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Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers

gigaom.com — Google often gets criticized by publishers for taking their content without asking them first, but the web giant has probably done more to experiment with alternative monetization options for content than any other media entity.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @km: Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers bit.ly/11zNkVd (via @nayafia)

Nov 20, 2014

In case you missed it earlier, Google just launched Google Contributor: Users can donate to sites and see no ads gigaom.com/2014/11/20/goo…

Nov 20, 2014

Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers buff.ly/1uYNT6L via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

Interesting. Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers zite.to/1uXUfDv

Nov 20, 2014

RT @NiemanLab: Google Contributor is a crowdfunding platform for publishers nie.mn/1xu91m9

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Deep learning might help you get an ultrasound at Walgreens

gigaom.com — Jonathan Rothberg, the founder and CEO of a startup called Butterfly Network, isn't one for taking small chances. He has already founded and sold multiple genomics startups over the past couple decades and, by his own account, helped make possible next-generation gene sequencing.
Nov 20, 2014

Deep learning might help you get an ultrasound at Walgreens gigaom.com/2014/11/20/dee… < A pretty cool combo of AI, cloud, chip & tablet tech

Nov 20, 2014

Deep learning might help you get an ultrasound at Walgreens gigaom.com/2014/11/20/dee… via @gigaom

Amazon quietly commits to 100% clean energy for AWS, but gives no details

gigaom.com — While some of the biggest internet companies in the world - like Google, Apple and Facebook - have been investing in clean energy to run their data centers, Amazon has mostly shied away from publicly committing to using energy like solar and wind for Amazon Web Services.
Nov 20, 2014

Amazon quietly commits to 100% clean energy for AWS, but gives no details gigaom.com/2014/11/20/ama… via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

Woulda covered this yesterday but Roadmap. Amazon quietly commits to 100% clean energy for AWS, but gives no details gigaom.com/2014/11/20/ama…

Net neutrality looks doomed in Europe before it even gets started

gigaom.com — Here come more leaks, and more reasons to suspect that the European Union is not going to get the hard-won net neutrality law it seemed likely to get just months ago.
Nov 20, 2014

Net neutrality looks doomed in Europe before it even gets started gigaom.com/2014/11/20/net… via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

Hey guys, something Oettinger said in the #dpaLiveChat was actually newsworthy in the context of this gigaom.com/2014/11/20/net… #netneutrality

Nov 20, 2014

Last week I was horrified by the idea of Juncker pulling the EU #netneutrality proposals. Now I see why he wants to. gigaom.com/2014/11/20/net…

Nov 20, 2014

Last week, I was horrified by the idea of Juncker pulling the EU net neutrality proposals. Now I see why he want to. gigaom.com/2014/11/20/net…

Leaked document suggests Uber wanted to “weaponize” taxi research

gigaom.com — The latest development in UberGate comes, once again, from BuzzFeed, which got hold of an internal Uber document that outlines an investigative plan. In this case, however, the target is not journalists but the taxi industry.
Nov 20, 2014

Leaked document suggests Uber wanted to "weaponize" taxi research gigaom.com/2014/11/20/lea… via @gigaom

Detekt tool aims to tell activists if their PCs are being spied on

gigaom.com — A coalition of human rights groups has released a tool called Detekt, for finding known spyware packages. It doesn't promise a 100 percent hit rate, but it's supposed to help journalists and activists see if their Windows PCs have been infected with the likes of FinFisher, which has been used everywhere from the U.K.
Nov 20, 2014

Detekt tool aims to tell activists if their PCs are being spied on gigaom.com/2014/11/20/det… via @gigaom

Apple ends patent war on Android, deal suggests

gigaom.com — Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google and Android phone makers, and to turn away from patent tactics that have cost the smartphone industry billions of dollars, according to reports and new court filings.
Nov 20, 2014

Patent folk: Rockstar-Google is bigger than it looks. Apple is not only ending Android war, but killing Rockstar too gigaom.com/2014/11/20/app…

The next generation of LTE chips are all about the upload

gigaom.com — This week Qualcomm unveiled its next generation LTE modem, which boasts another big theoretical boost in download speeds up to 450 Mbps. But in this announcement Qualcomm made special note of a feature that has long been ignored in 4G: upload speeds.

Mistletoe drones over your table: What could possibly go wrong?

gigaom.com — Hoping to promote some holiday cheer (and public canoodling) TGIF UK is testing the use of mistletoe-toting drones in one of its restaurants. Mistletoe-bedecked drones are hovering above and around diners at the Royal Exchange restaurant in Manchester, U.K., according to The Manchester Evening News and other outlets.
Nov 20, 2014

#Drones that can up your canoodling quotient. What WILL they think of next? gigaom.com/2014/11/20/mis… via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

#Drones !! Mistletoe-bedecked drones over your table: What could possibly go wrong? gigaom.com/2014/11/20/mis… via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

Mistletoe drones over your table: What could possibly go wrong? #TGIF gigaom.com/2014/11/20/mis… via @gigaom

Sheep farmer finds downed “Google Loon balloon” in South Africa

gigaom.com — When sheep farmer Urbanus Botha found a crashed balloon in the Karoo semi-desert in the north of South Africa, he initially thought it might be a weather balloon. However, according to a report in the Beeld newspaper, its "Google[x]" markings showed it be one of the Project Loon test balloons.
Nov 20, 2014

I would so read a novel that opens with a Google loon balloon crashing on a sheep farmer named Urbanus Botha. gigaom.com/2014/11/20/she…

Nov 20, 2014

Sheep farmer finds downed “Google Loon balloon” in South Africa gigaom.com/2014/11/20/she…

Washington Post launches news app just for Amazon Fire owners

gigaom.com — The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as of last August, rolled out a new "immersive news-reading" app Thursday - and it is only available to Amazon Fire owners for now. They will get free access to the app for six months.

Roadmap 2014 recap: Finding design’s place in tech

gigaom.com — There's no longer a question that design plays a key role in technology. It's now a Silicon Valley value, engrained alongside other mantras like "fail fast, break things" and "go big or go home." Design practices are respected, but the discipline itself hasn't fully matured.

Google appears poised to open an app store in China

gigaom.com — There are tens of millions of smartphones running Android in China, but very few use Google Play services, and almost none of them [THEM = PHONES?] have access to Google's app store. This has led to various Chinese platforms finding a foothold distributing apps and media on Google's operating system.

Yahoo is the new default search engine on Mozilla Firefox

gigaom.com — If you use Firefox as your main web browser, you might notice a change in your search bar this December: On Wednedsay, Mozilla announced a partnership with Yahoo. For the next five years, Yahoo will be the default search engine for Mozilla Firefox.
Nov 20, 2014

Wowser! Firefox dropping Google as preferred search engine is, as they say, a game-changer gigaom.com/2014/11/19/yah… #privacy #DNT

Nov 20, 2014

RT @dangillmor: Excellent: Yahoo will honor "do not track" in Firefox browsers as part of bundle deal: gigaom.com/2014/11/19/yah…

Nov 20, 2014

Excellent: Yahoo will honor "do not track" in Firefox browsers as part of bundle deal: gigaom.com/2014/11/19/yah…

Nov 19, 2014

Mozilla will now use Yahoo search engine (But who will use Mozilla or Yahoo?) gigaom.com/2014/11/19/yah…

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Rovi paid $12 million for Fan TV

gigaom.com — Rovi paid just $12 million for Fan TV, the TV discovery startup previously known as Fanhattan, according to a FCC filing (hat tip to Multichannel News). Fan TV introduced its own set-top box for TV Everywhere services in early 2013, but had troubles to strike partnerships with pay TV operators to actually bring it to...

Telefónica is putting its mobile networks to bed for the night

gigaom.com — Telefónica has tapped Israeli mobile infrastructure startup eVolution Networks to help it manage the power consumption of its mobile networks in Latin America. eVolution's software is putting portions of Telefónica's network to sleep when demand is low and the full capacity of its cell sites is unneeded.
Nov 20, 2014

Telefónica is putting its mobile networks to bed for the night gigaom.com/2014/11/20/tel… via @gigaom

UK seeks to shutter Russian site streaming video from webcams

gigaom.com — If you feel like someone's watching you, you're might be right. A mega peeping tom site out of Russia is collecting video and images from poorly secured web cams, closed-circuit TV cameras and even baby monitors around the world and is streaming the results.
Nov 20, 2014

UK seeks to shutter Russian site streaming video from webcams gigaom.com/2014/11/20/uk-… via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

if you're alone but feel like someone's watching you, you're probably right gigaom.com/2014/11/20/uk-… via @gigaom

Nov 20, 2014

UK seeks to shutter Russian site streaming video from webcams gigaom.com/2014/11/20/uk-… via @gigaom

For better or worse, this is how the media works now

gigaom.com — Every once in a while, I think it's worthwhile to step back and look at just how much the media landscape has changed in a relatively short time - and the latest example of that is the growing controversy over the behavior of some Uber executives, who appear to be threatening journalists and possibly using data on their customers in ways it was never intended to be used.
Nov 20, 2014

The Uber story: "For better or worse, this is how the media works now" gigaom.com/2014/11/19/for…

Nov 19, 2014

.@mathewi 's post on media evolution has me thinking about being a 'gatekeeper' (NYT era) or an 'aggregator' (now). gigaom.com/2014/11/19/for…

Nov 19, 2014

Some thoughts from me on the Uber story: "For better or worse, this is how the media works now" gigaom.com/2014/11/19/for…

Nov 19, 2014

Short version: Sources may go direct. But with more noise, more need for journos bit.ly/14NB5qf

Nov 19, 2014

Because I'm not sure MT @AnnaTarkov: Regarding this: bit.ly/11Drgtu Why do you skirt the issue of whether this is more good or bad?

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Five tech products that designers have fallen in love with

gigaom.com — Dentists are famous for not going to the dentist themselves. Designers are often on the opposite side of the spectrum and happily surround themselves with objects with great product design. Today, this doesn't just include consumer electronics and connected devices, but also websites, apps and services that boldly advance the design in their category.
Nov 20, 2014

Five tech products that designers have fallen in love with Great show #gigaomlive gigaom.com/2014/11/19/fiv… via @gigaom