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Online privacy will still be a mess a decade from now, experts say

gigaom.com — The shifting sands of online privacy are not going to solidify any time soon, judging by the responses to a recent survey of technology experts, internet pioneers and prominent sociologists done by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
Dec 18, 2014

"Everyone will expect to be tracked and monitored" did the Google guy really say this? gigaom.com/2014/12/18/onl…

Dec 18, 2014

Privacy will be a luxury for the wealthy and other thoughts on future of privacy gigaom.com/2014/12/18/onl…

Dec 18, 2014

Worried about online privacy? The situation's not likely to get better anytime soon, experts predict. gigaom.com/2014/12/18/onl…

Dec 18, 2014

Hal Varian, Google chief economist: "By 2025, the current debate about privacy will seem quaint and old-fashioned" gigaom.com/2014/12/18/onl…

Dec 18, 2014

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Ringly: Bling for ladies who never hear their phones ring

gigaom.com — For anyone who has ever missed a phone call because her phone is buried in her bag, or who is sick of checking for texts at the table, Ringly is for you. The connected jewelry combines fashion and technology in a statement ring that costs between $195 and $260 and will let you get your...

Macmillan, too, returns to agency pricing with Amazon

gigaom.com — Book publisher Macmillan, like Simon & Schuster and Hachette before it, has signed a new contract with Amazon and will return to agency pricing on its ebooks starting in 2015. In a public letter to authors and agents, Macmillan CEO John Sargent also said Amazon's dominance in the ebook marketplace is a problem and that...
Dec 18, 2014

Not a win for consumers - Macmillan, too, returns to “agency” ebook pricing with Amazon gigaom.com/2014/12/18/mac…

Dec 18, 2014

Macmillan is back to agency pricing with Amazon, but will test ebook subscriptions bc Amazon is too dominant gigaom.com/2014/12/18/mac…

Microsoft sues fake tech support service, warns of holiday scams

gigaom.com — Microsoft filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a bogus tech support service that allegedly used the company's name to persuade victims, many of them seniors, to pay hundreds of dollars for worthless advice or even viruses. According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles, an outfit doing business under names like OmniTech Support and TechSupport Pro tricked...

There’s more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter

gigaom.com — The Nieman Journalism Lab has been posting a number of great forecasts - both serious and funny - for the future of media in 2015, and I encourage you to read them all.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @mathewi: Some thoughts on a piece @moorehn wrote: "There's more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter" gigaom.com/2014/12/17/the…

Dec 18, 2014

There’s more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter -- zite.to/13zNuxH

Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

RT @mathewi: Some thoughts on a piece @moorehn wrote: "There's more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter" gigaom.com/2014/12/17/the…

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It’s all Docker, containers and the cloud on the Structure Show

gigaom.com — It's safe to say that Docker has had a momentous year with the container-management startup gaining a lot of developer interest and scoring a lot of support from big tech companies like Amazon, Google, VMware and Microsoft. Docker CEO Ben Golub came on to the Structure Show this week to talk about Docker's year and what...
Dec 18, 2014

STRUCTURE SHOW! It's all Docker, containers and the cloud on the Structure Show gigaom.com/2014/12/18/its… via @gigaom

AI startup Expect Labs raises $13M as voice search API takes off

gigaom.com — There's more to speech recognition apps than Siri, Cortana or Google voice search, and a San Francisco startup called Expect Labs aims to prove it. On Thursday, the company announced it has raised a $13 million series A round of venture capital led by IDG Ventures and USAA, with participation from strategic investors including Samsung,...
Dec 18, 2014

AI startup Expect Labs raises $13M as voice search API takes off gigaom.com/2014/12/18/ai-… < Voice looks like a better UI every day

Secret tries to save itself by imitating Yik Yak

gigaom.com — Secret's "dramatic" app update (which I foreshadowed earlier this month) has arrived. The Verge has published an in-depth look at the confessional app's attempt to relaunch itself after user downloads and app engagement plummeted. Secret now looks and operates a whole lot more like its rising competitor Yik Yak.
Dec 18, 2014

Sounds awesome RT @bizcarson: . Secret re-launch: "It's like YouTube comments...in real-time...but with no context" gigaom.com/2014/12/18/sec…

US Cellular gets into the connected home biz

gigaom.com — Regional mobile carrier US Cellular announced a new home automation and security service called OnLook, which looks to be aimed squarely at AT&T's Digital Life and other smart-home-in-a-box services.s US Cellular is partnering with Alarm.com, a company that - more than its name implies - specializes in smart home management over cellular networks, to offer...

Here’s why email newsletters can be so powerful - and valuable

gigaom.com — In a world of virtual-reality headsets and Google Glass and responsive mobile websites, an email newsletter seems like the most antiquated technology since the buggy whip. It's just words on a page! And don't people hate email and want to kill it?
Dec 18, 2014

Here's why email newsletters can be so powerful - and valuable gigaom.com/2014/12/17/her… via @gigaom

Dec 17, 2014

Here's why email newsletters can be so powerful - and valuable gigaom.com/2014/12/17/her…

Dec 17, 2014

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Iliad’s Xavier Niel buys Orange Switzerland, growing his empire

gigaom.com — French telecom tycoon Xavier Niel may have seen his offers for T-Mobile US rebuffed, but it looks like he's going to get his hands on a mobile carrier after all. Niel's private holding company NJJ Capital is buying Orange Switzerland for €2.3 billion (U.S. $2.8 billion) and expects to close the deal in the first...
Dec 18, 2014

Iliad’s Xavier Niel buys Orange Switzerland, growing his empire gigaom.com/2014/12/18/ili… via @gigaom

Former cloud pariah Oracle claims stronger cloud sales

gigaom.com — Oracle, which ramped up its cloud marketing and product rollouts over the past year, touted some encouraging signs for that business in its second quarter, ending November 30. Revenue from cloud products - which fall into what the Wall Street Journal called a "catchall category" - was up 45 percent year over year to $516 million.

Microsoft axes its EU browser choice mechanism after five years

gigaom.com — Five years ago, Microsoft began offering a choice of browsers to European customers who were booting up a copy of Windows for the first time. It started doing so in order to settle an antitrust case with the European Commission and avoid a hefty fine. That commitment - which wasn't entirely consistent in sticking to...
Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft axes its EU browser choice mechanism after five years gigaom.com/2014/12/18/mic… #antitrust

Patent request shows Touch ID could learn a few new unlock tricks

gigaom.com — The Touch ID fingerprint sensor already securely unlocks iPhones and iPads. Can it be any more secure though? Yes, based on a patent application submitted by Apple in June, 2013 and spotted Thursday by AppleInsider. There's no guarantee will implement what it describes in the patent, but if it does, the Touch ID will add a...
Dec 18, 2014

RT @gigaom: Patent request shows Touch ID could learn a few new unlock tricks gigaom.com/2014/12/18/pat… by @KevinCTofel

Big-data-based food startup Hampton Creek raises $90M

gigaom.com — Hampton Creek, a San Francisco startup that uses advanced data analysis to develop eco-conscious, egg-free food products, has raised a $90 million series C round of venture from a collection of big-name investors. Horizons Ventures and Khosla Ventures led the round, with participation from Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, and DeepMind founders Mustafa Suleyman and Demis Hassabis, among others.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @clareangelaryan: See them at Structure Data! Big-data-based food startup Hampton Creek raises $90M gigaom.com/2014/12/18/big… via @gigaom @derrickharris

Dec 18, 2014

Big-data-based food startup Hampton Creek raises $90M gigaom.com/2014/12/18/big… < Just Mayo, Just Cookies, just infused w/ capital

Baidu claims deep learning breakthrough with Deep Speech

gigaom.com — Chinese search engine giant Baidu says it has developed a speech recognition system, called Deep Speech, the likes of which have never been seen, especially in noisy environments. In restaurant settings and other loud places where other commercial speech recognition systems fail, Deep Speech proved accurate nearly 81 percent of the time.
Dec 18, 2014

Baidu claims deep learning breakthrough with Deep Speech gigaom.com/2014/12/18/bai… < @AndrewYNg explains how it approaches speech recognition

WunderBar sensor kit gets notifications app for broader appeal

gigaom.com — The open-source WunderBar kit is a distinctive attempt to get app developers to shift their attention to the internet of things. It takes the form of a chocolate bar, the individual pieces of which can be broken off, with each piece containing different sensor functionality, such as temperature and humidity, sound, light and proximity, and...
Dec 18, 2014

WunderBar sensor kit gets notifications app for broader appeal gigaom.com/2014/12/18/wun… #IoT

EU digital economy chief downplays “Google tax” reports

gigaom.com — Ever since Germany's Günther Oettinger became the new EU commissioner for the digital economy, with copyright reform as part of his brief, he has been making noises about getting Google to pay some kind of "levy" for using European "intellectual works". I and others have been interpreting this as a desire on Oettinger's part to...

External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move

gigaom.com — As expected, Google removed all Spanish publishers from its Google News index on Tuesday, which the company said it was forced to do as a result of a new law - a law that publishers themselves lobbied for - which requires anyone using even a short snippet of copyrighted content to pay a fee.
Dec 17, 2014

External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move (@mathewi via @GigaOm) ow.ly/G2Ptp #MustReads

Dec 17, 2014

Some good discussion going in the comments on my post about Google News dumping Spain from the index: gigaom.com/2014/12/16/tra…

Dec 17, 2014

So surprising #not - External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move ow.ly/G2MBB

Dec 17, 2014

Traffic to Spanish news sites drops 10 - 15 % after break with Google News. Frankly I'm surprised that is so low. gigaom.com/2014/12/16/tra…

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