The Comunicano Daily for Tuesday May 27, 2014

 
 
 
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Imagine if Qualcomm or Intel bought out T-Mobile in the USA? That's potentially what's going on in Taiwan where Foxconn is looking to broaden their business interests and vertically consolidate their holdings by putting a stake into a Taiwanese mobile operator. Given their ties to companies like Apple and others for whom they build mobile electronics this would give them the same kind of insight that Samsung and LG have with their close ties to the South Korean operators. Now--on to the NEWS...

 

 
 

 
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Foxconn to buy $390 million stake in Taiwan telecom operator in 4G push

Credit: Reuters/Pichi Chuang The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company's headquarters in Tucheng, New Taipei city, December 24, 2013.

 
 

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In Australia there's has been an outbreak of iPhone Ransomware attacks. People are reporting how their phones are being held hostage..

 

 
 

 
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Australian Apple iDevices hijacked, held to ransom

Australian Apple devices, including the iPhone, are being hijacked by a hacker and held ransom. Photo: Getty Images Owners of Apple devices across Australia are having them digitally held for ransom by hackers demanding payment before they will relinquish control.

 
 

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In the past Apple would be secretive about its plans around the annual WWDC that's being held in San Francisco next week...Not any more. These controlled leaks about the Smart Home efforts seem to be everyone's big story...Oh, and yes, some company is already called iHome.

 

 
 

 
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Apple is planning to launch a Smart Home platform at WWDC next week, says the FT

According to a report in the Financial Times, Apple is planning to launch a sweeping "Smart Home" platform built into iOS at the WWDC conference next week, one that will turn the iPhone into a remote control for a range of appliances and services

 
 

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How would Apple's smart home system work?

Summary: After CarPlay, Apple's next push into the Internet of Things market could be home automation. Apple is reportedly planning a major push into home automation with a new software platform and partner program that's looking to make iOS the control centre for connected devices in the home.

 
 

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In the world of startups it's always fun to watch who is following which companies. A new site out of the UK called "The White List" is doing the following on Twitter....

 

 
 

 
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The White List tracks which startups investors have their eye on

When an investor decides to put money into a startup, effectively putting a stamp of approval on that company, the tech industry pays attention to the startup's next move. But what if we get a sense of who investors are interested in earlier by watching their behavior on social networks?

 
 

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Technology is impacting travel every day. Two key areas are going to be at work surrounding Internet of Things (iOT) which was called M2M only a few months ago driven by the wearables, sensors and beacons based world as well as the cloud. In the end the whole concept of a better experience for the traveler will be the desired end game.

 

 
 

 
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Travel Tip: How Wearable Technology Will Change Travel

Between online booking, flight-tracking apps, and boarding passes in our smartphones, travel is tied to portable technology. Now wearable technology may be changing how we travel. You've heard of Google Glass, which is a smartphone-slash-computer that you wear like a pair of glasses. You can find directions, use Facebook, and take video while you're on the go.

 
 

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Cloud IT technology will transform airport experience, Amadeus report finds

Airports are increasingly looking to cloud-based IT systems to improve their operations, according to a new paper released by travel technology firm Amadeus. The report 'IT makes sense to share: making the case for the cloud in common use airport technology' - identifies the case for adoption of cloud technology for the airports of the future.

 
 

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Companies are leaving the era of want ads behind as social networks take on the role of publisher, and friends recruiting friends. Market leader Zappos has eliminated all other forms when it comes to attracting new hires.

 

 
 

 
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Online shoe seller Zappos is zapping job listings to try a social-media hiring strategy.

A few months ago, online shoe retailer Zappos did away with job titles for its 1,500 employees. Now, the company is taking the ax to job postings. Zappos, based in Las Vegas, plans to hire at least 450 people this year, but candidates won't find out about those jobs on LinkedIn.com, Monster.com or the company website.

 
 

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IT giant Cisco is making moves into the Software Defined Networking sector as their foray into mobile continues. Our guess is Cisco goes on the acquisition trail in that area very big, very soon to battle others who have already demonstrated they're more than just about PowerPoints and slideware.

 

 
 

 
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Cisco Drops the S-Bomb

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cisco Live -- A top Cisco executive dropped the S-bomb at Cisco Live Sunday, touting the company's SDN message. David Ward, Cisco's SVP engineering, CTO and chief architect, also said "shit" a few times, which is not something I've heard before at an opening keynote of a customer conference for a $49 billion multinational corporation.

 
 

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In flight Wi-Fi isn't a fad.  For many of all ages and income levels it's an essential tool when flying but not only for email and web surfing. The stats don't lie.

 

 
 

 
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The Majority of Flyers Use In-Flight Wi-Fi For Entertainment and Personal Use

As in-flight Wi-Fi becomes much more pervasive, passenger adoption of it is increasing. But user habits are still to be studied and defined. We decided to ask U.S. in-flight Wi-Fi users about their habits and patterns of usage to better understand how they use it. Using Google Consumer Surveys, we asked U.S.

 
 

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Who is making investments? Where did they come from? LeWeb calls it a tech mafia. To us, well it's more of those who made it finding ways to get more new ideas going. The face of investment in startups is clearly changing....

 

 
 

 
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Christian Hernandez Gallardo: Meet the European Tech 'Mafias' | LeWeb Blog

Valley lore often refers to the " PayPal mafia ", the group of early PayPal employees that went on to found and fund many of today's leading technology companies: Peter Thiel and Facebook, Reid Hoffman and LinkedIn, Jeremy Stoppelman and Yelp, Chad Hurley and YouTube and Elon Musk and the Iron Man suit...

 
 

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The Comunicano Daily for Tuesday May 20, 2014

 
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There's all kinds of news coming out in all sorts of sectors as the USA warms up for a three day Memorial Day Weekend the our cousins in the UK do the same with a Bank Holiday this weekend. Clearly Apple is in the middle of a make over while Cisco begins to turn up the heat to continue to be a force in the Enterprise market....Around the world HD Voice and Voice Over LTE seems to have gotten its start and looks to be taking hold with even AT&T getting into the act in parts of the USA with some tests...Down under, Telstra is linking up with FON to create not only a network of WiFi hotspots but to give their customers access to WiFi in other countries which makes me think Fixed Mobile Convergence may not be dead at all. In other news Sprint gets whacked with a fine over "Do Not Call", some think the Internet of Things is a Bad thing..GoPRO to IPO and a whole lot more is below.

 

 
 

 
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Fake Steve Jobs on Jimmy Iovine as the New Steve Jobs

It may not be the headphones or the streaming. Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs?

 
 

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Angela Ahrendts' plan for the future of Apple Retail: China emphasis, mobile payments, revamped experience

When Ron Johnson finalized his decision to move from leading Apple's retail strategy to become the Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Penney, the executive jumped in his car to drive to Steve Jobs' home and notify the Apple co-founder in his living room of the decision.

 
 

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Cisco CEO Predicts 'Brutal Consolidation' Coming in IT Sector

By Chris Preimesberger | Posted 2014-05-19 Email Print Chambers: "Architectures will make the difference" in developing server, storage and networking systems that will power the Internet of Everything.

 
 

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Cisco hopes to put a $1500 videoconferencing device on every desk

Hot on the heels of its lower-priced videoconferencing gear for conference rooms, Cisco is now hoping to sell personal videoconferencing devices on every company desktop. But at an estimated street price of $1,000 to $2,000 per device, this is a tough prospect.

 
 

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This year's hottest tech properties have a mobile, cloud feel

 

What a great time to be in technology, EY report shows. If you are a company immersed in SMAC solutions -- social, mobile, analytics and cloud -- you're an appealing acquisition target, a new analysis shows.

 

 
 

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AT&T launches first HD Voice handset for Voice over LTE: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Last week we noted that AT&T's first markets for HD Voice over its LTE network would be live on May 23. The carrier still plans to launch the service and will offer a compatible phone on the same day. Customers will initially need the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini handset to place or receive HD Voice calls.

 
 

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SingTel to launch world's first full-featured Voice over LTE service

SINGAPORE - SingTel has become the first telco here and globally to lead the charge in providing a full featured Voice over Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. With this service, dubbed 4G ClearVoice, 4G customers can look forward to clearer voice calls and faster connection times.

 
 

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Telstra building a larger Wi-Fi network in Australia

TELSTRA is creating one of the world's largest Wi-Fi networks in a plan worth more than $100m, to boost connectivity in Australian cafes, shopping areas, stadiums and transport hubs. Whether you are a Telstra customer or not, the aim is to offer Australians access to two million Wi-Fi hot spots in five years.

 
 

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Twitter's reported interest in SoundCloud may not have been about the music

The suggestion of Twitter buying SoundCloud, as floated by Re/code on Monday, has elicited strong reactions. Some see it as a potential bad deal for Twitter; many have worried about Twitter ruining SoundCloud's low-ad user experience. All this discussion may not be worth much anyway - Der Spiegel reports that Twitter considered the buy but decided against it for now.

 
 

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GoPro Files For $100M IPO With 2013 Revenue Of $985.7M, Up 87.4% From The Year Prior

This afternoon GoPro filed its S-1 document with the SEC, detailing its financial performance as it looks to go public. The company states that it will raise up to $100 million in the offering, trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol 'GPRO.'

 
 

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Sprint hit with largest-ever 'Do Not Call' fine

Sprint is paying a $7.5 million fine for violations of 'Do Not Call' requests, federal regulators announced Monday. When it comes to "Do Not Call" requests, Sprint apparently hasn't gotten the message. The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that the wireless carrier will pay a $7.5 million fine for failing to honor requests from consumers to opt out of phone and text-message marketing campaigns.

 
 

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Groupon will provide almost all of its merchants with iPad-based cash registers

Coupon-providing middleman Groupon is going to provide a point-of-sale device to nearly all of its merchants. According to a press release posted on Monday, the checkout system, called Gnome, will be iPad-based and will cost $10 per month, and any business that offers a deal through Groupon will be expected to use it.

 
 

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The Dark Side of the Internet of Things | Technoccult

 
 

Another one from me at Wired: The Internet of Things is coming. And the tech cognoscenti aren't sure that's a good thing. For years, the prospect of an online world that extends beyond c

 
 

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Conferences and Trade Shows-Which Are You Attending?

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of Sequoia Capital, at TechCrunch Disrupt 2010

Now that Enterprise Connect is behind us, the eyes turn to the upcoming WebRTC World conference in Atlanta in June. Two months later we have TMC’s IT Expo in Las Vegas that has an Enterprise WebRTC track co-located and then there's Super Mobility Week put on by CTIA in September.

Three big events, in only four months. To me that’s too many in too short a time period. But don't think the seasons over or that the June WebRTC event is the only event of the year on the subject as history shows us that there will likely be a west coast edition staged by the same organizers by the end of November all of two months before another ITEXPO in Miami. Now add in eComm in June in San Francisco, a few hackathons like the TadHack in Madrid that is also being conducted in June and someone could make a living being a professional event visitor and never get anything done. 

So, if you think the travel schedule is already heavy this is all before events on the subjects of Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking, Conferencing and Collaboration are added in along with the many events on mobile, Big Data, Infrastructure. There's also the gamut of what I call "defined audience events" for app developers like Google I/O, the Apple World Wide Developer Conference and of course to drive sales, Channel Partners is also on the schedule.

Then there are the value creation events like those staged by Gigaom and Venture Beat. There are the launch events like TechCrunch Disrupt, Launch, Under The Radar, Grow and many more and those are only here in the USA. When I look globally there’s the GSMA’s annual shindig, Mobile World Congress again in February that has to be on everyone’s radar.

Now where did I leave my American Express card…..?


Back On Mars Edit For The Better

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For years I composed my blog using Mars Edit, an app that was the fastest way for me to compose blog posts. Somewhere along the way I started to use the browser based TypePad editor, largely because of the Zemanta plug in.

But, I have found that using the browser vs. using an app on my Mac means more spelling errors, sloppier writing and just less complete sentences. Oddly, I don’t see this happen when I’m composing thoughts as much with Google Apps document application, so after breaking down my processes and a swift kick from a reader, I’ve gone back a bit, leaving the world of browser based composition and composing using Mars Edit.

How will this change my workflow you ask? Well for starters I’ll be composing more without distraction. Next, I’ll cut and paste into Word to spell and grammar check. Then, I’ll bring the text back into Mars Edit with the links still intact and publish to draft mode. Then, I’ll go inside TypePad and take advantage of what Zemanta has to offer, so image files and links to other relevant stories can be added to the bottom.

Does this mean I won’t make the occasional typo? No. But it likely means more posting more often because what clearly remember from my time using Mars Edit was how it encouraged me to blog more, and that is what will be the biggest gain.


Giving Entrepreneurs A Boost

I hope you're 2014 has gotten off to an amazing start. For the last few months, I've been helping bring a very cool idea to market. It's called Velocity Kick. We're building a tool to help people get their small businesses and ideas funded. You can click on the link above or visit our own campaign page if you want to help.


Washington State Looks To Loosen Up Crowdfunding Laws

The State of Washington is looking to take a progressive stance on crowdfunding. A senate bill was passed that will make it possible for entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period as long as the residents are from Washington state as part of a crowdfunding campaign. The big plus is that the funds are now being raised from non-accredited investors, as well as accredited investors.

This is a trend that other states are beginning to adopt as well, and is designed to open up more options under the Jobs Act of 2012. Right now, under the current federal regulations only accredited investors can contribute to fund raising under 506-C. 

Call Washington progressive in my book.


Telecommuting is Really Here

My name is Andy, and I am a telecommuter.

Today's New York Times has a story about telecommuniting, a subject near and dear to my heart. You see, I've been telecommuting since before there even was the term. It began back in 1976 when at the end of every night my home office - it was really a desk in my bedroom complete with a Bell of Pennsylvania supplied answering machine (call it Voicemail minus -1.0).  Five or six nights a week calls from up to a dozen high school hockey games would be called in by the scorekeepers (email wasn't even in existance as we know it). I would transcribe the scores and the highlights taking down the details from people who I had barely known at first. I then would spend the next hour or so calling in the scores to no less than 12 media outlets around the Philadelphia area talking to the desk editors, writers and copy clerks as well as radio news readers and producers. That was telecommuting and I was doing it from the start.

Some of the media outlets would simply take the scores, others took the scores and the highlights. Some even wanted a quote. Then there were the nights where I often spent a few hours freezing at some hockey rink watching a game or two, taking notes on a reporters notepad.

Between the calls and my first hand notes, I then composed the summary of the night for a few reporters. When I could, I used the office phone belonging to the rink manage at the hockey rinks, worst case from some pay phone. That was telecommuting.

But my favorite story involved negotiating a two sponsor sponsorship into a three way deal. I never left my home office, spending hours on two phones (my office and home phone) wheeling and dealing in sweats, a bathrobe and my t-shirt. It was classic telecommuting. I made outgoing calls on one phone line, had people call me back on the other. Thankfully we already had call waiting, plus the answering machine and by the end of the day, the deals were all done, the early committed sponsor felt good, and the two who came in at almost the same moment, felt thrilled that we had worked things out. It was really a win-win-win for them all.

Over that 13 year period when I worked for the Philadelphia Flyers my office moved four times, and really seven if one counts the four different locations in the now departed Spectrum. And, other than one year in an apartment in downtown Philadelohia, my real office was that desk, phone and bed at the house I grew up in. You see, I telecommuted long before the term was even in use and today, I still telecommute.

 


The Comunicano Daily for Tuesday February 4th, 2014

 
 
 
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Well, the Wait is over. Microsoft has named a new CEO, and with the news, also announced that Bill Gates will be more involved in the decisionmaking. There's lots of news coverage on the web and you can expect to see more perspectives over the next few days. This is a move that will be questioned and challenged. 

 
 

 
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Nadella's the one: Microsoft names new CEO, Gates stays on board, Thompson is chairman

Well, it's finally over. After five months of cloak and dagger and dueling leaks, Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, its cloud chief, as its third-ever CEO, replacing long-time veteran Steve Ballmer. Company cofounder Bill Gates will remain on the board - and act as counsel to Nadella, as rumored - but will cede his chairman slot to director John Thompson, who led this slow-motion search process.

 
 

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Microsoft’s Bill Gates “Steps Up” To New Role As Technology Advisor: Was He Pushed Or Did He Jump?

Along with the news today that Satya Nadella will be the next CEO of Microsoft, another big change in the executive ranks: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role as chairman of the board and is taking a new role as "Founder and Technology Advisor".

 
 

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The new FCC commissioner Tom Wheeler is making moves. He's pushing more money into the eductaion channel to bolster broadband, taking an early position on the potential T-Mobile/Sprint merger and will have to have a hand in shaping net neutrality.

 
 

 
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Tom Wheeler: Broadband Internet Needed for Education Tools, FCC to Invest $2B

The Federal Communications Commission is set to invest $2 billion over the next two years in the broadband network connections of U.S. schools, National Journal reported Monday. "In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, according to the report.

 
 

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FCC chief reportedly skeptical on Sprint-T-Mobile deal

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is the latest regulator to pour cold water on a potential merger between the third and fourth-largest wireless carrier. (Credit: Lynn La/CNET) Regulators do not like the prospect of Sprint buying T-Mobile.

 
 

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New bill would restore net neutrality pending FCC action

A new pair of bills have been introduced to the Senate and House to protect Net Neutrality after a circuit court ruling struck down the FCC's previous rules earlier this month.

 
 

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Over the weekend, I penned a post for the Gigsky blog about the ChromeCast. Today lots of news came out from Google about the release of an SDK for ChromeCast. For app developers this is a big opportunity as is it for web sites as now it becomes very easy to send more content from more devices to HDMI monitors. When you combine this with the Internet of Things (everything) it's a big deal

 
 

 
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Google Developers Blog: Ready to cast: Chromecast now open to developers with the Google Cast SDK

Back in July we announced the developer preview of the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK), the underlying Chromecast technology that enables multi-screen experiences across mobile devices (phones, tablet, laptops) and large-screen displays. Starting today, the Google Cast SDK is available for developing and publishing Google Cast-ready apps.

 
 

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Get ready for tons of new Chromecast apps: Google releases Cast SDK

 

Countless apps could become Chromecast-compatible any day now: Google officially released the Google Cast SDK Monday, which allows developers to add Chromecast integration to their Android, iOS and web apps. Chromecast PM director Rishi Chandra said during an interview earlier this week that he could eventually see millions of websites and mobile apps add support for Google Cast: "Our opportunity set is fairly large."

 

 
 

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AllCast works with Chromecast again, streams local media from Android to TV

With Google releasing the official Chromecast SDK to developers on Monday, we can expect an influx of Chromecast apps to follow. And among the first is AllCast, which actually had and later lost Chromecast support last year because the SDK wasn't yet final. The Android app was quickly updated on Tuesday morning in the Google Play store.

 
 

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Asus unveils $179 Chromebox, coming in March

Asus on Monday announced a new Chromebox. The Google Chrome-based machine starts at $179 and is powered by an Intel Haswell-based Celeron processor. Geared towards stationary use - like business, home and school - the Chromebox measures just 4.88 by 1.65 inches, which makes it comparable to the size of a Roku streaming box.

 
 

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APIs are hot and will be the focus of the upcoming TadHack in Madrid which is very relevant to telcos and telecom execs. Zapier is one of the service providers we use at Comunicano, and their news of 28 new API's in 28 days is very important to their growth. Using Zapier, like IFTTT makes a lot of repetitive tasks automatic.

 
 

 
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28 days, 28 APIs: Zapier adding an app a day to its integration library this month

February is now the month of API integrations, in addition to Black History Month and the month of love. Zapier is a buzzy Y Combinator company that simplifies the process of connecting web apps and APIs. The company announced that February is the "28 days of integration love," meaning it will release a new integration every single day this month.

 
 

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It looks like Apple is going to move towards operating their own Content Delivery Network (CDN). This is a very important step as Apple wants to control the end to end user experience and be able to better deliver content and integrate it more into iCloud.

 
 

 
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Apple Building Out Their Own CDN To Deliver Content To Consumers

Over the past year, there has been speculation of when or if Apple would build out their own content delivery network for the purpose of delivering content to consumers. To date, all of the CDN deployments done by Apple have been for internal purposes only, but that's about to change.

 
 

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Facebook is developing apps. First we saw the release of Messenger. Now we're seeing what could be THE new generation of Facebook on mobile. It's called Paper.

 
 

 
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Paper Now Available For iOS In The US, And It Could Be A Facebook Replacement

Facebook's new standalone app Paper is now available for download on iOS to everyone in the US, and it's more than just a content reader. Paper has messages, notifications, search, and a completely redesigned profile. When I asked the team leaders behind Paper if they still used the old one, product manager Michael Reckhow diplomatically responded "mmhmm, yeah", but designer Mike Matas just smiled coyly.

 
 

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Uber, the car service, not the conferencing service, is launching a Lyft competitor called UberPop in Paris. Having already come under scrutiny by the French regulators, it will be interesting to see just how long this goes unchallenged.

 
 

 
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Look Out Lyft, Uber Is Getting Serious About Ride-Sharing With UberPOP In Paris

Urban transportation company Uber just announced a brand new offering for Paris called UberPOP - and it looks a lot like Lyft. It's a cheaper ride-sharing service built right into the Uber app. Everybody can become a driver.

 
 

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And just when you thought you knew what Google search was they are changing it.

 
 

 
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The Morning Download: Google Planning New Kind of Search

Good morning. Google Inc. engineering chief Ray Kurzweil said Monday that he's helping his company change its search algorithms to do a better job of understanding queries and providing answers people actually need. Mr. Kurzweil is working on a more human-like approach to search that will not only understand the content of Web documents, but remember queries and return answers when new information comes to light.

 
 

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AT&T-Sponsored Data-It's Nothing New, But It Could Become Very New

I find the brewing pot of noise around sponsored data that AT&T announced this week all to be a bit funny. Why? Sponsored "data" has been around for a very long time. Radio programs were sponsored as far back as the 1920s. Public television has been sponsored since the 1950.

Just as mobile data runs over licensed spectrum, so does radio and television. So the sponsoring delivery of content, whether it comes from Hollywood or Microsoft, there's really no difference. What is at stake is the past protestations of mobile operators that they need more spectrum, that they need to charge high prices to support it. Instead, there are many ways to make money and keep the cost down. Sponsored data is one of those.

For now, the sale of sponsored data is being looked at as an enterprise play. It's not. It's an advertising and marketing opportunity on so many levels. As a matter of fact, there are more marketing promotion opportunities around sponsored data than there were with television or radio.

For example, from the device in your hand, the network can now know exactly where you are when you're consuming the data. That means they can offer you more targeted "ads" or "commercials." This opens up a whole new world of broadcast promotion, the likes that are just about to be imagined.

The flip side--WiFi. It's not licensed but it is being sponsored. If you ever wondered why the cable guys are all so bullish on WiFi. It's for the same reasons. They want to sell the right to deliver the content over it.

 


The Comunicano Daily for Wednesday January 1 2014

 
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So it's a New Year and I'm still over in Portugal for another 24 hours, then over to London for some quick meetings and a flight back to the west coast just in time to head to Las Vegas for CES...So, taking a look at the stories in the news today is a heavy dose of looking back, and looking ahead and CHANGES..Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher are moving on and away from the Wall Street Journal with big news on what is next after All Things D for them so out with the old (literally) and in with the new brings former ABC Tech Star Joanna Stern over to the new WSJD and a move to the west coast...all that and more and you'll find in onl if you move .....Now On To The News.

 

 
 

 

Let's start first with a few items of note from the teams at GigaOm, TechCrunchVenture Beat and The Verge.  Chris Albrecht leads off with a few things that need a new start in 2014.

 

 
 

 
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Four tech notions that need a fresh start in 2014

The end of the year always brings out the best intentions. Out with the old bad habits, in with the new. To that end, here are some fresh starts worth embarking on January 1: The NSA/privacy: Revelations accusing the U.S.

 
 

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James Altucher, a contributor to TechCrunch, has a very powerful and moving piece all about Change. With so many people making New Year's Resolutions, it makes for a timely read.

 
 

 
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Why 2014 Is The Year You Change

Editor's note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book is "Choose Yourself!" (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow James on Twitter @jaltucher. I stopped going to classes. I had a scholarship that paid all my living expenses ($1,200/month) so I didn't want to quit (ugh, and get a job?).

 
 

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It looks like ABC is making Changes on when people can watch first run programming online. Janko Roettgers at GigaOm has the details. This is very important as more and more cord and cable cutting is occuring, and the revenue models between content providers and delivery outlets will be changing. Consumers will be cutting back on their cable plans and paying for direct access. This will still mean the cable operator gets a cut, but how they do it will be hotly contested...Stay Tuned on this topic.

 
 

 
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Bad news for cord cutters: ABC starts restricting access to full TV show episodes

A A Fans of Modern Family, Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Revenge just got another item to add to their list of New Year's resolutions: find their cable account credentials. Starting on January 6, ABC will require viewers to sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network's shows online the day after they air on TV.

 
 

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No end of year/start of year is ever complete without the best and worst. Oh, and of course there's always JibJab and their satire on the year i review--A MUST WATCH. But there's also a few items of note from TechCrunch, and VentureBeat that all give a good look back..

 
 

 
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The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team! It's the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You've seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year.

 
 

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The Best And Worst Gadgets Of 2013

2013 was a heady year: a time of hope; a time for sadness; a time for twerking; and a time for doge. But it was also a time for gadgets. As we wait for 2013 to come to a close and hope for brighter things for the year to come, here's a look at the gadgets we loved, the ones we hated, and the ones that we found aesthetically offensive.

 
 

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Here’s the only list you need: All the tech, people, and products that mattered in 2013

We're not quite ready to say goodbye to 2013, but the time has come anyhow. Before it's time for Auld Lang Syne, here's a look back about the companies, products, people, and reporting we loved most in 2013.

 
 

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VentureBeat’s 12 most popular stories from 2013

As we wind down the last day of 2013, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the stories that have proved the most popular with our readers this year. It's a surprisingly diverse mix: From super-popular game franchises to really obscure indie games, from the ancient Apple vs.

 
 

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2013 was a more amazing year than you think

Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke's engineering school and distinguished scholar at Singularity and Emory universities If you go by the headlines, the iPhone 5S and Google Glass were the big technology stories of 2013, and Twitter's IPO was the event of the year.

 
 

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Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher have left the building...But they'll be in new digs, and doing likely more to change the tech journalism world than we can imagine. Coming in to what will be called WSJD is Joanna Stern and a host of new folks who are going to have big shoes to fill. Smartly, they will take a different tact and this will only be good for the news junkies and tech hounds..

 
 

 
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You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello

This is the last day of the All Things Digital site, which began life in April of 2007 as a year-round extension of the D conference we launched in 2003. Since then, we have published nearly 40,000 posts and attracted millions of loyal readers.

 
 

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Trade Up: Ditch These Gadget Gifts Now

By Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern Let's just clear the air as we head into 2014: In the holiday buying frenzy, you might have ended up with a few tech regrets. It's OK, Black Friday and awkward family members can do this to the best of us.

 
 

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The Verge has a very, very, very good piece on the era of the upgrade. It's a delightful and insightful read. 

 
 

 
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Welcome to the Age of the Upgrade

Everyone is an early adopter now, and it is glorious As the 1980s came to a close, a curious thing happened to American consumers: they began to really understand what the word "upgrade" meant. This realization occurred thanks to a magical fusion of technological advancement and capitalistic opportunity: the video game console.

 
 

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Search and seizure of you gadgets gets upheld when it comes to border crossing. One more reason for the cloud, cloud storage, using a browser, etc. Let them take the laptop, tablet or phone. All they'll get are the apps.

 
 

 
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District Judge Upholds Government's Right to Search Electronics at Border

The government's right to search travelers' electronic devices at the border was upheld in a ruling released by a federal judge on Tuesday, which dismissed a lawsuit challenging this policy. In his opinion, Judge Edward R.

 
 

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Sprint is making moves. The first is the desire to acquire T-Mobile. The second is to build their business business back up, using the retired but not forgotten Nextel brand.

 
 

 
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Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Moving Forward With Investor Support

Seth Fitzgerald | On 31, Dec 2013 A deal between Sprint and T-Mobile may be moving forward now that investors in the companies have given their approval. While investors may be showing their support since the deal would boost Sprint's power in the industry, any deal would still have to make it past regulators who are likely to challenge the move.

 
 

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Nextel Wants To Revive Sprint As A Business Brand, Merge Boost + Virgin Mobile Into 'Sprint Freedom'

It was only six months ago that Sprint decommissioned and shut down the Nextel iDEN push-to-talk network, and while the carrier has no plans to bring that legacy service back, the brand is another story. According to a source close to the company, Sprint wants to introduce Nextel again - as a brand for business services.

 
 

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Bitcoin is not something to think is a passing fad. It's something that will be changing how money is exchanged and already is starting to take hold. Just like PayPal changed payments, Bitcoin is starting to do the same. Chris Dixon's piece sheds lots of light on the subject.

 
 

 
 

Why I'm interested in Bitcoin by Chris Dixon

 
 

 

Some people assume that all Bitcoin advocates are motivated by a libertarian political agenda. That is certainly not my agenda. I'm a lifelong Democrat who supported Obama in the last two elections. I think the Federal Reserve plays an important function, and I don't agree with people who think inflation should be our nation's primary economic concern.

 

 
 

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LTE Advanced is something I'm starting to see as I travel. It's actually been here in Portugal for about a year. Speeds are insane. Like 150 megs mobile. And what this means is sports and entertainment will take on a whole new life on mobile.  I've gone more deeply on this with my thought on AndyAbramson.com

 
 

 
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LTE-Advanced Is the Real 4G

Have you ever called your cellphone carrier to report poor signal strength? Sure you have. And did that carrier do anything significant to fix the problem? Of course it didn't-unless you live in South Korea.

 
 

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