• Mainstreaming The Smart Grid

    Mainstreaming The Smart Grid

    The October anniversary of Hurricane Sandy — which knocked out power in over 8,100,000 homes in 17 states and was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history — has served as an opportunity to reflect on how we view our power grid. The practice is important. Stephen Lacey provided some of the best analysis of what caused the storm and how utilities are adapting the grid. Many… Read More

  • Mo’ Data Mo’ Problems

    Mo’ Data Mo’ Problems

    The most exciting promise of Big Data—and if you hate that term, you’re not alone, but I think we’re stuck with it now—is this: the data collection happening on an increasingly gargantuan scale, parsed by modern data-processing and pattern-recognition algorithms, will unearth powerful new insights into our world and, especially, human behavior. Unfortunately this is… Read More

  • Lazada, Rocket Internet’s Amazon Clone In Southeast Asia, Raises $250M Led By Temasek

    Lazada, Rocket Internet’s Amazon Clone In Southeast Asia, Raises $250M Led By Temasek

    We don’t often see companies announcing funding rounds on the weekend, but that’s not stopping Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, from announcing it has pulled in €200 million (around $250 million) in fresh capital. Read More

  • What’s Next For Firefox?

    What’s Next For Firefox?

    When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More

  • IBM: Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

    IBM: Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

    Online retailers had a decent Black Friday, with sales up over 8% from a year ago, and nearly 47% of online traffic coming from mobile devices throughout the day. Mobile played a big role this year in terms of both traffic and sales, and yesterday was especially notable for being the first Thanksgiving Day where mobile traffic to online retailers accounted for more than half of all… Read More

  • A World Without Net Neutrality Already Exists

    A World Without Net Neutrality Already Exists

    People have wondered how an Internet without net neutrality would work. Net neutrality is more than just a debate, it’s not a hypothetical, and it’s real and alive today with SMS. It is currently hypothetical that on an Internet without net neutrality, companies would need to “pay to play” and live by arbitrary, ISP-devised rules for accessing consumers who want and pay… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Starter Smart Home

    A Gift Guide For The Starter Smart Home

    The proliferation of smart home products means there’s never been a better time to get on board, even if you’re not that tech crazy or familiar with the market. Here’s the list of things to get you rolling with your own basic setup, plus a few nice-to-haves in case you want to go the extra mile. Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit Connect lightbulbs now have their own pretty… Read More

  • Too Many Droids

    Too Many Droids

    This morning’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks are, obviously, the most important videos of the millennium (falcon.) What happens if the two were to hang out one night, share a bit of wine, and maybe make a lil’ video-baby? This happens. Read More

  • Preparing For An Acquisition

    Preparing For An Acquisition

    Silicon Valley is ground zero in the fight for technology talent and market share, and acquisitions are a great way to fuel that growth. Small acquisitions can help fill a business need quickly and are easier to close than big deals. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 11.28.14

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 11.28.14

    Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today. Our Friendfeed chat Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show on Facebook G3 Read More

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