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Flipboard heads to the Web, Nobel prize winner cries death to software patents, Nobody's buying Ouya games http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Nate Lanxon Editor, wired.co.uk
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tmNetflix posted great financial numbers yesterday, income rose to earnings per share of 49 cents beating expectations of 40 cents, and sales increased 20% to $1.07 billion, matching expectations, but everybody's talking about subscriber numbers. Netflix matched its own guidance of 630,000 new subscribers but the Street wanted 700,000 so Netflix is now a disappointment. CEO Reed Hastings said in their video earnings call that Netflix would expand into original documentaries and stand-up comedy shows.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-22/netflix-subscriber-growth-falls-short-of-projections.html

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slNokia has launched a bigger Lumia smartphone, the Lumia 625. It comes with a 4.7-inch screen and will cost 220 euros before taxes and subisides. Earlier this month, it unveiled a higher-end Lumia 1020 model with a 41-megapixel camera. Nokia's looking to gain in market share again after falling behind South Korea's Samsung, which has a quarter of the market to Nokia's 15 percent.http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/07/23/us-nokia-big-idINBRE96M09E20130723

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iaIf you're a fan of Flipboard, you might like this next story. Flipboard just launched full HTML5 versions of its magazines that will work on any browser - desktop or mobile. Right now, Flipboard on the web is a bit limited; you'll have access to Flipboard's curated list of magazines. The company says to expect the full experience that lets you access your subscriptions and search by the end of this year or early 2014. http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/23/4547648/flipboard-comes-to-the-browser-with-readable-online-magazines

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tmOne long patent nightmare is finally over. The Eolas patent suit brought in 2009 against a dozen tech companies, alleged infringement of patents around video streaming, search suggestions and other interactive elements on pages. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. upheld a lower court decision that major portions of the "Interactive Web" patents were invalid. Over the years companies like Microsoft, Office Depot, Rent-A-Center, Playboy, Oracle had all settled with Eolas.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57594994-93/eolas-interactive-web-patents-invalid-appeals-court-affirms/

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slChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced a smart TV operating system and is working with a number of partners, including Cisco and Chinese manufacturers, to develop smart TVs, set-top boxes and services to run inside them. Alibaba already has a smartphone and tablet OS called Aliyun, which started as an internal mobile platform and later spun off with a $200 million investment., but A spokesperson tells the next web that Aliyun and the smart TV are “two different products for two different types of devices…[but] it is our aim in the future to create enhanced synergy between the two for multi-device and multi-screen usability.”http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/07/23/alibaba-targets-chinas-living-room-with-new-platform-to-power-smart-tvs-and-set-top-boxes/

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iaThe Syrian Electronic Army is claiming it has stolen 1.5TB of users' personal data from the video and text app Tango. The SEA posted screenshots on its website to prove the hack and says it will turn over much of the information to the Syrian government. Tango confirmed the attack via Twitter, but did not confirm the amount of data stolen or that the SEA is responsible. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23418774

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tmYou might think Apple forgets about podcasts sometimes, but they don't. In fact, Monday they announced the iTunes tore has passed 1 billion podcast subscriptions. Apple said the number is spread across 250,000 unique podcasts in more than 100 languages, with more than 8 million episodes. Some of them not even involving Leo Laporte in any way.http://www.macworld.com/article/2044958/apple-one-billion-itunes-podcast-subscriptions-and-counting.html

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sleBay Now, the same-day shipping service that started in San Francisco and now serves San Jose and New York, is expanding again! the Bay Area Peninsula, plus Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Chicago and Dallas later this summer, are all getting ebay now service, plus the company is today launching a PC version of eBay Now for the desktop.http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/22/ebay-brings-same-day-delivery-service-ebay-now-to-desktop-prepares-regional-expansions/

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tmVerizon announced three new Motorola Droid phones this morning. The thin $199 Droid Ultra, a new $299 Droid Maxx featuring long battery life and the $99 Droid mini which is.. mini... small. All three phones will supposedly have a 24% faster CPU and 100% faster GPU plus 2x the RAM of last year’s models. The phones also feature touchless control through voice, notifications on lock screen, and quick camera access. Sound familiar Moto X leakers? All three phones will be available August 20.http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/23/verizons-nyc-droid-event-is-today/

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iaSamsung released full details on the new Exynos 5 Octa system on a chip. The 5420 variant includes 4 ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.8 GHz and 4 1.3 GHz Cortex A7s. Samsung claims a 20 percent processing increase and twice the 3D graphic power. It also has a memory bandwidth of 14.9 Gigabytes per second, which among other things, lets it do full HD WiFi display support. No word on devices that will use it, but the chip goes into mass production in August.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/22/exynos-5-octa-5420/

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slFlipboard in your web browser starts today with online magazineshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/23/4547648/flipboard-comes-to-the-browser-with-readable-online-magazines

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- Flipboard says users have made over 2.5M "enthusiast" mags —today Flipboard launching full HTML5 versions of those mags. view in any broswer, mobile or web
- edit your own mags from web interface
- full Flipboard experience (with search, your subscriptions, and table of contents) rolling out to users around the end of 2013 or early 2014.
- CEO Mike McCue says Google Reader shutdown played into web move, but the team always wanted to free articles from the app wall.
- click through to articles in curated mags, goes to original site w ads
feels more like pinterest for the average user...

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tmNobel-winning economist: end software patents and cut patent protection to 10 yearshttp://gigaom.com/2013/07/23/nobel-winning-economist-end-software-patents-and-cut-patent-protection-to-10-years/

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On Reforming the Patent System -Beckerhttp://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2013/07/on-reforming-the-patent-system-becker.htmlSOURCE

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Gary Becker, Nobel prize winning economist U of Chicago, cut patent term in half to 10 years, eliminate software and DNA patents.
- Trolls are not a problem because they exits but because of how the market is constructed: "With a well designed and functioning patent system, this type of intermediary would be valuable in the patent market, as they are in the housing and stock markets. The problem arises because a defective patent system creates opportunities for hold ups and excessive litigation by these intermediaries and by others that hold patents."
- "Disputes over software patents are among the most common, expensive, and counterproductive. Their exclusion from the patent system would discourage some software innovations, but the saving from litigation costs over disputed patent rights would more than compensate the economy for that cost. Moreover, some software innovations would be encouraged because the inability to patent software will eliminate uncertainty over whether someone else with a similar patent will sue and do battle in the courts."
Q: Let's take him at his word about the cost for now, should we eliminate software patents even if it loses us some innovation?

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iaOuya has no hit games so far, reports sayhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/22/4547000/ouya-gamers-reportedly-sticking-with-free-games

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Are indies making any money from Ouya?
http://www.edge-online.com/news/are-indies-making-any-money-from-ouya/

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The Ouya Experience: What game developers think so far
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- There are number of reports about how games are doing on the Ouya
- Edge-Online has numbers from TowerFall, the game that was Ouya's flagship launch game. Developer Matt Thorson says they've made about 2000 sales at $15 each
- Thorson sounds positive: "So sales have been surprisingly high for a new game on a new console."
- For the game Nimble Quest, there were 6500+ downloads in the first week and 122 purchases for a profit of $427. NimbleBit's David Marsh said it was "a snap to port it." and recommend indie developers continue to make games for the Ouya since it's "the only console with a truly open store..."
- Gamasutra had a different take from Ryan Wiemer, maker of Organ trail. He says he doesn't know if it was worth the man hours and adding controller support to Oran Trail was a pain & the bulk of the port
- When asked what's good about Ouya developers seem generally happy with Ouya's support saying it's easy to publish a game and getting technical support
- On the downside, developers think the controller is n issue (accuracy, buttons getting stuck). Game discovery and marketing also are problematic.

Q: Does the low revenue ensure that Ouya will only have indie games? Is that a bad thing?

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sleBay Brings Same-Day Delivery Service eBay Now To Desktop, Prepares Regional Expansionshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/07/22/ebay-brings-same-day-delivery-service-ebay-now-to-desktop-prepares-regional-expansions/

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- eBay Now, same-day shipping service live San Francisco, San Jose & New York. now added service for Bay Area Peninsula, Brooklyn & Queens, later this summer Chicago and Dallas
- also launching PC version of eBay Now for the desktop.
- ebay now is for web is e-commerce site. On the dedicated homepage, users can browse and search for products available at neighborhood stores, as well as view product information including descriptions, pricing, ratings and reviews
- big partners: The Home Depot, Target, Macy’s, GNC, Walgreens, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Office Depot, Urban Outfitters, RadioShack and AutoZone - many also Google shopping express partners too. other startups in space with smaller local businesses
- right now aimed at "within an hour" but Later this summer, eBay Now will introduce a new capability that lets shoppers choose their delivery window.

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iaGoogle uses Gmail's promotions inbox to promote a new kind of ad
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/22/4546906/google-uses-gmails-promotions-inbox-to-promote-a-new-kind-of-ad

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Chill: Gmail’s New Email Ads Aren’t Actually New, And Aren’t Even Real Emails
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/22/chill-gmails-new-email-ads-arent-actually-new-and-arent-even-real-emails/

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- A new kind of ad is showing up in Gmail
- This appears if you're using the new Gmail where you have several tabs for your primary, social, and promotions email
- In the promotions tab, you'll see ads in the same column as you would see email
- There are two kinds: one that links out, another that expands in your inbox when you click them
- The ads are offset from the rest of your email with as they are colored with a light yellow with the word "Ad" appearing under the "sender's" name.
- You haven't been signed up for new emails - these are ads placed in your email list
- Google says you'll only see sponsored links in the promotions tab and not on the ticker on the top of the inbox

Q: From what I've seen online, some folks think this is spammy behavior by Google, others think it's just fine. Where do you stand on this new approach by Google?

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tmCNET’s Download.com Gains Crapware Status http://www.groovypost.com/unplugged/confirmed-cnet-download-com-gains-crapware-status/#comment-364343

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CNET Joins the Dark Side, its Download.com Attempts to Fill Your Computer With Crapwarehttp://www.groovypost.com/howto/avoid-computer-bloatware-from-cnet-download-com-crapware/

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Download.com wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivationshttp://www.extremetech.com/computing/93504-download-com-wraps-downloads-in-bloatware-lies-about-motivations

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Download.com sorry for bundling Nmap with crapwarehttp://www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2011/12/09/download_nmap_toolbar_row_latest/

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All the way back to 2005http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,12475809

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NiNite.comhttps://ninite.com/SOURCE

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-SubReddit really upset about CNET's Download.com
- In August, ExtremeTech warned developers all updates to software would be wrapped in TechTracker software
- In November Download apologized for wrapping open source software (Nmap, VLC) with toolbar installers
- Groovypost shows the confusing process to install without adding things like Delta Toolbar or SweetPacks
- Might look into ninite.com. Installs for you and says no to all toolbars and extra software
- Not a new thing for Download.com actually. Or most download services.
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Spare Android power to share? BOINC app lets you use it to lend science a helping handhttp://www.zdnet.com/spare-android-power-to-share-boinc-app-lets-you-use-it-to-lend-science-a-helping-hand-7000018427/

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Charging customers to upgrade to iOS 7 apps might hurt iPhone and iPad sales.

Among the many reasons some users stick with the iPhone or iPad is because they have a significant dollar investment in iOS apps. Apple risks letting Google and other competitors peel away customers if many developers try to charge customers to pay all over again to get the iOS 7 version of apps they already own.

If a user is going to have to pay for an app anyway, he or she might see this as an opportunity to jump to an Android or Windows phone or to buy a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet instead of waiting for the next release of the Ipad or iPad Mini. And this issue may also influence the purchase decisions of owners of older versions of iOS devices that won't be able to run iOS 7: the total buy-in cost of hardware and apps might make a new Android or Windows purchase a better overall value, and still give the customer a good overall user experience.

Great show and thought-provoking news stories. Keep up the good work.

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Hi TNT gang!

Regarding your lukewarm response to the Leap Motion controller in episode 800: I agree that it's kind of gimmicky when used to interact with a laptop but I think focusing on laptops is a little nearsighted. I have two smartwatches and the input options on both of them stink - one has a touchscreen which is too small to be useful, and the other has hardware buttons which is too limiting for developers.

If it was small enough, Leap would be the perfect input method for a smartwatch - your finger wouldn't block the content (as with a tiny touchscreen), and app developers would be able to create novel and expressive interactions (which is impossible with hardware buttons).

Plus, we don't have 30 years of mouse-based software baggage on watches. Assuming they catch on, we're all going to have to learn how to interact with - and program for - smartwatches; Leap-style touchless gestures seem perfectly suited for this particular form factor.

Love the show!

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