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Waking up in the middle of the night to order the newest iPhone isn't new. Having the Apple Store be down for at least an hour after the order process begins is, however. It all worked out but frustrated many. So who else ordered an iPhone 6 in the middle of the night? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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ZigBee isn't everyone's favorite smart home standard, because it was so fragmented. Other standards organizations can learn from its mistakes. ZigBee keeps trying: Adds remote control standard for smart home originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Hundreds of companies in Canada are putting drones to work in industries like farming and TV filming. They are getting a leg-up in an important new aviation industry as US rules continue to forbid commercial drone use. Drone-based businesses soar in Canada, as FAA grounds US entrepreneurs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The IEEE Standards Association will host an Internet of Things (IoT) Workshop, 18-19 September 2014 in the Silicon Valley. This two-day event will explore how various technologies can be applied across multiple verticals to help IoT reach a greater potential. Sponsored post: IEEE Standards Association Internet of Things Workshop 2014 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Alibaba is shoring up its war-chest with a massive IPO. But what does it mean for the American startups and tech companies with which Alibaba competes? From ripoff to kingmaker: How Alibaba’s IPO could create a new Silicon Valley power broker originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google has used credits to bring startups to its cloud before, but now it's upped the ante to $100,000. Google lures startups to its cloud with $100K in cloud credits originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The culture and nature of work is changing. Businesses must provide both the technology and policies to support their distributed and decentralized workforces. How the modern workforce is changing the culture of work originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Legendary Silicon Valley venture investor Peter Thiel did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Thursday in which he talked about Edward Snowden and the NSA, net neutrality and Bitcoin, among other things. Here's a selection of his comments What VC legend Peter Thiel thinks of Edward Snowden, net neutrality and bitcoin originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Connected lights are a good first step to a smarter home, which is why this lighting system that purportedly learns your habits and adapts to its environment is so intriguing. This is a pretty cool lighting project: The Alba, by Stack Lighting originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Uber and Lyft keep their customer data under wraps, but recent numbers from a financial services company gives us insight into just how much bigger Uber might be. Credit-card data suggests Uber has far more revenue and customers than Lyft originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A Dutch study found that many types of plants could survive 50 days in synthetic Martian and lunar soil, but the Martian plants grew significantly better. Thinking about farming in space? Choose Mars over the moon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A 2008 court case, in which Yahoo first challenged the collection of its user data, has been kept secret. Now details of the case, which helped justify the controversial PRISM program, are about to be public. Yahoo will publish documents from secret spy court PRISM case, says US threatened $250K fines originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Like the music industry, the Guardian has realized that the value in media isn't in selling access to a specific product or unit of content, but in creating a deep relationship with readers and fans who want access Why the Guardian is smart to bet on live events and a membership model instead of paywalls originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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If you bought a new 2015 Chevy, you've probably noticed it didn't come with any of the streaming and infotainment apps GM promised. The reason? GM has decided to leave that development work to Apple and Google. GM makes a U-turn on the connected car highway: Goodbye, MyLink, hello Apple and Google originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In regions without mobile broadband, or where it’s still too expensive to have a data plan, other ways to connect to the web are always welcome. Say hello to Cosmos Browser, which provides web access using SMS so that you can view web pages without using Wi-Fi or […] Cosmos Browser uses SMS to provide web access without Wi-Fi or mobile broadband originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Byliner, which aimed to find a new model for selling longform journalism online, crashed and burned this summer. Now the NYC-based digital publishing site Vook has acquired it. Failed e-singles startup Byliner acquired by digital publisher Vook originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos, once known for his anti-OpenStack rhetoric, now leads the HP OpenStack private-hybrid-public cloud effort HP buys Eucalyptus as cloud consolidation commences for real originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Curiosity rover has been rolling across Mars’ surface for two years now, stopping regularly to analyze samples of Martian rocks and conduct other experiments. But the whole time it has been traveling toward its primary goal: Mount Sharp, a huge mountain that could explain what […] Curiosity reaches its major destination: Mount Sharp originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Hablas Español? Then DirecTV would like to sell you its upcoming online video service. The company is getting ready to launch a service specifically targeting Latinos. DirecTV wants to launch a Spanish-language online video service called YaVeo originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Building upon the idea of having tools that simulate errors and failures in Netflix's enormous Amazon infrastructure, the company is looking for engineers whose purpose will be to discover new flaws. Netflix’s new Chaos Engineering push aims to hire staff to help break its cloud-based system originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Chromebooks have their own native and web apps and now the first four Android apps are available for the platform as well. Google created a special runtime that lets developers bring their Android apps to Chromebooks, adding to the appeal of Chrome OS devices. Google’s Chromebook strategy moves forward with support for Android apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google open sourced a new package for the R statistical computing software that's designed to help users infer whether a particular action really did cause subsequent activity. Google has been using the tool, called CausalImpact, to measure AdWords campaigns but it has broader appeal. Google has open sourced a tool for inferring cause from correlations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam wants to steal customers away from cable TV with a mix of major broadcast and online content. Verizon CEO says OnCue will launch by mid-2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Blackberry has acquired Movirtu, a London-based company that specializes in virtual SIM technology, it announced on Thursday. Originally, Movirtu’s business centered around shared phone service for poor regions in India and Southeast Asia, but Blackberry is likely to use its cloud-based account management technology to improve its enterprise and […] Blackberry purchases ‘virtual SIM’ startup Movirtu, will bring the technology to iOS and Android originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The San Francisco startup develops hardware and software that help drones avoid collisions and safely return to their operators. Airware partners with NASA to develop drone air traffic control system originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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