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Don't be surprised to see Sony debut its Smartwatch 3 next month at Berlin's IFA event. Be very surprised if it runs Android Wear, however: Sony isn't a platform partner and has been going it alone with smartwatches for a few years now. Sony Smartwatch 3 expected in September but not with Android Wear originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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With the launch of the Wink home hub platform at the Home Depot, the retailing giant could become a huge influence on how consumers buy and choose connected devices. Learn how it thinks. Home Depot wants every connected gadget it sells to be Wink compatible originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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SMS Audio, best known for headphones endorsed by the rapper 50 Cent, has a new pair of sport-focused earbuds which uses Intel's optical sensor technology to measure heart rate and other biological signals. Branded headphone maker SMS Audio plugs Intel optical sensor tech into a pair of earbuds originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Co-eds want a social media place to call their own, and Facebook isn't serving that purpose anymore. eCampus Ventures is hoping to meet the need with its trifecta of apps, for finding roommates, comparing textbook costs, and meeting fellow students in your dorm. This bootstrapped company wants to fill the college-shaped hole Facebook left behind originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The move will result in a better user experience for Chinese customers, while potentially also mollifying the authorities. Apple reportedly starts storing Chinese iCloud data in China originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Ethan Zuckerman of MIT, who helped develop the first online pop-up ad, argues that an ad-based model is responsible for the privacy-invading nature of the modern web -- but even if that's true, how do we fix it? Is an ad-based business model the original sin of the web — and if so, what do we do about it? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The UK-based startup's open source database management tool tailored for containers will supposedly make it easier for organizations to monitor and update their containerized datasets. With Flocker, ClusterHQ wants to bring data management to Docker originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Could you have a “pay with bitcoin” button for your Uber sometime soon? The WSJ reported today that eBay’s payment unit Braintree is considering accepting bitcoin. Apparently the PayPal subsidiary has spoken to several companies including Coinbase about it, although there is no deal or timeline […] Report: eBay payment unit Braintree may open up to bitcoin payments originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Some Android devices see less battery drain than comparable iPhones when scanning for iBeacons. In terms of battery life, Android devices are more optimized for iBeacons than iPhones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Samsung has purchased smart home hub maker SmartThings in a deal valued at a reported $200 million. The deal is good for both companies but may cause consumers consternation. Samsung has acquired SmartThings for a reported $200M originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The NSF has funded projects that will investigate how deep learning algorithms run on FPGAs and across systems using the high-performance RDMA interconnect. Another project, led by Andrew Ng and two supercomputing experts, wants to put the models on supercomputers and give them a Python interface. Researchers hope deep learning algorithms can run on FPGAs and supercomputers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Qualcomm's iZat indoor geo-location technology may be buried inside millions of newer smartphones, but there are only 21 malls where you can use it today, and they're all in South Korea. LG turns on Qualcomm’s iZat indoor location tech, but it only works in Korea for now originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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A growing amount of Valley investors are eying nuclear startups. Is this a smart trend or the mistakes of the cleantech boom all over again? More Valley investors are funding nuclear energy tech originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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September is coming and so is the BlackBerry Passport; expected to debut next month. We've seen the oddly shaped handset in pictures but now a video provides a hands-on overview, sharing some additional details of the Passport. BlackBerry Passport hands-on video: Big and square with a great keyboard originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Citizen reporting can be a powerful tool to hold authorities responsible and spread information -- except when it goes horribly wrong. Oops: Twitter suspends hacker account after it outs the wrong cop in Ferguson crisis originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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It's a pretty safe bet this year's new iPads and the iPhone 6 will have a Touch ID sensor. Apple may not stop there, however, based on this patent which opens up possibilities for Touch ID on Mac computers or other devices. Apple’s Touch ID: It’s not just for iPhones and iPads based on this patent originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Twitter users drove Robin Williams' daughter Zelda off the site by tweeting that her father's death was her fault. In response, Twitter promised to change and expand its anti-harassment policies. Twitter admits its hands-off approach to harassment isn’t working anymore originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Although some consumers in developing markets prefer 4-inch phones for their portability, the majority want bigger devices for a better experience watching video content and playing games, according to a recent survey. Online video is driving the trend towards larger-screened smartphones, survey says originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Best Buy is planning a home hub called Peq and videos of the planned service have been up on YouTube for at least three weeks. Look, Best Buy outed its Peq home automation hub on YouTube originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The YouTube app on your television may be getting a makeover:  has updated the interface for its YouTube App for TV to reduce the number of clicks needed to get around menus armed only with a remote control. The update has already rolled out to Xbox One, and will […] A new 10-foot user interface for YouTube is debuting on the Xbox One originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The Center for Digital Democracy has accused 30 companies, including Adobe, AOL and Salesforce.com, of breaking a U.S.-Europe data protection agreement -- and slammed the FTC itself for not properly policing them. Consumer group asks FTC to investigate tech firms and data brokers over Safe Harbor violations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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A protest in Ferguson, Missouri that escalated into a violent siege by anti-riot troops was another illustration of how valuable a citizen-powered form of media using Twitter and other social platforms can be, especially as a check on administrative power Crowd-powered journalism becomes crucial when traditional media is unwilling or unable originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Fon hopes to expand beyond its residential hotspots into coffee shops, retail stores and dentist offices across the world. It's launching a new beta program and Fonera router for businesses starting today. Fon begins beta testing a business Wi-Fi network originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Unable to use an off-the-shelf product, one man built a custom, connected audiobook reader for his 93-year old, nearly blind grandfather. It's a perfect example of the personalized, hackable electronic product age we're entering. Using a Raspberry Pi, RFID tags, man builds audiobook player for his nearly blind grandfather originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Details aren’t yet available on the reason, but Motorola will hold a press event in Chicago on September 4. If I had to guess, the Moto 360 running Android Wear is a sure bet to debut as the company previously said the smartwatch would arrive this summer. It’s […] Motorola plans September 4 press event: Moto 360 and Moto X+1 likely on the way originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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