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Microsoft has rolled out new features for its Cortana virtual assistant app, including the ability to track evening activities, track important flights and even recommend nearby concerts. Cortana probably still is not a Google Now or Siri killer, Microsoft Cortana: Mobile virtual assistant and, now, concert hookup originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Apple removed Bose products from its online and retail stores earlier today, and is reported to be doing the same with Fitbit fitness trackers. Apple’s getting choosy about what it sells in its stores originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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HP is ready to launch the HP Helion Development Platform with a bang in San Francisco. The event’s impressive speaker lineup includes leaders from Docker, HP, MongoDB, New Relic, Redmonk & HP execs & features Flo Rida as live entertainment. Sponsored post: HP Helion Development Platform all set to launch with a blast in SF originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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By cross-checking stolen account information on websites that hackers post to, Facebook can update its users on whether or not their data has been compromised. How Facebook protects your account and passwords from hackers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The science of identifying the positions of arms, legs and joints within images is becoming a popular pastime among deep learning researchers. The techniques they develop could be particularly important in fields such as human-computer interaction and computer animation. Researchers are using deep learning to predict how we pose. It’s more important than it sounds originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Neetzan Zimmerman, who runs the editorial operation at Whisper, said in an interview that a series of stories by The Guardian that raised concerns about the anonymous app's privacy policies misrepresent how the app works in order to sow fear and mistrust Whisper’s Neetzan Zimmerman says the Guardian’s coverage deliberately misrepresents how the service works originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Will Snapchat be able to make money? The company is ready to learn the answer. Here come the ads: It’s business time at Snapchat originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Solexel hopes to achieve something that has eluded so many startups: successfully launching a new solar technology using good ol' silicon and engineering lighter cells. This startup is putting solar cells on a diet, because thinner is better originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Apple's new SIM card will act as a gateway between the iPad and mobile networks. That gives Apple an enormous amount of power over the carriers. It's doubtful, though, that Apple will use it. The many ways Apple could seize control from the carriers with its new SIM card originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Matchstick wants to become the streaming stick you take on trips. It's adding ad-hoc mode to enable hotel room video watching. Firefox-OS based Chromecast competitor promises hotel-room-friendly ad-hoc mode originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Growing a continuous feedback loop with a Meetup community has been a lesson in customer experience: Lessons learned from organizing Cloud Mafia by Inga Weizman. Sponsored post: Why focusing on your customer first leads to happy attendance originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google is demoting pirate sites further in its search rankings. That news is one nugget contained in a larger report that details the company's ongoing anti-piracy efforts. Google imposes new penalty on pirate sites in search results originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Telefónica will cut 1,600 jobs in Germany following the merger of O2 Deutschland with E-Plus, to get rid of duplicate roles. The jobs will be phased out by 2018, the firm said Friday, noting that positions would go from both O2 and E-Plus. It also stressed […] Telefónica to phase out 1,600 German jobs in wake of E-Plus takeover originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The choice of Michelle Lee, a well-regarded lawyer, to fill the long-vacant position of Director of the Patent Office is good news for Silicon Valley and for patent reform advocates. In win for tech industry, White House nominates ex-Googler Michelle Lee to lead Patent Office originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Uber keeps getting disrupted by European laws. On top of those recent Dutch driver arrests, the U.S. quasi-taxi outfit has now been fined €100,000 ($128,000) in France for falsely marketing its paid-for UberPop (a.k.a. UberX) offering as a carpooling service, and told by the Parisian court […] Uber hit with French “deceptive practices” fine and UK tax complaint originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A month or so after telling the world Twitpic would be shutting down, then backtracking and saying it had found an acquirer, Twitpic has reversed its position once again. The photo sharing service, which was one of the first initial ways to share photos on Twitter, […] Twitpic’s shutting down saga comes to a weird end that founder calls “embarrassing” originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Although Google missed the earnings mark, its overall health is strong. Facebook may have solved mobile, but Google is still struggling with it originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Six people will spend the next eight months in a habitat in Hawaii meant to simulate living on Mars. Among other tasks, they will test a virtual reality program built to help astronauts tackle mental health problems and homesickness. On the long, long trip to Mars, virtual reality could keep astronauts sane originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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It's unbundling time! Univision is the latest broadcaster to announce that it plans to stream videos to customers that don't have a pay TV subscription. Make that three: Univision wants to stream to cord cutters as well originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google spent more than $2.4 billion on infrastructure during the third quarter, which was down from its record second quarter but still very much. The company has numerous infrastructure-intensive businesses, including its growing cloud computing platform. Google’s infrastructure spending dips slightly; cloud revenue looks higher originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Whisper was slammed by The Guardian for its alleged tracking of individuals who use the anonymous app, but the concerns about privacy are just the symptom of a larger problem, which is that Whisper wants to be a news entity Whisper’s problem: It wants to be both an anonymous app and a news entity at the same time originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Apple signaled this change a few years ago and now you can see the fruits of its labor: It matters less if you use a low-cost phone, mid-priced tablet or expensive computer to get things done thanks to hardware, software and the cloud. iOS or OS X? It doesn’t matter: Apple now offers “ubiquitous computing” in a range of prices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A recent report suggests that Whisper is tracking its users, even those who have opted out of geolocation services. The company says it's "100 percent false." Here's the overview. Here’s everything you need to know about the Whisper-Guardian story originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The iPad Air 2 contains Apple's long-awaited SIM card which will work on multiple carriers' networks. They days of picking your carrier before you buy your 4G-tablet may soon be over, and this might even allow Apple to be your carrier some day. iPad Air 2 contains the first Apple SIM, letting you flip flop between carriers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A German software company called Arago just received a $55 million investment from KKR in order to help take its IT automation software global. The company's algorithms learn how to perform administrative tasks such as software testing or troubleshooting that traditionally required humans. Investment firm KKR is putting $55M into a company that uses AI to automate IT processes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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