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How connectivity is revolutionizing everything

Blazing fast networks, cheap silicon, always-on devices and a torrent of data will fundamentally change everything — how we consume media, how we work, and even who we are. We examined 10 areas that show how connectivity is profoundly changing the present and future of technology.

Twitter/Square co-founder Jack Dorsey to speak at RoadMap

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the Internet’s two hottest companies, Square and Twitter, will be a keynote speaker at our GigaOM RoadMap conference, to be held on November 10 in San Francisco. Dorsey is one of the technology luminaries who will talk about the impact of connectedness.

Peer-to-peer car sharing startup Getaround raises $3.4M

Neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing startup Getaround has raised a seed round of funding of $3.4 million. Investors in the round include TechCrunch creator Michael Arrington‘s Crunchfund, Redpoint Ventures, General Catalyst, and a group of angel investors.

Sponsor post: LogMeIn Free Lets You Work From Anywhere

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Close to 80 Smart Grid Standards Revealed

powergridgeneric7As expected, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke released the smart grid standards road map — which the National Institute of Standards has been working on for many months — during his speech at the GridWeek conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning. The roadmap (download here), which Locke described in a release as “like a designer’s first detailed drawing of a complex structure” in the construction world, contains 77 standards that will dictate pieces of the smart grid. Thirty-one of those standards are officially included on the list and the remaining 46 are still under review for their inclusion on the list.

The roadmap also includes a set of 14 high-priority gaps in the smart grid standards that NIST and the industry think need to be addressed with action plans, including issues like the standard for upgrading smart meters and the standard for a demand response signal (see complete list of the 14 plans at the bottom of this post). The public (that means you!) will have 30 days to comment on the roadmap.
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Release Timeline for Snow Leopard Leaked

snowleopardIn case you were getting excited about Snow Leopard coming out anytime soon, or maybe holding off on a hardware purchase in anticipation of a WWDC ’09 release, you might be disappointed by the news that it likely won’t make it into the hands of consumers by that early June date. AppleInsider is reporting that the release schedule of the new Mac OS has many stages, the last of which won’t take place until two months after the Developer’s Conference.
What we will see June 8, if AppleInsider’s source is to be believed, is a major developer update to Snow Leopard that will be the first release to be “feature complete,” including all interface changes and functionality additions withheld from prior builds. In other words, they’ll be able to show off a product at WWDC that will look pretty much like what consumers will be getting two months later. Read More about Release Timeline for Snow Leopard Leaked