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The Google Lunar XPRIZE is taking humanity back to the moon, and $6 million in early prizes went out Monday to help the race’s most promising teams get there. The Lunar XPRIZE has been open since 2007, when teams were invited to be the first private organization […] Lunar XPRIZE teams awarded $6M in race to the moon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Video app Vine celebrated its second anniversary Saturday, prompting product head Jason Toff to share new metrics. The company is now seeing 1.5 billion loops, or plays, a day of its six second videos. That compares to the “more than one billion” daily it announced in October. […] Vine rings in its second year by hitting 1.5 billion daily loops originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Oy. what a week IBM has had. And it’s only Monday. Last week, a report surfaced that the IT giant would soon cut a whopping 26 percent of its workforce — or about 118,000 employees — as part of a “Reorg from Hell.”  The story was later picked up […] IBM bristles at report of massive layoffs to come originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apps from Uber and Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Instacart have jumpstarted the so-called “sharing economy” in the U.S., but they’re also created a whole lot of self-employed on-demand drivers, landlords and “rabbits” who are suddenly responsible for tracking their income and expenses and paying quarterly taxes. […] Paying the taxman in the on-demand economy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The technology’s ability to combine real-world images with the vast amounts of online data in real time promises to change the way work is done across many industries. But short-term implementation challenges remain. How augmented reality is gaining traction in the enterprise originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Big Data is still in its early stages of life; to get to the next stage, its integration with core enterprise technologies needs to get better. Chief among the enterprise environments with which Big Data must integrate is the developer ecosystem. There are a number of […] Gigaom Research webinar: Big data application development: why it matters originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Although T-Mobile is expanding its network capabilities with 700 MHz spectrum, relatively few phones support the frequency. Some of the more popular ones, however, will gain that support thanks to software updates in the coming months. has an updated webpage explaining the details of its 700MHz […] Software update will bring T-Mobile 700MHz support to Nexus 6 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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AT&T’s plans to tackle the Mexico market aren’t just limited to buying a single mobile operator Iusacell. It announced Monday it is buying Iusacell’s competitor Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion from NII Holdings and will merge its operations into its growing pan-American network. closed its $2.5B […] AT&T to buy Nextel Mexico, continuing continental expansion originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Facebook is serious about spreading its service to people in countries without fast cellular networks or cutting-edge smartphones. Its new Android app, Facebook Lite, which isn’t available in the United States or Europe, is targeted at people with poor internet service or who are limited to 2G […] Facebook’s new Android app goes light on the data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A small drone landed on White House grounds late Sunday night, leading to emergency vehicles swarming the area, and the perimeter being placed on lockdown until 5:00 a.m., according to the AP. A White House spokesperson told the New York Times he did not have details about […] Drone on White House lawn leads to lockdown originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Air conditioning giant Carrier Corp. has made an undisclosed minority equity investment in Ecobee, the smart thermostat maker. The investment comes after the two had collaborated to create a new Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat for Carrier dubbed Cor. The Cor is aimed at consumer homes, where Ecobee has […] Ecobee gets strategic investment from Carrier originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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In countless movies that depict our future digital lives, larger-than-life dashboards loom, delivering whatever information you seek at the touch of a screen. Every data point is visually compelling, easily digestible, and able to convert into myriad formats. Microsoft took a stab at such a future […] If you want to navigate data’s deep waters, you need a dashboard originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Since the Nexus 6 was released, it’s been evident that Google’s developer flagship came very close to having a fingerprint scanner. Thanks to ex-Motorola CEO and current Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside, we know why it was eventually axed: The available fingerprint scanners simply weren’t good enough. In […] Apple is the reason the Nexus 6 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Government regulators and the taxi industry can’t stop Uber — but maybe a patent can. At least that’s the hope of Sidecar, a small rival of Uber whose founder obtained a patent related to mobile ride hailing way in 2002, and who claims he thought up today’s version of […] As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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They won’t arrive in time for this week’s “historic snowstorm Juno,” but a spate of prototype autonomous snow-clearing devices (aka snow-shoveling robots) might spell relief for future events. Eight college design teams are in St. Paul, Minnesota with devices they designed to navigate and clear two snow fields in a set […] Meet your new driveway-clearing masters: Robot snowplows originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As China’s population adopts smartphones, Apple is ready to reap the benefits. In its quarterly earnings call Tuesday, Apple is expected to announce that for the first time, it has sold more iPhones in China than in United States. Writing for the Financial Times (registration required but […] Apple said to be selling more iPhones in China than in the U.S. originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As part of its bid to get its financials back on track, U.K. supermarket chain Tesco has been dismantling and selling off its Blinkbox digital media business. First to go was the Blinkbox video streaming service, sold to ISP TalkTalk earlier this month. Now it’s the […] Tesco sells Blinkbox Music to Guvera and kills off ebook platform originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The stories are numerous, yet extreme, and thus widely covered. You’ve probably heard at least a few. In South Korea, one couple was so committed to their virtual baby that their actual 3-month-old died in her crib, malnourished, dirty, and all alone while her parents binged on […] Is internet addiction real? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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London-based online currency transfer outfit TransferWise has raised a $58 million Series C round that was led by Andreessen Horowitz. This follows a $25 million Series B round just seven months ago, which included Virgin chief Richard Branson and original backer Peter Thiel (who are also […] TransferWise raises $58M in Andreessen Horowitz-led Series C originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Dish is starting to invite some first users to its new Sling TV online streaming service this week. Here’s how the service looks like on a Roku 3. Previously on Cord Cutters: VLC is coming to Android TV This is Android TV on the new Nexus […] Cord Cutters: A first look at Sling TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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WikiLeaks has demanded answers from Google about why the company took two and a half years to notify three WikiLeaks staffers that it had handed over their Gmail data to the U.S. authorities. told the WikiLeaks workers — section editor Sarah Harrison, spokesperson Kristinn Hranfsson and […] WikiLeaks wants to know if Google fought Gmail seizure warrant originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Cablevision is getting ready to pick a fight with your mobile phone company.  Next month, the cable operator is going to introduce a low-cost mobile phone service dubbed Freewheel that’s based entirely on Wi-Fi connectivity. Freewheel will offer existing Cablevision internet service subscribers unlimited talk, text […] This is big: Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Creating web content is incredibly easy — but filtering content is really hard. In late 2014, I realized I was reading too much bad content. I felt enraged by some of the articles I clicked on, because they were such a thoughtless waste of my time. […] How I audited my daily media habits and improved the way I read originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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While some Apple fan’s opinions of Microsoft are the same as most of the NFL’s opinion of the Patriots, I won’t let my past experiences with Windows deflate my takeaways from this week’s press event. I will say, though, that my general experience with Windows over […] On Windows 10, Mac gaming, and turning the battleship originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft already has a huge presence in most companies’ server rooms. And it hopes to keep it that way or at least, persuade those companies running Windows Server, SQL Server et al. to, when the time comes to move some work to clouds, to opt for Microsoft […] Amazon continues to reach into your server room originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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