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63 organizations ask US Gov't for transparency on NSA requests, Verizon gets in the upgarde game, Netflix up for Emmys http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Vlad Savov, Senior Editor, The Verge
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tmVerizon announced their new phone upgrade plan Edge during their positive quarterly earnings call this morning. Starting August 25th, Verizon customers can go on a non-contract plan where they pay the cost of the phone over 24 months and can upgrade after six months, although upgrading customers must pay half the cost of the phone. That means you have to pay off the phone if you upgrade before 12 months. Unlike T-Mobile's Jump plan, but exactly like AT&T's Next plan, Verizon's Edge gives no reduction in monthly service costs. as for the earnings, Verizon added 941,000 subscribers and earned $5.2 billion in profit up 16% year over year.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57594327-94/verizon-unveils-edge-its-own-pricey-early-upgrade-plan/

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slAndroid Central has what it says are the first photos of the next-gen Nexus 7, or at least a very convincing prototype. If it turns out to be legit, the device is still made by Asus, there should be 16 & 32gb options, a 7-inch LCD display, 1.2-megapixel front camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The device appears to run Android 4.3, uses microUSB for connections, has dual speakers, and possibly even 4 gigabytes of DDR3L RAM. ALSO another version of Android 4.3 popped up int he wild Google+ user Jeff Williams bought a Nexus 4 off Craigslist and posted a screen shot of the device running Android version 4.3 and build number JWR66N. So probably a new Android OS next week too.http://www.androidcentral.com/new-nexus-7-pics-video-specs

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Android 4.3 pops up on Nexus 4 bought from Craigslisthttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57594362-94/android-4.3-pops-up-on-nexus-4-bought-from-craigslist/

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iaYou don't see this very often, but Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are all on the same side by signing a letter that requests the U.S. government allow the companies to give more details about government requests for user information. The letter is signed by an alliance of 63 made up of tech companies, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations. They also ask the government to issue a transparency report of its own detailing "the total number of information requests made and the number of individuals affected by each." http://allthingsd.com/20130717/apple-google-facebook-microsoft-twitter-and-others-to-mount-push-for-more-nsa-transparency/

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tmRemember my prediction that Nokia would be in trouble and BlackBerry would stabilize this year? Well, you can forget I said that now. After Blackberry's wreck of an earnings report a few weeks ago, Nokia came in with a not-nearly-as-ugly quarter. Sure revenue is down year over year but the loss is also down to only €115 million. But smartphone sales are growing. 7.4 million Windows Phone 8 devices sold in Q2 up from 5.6 million in Q1 and 4.4 million in Q4.http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/nokia-q2-2013/

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slHTC has introduced the One mini, a 4.3-inch version of its flagship smartphone the One. HTC is pricing the Mini "two price points below the HTC One" by stepping down to a 1.4GHz dual-core processor (Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of non-expandable storage, and the loss of NFC, optical image stabilization for the camera, and an IR blaster. HTC says not to fret, though, the One mini will provide "exactly the same experience" to customers at its big bro.http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/18/4530946/htc-one-mini-specs-release-date-price

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iaSamsung just introduced the world to its 1TB solid state drive. The Samsung 840 EVO uses 10-nanometer class 128 gigabit NAND flash memory in conjunction with Samsung's MEX controller, which allows the drive ridiculous read/write speeds in the over 500MB/second territory. The 1TB model will cost $650 and is a part of a line of EVO SSDs. The smallest drive, a 128GB model, will cost $110. http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_1tb_capacity_840_evo_series_ssd_solves_your_storage_woes

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tmCNET reports sources say Google is experimenting with encrypting all Google Drive files while stored. Google encrypts transmissions to and from the cloud storage service already. Encrypting the files while stored would prevent Google, and any government that might want to look at the files, from knowing what's in them. Only the user would have the key. Services like SpiderOak already practice "zero knowledge" encryption, meaning only the file's owner can read the data.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57594171-38/google-tests-encryption-to-protect-users-drive-files-against-government-demands/

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slThe UK government says it will investigate Huawei's involvement in a cybersecurity centre, following a report by the parliament's intelligence committe that staff were working at the base, located in Oxfordshire.
US politicians have worried Huawei may be a threat because of links to China's government and military, but Huawei has strongly denied having close ties to the Chinese state and has stressed that it is 98.6%-per-cent-owned by its employees. It has been active in the UK after striking a multi-billion pound deal to provide networking equipment to BT in 2005.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23355950

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tmMore than a year after taking in the first applications for generic top-level domains, ICANN has issued its first approvals. The winners? The arabic word for web or network. Game in Chinese. AND Russian for online and site. These will all be the first non-latin character domain names. One loser is Amazon. An ICANN committee recommended against granting .amazon to the Seattle company as it might be confused with the Amazon region of South America.http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/icann-first-new-generic-top-level-domains/

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iaAll work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Microsoft firmly believes this because it is bundling 12 months of Xbox Live Gold with Office 365 subscriptions. This is a limited promotion that runs between July 18th and September 28th and requires you to purchase either a year-long Office 365 subscription or a 4-year Office 365 University subscription. The offer is not available in the U.S., but is available in most of Europe, Asia and Australia. http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/18/4534342/free-xbox-live-with-office-365-subscription

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tmHere’s the letter Apple, Google, Microsoft and others sent to the US government over data requestshttps://www.cdt.org/files/pdfs/weneedtoknow-transparency-letter.pdf

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I'm going to read from the letter what theyre asking for and then go around the table to get your opinion of how valuable this information is and what the consequences will be of the gov't aggreeing or not agreeing to grant the request?22 companies, 6 Investors, 35 Non-profits

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slVerizon unveils Edge, its own pricey early upgrade planhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57594327-94/verizon-unveils-edge-its-own-pricey-early-upgrade-plan/

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Verizon adds 941,000 subscribers, activates 3.9 million iPhones during second quarterhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/18/4532886/verizon-q2-2013-earnings-financials

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- T-Mobile has Jump, AT&T has Next now Verizon has Edge, its no-contract plan to upgrade to a new phone after six months. starts AUG 25
- Edge is "no-contract plan": customer pays full price of a phone over 24 monthly installments. But after 6 months, customers can upgrade to a new device -- but they have to pay for half of the cost of their previous device and turn it in.
- MATH: after 6 months, customer would have only paid off a quarter of their device. Another quarter is owed if the customer upgrades. makes more sense to just upgrade after 12 months
- unlimited plans ineligible, otherwise no added fees
- added 941k subscribers between March and June, took in $5.2B in profit on $29.8B in revenue. After splitting its profits with Vodafone, which has a 45% controlling stake in Verizon, Verizon itself earned $2.2 billion. The wireless arm of the company brought in $20B in revenue. Compared to last year, Verizon total business is up 4.3% in revenue and 16% in profits.
- activated 7.5M smartphones and 6.4M LTE devices this quarter. Over 51% of those activated smartphones (3.9 million) were iPhones
q: if over half of new verizon peeps are iphone users on at least a yearly device cycle, who does Edge make sense for?

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iaNetflix's original content gets Emmy validation http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57594275-93/netflixs-original-content-gets-emmy-validation/

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- Netflix Original Series "house of cards" got 9 Emmy nominations including best drama, best actor in a drama, best actress in a drama
- arrested development picked up an Emmy nomination for Jason Bateman (three total)
- hemlock grove got two
- this is the first time online programming has been nominated for such high awards
- Changes to Emmy rules in 2008 anointed the Internet as an eligible platform to qualify for an Emmy nomination

Q: how can Netflix use these award nominations to build a subscriber base? Should traditional networks be afraid?

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slPaid Apps On The Decline: 90% Of iOS Apps Are Free, Up From 80-84% During 2010-2012, Says Flurryhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/07/18/paid-apps-on-the-decline-90-of-ios-apps-are-free-up-from-80-84-during-2010-2012-says-flurry/

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- app analytics provider Flurry (runs in almost 300k mobile apps) published new report focused on app price changes over time.
- 80 to 84% of iOS apps were free between 2010 and 2012, but by 2013, 90% of iOS apps in its network were now free.
- free apps can still make money: revenue through advertisements, in-app purchases, or pushing users to premium version
- on Android, users less willing to pay for mobile apps than those on iOS. In April 2013, the average price of Android apps (factoring in free and paid) was $0.06, while on iPhone it was $0.19 and on iPad it came to $0.50.
- in-app purchasing goldmine: Candy Crush Saga is pulling in $633,000 per day, according to some reports.
- most apps won't ever be in top 10 - Data released by Distimo earlier this year stated that only 2% of iPhone top publishers were "new" apps, and only 3% on Google Play
q: is this the next entertainment model.. suffer through ads for free content? any other way to compete?

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iaOuya launches fund-matching Kickstarter project for game developershttp://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/ouya-launches-fund-matching-kickstarter-project-for-games/

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- Ouya is going to give developers money!
- The company announced it will launch a $1M kickstarter campaign on August 9th.
- Developers who pledge between $50k and $250k will receive matching funds from Ouya
- Ouya will fund until the $1M is spent or August 10, 2014 - whichever comes first.
- Ouya will also give a 100k bonus to the one developer who raises the most
- So what's the catch? Developers who take Ouya's money will make their games exclusive to the console for AT LEAST six months.

Q: What do you think of this promotion? What kind of quality of games do you expect?

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tmAs PC sales slump, Intel's new CEO claims cheap, convertible tablets are the way forwardhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/17/4532908/intel-q2-2013-pc-less-interesting-than-ultramobility

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Intel's new CEO and Atom chip face uphill climb to mobilityhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57594354-92/intels-new-ceo-and-atom-chip-face-uphill-climb-to-mobility/

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Intel posts Q2 2013 earnings: revenue of $12.8 billion, net profit of $2 billlionhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/07/17/intel-posts-q2-2013-earnings-revenue-of-12-8-billion-net-prof/

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- PC Client group revenue dropped 7.5%; Other Intel Architecture Group (mobile) dropped 15%
- Haswell and Bay Trail chips will power a host of new clamshells and tablets, 50 new convertible "2-in-1" designs with folding, flipping, or detaching keyboards.
- Sell for around $400, touch screen laptops less than $300, tablets less than $200
- Emphasized Android and Windows both run on x86
- as for Atom: "We will move Atom even faster to our leading edge silicon technology,"
Q: So, netbooks again, or can Intel really make mobile its future?

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Autonomous Robots Self-Assemble and Take Flight as Onehttp://www.wired.com/design/2013/07/distributed-flight-array-modular-self-assembling-flying-robots/VIDEO

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat Into Drinking Waterhttp://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/07/18/1251243/swedish-machine-turns-sweat-into-drinking-water

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Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon linkhttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/18/boffins_prep_space_lasers_for_comms/

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Dell shareholder meeting adjourned to July 24 - issue of whether to approve Michael Dell's $24.4 billion proposal to take the company private or Carl Icahn's counteroffer.http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/18/4534508/dell-shareholders-postpone-decision-on-buyout-proposals-for-another

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45 Minutes to NY is not the story.... Amazon package to your neighborhood distribution center in 45 minutes is where the money and the story will lead many years before people.

Fewer regulations, higher profit margin and the backing of major retailers or cargo carriers will build the project.

Can you imagine how much money FedEx or UPS could save by cutting their Air Force by 50 to 60%. And also by charging more money by having delivery under an hour.

This will be a game changer, but not for people.

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