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According to a recent SEC filing, women’s fashion company Nasty Gal just raised a $12.7 million round. It was gunning for $16 million but doesn’t look to have raised the full amount. The money appears to have come from Index Ventures, since partner Danny Rimer was listed […] Nasty Gal just raised a $12.7 million round originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple is holding a press event on March 9, presumably to show off and start orders for the Apple Watch it introduced back in September. I’m all but certain here on the event topic based on the previously stated April shipment date for Apple’s first smartwatch; launching […] Three big questions before the Apple Watch event originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Moscow-based Runa Capital has invested €3 million ($3.4 million) in MariaDB, the open-source database company that offers what began as a MySQL fork (Google and Wikipedia are big-name users). Runa, which is headed up by founders of Acronis and Parallels, is already a backer of the […] Russia’s Runa Capital invests $3.4M in database firm MariaDB originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Using clean energy to power data centers is becoming increasingly commonplace, and it’s not just the huge Internet companies like Apple, Google and Facebook that are doing this with their own infrastructure. Colocation centers, which provide data center space as a service, are beginning to offer […] Clean power is on its way for data centers as a service, too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google is looking to further untangle parts of Google+: The company may separate Photos and Hangouts from Google+, according to statements made by Google’s product czar Sundar Pichai in an interview with Forbes Thursday. “Increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos and the Google+ […] Google may separate Hangouts, Google+ and Photos originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple moved its web-based versions of its iWork office suite, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote out of iCloud’s beta site and onto iCloud.com on Thursday. The web versions are free, and they come with 1GB of iCloud storage. You don’t need an Apple device to use […] The web version of Apple’s iWork suite exits iCloud beta originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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ARM is already powering our smartphones, and it’s seeing its processor architecture migrate into networks that supply those phones their connectivity, but it has even more ambitious ideas for the mobile industry. It’s latching onto a new idea called Cloud-RAN, which turns the mobile network as […] Can ARM processors move the mobile network into the cloud? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, will be launched this Sunday, and it promises to represent a major break from the Galaxy S5. Following a year in which Samsung’s smartphone profits suffered and its mobile management endured a shake-up, the company said it was working to differentiate its […] Rumor roundup: Galaxy S6, Samsung’s hottest phone in years originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Streaming is starting to overtake digital downloads as a source of revenue for independent labels, according to a new blog post from British indie music heavyweight PIAS (hat tip to Hypebot). The company, which runs a couple of indie labels itself but also provides funding and […] Labels start making more money from streaming than downloads originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Docker’s suite of orchestration services that the container-management startup first detailed in December are now available in beta for the public to download, Docker said on Thursday. These new orchestration services are just another step for Docker to tout its cloud-agnostic platform, geared for enterprise customers […] Microsoft joins Docker in announcing new container services originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Facebook has taken another step towards embracing gender diversity. Along with its 58 gender options, users can now write in their own answers. The AP reports that Facebook released the news with the statement, “Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, […] Facebook now has a fill-in-the-blank gender option originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It took four million public comments and a pitched political fight invoking everything from civil rights to Presidential power, but the FCC has finally passed new rules on net neutrality. On Thursday, the FCC voted to reclassify broadband internet providers as “common carriers,” as part of a new order that will […] FCC votes yes on net neutrality in partisan spectacle originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The All Seen Alliance has scored an interesting new member with the EnOcean Alliance, a group of 300 companies dedicated to sustainable building controls and automation using wireless energy harvesting sensors and technology. The EnOcean Alliance joined AllSeen Alliance Thursday and will demonstrate how the two organization […] Energy harvesting EnOcean Alliance joins All Seen Alliance originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Motorola plans to expand its Moto Maker customization order process, allowing people to design their own Moto 360 smartwatch. The new program will start next month, says Wired, which reported the news on Thursday. The customizing process will be similar to that for the Moto X, Motorola’s […] You’ll be able to customize a Moto 360 watch next month originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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In two weeks, Gigaom’s Structure Data commences in New York City. For the past two years, we’ve taken a look at how big data has evolved from capturing and storing data to scaling infrastructure, managing data science teams and utilizing data insights. At every Structure Data, […] Upcoming Gigaom Event: Structure Data, by the numbers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Earlier this week, I noted an internal Microsoft Windows Phone app that works with the Pebble smartwatch. Now a detailed report from Windows Central adds more background about the reason for the app and why Pebble itself isn’t working on adding Windows Phone support to its smartwatch. […] This may be why the Pebble isn’t supported on Windows Phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Amazon Web Services-based cloud for the CIA is near completion, according to the CIA’s chief information officer (CIO). On Wednesday, Doug Wolfe told an industry gathering that the agency’s long-awaited AWS cloud has hit “final operational capability”  after 18 months of work, EnterpriseTech reported. famously prevailed […] CIA’s secret Amazon cloud ready to roll originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday morning voted to push aside laws in two states that restrict municipalities from building out their local high speed broadband networks. In a 3-2 vote, the FCC granted petitions from Chattanooga, North Carolina and Wilson, North Carolina that asked the agency to invoke […] FCC votes 3-2 to override state bans of municipal broadband originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Much has been written about cloud consolidation, with M&A roiling the cloudscape over the past few months: Cisco bought Metacloud, EMC bought Cloudscaling, HP snapped up Eucalyptus. Despite all that, cloud deployment options abound, and choice will be a big theme at the upcoming Structure 2015 event, this June in San Francisco. […] Cloud options mean decisions, decisions for IT buyers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time found a surveillance software company to be in violation of human rights guidelines, following a complaint about the notorious British-German spyware outfit Gamma International. Gamma allegedly sold its FinFisher spyware tool to the Bahraini […] Spyware firm Gamma failed on human rights, says OECD originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Amazon has a new head of corporate affairs. Politico is reporting that President Barack Obama’s former White House press secretary Jay Carney will be a senior vice president at Amazon, reporting directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Amazon’s current PR chief, Craig Berman, will report to Carney, […] Former White House spokesman Jay Carney joins Amazon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It’s a good time to be a mobile app developer: Google says it paid out $7 billion in 2014 to those who make Android apps. The future may be brighter for some, though, because the company plans to improve app discovery in the Google Play Store […] Google pays $7B to Android devs, brings search ads to Google Play originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Here’s a bit of a surprise: In addition to the Android Wear version of the G Watch Urbane, LG is prepping a version that doesn’t run Google’s smartwatch operating system, instead swapping it out for something called the “LG Wearable Platform.” The LG Watch Urbane LTE […] LG’s LTE-packing smartwatch drops Android Wear for its own OS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Barnes & Noble intends to separate its college business from its Nook and retail businesses, it announced Thursday, creating two separate publicly traded companies. The move is supposed to be completed by August. B&N CEO Michael Huseby pulled out all the possible jargon to describe the […] Barnes & Noble is splitting up its businesses (again) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Solar installer and financier SolarCity announced on Thursday that it plans to raise a $750 million fund to invest in installing solar panels on the rooftops of home owners, and $300 million of that fund will come from tech giant Google. While Google has put over […] Google & SolarCity partner on $750M fund for rooftop solar originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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