GigaOM Archive

19 Apr 2014

I analyzed more than a million bitcoin tweets. Here’s what that looks like

I recently got my hands on more than 1.3 million tweets, all mentioning bitcoin or creator Satoshi Nakamoto, spanning the entire month of February 2014. My goal was to get a sense of who’s actually interested in bitcoin (enough
19 Apr 2014

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches despite bad weather

After months of delays, SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off today carrying cargo bound for the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule inside the rocket, which will complete the final leg of the journey to the ISS, contains
19 Apr 2014

Nike has reportedly fired most of its FuelBand team and is getting out of the hardware business

Nike has let go most of the members of its FuelBand wearables unit and will stop developing new versions of the device, according to a report by CNET. The tech news site quoted an unnamed person “familiar
19 Apr 2014

Turn your Instagrams into a business: Snapwire, a new mobile stock photo website, opens to public

For a generation obsessed with selfies and taking pictures of any meal set before us, mobile photography has become second nature. We reach for the closest camera — normally our phones — and take photos of everything
18 Apr 2014

Should autonomous cars behave like automatons or act like human drivers?

At Nokia’s Here connected car division in Chicago, researchers are pouring over crowdsourced vehicle data from all of the world, trying to figure out how our future autonomous vehicles should comport themselves on the road. By comparing
18 Apr 2014

Drones 101 and why your August smart lock hasn’t shipped just yet

Between Amazon threatening to use drones to deliver packages, to etiquette questions about what to do when you find a fallen drone, the tech set and popular culture has become obsessed with the flying machines. So I
18 Apr 2014

Uber adds new $1 “safe rides fee” to UberX rides

Uber announced today that it will start tacking on a $ 1 “safe rides fee” to every UberX ride. In a blog post, the company said the extra dollar would go towards security measures, like background checks
18 Apr 2014

Twitter account tied to “Internet crime” police raid – report

Police carried out a raid on a home in Peoria, Illinois, in an attempt to unmask the person behind a Twitter account that lampooned the town’s mayor, according to a report in the Peoria Journal Star. A 27-year-old woman, who
17 Apr 2014

Two months in, Twitter data miner SocialRank introduces Analytics Dashboard

Twitter analytics are a difficult game – earlier this week, Twitter bought data reseller Gnip to gain access to its massive firehose of data. Perhaps that’s why the initial success of SocialRank, a two-month old startup created by
17 Apr 2014

Citymapper raises $10M to help you navigate on buses and trains

Citymapper, a mapping app that specializes in navigating the complexities of public transportation in big cities, has raised a $ 10 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital with participation from Connect Ventures, Index Ventures and