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After launching last year with Google's Android software, Samsung's first smartwatch is switching to Tizen. An official software update makes the change which brings new funcations and doubles the amount of apps available to Galaxy Gear owners. So long, Android: Samsung brings Tizen update to Galaxy Gear smartwatch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Verizon's lackluster growth rebounded in the second quarter as the company added new phone customers. But as in previous quarters, most of its 1.4 million new connections came from connected tablets. Verizon’s mobile growth engine revs back up, fueled by the tablet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Xiaomi, a quickly growing Chinese smartphone company, announced its first LTE handset and a fitness band at a glitzy event in Beijing. Red-hot Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announces an LTE phone and a $13 fitness bracelet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The Italian data protection regulator is the latest to crack down on Google's unified privacy policy, giving the company 18 months to institute serious changes to its data-handling methods. Google could face criminal proceedings in Italy if it doesn’t clean up its act on privacy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and so did the $299 Acer Chromebook C720P. The latest Stable channel software update adds support for pinch-to-zoom in Chrome OS. That means any touchscreen Chromebook now has the feature. Previously, pinch-to-zoom was available on developer […] At long last, touchscreen Chromebooks gain pinch-to-zoom support originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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GE's got a new idea for how to make a key part for a lower cost fuel cell, and its using a new business model to launch it commercially. GE’s got a new in-house fuel cell startup originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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University of Maryland researchers used a laser to create tubes of air that resemble fiber optic cables, negating the need for laying traditional infrastructure. They are working on increasing the range they can send a signal to 150 feet. Making optical cables out of air could boost communication in space originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Nvidia's new tablet can output console-level graphics, thanks to its 192-core Tegra K1 chip. But it also represents a solid tablet option for non-gamers. The Nvidia Shield is a high-powered tablet optimized for gaming originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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When the AWS #cloudfather speaks, everyone listens. At the way-past-sold-out AWS NYC Summit, Amazon’s CTO Werner Volgels put a new spotlight on logs and log file management. If Amazon is interested in aggregating logs to extract insights and solve operational issues, you should be interested too. Werner Vogels, AWS #cloudfather bets on the importance of log management originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year's initial production run of iPhone 5s and 5c phones was in the 50 to 60 million range, Apple wants nearly 80 million bigger iPhones. It’s not just iPhone 6 screens that will be bigger: Reported initial production will be, too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Faced with a stubborn activist investor group, EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci may have a big fight on his hands. EMC, with Elliott Management at the door, braces for a showdown originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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San Francisco startup says it is building a community and a data-driven service to help IT pros find the products then need -- along with reviews, discussions, support forums -- to inform their choice. Peerlyst nets $3M to build out social net and application for IT pros originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Tom Watson and David Davis are teaming up with Liberty to launch a legal challenge against the data retention law, which was barely debated but which allows the UK authorities to monitor all kinds of web services. British MPs to sue government over fast-tracked DRIP surveillance law originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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OpenNebula's new "Lemon Slice" beta makes it possible to chuck VMs from OpenNebula infrastructure into more public clouds as needed. OpenNebula gets Azure and Softlayer integration with new plug-ins originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Big Switch, a company that has shifted from building a controller for software defined networks to building an OS to run atop bare metal switches, is trying to make enterprise networks run like webscale networks. Big Switch wants to capitalize on networking’s big switch. Can it? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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In a significant upset for the European publishing industry, the Amsterdam district court has refused to order the closure of secondhand ebook store Tom Kabinet, saying EU law isn't clear enough on digital media resale rights to take that step. Secondhand ebook store Tom Kabinet can stay online, Dutch court rules originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The internet of things is primarily about deriving value from data, but we need to have mroe conversations about how that data is shared. Today we talk to the CEO of Truste about IoT and privacy. You are being tracked in the real world, so what should we do about it? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Solutions in the application performance management market is deriving meaningful intelligence directly from the apps they monitor, intelligence that businesses can turn into actionable results that better serve customers and improve business performance. How to build a business-driven infrastructure for the software-defined enterprise originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Two former Bechtel executives have build code that links devices across protocols and platforms to let them communicate. They want to turn that code into a real business. Octoblu launches to make Skynet internet of things tools professional grade originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Competing Chicago VCs are funding different parking reservation startups are they try to lock down the market for online spot bookings in different cities. ParkWhiz raises $10M as more VC cash flows to parking spot-booking startups originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The atom-thick material, which scientists believe to be stronger than graphene, is notoriously difficult to make. A new paper out of Rice University gives one more reason to take an interest in it. Stretching super-strong carbyne makes it useful for electronics originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Tesla factory robots, courtesy of Tesla. Electric car maker Tesla Motors has temporarily idled production at its factory in Fremont, California, reports the San Jose Mercury News. It will use the almost two week downtime to increase production of its Model S sedan car, and to make way for manufacturing of its upcoming Model X, crossover SUV, minivan. Tesla plans to deliver 35,000 Model S cars this year, with a goal of 1,000 per week and the first Model X cars will  be delivered in early 2015. Production will resume on August 4.Related research and analysis from Gigaom Research:Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.What the next business model for EVs might look likeA 2011 Green IT Forecast

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Data science expert Hilary Mason today launched Fast Forward Labs, an independent data technology research lab that is essentially a consulting service to organizations interested in learning how the latest advancements in big data can help them. For Mason, while there are plenty of interesting things happening in tech these days, a lot of current research has been fragmented in various communities that may not interact with each other, such as the hacker communities and academia. Fast Forward Labs will supposedly be the missing link that can unify these disparate forms of research for companies that may have heard about a particular new trend or development, but don’t have the expertise needed to actually gain something from them. Customers of the New York-based Fast Forward Labs will be able to sign up to receive customized research reports on areas of emerging technology — delivered every one to three months — that the four-person research team at Fast Forward Labs deem worthy of attention and could be applicable to a company’s business objectives. For example, the startup’s first research project tackles natural language generation algorithms, a technology that the enterprise really hasn’t tapped into, Mason said. While natural language generation algorithms have been explored in academic papers, she said that their use in the mainstream has really only involved companies that have been using them to generate automated news articles. “The report subscription is a mechanism to make [clients] aware of the stuff we know,” Mason said. “They can use the research subscription as a mechanism to find the really great business and market opportunities that might go unrecognized.” Mason is no stranger to the world of data analytics, having spent roughly four years as a chief scientist and scientist emeritus at Bit.ly, which she left last summer to become the first data scientist in residence at venture capital firm Accel Partners. She will still be working with Accel on mentoring and advising companies within the fund’s portfolio, but she said that will be strictly a part-time commitment. Here’s a clip of Mason at this year’s Structure Data conference where she joined a panel of speakers and discussed trends in big data that cause investors to take notice. Related research and analysis from Gigaom Research:Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.How to find the right data-protection solution in the cloud eraWhat to know when choosing database as a serviceHow banks use big data to manage human risks

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Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality startup Oculus is now final, the company announced Monday. Facebook announced the purchase for $1.6 billion in stock and $400 million in cash in March. “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate,” the two companies wrote in a statement.Related research and analysis from Gigaom Research:Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.What mattered in mobile during the second quarter of 2014How to build brand engagement through in-app communicationHow the customer experience can help businesses build applications

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Netflix ended the second quarter with a total of 50.05 million subscribers worldwide, up from 37.56 million in Q2 of 2013. The company added 570,000 subscribers in the U.S. last quarter, compared to 630,000 in Q2 of 2013. It now has 36.24 million subscribers in the U.S., up from 29.81 million in Q2 of 2013. But the bigger growth story was once again international for Netflix: The company added 1.12 million subscribers in its international markets, compared to 610,000 a year ago, and now has 13.80 million subscribers abroad, up from 7.75 million a year ago. On the financial front, Netflix ended the quarter with $1.34 billion in revenue from all parts of its business, including the slowly-fading DVD business. In Q2 of 2013, it generated $889 million in revenue. Net income was also up, to the tune of $71 million, compared to $29 million in Q2 of 2013. But the quarter everyone really was looking to as a comparison was the third quarter of 2011. Back in summer of 2011, Netflix announced that it was splitting its DVD and streaming business, effectively doubling the price for members who were using both. The result was a disastrous quarter. For the first time in its history, Netflix lost subscribers (810,000, to be exact), which was followed by further bad news in the following quarters. So why is this relevant today? Because Netflix announced its first price increase since the 2011 debacle with its last earnings in April. This time around, the company grandfathered existing subscribers into the old price, reducing the risk of mass cancellations. However, the fact that the company also saw 1.69 million new subscribers across its domestic and international markets also shows that the moderate price increase — new members pay $9 instead of $8 per month for the company’s most popular plan — didn’t really discourage many to sign up. Or as CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells put it in their earnings letter to shareholders: “There was minimal impact on membership growth from this price change. “ Other highlights from the shareholder letter, which the company frequently uses to announce new initiatives: Netflix will introduce in-store gift cards in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Germany later this fall. This should help the company reach consumers without access to credit cards. The decline of Netflix’s DVD business is actually slowing: The company still has 6.3 million DVD subscribers. 391,000 cancelled their DVD subscription this quarter; in Q2 of 2013, 475,000 members said goodbye to the physical disc. Related research and analysis from Gigaom Research:Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.Connected-consumer second-quarter 2014: analysis and outlookA market analysis of emerging technology interfacesHow the PaaS market is moving beyond deployment and scaling

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