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we've got executive musical chairs at barnes and noble, nintendo partners aren't happy with the wii u, and do we need top level domains for cities ?all that and more, next...

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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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slwe mentioned last week that Bluebox Security discovered a vulnerability in Android's security model that could allow attackers to convert 99 percent of all applications into Trojan malware. Google now tells ZDNet that the hole has been patched and that it has been released to (OEM)s.Bluebox Security CTO Jeff Forristal had said that this Master Key vulnerability has been "around at least since the release of Android 1.6, [and] could affect any Android phone released in the last four years — or nearly 900 million devices."http://www.zdnet.com/google-releases-fix-to-oems-for-blue-security-android-security-hole-7000017782/

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iaAllThingsD says that the rumored Microsoft managerial mixup will become official this Thursday. Insiders say that the goal is to create something called "functional coherence" at Microsoft and that Steve Ballmer has been taking advice from CEO of Ford Alan Mulally to set up the new Microsoft. The reports say Microsoft will be divided up by services and devices. http://allthingsd.com/20130708/aiming-for-functional-coherence-mulling-a-single-pl-and-with-advice-from-ford-ceo-microsoft-restructuring-set-for-thursday/

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slBarnes and Noble has announced that CEO William Lynch has resigned, effective immediately, as the company continues to “review its current strategic plan.” Lynch will be replaced by Michael P. Huseby, who had been the CFO and now has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of NOOK Media LLC and President of Barnes & Noble, Inc.Max J. Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble College, will continue to lead education, reporting to Huseby. Huseby and Mitchell Klipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Barnes & Noble Retail Group, will report directly to Leonard Riggio, Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/with-declining-nook-sales-lynch-steps-down-as-bns-ceo-huseby-steps-up-big-strategic-review-planned/

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iaThe Justice Department says that the U.S. government is under no obligation to publish decisions made by the FISA court. The move is in response to a June lawsuit filed by the ACLU challenging the secret nature of the FISA court and its decisions. The Justice Department rejects the ACLU's first amendment argument and also says the ACLU has no standing to bring about a lawsuit. http://gigaom.com/2013/07/08/justice-dept-defends-secret-rulings-in-new-spy-court-filing/

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slDirecTV has made a bid for the online video service Hulu LLC, while Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) offered to acquire a stake in the company, people with knowledge of the situation said yesterday. Both suitors met a July 5 deadline for binding proposals set by Hulu’s board, said the anonymous people. The terms of the offers weren’t known. Hulu is owned by Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox Inc. and Comcast.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-08/directv-makes-hulu-bid-as-time-warner-cable-seeks-stake.html

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iaBGR says it has details about the next generation of Kindle Fire tablets. Every one of the tablets will see higher resolutions. The 7-inch Kindle Fire will get a 1280 x 800 display. The smaller HD tablet will get a 1900 x 1200 display, while the largest Kindle Fire HD will pack a 2560 x 1600 display in an 8.9-inch screen. The HD tablets will also get a redesign described as "chiseled" with changes to the button layout to avoid accidental inputs. http://bgr.com/2013/07/09/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-2013-exclusive/

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slAfter years of debate, the French Government has finally backtracked on the law which allowed errant subscribers to be disconnected from the Internet. This morning a decision was published which removed the possibility for file-sharers to have their connections cut for copyright infringement. Instead, those caught by rightsholders will now be subjected to a system of automated fines.The so-called “graduated response” to the file-sharing issue has for years been backed by the mainstream music and movie industries.http://torrentfreak.com/three-strikes-and-youre-still-in-france-kills-piracy-disconnections-130709/

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iaThe owners of Backflip Studios must be doing backflips because Hasbro just paid the company $112 million in cash to take a 70% stake in the mobile game maker. Backflip makes games like Paper Toss and NinJump. The company will continue to make their own games and they will also be making games using Hasbro brands like My Little Pony and Transformers. No word if they will combine titles with something like Paper Pony or Transformer Toss.http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/hasbro-backflip/

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slNokia is dropping plans to market a tablet running the "lighter" version of Microsoft's Windows, Windows RT. earlier this year reports said Nokia had been working on two new tablet designs - one running the full Windows 8 for Intel processors and the other with Windows RT running on ARM-based chips. The Windows 8 project is supposedly still underway.The issue with Windows RT is that it can only run applications made for Windows RT, and none of the programs for Windows XP, Vista Windows 7 and 8 can be used. A version of Microsoft's Office suite is included on RT devices as standard equipment.http://www.thestreet.com/story/11972608/1/nokia-rumored-to-shelve-plans-for-windows-rt.html

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iaIt only took Sprint three hundred years, but it finally owns 100% of Clearwire. Sprint's offer of $5 per share was accepted and the transaction closed today. The deal should help Sprint use Clearwire's spectrum to build out its LTE network.http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/9/4507030/sprint-now-finally-owns-100-percent-of-clearwire

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iaBeats trying to launch streaming music service with AT&Thttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57592222-93/beats-trying-to-launch-streaming-music-service-with-at-t/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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- Cnet reports that Jimmy Iovine has been in talks with AT&T and the major music labels to bundle the Beats music service called Daisy with ATT data plans
- Cnet speculates that you'd get a free trial with the hopes of getting people on board as subscribers
- In the negotiations right now is how much free music to offer and who would eat the costs
- Beats bought MOG (a music subscription service) and Iovine said that he plans to combine MOG with Beats to create Daisy
- Daisy is supposed to powered by a mix of algorithms and curation by humans
- Trent Reznor of NIN is the music service's chief creative officer.

Q: Okay, we've got Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, MOG, and potentially ATT working together - can this service compete with all the other players? (Google, Apple, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Manny, Mo, and Jack)

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slGarmin launches HUD-based in-car navigation for just $130http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160747-garmin-launches-hud-based-in-car-navigation-for-just-130

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- The Garmin HUD. $130. pairs with your smartphone running Garmin StreetPilot or Navigon GPS software via Bluetooth. sticks on your dash. Just like high-end HUDs, the information bounces off a transflective patch on the windshield.
- Displayed information includes turn arrows, distance to the next turn, your speed, the speed limit, excessive speed, estimated time of arrival, and lane guidance (which lane for exits vs. through traffic). If you subscribe to premium services, you can also get traffic info and photo radar alerts.
- Built-in HUDs also offer audio information, adaptive cruise control settings, a tachometer, and forward collision warning. Most are multi-color but not full-color, and most do not yet have the resolution to present a moving map, even if the automaker decided that it wouldn’t be too distracting.
q: nav is obvious, but what else should 3rd party HUDs offer & still be safe? texts? emails? neither?

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iaDoes Nintendo stand a chance this holiday?
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-07-08-does-nintendo-stand-a-chance-this-holiday

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- Yves Guillemot, chairman and CEO of Ubisoft told GamesIndustry.biz that their Wii U game ZombiU was not profitable. Not even close and there are no plans for a sequel.
- It was because of this poor performance that Ubisoft decided to make Rayman Legends a multiplatform game
- Activision was a launch partner for the Wii U, but CEO Eric Hirshberg says "we have no announcements now"
- Peter Moore of EA says it has no games in development for the Wii U. EA doesn't like the lack of a rich multiplayer on the Wii U
- Moore says ""The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]," says Moore. "It's so integral to what we do. They're so small it's hardly worth running the servers."
- Nintendo itself says it's making software development its primary focus.

Q: Nintendo deathwatch time once again?

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slWill New .LA Internet Addresses Boost Los Angeles Entertainment Companies?http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/dot-la-domain-names/

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Introducing .nyc: New York City to get its own top-level domainhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/07/02/new-york-city-to-get-nyc-domain/

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- Today, on Laos’ behalf, URL registry GoDaddy began auctioning dozens of prime entertainment-themed Internet addresses ending in the newly available .LA suffix. The auction ends July 18.
- some examples: comics.la, moviestars.la, producers.la, talentscout.la, screenwriter.la, studios.la, casting.la
- Los Angeles- area companies and people – and possibly some in Louisiana — to sign up for a URL that’s more location specific than one ending in .com, godaddy VP of domains Richards Merdinger said. To further raise money, about 300 of the prime URLs have been set aside for an auction with several verticals, including the one for entertainment names, that GoDaddy is running.
- NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted: the top-level domain .nyc available later this year. will help local businesses' visibility in search results. "Businesses, organizations and residents" will be eligible for the TLD, with registration beginning in late 2013. When it launches, .nyc will be the first city in the United States to receive a geography-based domain.

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slAmazon Quietly Tests Streaming Flash Videos to Kindle Fire Ownershttp://allthingsd.com/20130709/amazon-quietly-tests-streaming-flash-videos-to-kindle-fire-owners/

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- ATD: since Feb, Amazon testing a better way to watch Flash video content on a mobile device.some Kindle Fire owners seeing an option to use an “experimental streaming viewer” when trying to watch video on sites such as NBC.com, CBS.com and Fox.com.
- Kindle Fire browser, known as Silk, divides work between the device and Amazon servers in the cloud. (opera does this too)
- Adobe at one point supported Flash natively on Android devices, but pulled the plug a couple years back.
- there's a need: In just the first month, Amazon said it streamed 1.4 million minutes worth of video — and that was with only a handful of sites enabled.
- can amazon keep flash alive? could amazon expand from video into Flash games or other content?

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iaAmazon launches comic book imprint Jet City Comics, titles to include George R.R. Martin adaptation http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/9/4506742/amazon-announces-jet-city-comics-imprint-george-rr-martin

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Exclusive details on Amazon’s next-gen Kindle Fire tablets
http://bgr.com/2013/07/09/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-2013-exclusive/

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- Amazon is launching its own comic book publishing imprignt called "Jet City Comics"
- The first series will features stories by Neal Stephenson, and an adaption of a George R.R. Martin story
- Amazon will release digital and print copies of their books
- Jet City's focus will be to adapt already successful books in graphic form
- Meanwhile BGR has details on the next line of Kindle Fire tablets with each of the devices getting more pixels. Higher res displays for all. The HD versions will get a physical redesign as well. No mention of e-ink versions

Q: With Amazon producing comic books when are we getting a color eink Kindle or is that never happening with the Fire line?

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AltaVista closed today. It's replaced by a very clean Yahoo search page.http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/07/08/yahoo-shuts-down-internet-relic-altavista/2499419/

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tomorrow 7/10 Samsung will pull the plug on the Boxee Cloud DVR

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also tomorrow T-Mobile hosting event in NYC with its “boldest moves yet.”

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After 9 Months, The Softbank-Sprint Merger Will Be A Done Deal On July 10http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/after-9-months-the-softbank-sprint-merger-will-be-a-done-deal-on-july-10/

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HTC 8XT, Sprint's first Windows 8 phone, drops July 19
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