess: It threw people you’ve emailed […] Google Contacts gets a long-overdue update originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple was issued a patent on Tuesday for vehicle navigation technology that can take wireless signal strength into account for planning a route. Apple first filed for the patent in August 2012, and Apple wireless executives Swapnil Dave and Devrim Varolgu are listed as inventors on the […] Apple granted patent to use wireless strength map data for vehicle navigation originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly doesn’t often mince words when it comes to describing to his competition in the Hadoop space, or Cloudera’s position among those other companies. In October 2013, Reilly told me he didn’t consider Hortonworks or MapR to be Cloudera’s real competition, but rather larger […] Cloudera CEO declares victory over big data competition originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It must be really interesting to work at Hewlett-Packard these days. Not only is the company breaking itself in half, it’s making multi-billion-dollar acquisitions and it’s balancing an array of cloud offerings. Oh, and it just shook up cloud management, with Marten Mickos turning key responsibilities over to […] HP fine-tunes its multi-cloud pitch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Well, this is interesting: NBC Universal is working on a comedy video subscription service, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The service, which could launch later this year, would include full episodes of shows like the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday […] NBC wants you to pay for streams of Jimmy Fallon, SNL originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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We had an inkling that the fourth quarter smartphone sales crown was close: Last month, Strategy Analytics suggested it was a dead heat between Apple and Samsung. On Tuesday, research firm Gartner stepped in and declared Apple the winner with 74.8 million iPhone sales compared to […] Apple iPhones outsell Samsung smartphones in last quarter of 2014 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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San Francisco-based IoT-startup Aether Things has beefed up its Aether Cone speaker with some additional features: Cone users can now play music on multiple speakers at the same time, Sonos-style, and a firmware update is also bringing Bluetooth connectivity to the Cone. The $400 speaker is […] Aether adds multi-room functionality to its Cone speaker originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The solar financier and installer chaired by Elon Musk, SolarCity, has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court claiming that the Arizona utility Salt River Project is using anti-competitive practices to maintain a monopoly around energy and solar power and unfairly block competition. Last week the […] SolarCity sues Arizona utility over solar anti-competitive practices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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At Mobile World Congress, Broadcom released a new chipset designed to bring Wi-Fi’s speediest technology, 802.11ac, into smartphones. What makes this particular chipset stand out is that it’s able to support simultaneous connections over both of Wi-Fi’s bands (2.4 and 5 GHz). Simultaneous dual band has […] Broadcom’s new Wi-Fi chip turns your phone into an IoT hub originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Netflix has acquired another movie, and it would like you to watch it in theaters, and then one more time online: The company will bring its new drama Beasts of No Nation in select theaters in the U.S. later this year, while simultaneously releasing it on […] Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation for theaters and your queue originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Fresh off its IPO in January, Box has made its first acquisition of the year, buying a small security startup called Subspace, the company said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but all seven Subspace employees will be joining Box and the […] Box buys small security startup to court more risk-averse clients originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Tuesday that he doesn’t put much credibility in claims that U.S. carriers would stop investing in their networks in his new era of network neutrality. Taking the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona before a global carrier audience, […] FCC’s Wheeler makes net neutrality case before global carriers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Valet parking app Luxe, one of the newer on-demand entrants, is growing fast. On Tuesday it announced its most recent funding via a blog post, a $20 million round led by Venrock and Redpoint. It’s finally launching its Android app, which it told TechCrunch it has had ready for two […] Luxe is expanding quickly, but how are its margins? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Right now, you need an Android phone to use an Android Wear smartwatch. But according to a report from French technology website 01net, Android Wear might be going cross-platform with an iOS app, possibly launching at Google’s annual developer conference in May. When Apple Watch launches […] Report: Google preparing iOS app for Android Wear smartwatches originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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PCH, the Irish manufacturing and fulfillment shop that has made big inroads helping startups in the internet of things space go from idea to mass production, has purchased Fab.com and taken on 35 employees in a deal that was once valued at up to $15 million. […] PCH buys Fab.com in its quest to find a path to the public originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Although the unique YotaPhone 2, with its front and back displays, can work with AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, you can’t buy the phone in the U.S. just yet. That’s changing soon but don’t expect to see the handset with e-ink rear screen in a carrier store anytime […] Double vision: YotaPhone 2 with e-ink rear screen coming to US originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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BitTorrent officially launched Sync 2.0 Tuesday, taking the next step toward turning the P2P-based file backup and synchronization tool into a real business. Sync 2.0 comes with a pro tier that offers users more fine-grained access control for folders and other advanced features for $39.99 a year. Users can test […] BitTorrent officially launches Sync 2.0 with $40 pro tier originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Are there conferences in the Silicon Valley where entrepreneur-to-investor ratio is 2-to-1, where you can freely access some of the top angels and venture capitalists without formal introductions, where famous speakers do not use VIP rooms to enter the stage? SVOD or Silicon Valley Open Doors […] Sponsored post: Don’t miss SVOD 2015, June 10-11 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It’s bad enough having a toothache. It’s much worse when your dentist rips you off for $4,000 and then threatens to sue you for complaining about the treatment. That’s what happened to New York City patient Robert Lee, whose ordeal started in 2011, but ended last week when a federal judge […] Bad dentist must pay $4,677 for threats over Yelp review originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Spoiler alert: In episode 5 of the Netflix original series House of Cards, the U.S. President plays the mobile game Monument Valley. I’m sorry to have ruined the series for you with that big news, but truth be told, it is big news — and big business […] How House of Cards helped one app jump up the charts originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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What if your smartphone camera were smart enough to identify that the plate of clams and black beans appearing in its lens was actually food? What if it then automatically could make the necessary adjustments to take a decent picture of said dish in the low […] A look at Zeroth, Qualcomm’s effort to put AI in your smartphone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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One of the ways Google keeps Android fresh on a regular basis is by updating Google Play Services on handsets. This approach helps reduce fragmentation because it brings new features to both new and old Android phones without a full software update. And Google is doing that again, […] Your Android phone is about to get better with this update originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The European Parliament’s liberal-centrist bloc has warned over changes being made by EU countries to incoming telecoms legislation, saying they will severely weaken efforts to introduce unified net neutrality rules and eliminate mobile roaming surcharges for people moving between member states. The Council of the European […] Alarms sound over changes to EU roaming, net neutrality and privacy rules originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When Google purchased Waze for roughly $1.15 billion in 2013, it was easy to assume that it would largely end up folded into Google Maps. But it looks as if Google has different plans for the mapping software. At Mobile World Congress this week, Waze announced that it would be […] Waze gets Google’s greenlight to be pre-installed on Android originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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