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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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Are you a Data Engineer that has mentored and led software teams to victory? Can you manage clients to success? Do you want a bigger platform to speak from? Or are you a Data Scientist that thrives by helping your team execute data science solutions that deliver client value? Do […] Sponsored post: Think big. Solve tomorrow originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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What is the right way to run the internet? After months of pitched debate over so-called net neutrality, the FCC will finally vote on a proposal that will prevent broadband providers from slowing down or speeding up certain websites. While there’s little doubt about the outcome of the vote, Thursday’s FCC […] Net Neutrality day is here: a guide to today’s vote originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Spanish carrier group Telefónica is big on WebRTC, the technology that allows for plugin-free in-browser voice and video calls, among other things – it uses it for the in-browser Skype rival that’s built into Firefox these days, for example. So it’s no surprise to see […] Telefonica’s Tu Go service turns to WebRTC for in-browser calls originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Libon, the WhatsApp and Skype competitor from French carrier group Orange, has an interesting new feature called Reach Me, which will allow people to send and receive calls over Wi-Fi using their mobile phone number, regardless of who their actual carrier is. The Libon app has […] Orange’s Libon app lets you take calls to your number over Wi-Fi originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The big battle over net neutrality will go to a vote on Thursday but, for many people in small cities, it’s the other item on the agenda that matters most: whether the agency will allow two towns to build their own broadband infrastructure. “It’s a way of letting local communities control […] The FCC’s other big vote: small cities await their broadband fate originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As someone who takes her cues on net neutrality from Gigaom’s resident expert Stacey Higginbotham or, failing that, John Oliver, this is hard to admit: Mark Cuban may have a point on why the proposed net neutrality regulations may be a cure that’s worse than the disease. If adopted, he […] Mark Cuban on net neutrality: FCC can’t protect competition originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Pinterest is coming of age and marketing firms are gathering to preach Pinterest marketing gospel. The site is an unusual beast: a mix of image-focused design (like Instagram), founded on a social-follower premise (like Twitter), but has since shifted to search-driven results (like Google). Making the most of […] Here’s how one marketing firm is tackling the Pinterest problem originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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SK Telecom just last month amped up its LTE network in Seoul to support blistering speeds of 300 Mbps, but the carrier is already tinkering with LTE-Advanced technologies that could double that speed in the future. The South Korean operator is working with Networks on new […] SK Telecom uses fancy antennas to hit LTE speeds of 600 Mbps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Look! Hewlett-Packard is doing something with Eucalyptus after all, at least according to a new web page touting HP Helion Eucalyptus, the “Open. Agile. Secure AWS-compatible private cloud.” HP bought Eucalyptus in September, put that company’s CEO, Marten Mickos, in charge of the overall HP cloud business and things […] Sooooo, what’s new with HP’s cloud strategy? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Some hail it as a trendy buzzword, some think it’s the future of IT. Whatever your stance on the term “DevOps”, you can’t argue the fundamental theory behind the phrase won’t benefit IT organizations — increasing the collaboration and feedback between Dev and Ops. However, we […] Sponsored post: Quantifying the value of DevOps according to Fortune 100 companies originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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While many other media organizations have gotten rid of their reader comments, including Reuters and Bloomberg, the New York Times says it plans to expand its commenting features and invest more resources in them because they help create a valuable relationship with readers While others shut down comments, the NYT wants to expand them originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Looks as if cable subscribers really like online video, especially if they can access it on their existing boxes: UPC Hungary’s experiment to add YouTube to its set-top boxes has been a big success, according to a new case study by cloud virtualization provider ActiveVideo, whose […] Surprise: Cable viewers really like YouTube on their set-tops originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Well, it’s been a while since Hewlett-Packard made a really big acquisition but it sounds like the IT giant is shaking off the post-Autonomy jitters as Bloomberg reports that it’s weighing a purchase of Aruba Networks. , Sunnyvale, Calif.,  provides Wi-Fi access gear at big indoor and […] HP reportedly mulling purchase of Aruba Networks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Photography startup Lytro has confirmed it raised $50 million in funding, but also plans to cut between 25 and 50 employees. “We are going to have to make some cuts in some areas so we can staff up in some new ones,” CEO Jason Rosenthal told Re/code. “$50 million is a […] Lytro moving into virtual reality, video originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It’s clear that big banks provide a lot of incentive for hackers to launch cyber attacks, given the amount of sensitive data they hold and the cash they oversee. But banks aren’t the only entities hackers are targeting. The law firms that represent financial institutions are also […] Law firms will start sharing security data to prevent attacks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google purchased Softcard earlier this week, and today it posted a support page about what to expect from the mobile wallet service in the future as it shuts down. No surprises here: Android users should download Google Wallet, which is replacing Softcard. But for users of the […] Windows Phone left out as Google Wallet swallows Softcard originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google just made its Play Music service a bit more appealing, even if you don’t use a Google Android phone. You can now upload 50,000 songs to your Google Play Music account at no charge; the previous limit was 20,000. announced the storage boost in a […] You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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We’ve all been doing it, to the dismay to some of our bosses: Employees have long been bringing their own devices to work, reading corporate mail on the same phone that also is used to run their favorite games, snap their family photos and browse the […] With Android for Work, Google aims to secure 1+ billion BYOD devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Oculus launched a developer contest today that will distribute $1 million in prizes for games and apps built for Gear VR — the mobile virtual reality headset it helped Samsung build. The Mobile VR Jam requires ideas to be submitted by April 20, and final products by […] As competitors spring up, Oculus plans mobile VR contest originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Almost five years ago a group of business leaders, including Bill Gates, GE CEO Jeff Immelt and venture capitalist John Doerr, called for a massive increase in U.S. government funding for basic energy research. This week that group released a report, its third on the topic, […] Bill Gates, energy execs, once again call for tripling of energy research funding originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Jeff Bezos’ baby, the Fire Phone, sported a few unusual hallmarks when it launched last summer, and one of its banner features is starting to trickling down to Amazon’s less expensive Fire tablets. Amazon started to add its Firefly visual search to Fire HD tablets through an over-the-air […] Amazon’s product-finding Firefly lands on Fire HD tablets originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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