WHATSAPP's secret sauce: content distribution -- Google TANGO's 3D micro maps -- NOKIA-Juniper tie-up? -- Auto-login to WI-FI hotspots


February 21, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> DRIVING THE DAY: Google was willing to beat Facebook's $19B offer for WhatsApp, by Amir Efrati, Jessica E. Lessin: "Last week, Google CEO Larry Page met with WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum in a last-ditch effort to prevent the rapidly growing messaging app from selling itself to Facebook, according to three people involved in the deal. The Google chief had learned that a few days before, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had made a pitch to Mr. Koum to join his company and his board of directors, a bold move Mr. Zuckerberg felt he had to make to preserve Facebook's dominance in online communication in light of WhatsApp's growing global popularity. Mr. Page's message to Mr. Koum: Stay independent as you've always planned. You're a big threat to Facebook. And joining Facebook would have a major impact on 'how things play out for years to come,' according to one of the people involved in the talks." The Information
> Facebook's WhatsApp deal could jumpstart internet.org plans 'One of Zuckerberg's biggest selling points: How WhatsApp could accelerate the work of Internet.org, Zuckerberg's project to bring the Internet to all the world's seven billion people.' Re/code
> Facebook price for having no phone OS? $19B. A must-have apps play? Priceless. Re/code
> Beware the WhatsApp hype: Mark Zuckerberg is no benevolent overlord The Guardian
> What the future holds for Messenger, Facebook's other chat app TechHive
> Before Facebook deal, WhatsApp was helping BuzzFeed and Shazam go viral with new platform tools Re/code

>> COMING ATTRACTIONS: Google launches Project Tango smartphone to experiment with computer vision and 3D sensors, by Frederic Lardinois: "Using its sensors, the phone doesn't just track motion, but it can actually build a visual map of rooms using 3D scanning. The company believes the combination of these sensors with advanced computer vision techniques will open up new avenues for indoor navigation and immersive gaming, among many other things. Starting today, Google will allow developers to sign up for access to these phones, but the first run will be limited to a hand-vetted group of 200 developers." TechCrunch
> What can a phone do if it knows where it is in 3D space? Slate
> Inside the revolutionary 3D vision chip at the heart of Google's Project Tango phone TechCrunch

>> NOT DEAD YET: Meg Whitman buys more time as HP beats earnings estimates, by Dean Takahashi: "HP reported earnings per share of 90 cents on revenue of $28.2 billion. It also raised its earnings estimates for the fiscal year.... HP also raised its earnings guidance, saying it would now report fiscal year 2014 earnings of $3.60 to $3.75 a share... HP's PC group saw revenues rise 4 percent from a year ago. Printing was down 2 percent, enterprise was up 1 percent, enterprise services was down 7 percent, software was down 4 percent, and financial services was down 9 percent. Overall, revenue was down 1 percent and earnings were up 9 percent in the first fiscal quarter." VentureBeat
> Meg Whitman: Traditional PCs drive growth, not just tablets Cnet
> HP reverses decline in PC sales, claims broad progress in quarter InfoWorld

>> NEOCURRENCY: Mt. Gox bitcoin price falls below $100, by Tim Hornyak: "The price drop followed another update from Tokyo-based Mt. Gox about a technical issue that prompted it to suspend bitcoin withdrawals to outside addresses two weeks ago... In the update, Mt. Gox said it is continuing to work to resolve the technical issue, but added that it has experienced 'some security problems, and as a result we had to relocate Mt. Gox to our previous office building.' Mt. Gox is now located on a floor of a Tokyo office tower that is home to a company offering virtual offices. The exchange and the company that owns it, Tibanne, have not responded to interview requests." InfoWorld
> Bitcoin is the new PayPal TechCrunch

>> POST-MICROSOFT NOKIA: Nokia considers buying Juniper to expand network unit: report, by Maria Sheahan, Harro ten Wolde, Ritsuko Ando, Soham Chattterjee, Abhirup Roy: "Finland's Nokia is considering buying U.S.-based Juniper Networks to merge into its telecommunications network gear business... Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) Chief Executive Rajeev Suri traveled to the United States late last year to discuss with Juniper's management closer cooperation and a possible merger that would strengthen NSN's weak U.S. business... A source familiar with NSN's strategy said no such deal was imminent." Reuters
> Juniper unveils new operating plan to accelerate growth NetworkWorld

>> PAINLESS WIRELESS: New Google WiFi app could automatically log you into Starbucks and other private hotspots, by Matt Brian: "Google is working on a new WiFi app that could take a lot of the drudgery out of accessing wireless hotspots. According to our sources, the search giant has built Android and iOS versions of an app that automatically authenticate and connect to its free hotspots inside Starbucks stores or wherever they are available. Google is currently trialling the Android app at its Mountain View HQ... Currently, Starbucks customers need to find the access point, open their browser and agree to the terms and conditions. However, with Google now at the helm, existing processes could be abolished to include more encrypted access points." Engadget

>> DEAL WITH THE DEVIL: Amazon tempts the anti-Amazons, by Greg Bensinger: "Amazon is in talks to bring listings for J. Crew khakis, Ralph Lauren polo shirts and Lord & Taylor suits to its site... The discussions, which seek to win over retailers that have largely shunned the online marketplace, involve about 10 well-known retailers, these people said, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Neiman Marcus. Amazon wouldn't sell the goods directly; the listings would be links to the retailers' own sites. The arrangement would generate traffic for the retailers, while providing Amazon with more customer data and a new enticement for its Prime shipping program as it plans to raise rates." Wall Street Journal

>> Rackspace adds much-needed budget management tools to OpenStack InfoWorld

>> Three essential steps to a software defined data center Network World

>> As cloud spending spikes, here's where to invest InfoWorld

>> Former McAfee CTO's cyber security data company Cylance raises $20M from Khosla, Blackstone TechCrunch

>> Birchbox raising $50M Fortune

>> Crowdtilt launches free, open source crowdfunding solution -- and it supports Bitcoin VentureBeat

>> Om Malik joins True Ventures, steps down at tech site Gigaom TechCrunch

>> Satya Nadella, chief of Microsoft, on his new role New York Times

>> 6 changes Microsoft must make to matter again in mobile InfoWorld

>> Office Web Apps is now Office Online Liveside.net

>> Apple has Siri, and Microsoft is about to get Cortana The Verge

>> Adobe releases emergency Flash update amid new zero-day drive-by attacks Ars Technica

>> The anti-RSA conference: More security, less NSA InfoWorld

>> Amazon gets its Apple- and Roku-challenging TV box ready, again Re/code

>> The next big step for cellular networks isn't 5G. It's the cloud GigaOm

>> How LinkedIn lies to increase their user numbers Robin Fisher

>> The FCC's plan to reboot Net Neutrality might transform municipal broadband Slate

>> HAD TO RUN IT: Watch people explain Unix in 1982 Linux Today

>> Bitcoin aficionados move away from Mt. Gox Financial Times

>> Bitcoin: $589 Coinbase


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