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GreatFire.org, which monitors the activities of China's monolithic web censorship mechanism, claims HSBC's Akamai-using corporate banking portal has falled victim to the Great Firewall. HSBC bank portal reportedly caught up in China’s Great Firewall originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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If you doubt that Linux is the king of operating systems, check this out: 300,000 students signed up for a new edX class on Linux in August. “We want Linux,” say 300,000 edX students originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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As virtual wallets and NFC payments start taking off, Square hasn’t given up on the plastic card. It announced a new program on Tuesday in which its merchants can issue their own gift cards. Square starts offering gift cards (the plastic kind) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Enterprises have started to reap the benefits of cloud-based applications: speed, agility and responsiveness. Unfortunately, data communications networks haven’t kept up. In fact, they’re struggling to deliver consistent, on-demand connectivity. What’s the next step? SDN solutions that unleash the power of the cloud. Sponsored post: Wanted: smoking hot cloud-based data communications originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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How do you know if a company has invested heavily in design? You don't notice the design. Roadmap 2014 live coverage originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Norwegian telecoms regulator has recommended that carriers should avoid offering certain web services for free while charging for others, as this would violate voluntary (but observed) net neutrality guidelines. Pro-net neutrality Norway advises carriers to avoid zero-rating originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Stealth-security startup Veradocs plans to announce Tuesday that it took in $14 million in two funding rounds, which includes a seed round when the company formed in January 2014. The startup wants to build out sales and marketing and expand its engineering team, said Veradocs co-founder and CEO Ajay Arora. Veradocs lands $14 million to secure files in the cloud originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Here's something confusing -- Nokia, not to be confused with its former handset business that is now owned by Microsoft, has unveiled an Android tablet. Non-Microsoft Nokia launches Android N1 tablet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Finnish cloud firm has finally make its long-promised expansion into North America, claiming it wanted to wait until it had suitably differentiating features before doing so. UpCloud unveils MaxIOPS storage backend as it opens shop in US originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Researchers at both Stanford University and Google have fused state-of-the-art neural network techniques for vision and language in order to create hybrid systems that can analyze images and produce natural-language explanations of what's happening in them. Google, Stanford build hybrid neural networks that can explain photos originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The smartphone explosion is nothing new to even the most casual observer in the U.S., but in 2014 it became a global phenomenon, according mobile networking company Ericsson. Report: The smartphone boomed globally in 2014 with 800M new activations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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At a recent dinner, an Uber executive allegedly suggested that the company considered an unethical strategy to attack journalists who were critical of it. Report: Senior Uber exec threatened to dig up dirt on journalists originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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VCEMO, which started raising funds on Kickstarter on Monday, wants to become a platform for streaming 360-degree videos that works with most virtual reality headsets -- like a "Vimeo for VR." VCEMO is crowdfunding a site for streaming virtual reality video originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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An astronaut installed Made in Space's printer this morning. It will print a series of test parts before being replaced by a permanent machine next year. There is now a 3D printer on the International Space Station originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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With phones and tablets usurping some activities from traditional computers, Intel is changing with the times. A new "Client Computing" group will combine the chip business for PCs, smartphones and tablets. Blurred lines: Intel to combine tablet, phone and PC chip groups originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Today Snapchat rolled out a pay-your-friends feature called Snapcash, powered by Square. A fledgling peer-to-peer payment system like this is Snapchat's first big platform test. Will payments give Snapchat the next block of a mobile platform? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Marshall Project is a new site that is focused on reporting about the U.S. criminal-justice system and is being run by former NYT executive editor Bill Keller, and joins other topic-specific journalism efforts like Syria Deeply and Ebola Deeply Can topic-specific news sites work? The Marshall Project hopes so originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Jason Kilar wants YouTube fans to pay up in order to be first in line: His new startup Vessel is about to launch with a windowed release strategy for short-form video. Would you pay to get your YouTube videos three days early? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Another political brouhaha is fulminating in Washington around E-Rate, the federal program that funds broadband in schools and public libraries. After earmarking more E-Rate funds Wi-Fi in July, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday proposed raising the cap on funds available for general broadband […] FCC’s Wheeler proposes phone fee hike to fund school broadband originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The X8+ is less than half the price of the Inspire 1, DJI's latest drone. 3D Robotics’ new modular drone will photograph and map your house originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Social payments app Venmo has added a few new features that make it easier to set up your account as well as pay with a thumb tap if you happen to own a later-generation iPhone. Venmo update lets you pay with Touch ID directly from your bank originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The new MICA is a connected bracelet that will go on sale at high-end department stores like Barney's and small boutiques. At first glance, it looks less like a gadget and more like a piece of jewelry. Intel’s bracelet for fashionistas can receive texts originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Yaveo is targeting Spanish-speaking audiences with a mix of movies, telenovelas and live soccer matches. We've got the deets on a number of unannounced content partners. DirecTV’s Yaveo service signs up BeIn Sports, FOROtv and HOLA TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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NYC has selected CityBridge, a consortium of companies including Qualcomm and Transit Wireless, to replace up to 10,000 outdoor pay phones in all five boroughs with slick new internet stations called Links. NYC unveils its pay phone Wi-Fi plan, promising 10,000 hotspots originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Users of Bitcasa's now-shelved “infinite drive” have a few more days to move their data to Bitcasa’s new system, thanks to a temporary restraining order granted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Bitcasa won’t destroy customer data yet thanks to court order originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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