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Thursday - March 12, 2015
fcc-net-neutrality-open-internet-rules
When the FCC adopted new rules by a 3-2 vote last month, those rules were, for the most part, a big question mark. Only their broad strokes had been disclosed. The commission on Thursday released all of the devilish details in a 400-page document that surely will provide fodder for many lawsuits in the months and years to come. The courts ultimately will determine if the rules pass legal muster. [More...]

Thursday - March 12, 2015
Samsung has opened its Milk Music streaming music service to anyone via a Web browser, one year after introducing it on its mobile devices. "In a word, why?" questioned Mike Goodman, director of digital media at Strategy Analytics. "There's Pandora, there's Spotify, there's Google Music Play ... . They're offering a lot of the same things everybody else is offering." [More...]

Thursday - March 12, 2015
The wearable technology marketplace is already in place and growing. Now, enter the Apple Watch. Although it will speed up growth, this new space will be very different from the iPhone and iPad markets. Large companies like Google, Samsung and Sony, and smaller companies like FitBit and others have already thrown their hats into the ring and seen limited success. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
Google on Wednesday launched Nearline Storage, the latest addition to the Google Cloud Platform. Nearline seeks to reel in enterprises to the wider Google Cloud Platform with the promise of low-cost, low-latency storage for limitless amounts of data. Nearline has all of the benefits of offline, or "cold," storage, but the data it houses is available in a matter of seconds instead of hours. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
Google last week launched an auto insurance rate comparison site in California. Mercury Insurance, MetLife and 21st Century Insurance are among the 14 firms already signed up as partners, and Google promises more will follow. Bolt Solutions last week announced that it too has joined up. "We have a Google Compare agreement with Google," said Bolt spokesperson Chrissy Snyder. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
government-it-report
"We are looking at this budget with cautious optimism, which is what I would recommend vendors do," said Deltek analyst Deniece Peterson. "It is only a request, so I would use it as a guideline for where agency priorities lie. IT budgets have been relatively stable over the past several years ... so it's highly likely that some of the growth built into this budget will pass." [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
Square on Monday introduced two new services for small businesses: instant deposits; and protection for disputed purchases. Square, which six years ago began offering square-shaped mobile credit card readers for smartphones and tablets, has shifted its focus away from point-of-sale operations and toward data collection. The company processes millions of credit card swipes daily. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
Ellen Pao on Monday testified in a San Franciso courtroom that she was passed up for promotions and sexually harassed by a partner during her employment at prestigious venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Pao said that after she broke off a relationship with former Kleiner Perkins partner Ajit Nazre, he made it difficult for her to do her job. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
ibm-alchemyapi-watson-deep-learning
IBM last week announced the acquisition of AlchemyAPI, which uses deep learning to perform natural language processing. NLP consists of semantic text analysis, including sentiment analysis. IBM "has some of these capabilities already, and we continue to explore ways to expand and amplify them through our growing developer community," said IBM Watson VP Steve Gold. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
volvo-self-driving-car
Self-driving cars are coming, and here are some of the things they'll bring: Fewer accidents with far fewer fatalities or injuries; fewer repairs; lower-cost insurance premiums; time freed for other activities; fewer traffic lights; fewer parking structures. "Autonomous vehicles do have the potential to change the nature and structure of car ownership," said McKinsey & Co.'s Hans-Werner Kaas. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
Years have spent trying to oust the credit card as the ultimate payment method. Publications and pundits have been quick to hail new technologies as "credit card-killers," and they're not without justification. The credit card has lost whatever futuristic luster it may have once had. Magnetic stripes wear out, plastic snaps in half, and the incessant manual inputting of 16-digit numbers becomes tiresome. [More...]

Friday - March 6, 2015
Apple watchers likely will have to wait until September to see if the rumors about a bigger iPad are true. Apple suppliers reportedly have been told that production of the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro won't ramp up until the second half of this year. Rumors about a bigger iPad have been in circulation for months, fueling expectations that Apple would announce the so-called iPad Pro this quarter. [More...]

Friday - March 6, 2015
I've been traversing North America keynoting a series of cloud events hosted by Oracle. At every stop of the roadshow my comments regarding the opportunity to transform traditional product businesses into powerful information services via cloud-based alternatives has generated the greatest interest among enterprise decision-makers and software developers alike. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
nextdoor-venture-funding-$110-million
Nextdoor on Wednesday announced it has received $110 million in venture capital to grow its neighborhood-based network of residents and vendors. Nextdoor plans to use the money to develop additional ways for members to benefit from the recommendations shared on the social network. "People don't know their neighbors -- but we are changing that," said spokesperson Jennifer Burke. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
Corning Gorilla Glass, which resists scratches and breakage, is the leader in providing the protective layer on smartphone screens. For a while, it appeared as though Sapphire might pose a threat, but no more. In the meantime, Corning has introduced Gorilla Glass 4, which is the best to date. Every Apple iPhone and every Samsung Galaxy phone uses Corning Gorilla Glass. [More...]

Wednesday - March 4, 2015
apple-pay-fraud
Identity thieves are using Apple Pay to defraud banks of what could amount to millions of dollars. Due to weak authentication procedures at the institutions issuing the cards, fraudsters are able to use stolen cards to make purchases through Apple Pay. Before cards can be added to Apple Pay, they must be approved by the card issuer. Criminals are finding that process easy to game. [More...]

Wednesday - March 4, 2015
blackberry-leap-smartphone
BlackBerry has a never-say-die attitude. Every time its balloon is burst, it regroups and comes up with a Plan B -- or by now, Plan G perhaps. Its latest hope is the Leap -- a new touchscreen smartphone developed with young professionals and startup businesses in mind. BlackBerry is offering something like an iPhone but more secure, said tech analyst Rob Enderle -- and there's a market for that. [More...]

Tuesday - March 3, 2015
The observation that "80 percent of life is just showing up," generally attributed to comedian Woody Allen, has morphed into the admonition that "80 percent of success is just showing up." However, it appears that vendors who just show up with a generalized approach to marketing cloud technology to federal government agencies likely won't attract much business. [More...]

Monday - March 2, 2015
Google on Monday confirmed that it plans to launch a mobile virtual network operation, or MVNO, later this year. Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, who heads up operations for Android and Chrome, commented on the undertaking in a Q&A following his keynote address at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Google in essence will provide the same service as a wireless carrier. [More...]

Monday - March 2, 2015
Ericsson last week filed patent claims against Apple both with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the U.S. International Trade Commission. "Our suits filed yesterday assert 41 different patents," said Ericsson spokesperson Kathy Egan Wummer. "Of those, 14 are at issue in the ITC and the district court; the other 27 are at issue only in the district court." [More...]

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