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TITLE: Gox Goes Bankrupt, 954GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Natali Morris

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It's Friday, February 28, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan and Jason Howell is off today.

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On Tech News Today, we explore the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor this week is Natali Morris, a contributor to The TODAY Show, CNBC, The Queen Latifah Show and a former anchor for CNET TV. She's also the co-founder of ReadQuick, a speed reading app for iOS.

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It’s Yahoo's 19th birthday tomorrow on March first. Someone called Tom M. Hsieh posted pictures of Yahoo’s party preparations on Flickr, complete with cake, cupcakes and balloon unicorns. http://www.flickr.com/photos/purity/with/12817577704<--- Bryan, please cycle through the pictures as we talk about it.

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Mt. Gox is going bankrupt. The troubled bitcoin exchange said today that 850 thousand bitcoins, including 100 thousand owned by the company, is gone forever. That’s a total value of about 473 million dollars. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304255604579407721607122950

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* Mt. Gox had outstanding debt of about $63.6 million

* Gox troubles may cause other bitcoin exchanges to fail.

* Stopped bitcoin withdrawals in early February, citing a technical issue that potentially made fraudulent withdrawals possible.

* Mt. Gox once handled 80% of bitcoin trades

* Tuesday closed all transactions for the time being "to protect the site and our users."

* They also blamed banks taking time to transfer money and some cited government requests.

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Earlier this week, a network engineer named Bryan Seely used Google Maps to intercept and secretly record a phone call placed to the FBI office in San Francisco and the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. http://valleywag.gawker.com/how-a-hacker-intercepted-fbi-and-secret-service-calls-w-1531334747

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Nitasha Tiku is co-editor of Valleywag.

Q: So how do you hack phone calls using Google Maps?

Q: Google Maps information is crowdsourced. Can any phone number be changed?

Q: What is Google’s response to this news?

Q: What is the FBI and Secret Service doing about this?
Nitasha Tiku
Co-editor, Valleywag @nitashatiku
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* Bryan Seely claims to have been called a “hero” by a Secret Service special agent.

* Google told Gizmodo yesterday that it had already made some patches.

* The FBI has not yet responded to calls or emails.

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gawker.com * @nitashatiku

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Microsoft is experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1. The version is called "Windows 8.1 with Bing” and would come with Microsoft apps and services and target Windows 7 users to coax them to upgrade. http://i2.wp.com/bav0.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2014/02/add-features.png?zoom=2&resize=665%2C363http://www.pcworld.com/article/2103381/windows-for-free-microsoft-toys-with-service-stuffed-windows-8-1-with-bing.html

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Brad Chacos is a Senior writer for PC World.

Q: Can you tell us more about what Microsoft might be planning here?
Brad Chacos
Senior writer, PC World
bradchacos

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* The news was detailed this week on ZDnet by Mary Jo Foley.

* Probably a test or experiment

* May also be offered to PC makers as part of recent license cuts for devices under $250.

* Microsoft also considering low-cost or free versions of Windows Phone

* The company is also working towards merging its Windows RT and Windows Phone software into a single version designed for ARM-based chipsets.

* Collect revenue from OEMs and customers for apps and services

* Bing SmartSearch; ore Office apps (for Windows RT users) all currently ship for free with Windows 8.

* And OneDrive, Bing, Xbox music streaming and Mobile Office all ship for free with Windows Phone 8.

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pcworld.com * @BradChacos

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A California appeals court yesterday ruled that it’s legal in the state to look at a map on your phone while driving. http://youtu.be/mUR08cdIhTQhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/209712132/Www-courts-ca-Gov-Opinions-Documents-F066927

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-map-traffic-ticket-20140227,0,5369387.story#ixzz2ucbs2ij0

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* The court reversed a decision against a Fresno man who got a $165 ticket for looking at a map on his smartphone.

* Court said law prohibits talking on phone and texting but doesn’t ban maps.

* What about law that nailed Cecilia Abadie for looking at a screen?

* Could still be appealed

* The 5th District Court of Appeal

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Google updated Hangouts for iOS, and some writers are saying its better even than the Android version and that it looks a lot more like Messenger and WhatsApp. http://gigaom.com/2014/02/28/google-hangouts-for-ios-just-got-better-maybe-better-than-android-even/https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FrankPetterson/posts/NxjYEKVqpBm

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Kurt Wagner is a Social media reporter for Mashable.

Q: What’s different in the new Hangouts for iOS?

Q: How does Hangouts now compare with, say, Messenger and WhatsApp?

Q: Why do you think Hangouts hasn’t been more successful as a messaging alternative?
Kurt Wagner
Social media reporter, Mashable @KurtWagner8
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* Completely redesigned -- much cleaner appearance

* iPad version is especially transformed

* Now supports stickers (animated emoji)

* Record and send video

* Location sharing now embeds the map

* Still supports free phone calls and video chats

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mashable.com * @KurtWagner8

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Lego Movie has dominated box offices for three weeks. But now, another block-oriented film is in the works. Warner Brothers may be working with Minecraft creator Markus Persson to create a live-action film -- as in, not animated -- based on the open world game. The studio has acquired the rights to the movie, and now they’re apparently looking for writers and directors. The original PC version of Minecraft has reached 100 million users, including more than 14 million paid users. Persson also intends to bring Minecraft to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. If you’re interested in Minecraft, you should check out TWiT’s weekly show OMGcraft Thursdays at 5pm Pacific. The show is hosted by TWiT’s Chad Johnson who, let’s face it, should really be the star of the Minecraft movie. START AT 0:49:
http://youtu.be/zQ_EZaJwoHw?t=49s
http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/minecraft-movie-warner-bros-lego-movie-producer/

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On Tech News Today: Gox Goes Bankrupt * How to Intercept Phone Calls Using Google Maps * And Microsoft Might Lower the Price of Windows to.... Free!

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The big newsmaker this week is South By South West Interactive, which starts Friday, March 7th, in Austin, Texas. Back to you, Leo!

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