Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water

Will Gerry might look the part of a fourth-generation farmer — dirty denim jeans, shirt sleeves rolled up and a gray beard that wraps from brim to brim on his leather hat. But once Gerry whips the smartphone out of his pocket, he starts rattling off tech jargon and analyzing data points across his farm… … More Precision Ag Tech Helps California Farmers Grow More With Less Water

The irrational rationality behind Facebook’s $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Another day and another acquisition — and another one that is jaw dropping and seemingly insane. Less than a week after Japan’s Rakuten acquired Viber for $900 million, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is buying WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion in cash and stock. Add…

The quality of your mobile connection could soon be linked to your phone bill.

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Imagine this scenario: You’re walking along having a video chat on your mobile phone with a friend, and you stumble into a dead zone in the network — one of those sketchy regions in between cells where speeds suffer and connections are lost. Normally, you’d be booted off your video call…