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Shazam for birds? Shazam for birds

gigaom.com — Ever wonder what kind of bird is outside your window singing its sweet songs? A new Kickstarter is seeking to raise £50,000 for an app that can identify a bird by listening to its chirps.

Facebook’s secret newsfeed experiments affected voter turnout in the 2012 election

gigaom.com — As many users know by now, Facebook routinely experiments with the structure of the newsfeed - that is, which updates its ranking algorithm highlights and which it down-votes or hides completely.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @mathewi: Facebook secretly tweaked the newsfeeds of almost 2 million users and affected voter turnout in the 2012 election: gigaom.com/2014/10/31/fac…

Oct 31, 2014

Facebook secretly tweaked the newsfeeds of almost 2 million users and affected voter turnout in the 2012 election: gigaom.com/2014/10/31/fac…

Oct 31, 2014

Facebook experiments affected voter turnout in 2012: ift.tt/1udoMyx Well, that's terrifying.

Oct 31, 2014

"Facebook’s secret newsfeed experiments affected voter turnout in the 2012 election" ift.tt/1udoMyx

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Virgin Galactic’s space plane destroyed after ‘in-flight anomaly’

gigaom.com — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two experienced a "in-flight anomaly" during a test flight today. Two pilots were onboard the plane, and there are unconfirmed reports that one is dead. #SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming. - Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014 [...]
Oct 31, 2014

RT @gigaom: Virgin Galactic CEO: "Space is hard and today was a tough day." Confirmed 1 pilot dead, 1 injured from #SpaceShipTwo: bit.ly/1sSzUd3

Oct 31, 2014

Mojave Spaceport CEO says space is hard, but worth it. “It’s a cause far greater than any one of us singularly.” gigaom.com/2014/10/31/vir…

Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic pilots in crash employed by Scaled Composites. Spaceport CEO believes he did not see an explosion. gigaom.com/2014/10/31/vir…

Oct 31, 2014

This is terrible: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane crashes with 2 pilots on board gigaom.com/2014/10/31/vir… via @gigaom

Oct 31, 2014

I'm continuously updating my story on the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash: gigaom.com/2014/10/31/vir…

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First look at the Microsoft Band: A health tracker on steroids

gigaom.com — I'm such a sucker for cross-platform devices and fitness trackers. So of course, I ran out to my local Microsoft Store last night and dropped $199 for a Microsoft Band.

First Look finds the hard part isn’t the journalism, it’s reinventing how a newsroom works

gigaom.com — The Intercept - a magazine that is part of Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media - has written a piece about the departure of Matt Taibbi, who was supposed to be running another of First Look's magazines, and the glimpse inside the company is not a pretty one
Oct 31, 2014

Thanks :-) MT @stevebuttry: I don't have to blog about Taibbi & @firstlook because @mathewi said what I wanted to: gigaom.com/2014/10/30/fir…

Oct 31, 2014

Yep: First Look finds the hard part isn’t the journalism, it’s reinventing how a newsroom works gigaom.com/2014/10/30/fir… via @gigaom

Oct 31, 2014

RT @mathewi: First Look finds the hard part isn’t the journalism, it’s reinventing how a newsroom works: ow.ly/DASbD

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In the name of accuracy, Google retools its Flu Trends model

gigaom.com — Google has developed a new model for its Flu Trends tool that attempts to predict the intensity of flu season across the world based on the number of searches for certain flu-related terms. Launched in 2009, the original Flu Trends model has performed pretty well, but over-predictions (sometimes significant) over the past couple years have led to a spate of criticism over Google's methodology.
Oct 31, 2014

In the name of accuracy, Google retools its Flu Trends model gigaom.com/2014/10/31/in-… < Now includes CDC data, as well.

Salesforce opens first European data center in UK

gigaom.com — Salesforce has taken the wraps off its first EU-sited data center in Slough, England, little more than a week after Amazon opened up its second European facility in Frankfurt. The cloud-centric CRM giant will also open a further two data centers in France and Germany next year, with all three being powered by renewable energy...

New Docker release helps users avoid the Poodle bug

gigaom.com — If you already loaded up Docker 1.3, which came out a few weeks ago, Docker wants you to update to Docker 1.3.1 so as to avoid the Poodle bug, the company detailed in a security advisory on Thursday.

A clue to Pinterest’s growth plan can be found in the company’s new profile page design

gigaom.com — Yesterday Pinterest unveiled its first big profile page redesign in two years. Naturally, because Pinterest is seen as far less sexy than its social counterparts, the news didn't unleash a thinkpiece-storm like those that accompany Twitter or Facebook profile changes. But the redesign is worth noting, mostly because of what it signifies about Pinterest's current priorities: namely, international expansion.
Oct 31, 2014

@carmeldea reports a clue to Pinterest’s growth plan can be found in the company’s new profile page design gigaom.com/2014/10/31/a-c…

You can expect the next Amazon Fire Phone to be less expensive

gigaom.com — Amazon's first phone hasn't exactly been a runaway success - and Amazon's blaming its pricing. In an interview with Fortune, Amazon SVP of devices David Limp said that Amazon "didn't get the price right." When the Fire Phone debuted, it cost essentially the same as an iPhone: $200 on a 2-year AT&T contract, odd for a...
Oct 31, 2014

You can expect the next Amazon Fire Phone to be less expensive via @gigaom ow.ly/DCR9j

Game face: how teens use mobile game videos to reinvent Machinima

gigaom.com — When I first heard about Kamcord and other services that allow players of mobile games to record and share their game-play, I assumed that this was primarily about gamers showing off their skills, boasting how fast they can complete certain levels and explaining tricks to master challenges that others get stuck on.
Oct 31, 2014

Game face: how teens use mobile game videos to reinvent Machinima gigaom.com/2014/10/31/gam… via @gigaom

After Redbox Instant shutdown, Verizon is shouldering the majority of costs

gigaom.com — Redbox Instant by Verizon, the streaming service that at one point aimed to take on Netflix, shut down earlier this month, but the financial implications of that closure only became obvious this week - and it looks as if Verizon got the raw end of the deal.
Oct 31, 2014

After Redbox Instant shutdown, Verizon is shouldering the majority of costs gigaom.com/2014/10/31/aft… via @gigaom

Just how big is Amazon Web Services’ lead? It depends on whom you ask

gigaom.com — It's uncontested that Amazon's cloud is by far the biggest. Details beyond that, however, are mighty scarce. None of the major cloud providers - Amazon or its chief public cloud rivals Microsoft and Google - are particularly transparent when it comes to the revenues and profits they derive from cloud, the number of servers they host, or anything at all, really.
Oct 31, 2014

Just how big is Amazon Web Services' lead? It depends on whom you ask, but it is B-I-G. #AWS gigaom.com/2014/10/31/jus… via @gigaom

Oct 31, 2014

Just how big is Amazon Web Services' lead? It depends on whom you ask gigaom.com/2014/10/31/jus… via @gigaom

IBM SoftLayer to build Chinese cloud presence with help from Tencent

gigaom.com — The great race by U.S. cloud companies to capture part of the huge Chinese market continued with today's news that IBM is working with Tencent Cloud to provide cloud infrastructure and software-as-a-service capabilities for business verticals in China. IBM SoftLayer opened a data center in Hong Kong in June.
Oct 31, 2014

oops. Updated to correct my mistake. I assumed softlayer was part of this deal: IBM partners withTencent gigaom.com/2014/10/31/ibm… via @gigaom

Sprint expands its iPhone 6 rental program to the Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport

gigaom.com — The monthly leasing program that Sprint debuted with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped give Sprint its most successful iPhone launch in history, according Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure. So Sprint is trying to extend that momentum to the Android line, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport.
Oct 31, 2014

Sprint expands its iPhone 6 rental program to the Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport gigaom.com/2014/10/31/spr… via @gigaom

Pirate Bay Founders Found Guilty: One Year Jail Sentence, Likely To Appeal

gigaom.com — A Swedish court has found the four men behind the infamous Swedish BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay guilty of assisting copyright infringement. Each has been sentenced to one year in jail. Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (pictured), Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and millionaire donor Carl Lundström must pay SEK 30 million (£2.41 million) in damages.
Oct 31, 2014

Sometimes you read stories (re: last RT) and get a real sense of deja vu - c.f. bit.ly/1s0m21b

Facebook becomes directly available through Tor’s anonymity network

gigaom.com — Facebook has made it possible to access the social network without disclosing your true location, by allowing access through Tor's anonymity-focused browser. Tor sometimes comes up against the security mechanisms of sites - such as Facebook and banking sites - that its users are trying to visit.
Oct 31, 2014

Facebook becomes directly accessible through Tor's anonymity network gigaom.com/2014/10/31/fac…

Why Twitter doesn’t care what your real name is

gigaom.com — Why does Twitter allow users to have pseudonyms, while Google and Facebook require real names? Because Twitter realizes it can provide plenty of value for both users and advertisers without having to know your real name. On the social web, it's all about reputation and influence.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @wexler: Spooky Halloween names are the best, and possible because Twitter doesn’t have a real name policy. gigaom.com/2011/09/16/why…

Joyent gets $15M in funding and tries to jump on the container bandwagon

gigaom.com — Cloud provider Joyent said Friday that it landed a $15 million funding round and is now emphasizing the use of container technology within its cloud infrastructure. The latest investment round brings the company's total funding to $135 million.
Oct 31, 2014

Joyent gets $15M in funding and tries to jump on the container bandwagon gigaom.com/2014/10/31/joy… via @gigaom