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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Crowdsales Funding Innovation By Bitcoin And Its Community

57 minutes ago
 Bitcoin as an industry is becoming segregated by ideology, technology, and application. There are different groups who argue for differing directions and methods of growing adoption. Within Bitcoin today there are 3 distinct groups with their own definitions of what Bitcoin is. For example, Bitcoin miners argue that Bitcoin is a payment system where adoption is driven by bitcoin… Read More by Lisa Cheng

Living On Bitcoin

2 hours 8 minutes ago
 Contributor Kevin Cruz writes for BitcoinMagazine and so he knows a few things about Bitcoin. But with the help of a BTC to cash service he tried to live for weeks using only bitcoin. I write for a living and sometimes people pay me in bitcoins.  I’m aware that I’m being paid in a currency that hasn’t reached mainstream adoption, but I keep collecting them to see what… Read More by Kevin Cruz

BitTorrent Tells Sony It’s Happy To Release ‘The Interview’

3 hours 7 minutes ago
 Many have called for Sony to release ‘The Interview’ online. However, Sony CEO Michael Lynton stated earlier that there has not been a major video on demand service, “that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us.” Several major movie chains pulled out of the scheduled Christmas Day release of the film after hacker group Guardians… Read More by Sarah Buhr

The Future Of Biometric Marketing

3 hours 57 minutes ago
 The current smartwatch and fitness device space is stagnant. The offerings and the devices are a commoditized mess with companies competing for the same consumers – with the same features. There must be more available from these devices than just tracking steps, miles walked, sleep and general activity, right? Read More by Cavan Canavan

How To Speak User

5 hours 56 minutes ago
 This article is an exercise in simultaneously mystifying and demystifying the lingua franca of digital life in order to encapsulate the chronically ironic state of being a user. A companion piece to How To Speak Startup. Read More by Natasha Lomas

In War With Publishers, Tech Companies Take Wrong Approach

8 hours 31 minutes ago
 Publishers have been offered a seriously raw deal in the war over content on the internet. Linking to another site is free, and there are few revenue sharing agreements between publishers and technology companies. Supported throughout the development of the internet by leading companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook, what might be termed the American model of content has largely won out… Read More by Danny Crichton

How Clear Is The Future Of Google Glass?

9 hours 56 minutes ago
 Some ideas are ahead of their time. There is no question that the wearables market is taking off with the proliferation of health monitors, pedometers and activity trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, etc. And next year the Apple Watch will likely make the wearable watch the next big thing. Gartner boldly predicted that companies using Glass and similar wearable gadgets could save up… Read More by Frank Palermo

Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems

Yesterday
 In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More by Catherine Tucker

How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data

Yesterday
 Editor’s Note: Thomas Stein is the Senior Computer Systems Manager for NASA’s Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University. As the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration tests new rockets for its manned space program, planetary scientists are already working with reams of data to determine what the next generation of astronauts may encounter. For… Read More by Thomas Stein

The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

Yesterday
 The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing. Each of these industries sees a way of taking advantage of tiny low-power intelligent devices or sensors and they’ve baked the IoT into their future product strategies. Read More by Marc Canter

Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

Yesterday
 It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More by John Biggs

How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation

Yesterday
 Editor’s note: Anne Altman is the general manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries. Applications that simply deliver information can be useful, but government agencies are now pushing user engagement to new heights. With 173 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, citizens are continuously equipped with an Internet connection, GPS functionality and a digital… Read More by Anne Altman

11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

Yesterday
 From the Sony hack coverage to Instagram being valued at $35 billion, here are the top stories from 12/13-12/19. 1. Sony was hacked. Sony cancels the theatrical release of The Interview after threats from hackers. The FBI blames North Korea for the hack. Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling the release of The Interview (and calls James Franco, James Flacco). Sony’s CEO responds… Read More by Travis Bernard

North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

Yesterday
 Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations. North… Read More by Frederic Lardinois

Gillmor Gang: Hackathon

Yesterday
 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 19, 2014. Our end-of-year show, produced as RogenGate broke and the President held a press conference. It may have occurred to some employees at Sony that they would be better off with some form of corporate SnapChat. It may have occurred to the President that there’s… Read More by Steve Gillmor

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