09 May 2014

FCC Proposal is a Startup Killer

All major US tech companies oppose FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's Plan to Kill the Internet -- see letter to FCC here

Will an Internet Fast Lane Be an Innovation Dead End? | MIT Technology Review: "Some VCs say the FCC’s latest net neutrality proposal will raise costs for startups that need fast connections or use a lot of bandwidth.The cost of delivering content over the Internet may determine which Internet products and services succeed in coming years. Some venture capitalists at the cutting edge of Internet innovation say they will shun startups requiring fast connections for video, audio, or other services, mindful that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission may let ISPs charge extra fees to major content providers. Proposed rules being drafted by the FCC’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, would allow ISPs to charge content providers like Netflix to ensure speedy service, so long as those charges are “commercially reasonable.” The rules are scheduled to be released for public comment May 15..."

Intel Gets Serious About Chromebook | Mobile devices content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: "....Some of these devices won't ship until late in the summer. But that's still in time for back-to-school, and if Microsoft wasn't taking the Chromebook threat seriously before, I assume it's standing upright and paying attention now. With Intel entering the mix in a serious way, and with Google continuing to improve the core OS, the Chromebook value equation is starting to make more and more sense."

Motorola confirms 'Moto X+1' name | MobileSyrup.com: "The Moto X+1 is one of the upcoming devices Motorola is planning to release. This was rumoured in the past, but for some odd reason Motorola has posted this go-to-market name on MotoMaker in the States...."

Amazon's Cheap Ride With Delivery Companies Is Over, No Easy Fix In Sight
Forbes
The fundamental problem Amazon.com Amazon.com has to solve is “What are correct box sizes and distribution center locations for an almost infinite ...

Amazon expands Sunday delivery to 15 more cities
USA TODAY
Don't let the weekend get in the way of your next online package delivery. Amazon.com's Sunday delivery program is now available in 15 additional ...

Apple reveals US government data request guidelines
ZDNet
The guidelines are specifically for law enforcement or other government entities in the US to use when seeking data concerning Apple device users.

Microsoft's Smartwatch Patent: Fitness Focus
InformationWeek
Microsoft's long-rumored smartwatch concept finally appears in a patent, ... A Microsoftsmartwatch patent surfaced this week that suggests the ... Google recently unveiled Android Wear, a smartwatch-optimized version of the ... Apple is widely assumed to be planning a smartwatch, and it has reportedly ...

Despite Yahoo's Core Business Being Valued At Less Than Nothing Marissa Mayer Insists It's Very ...
Forbes
To which the correct response might well be “Well, she would wouldn't she?”. For that core business is the part of Yahoo Yahoo that Marissa Mayer is ...

Google, Amazon and other online giants warn FCC on net neutrality
PCWorld
More than 100 online firms including Google, Amazon and Facebook have signed a joint letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ...

Microsoft's Bing now searches, finds Xbox Music
PCWorld (blog)
Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that users can once again search for music ... (On Android, Google will pull up the song if you have it stored in your ...

Yahoo Eyes Big Bucks As Alibaba Files For IPO
Forbes
Yahoo! core business has failed to gain traction despite numerous website ... Alibaba's net income is more than the combined earnings of $2.4 billion posted during the same April-December period by eBay and Amazon last year.

Apple's North American Sales Head Leaving
Wall Street Journal (blog)
“Doug Beck has done a great job helping to grow Apple's business in Japan and Korea. His role is expanding to include North America sales as well,” ...

Google Ventures Leads $130M Round For Big Data Medical Software Company Flatiron Health
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google Ventures has made its largest medical software investment yet, providing the bulk of a $130 million financing for Flatiron Health Inc., which ...

Google Play services 4.4 | Android Developers Blog
By Android Developers
... Mobile Ads, and Wallet API. Here are the highlights of Google Play services release 4.4: ... Coming up in June is Google I/O, no need to say more…
Android Developers Blog

Chrome Releases: Chrome Beta for Android Update - Google Chrome Releases
By Jason Kersey
Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to 35.0.1916.99 and will be available in GooglePlay over the next few hours. This release contains ...
Google Chrome Releases

Google Blocks Demonoid for Spreading Malicious Software | TorrentFreak
By Andy
Google Blocks Demonoid for Spreading Malicious Software. By Andy ... Google'sadvisory reports that after checking 59 pages on the site during the past 90 days, 7 pages resulted in “malicious software being ...
TorrentFreak

Can Google Chromebooks Go Mainstream? | Technology | Minyanville's Wall Street
By Michael Comeau
It only shows that Amazon tech shoppers are early adopters. ... I see Chromebooks as a deadly threat to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows juggernaut. ... It would be ideal if Google flat-out said things like "you can use Facebook ...

Drones Overhead, Seeing Everything, Always: Inside Google and Facebook's Latest Acquisitions ...
By Peter Diamandis
Imagine a fleet of drones, overhead, out of sight, tens of thousands of feet in the sky. Imagine those drones being powered by sunlight — effectively ...
Singularity Hub

Yahoo News Digest has gone global - iDownloadBlog
By Christian Zibreg
Yahoo's News Digest iOS app isn't just gorgeous, it's a great time saver, too. For those unfamiliar with Digest, it uses Yahoo-owned Summly ...
iDownloadBlog.com

Apple's Official Weekly Top Games Chart: 4/28 - 5/4 - 'Blek', 'Piano Tiles', 'Minecraft' and '2048 ...
By Eli Hodapp
For whatever reason, Apple sent these top cumulative downloads charts a little late to us this week, so if you were looking for them on Tuesday, sorry ...
Touch Arcade

Buying Attribution: Google, AOL Acquisitions Raise Flags On Media Neutrality - AdExchanger
By Kelly Liyakasa
Facebook Ad Network To Support Native Ads, First-Party Data Targeting ... FollowingGoogle and AOL's acquisitions of multitouch attribution vendors Adometry and ... “That will still be a hard sell to [prospective] Google clients.” ... Google To Buy Marketing Attribution Pure Play Adometry · Yahoo!
AdExchanger: News and Views on...

Delhi's air among dirtiest in the world, reveals WHO report
India Today
Air pollution in India is attributed to the high dependence on fossil fuels, and industrial and vehicular emissions. Delhi's notoriously dirty air has breached critical levels of pollution and is unfit for breathing. A latest World Health Organisation (WHO) study on ...

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