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At the 11th hour Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans

gigaom.com — Today was supposed the day that Verizon's new "network optimization" policy went into effect. Verizon's heaviest data users on grandfathered unlimited plans faced the possibility of having their speeds throttled down to make room on the LTE network for customers who paid for data by the gigabyte.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @tomkrazit: This is interesting: At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans gigaom.com/2014/10/01/at-…

Oct 01, 2014

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Oct 01, 2014

This is interesting: At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans gigaom.com/2014/10/01/at-…

Oct 01, 2014

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Twitter gives MIT $10M and access to the firehose to build a Laboratory for Social Machines

gigaom.com — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on Wednesday that it is launching a new "laboratory for social machines" to look at the impact that social media of all kinds has on society, and said the new lab will be funded by a $10-million donation from Twitter over the next five years.
Oct 01, 2014

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Oct 01, 2014

RT @mathewi: This new MIT "laboratory for social machines" Twitter is funding with $10M over 5 years sounds pretty interesting: gigaom.com/2014/10/01/twi…

Oct 01, 2014

It's being run by former Bluefin Labs founder @dkroy and will have access to the Twitter firehose + entire archive: gigaom.com/2014/10/01/twi…

Oct 01, 2014

This new MIT "laboratory for social machines" Twitter is funding with $10M over 5 years sounds pretty interesting: gigaom.com/2014/10/01/twi…

Oct 01, 2014

RT @mathewi: New: "Twitter gives MIT $10M and access to the firehose to build a Laboratory for Social Machines" gigaom.com/2014/10/01/twi…

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To combat fragmentation, ARM built a new type of OS for the internet of things

gigaom.com — ARM may be a chip design firm, but like its rival Intel, it also spends a lot of time and money on building software. And to help cement its growing prominence in the world of battery-powered connected devices, ARM has designed a new operating system by adding more capabilities to its mBed software development platform.
Oct 01, 2014

Arm's mbed OS needs 64kb of RAM & 256kb drive gigaom.com/2014/10/01/to-… OS for microcontrollers in an Internet of Things. HT @gigastacey. #IoT

Oct 01, 2014

RT @gigastacey: To combat fragmentation, ARM built a new type of OS for the internet of things gigaom.com/2014/10/01/to-… via @gigaom

Oct 01, 2014

To combat fragmentation, ARM built a new type of OS for the internet of things gigaom.com/2014/10/01/to-… via @gigaom

New York Times needs to rethink its strategy - untargeted mini paywalls aren’t the answer

gigaom.com — The New York Times announced on Wednesday morning that the paper is cutting 100 newsroom jobs - about 7.5 percent of the current editorial headcount - and is also killing its NYT Opinion app, just six months after it launched. On top of that, the uptake for the paper's NYT Now app appears to be underwhelming.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @mathewi: The NYT's apps are like untargeted mini paywalls -- they were built to serve the paper's needs, not users' needs: gigaom.com/2014/10/01/new…

Oct 01, 2014

The NYT's apps are like untargeted mini paywalls -- they were built to serve the paper's needs, not users' needs: gigaom.com/2014/10/01/new…

Oct 01, 2014

"Gigaom: The New York Times needs to rethink its strategy — untargeted mini paywalls aren’t the answer" ift.tt/1v5oV2X

Oct 01, 2014

In a nutshell, I think the NYT needs to monetize relationships, not content and delivery platforms: gigaom.com/2014/10/01/new…

Oct 01, 2014

New from me: "The New York Times needs to rethink its strategy -- untargeted mini paywalls aren't the answer" gigaom.com/2014/10/01/new…

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer apologizes to the LGBTQ community in a Facebook post

gigaom.com — Chris Cox, Facebook's Chief Product Officer, has offered his apologies to the LGBTQ community for how the company handled the crackdown on "fake" names. Those identifying as LGBTQ were disproportionately affected because many of them use names that aren't their legal name, either to protect themselves from harassment or because they identify with a different name than they were given at birth.
Oct 01, 2014

Facebook's Chief Product Officer apologies to the #LGBTQ community for botched enforcement of the real name policy gigaom.com/2014/10/01/fac…

Oct 01, 2014

“I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens” is a great way to start a blog post bit.ly/1qWfYVE

Kickstarter’s founder launches crowdfunding site for charities

gigaom.com — Kickstarter's creator, Perry Chen, wants to tackle a new problem: Fundraising for non-profits. He's doing what he does best and starting a crowdfunding service called Dollar a Day. A new organization is featured on an email newsletter daily, and people who become donors give - spoiler alert - a dollar a day to each program.

Lost and found tracker Tile gains $13M and plans Android support

gigaom.com — Tile, one of many companies offering bluetooth tracking tags to stick on your stuff, is disclosing how much funding it has raised as it plans to expand both to the Android platform and to international markets. CEO Nick Evans, explained on a call that the almost two-year-old company has now shipped about 300,000 Tiles, and is ready to rapidly grow.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @gigastacey: Lost and found tracker Tile gains $13M and plans Android support gigaom.com/2014/10/01/los… via @gigaom

Oct 01, 2014

Lost and found tracker Tile gains $13M and plans Android support gigaom.com/2014/10/01/los… via @gigaom

Comcast launches cloud DVR in San Francisco, lays foundation for a set-top box-free future

gigaom.com — Comcast customers in the San Francisco Bay Area can now stream their DVR recordings to their iOS or Android devices, no matter where they are. The Sling-like feature requires one of the company's newer X1 set-top boxes - for now. Under the hood, it's already powered by Comcast's cloud DVR, which could eventually make set-top boxes obsolete altogether.
Oct 01, 2014

Bet regulators would be more amenable to #ComcastTWC if we could get cloud-based DVR in DC: gigaom.com/2014/09/30/com… #jk h/t: @amir

Oct 01, 2014

Goodbye arbitrary equipment fees, hello arbitrary cloud DVR fees - gigaom.com/2014/09/30/com…

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Thingful upgrades its search engine for the internet of things

gigaom.com — Thingful, a startup out of the U.K., aims to build a search engine for the internet of things, and it has upgraded its beta effort with some new features. The site allows people to find connected devices, from shark monitors to Raspberry Pis, based on the object and where it is located.
Oct 01, 2014

Thingful upgrades its search engine for the internet of things gigaom.com/2014/10/01/thi… via @gigaom

As Apple’s HealthKit arrives, Clear Sky Apps links its exercise apps together

gigaom.com — Now that Apple's Health app is aggregating data, it shouldn't surprise you to see other quantified-self apps start to work better together. Take the suite of titles from Clear Sky Apps, for example: There are more than a dozen unique and specific health-related apps that will now link together for a better overall health picture.

For the next tech breakthrough, look to creative pairs

gigaom.com — Rocket scientist and aerospace engineer Dava Newman designs space suits that could one day help astronauts walk around on Mars. On a stage at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in sunny Marin County, California on Tuesday, Newman showed the attendees of Wired Magazine's design conference her latest suit designs and engineering innovations for creating a pressurized planetary atmosphere inside a sleek-looking cat suit.

Your move, AWS and Microsoft: Google’s cutting basic cloud compute prices 10 percent

gigaom.com — Once more into the fray: Google is cutting price on Google Compute Engine instances by about 10 percent across regions and all types. Google SVP Urs Hölzle disclosed the cuts, effective immediately, Wednesday during Atmosphere Live, but don't expect that to be the end of it: Given past history, expect Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to react with cuts of their own.
Oct 01, 2014

Your move, #AWS and #Microsoft Azure: #Google is cutting basic cloud compute prices 10 percent #gce gigaom.com/2014/10/01/goo… via @gigaom

Chrome Show: Low-cost Windows laptops v. Chromebooks

gigaom.com — The Chromebook-killers are almost here: This week HP introduced a pair of low-cost laptops that run Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing. From a hardware perspective, they're similar to Chromebooks. And Microsoft is wisely bundling some items that add value to the computers, which start at $199.
Oct 01, 2014

Here's the latest Chrome Show: Low-cost Windows laptops v. Chromebooks gigaom.com/2014/10/01/chr… via @gigaom

Report: Roku had $190 million in revenue last year

gigaom.com — Roku generated $190 million in revenue in 2013, according to a report from The Information, which got Roku CEO Anthony Wood to reveal some of the company's numbers. Wood also told The Information that Roku plans to make more money with services than through hardware sales within the next 12 to 18 months.

FCC dangles $45 billion in front of TV stations, hoping to jump-start next year’s wireless auction

gigaom.com — The Federal Communications Commission is trying to convince local TV stations across the country that giving up their broadcast airwaves is in their own best interests. Today it supplied with those broadcasters with what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hopes is a more persuasive argument: $45 billion.
Oct 01, 2014

FCC dangles $45 billion in front of TV stations, hoping to jump-start next year's wireless auction gigaom.com/2014/10/01/fcc… via @gigaom

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