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TITLE: We Know Who the Real Creep IsGet the dongle ready | $1B doesn't go as far as it used to

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Samsung and Apple shrinking, Zynga swears off gambling, Google has a motion-sensing Google TV? http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Len Peralta, Internet Cartoonist
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Sunday April 20 2014

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Iyaz Akhtar -- I'm Fake Jason Howell

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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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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmThe Wall Street Journal reports Google is working on a set-top box for your TV with a motion sensor and camera for Google hangouts. A prototype was reportedly shown off in secret at CES this past January.At the time the device also had access to Android games and other apps from the Google Play store. Google's Sundar Pichai told All Things D earlier this week that Google TV would soon be a full-fledged Android for television.http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/07/26/wsj-google-working-on-a-set-top-box-that-features-a-video-camera-and-a-motion-sensor/

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slAmazon grew its revenue by 22% year-over-year between April and June, to $15.7 billion, but also posted a loss of $7 million, versus a $7 million profit in the same quarter last year. Why? Amazon has invested heavily in its Kindle business, digital downloads and streaming products, and is working on its China presence, and Jeff Bezos says that Amazon's top ten bestselling products last quarter were all either Kindles, accessories for Kindles, or digital content for Kindles, so perhaps it's money well spent.http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/26/amazon-earnings-report/

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iaIDC just released some worldwide smartphone marketshare numbers. Samsung and Apple are still numbers one and two respectively, but both saw their marketshare drop in the quarter. Three companies are picking up smartphone users and they are LG, Lenovo and ZTE. LG now holds 5.1% of the marketshare and that's due in part to the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G Pro. Lenovo was in the #4 spot after spending two-quarters out of the top 5. http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/07/26/idc-apple-samsung-lose-smartphone-market-share-as-lenovo-and-others-see-greater-growth/

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tmThe Google Chromecast TV dongle just got a little less valuable. At its announcement Wednesday Google included three free months of Netflix with the purchase of the $35 device. Now that part of the deal is off due to overwhelming demand. Pray Google doesn't alter it further.http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/25/chromecast-no-longer-comes-with-free-netflix-because-demand-got-too-nuts/

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slHacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was set to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away. Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers in the world after he showed off how to make an ATM spit out cash in a 2010 demonstration, dubbed "Jackpotting,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/26/net-us-hacker-death-idUSBRE96P0K120130726

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iaAndroid 4.3 is out, so that means people are digging into the code to find out what's in there. Android Police found that the latest version of Android could support up to 640 DPI, which suggests it could run fine on 4K displays. Additionally the site found "App Ops," that would give users more control over what permissions apps have. That feature isn't enabled yet because it isn't fully baked. Lastly, Android Police found the Konami Code works - go to the Games section of Google Play for a little easter egg. http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/26/4558998/android-4-3-hidden-features-app-permissions-4k-support-konami-code

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tmSamsung announced quarterly earnings and it's doing just fine. operating profit increased 47.5% year over year as expected Operating profit in the mobile devision rose 52% year over year to 6.23 trillion won, though it fell 3.5% over the previous quarter despite the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Strategy Analytics estimates Samsung is now more profitable at making phones than Apple. It was a nice quarter Samung, nothing to be ashamed of.http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/25/samsung-q2-profits-up-47-5-but-operating-profit-at-its-mobile-division-slows/

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slThe U.S. government is demanding Internet companies to give up users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders that points to surveillance techniques still publicly undisclosed. If the government has access to an encrypted password, the credential could be used to log in to an account or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57595529-38/feds-tell-web-firms-to-turn-over-user-account-passwords/

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tmGood news for Zynga! The game company reported revenues of $231 million down 31% from a year ago, and a loss of one cent per share. Their reported daily active users of 39 million is down 45 percent from last year. How is this good news? Wall Street expected them to do a lot worse. New CEO Don Mattrick also announced the company would no longer pursue a real-money gambling license in the US, and focus on free-to-play social games.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57595520-93/zynga-beats-street-but-ditches-real-money-gambling-license/

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iaThe BBC reports that the UK pornography filtering system is controlled by Huawei. UK-based employees from Huawei get decide what sites and content are blocked. It's no secret that both UK and US politicians have raised concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese government. The company maintains that those concerns are unfounded. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23452097

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tmIDC: Apple, Samsung lose smartphone market share as Lenovo and others see greater growthhttp://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/07/26/idc-apple-samsung-lose-smartphone-market-share-as-lenovo-and-others-see-greater-growth/CHART

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Samsung ships twice as many smartphones as Apple, but smaller brands chipping away at lead: IDChttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/26/4558798/idc-q2-2013-smartphone-sales-data-samsung-apple-lg-lenovo-zte

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Asian Mobile Makers Squeeze Apple’s Global Smartphone Share To Its Lowest For 3-Years In Record 230M Unit Q2http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/26/apple-smartphone-share-falls-to-14/CHART

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Samsung shipping twice as many phones as Apple sells
- Smartphone industry grew by 50% IDC and 47% SA
- Lenovo and LG growing the fastest
- Selling expensive phones too not just cheap hones accruing to IDC
- Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics says Apple needs new flagship phone
Q: We have seen a similar story from RIM and Nokia in the past. Is it crazy to say Apple risks repeating their mistakes?
IDC marketshare [SA Share]
- Samsung 30.4% DOWN (32.2%) [33.1% UP (31.1)]
- Apple 13.1% yoy DOWN (16.6%) [13.6% DOWN (16.6)]
- LG 4.7% UP (3.1%) [5.3% UP (3.7)]
- Lenovo 4.7% (1st 6 mos. top 5)
- ZTE 4.2% [5.0%]
- Huawei [4.8%]

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iaZynga sees sharp fall in players and income http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23460640

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Game over for Zynga? Firm loses 25 percent of daily active users in one quarter http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/07/game-over-for-zynga-firm-loses-25-percent-of-daily-active-users-in-one-quarter/

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- Zynga reported financials
- Revenue was 38% below last quarter at $230.7m
- The company had a net loss of $15.8M in Q2 (last quarter, it had a profit of $4.1M)
- Monthly average users were 40% lower than last year
- Daily players fell by 45% in three months over the quarter ending in June
- Daily average users are now 39M, the lowest since the company began keeping track (last quarter, daily users fell to 52M)
- Zynga also announced it would not pursue a license for real money gaming in the U.S.
- Zynga says it "believes its biggest opportunity is to focus on free to play social games."
- New CEO Don Mattrick says he would spend the next 90 days "heads down" with his team resetting its product release plan

Q: What can Mattrick and company do to bring back engagement to daily users? What about the move to no longer pursue online gambling?

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slWSJ: Google working on a set-top box with a video camera and a motion sensorhttp://thenextweb.com/google/2013/07/26/wsj-google-working-on-a-set-top-box-that-features-a-video-camera-and-a-motion-sensor/

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- then-google exec Andy Rubin showed off set-top box at CES, running Android, with Hangouts built in, video cam & motion sensor
- 2010- Google TV. last year Nexus Q, both unsuccessful
- secret device allowed people to stream YouTube videos, watch TV shows or movies from the Google Play digital-programming store, and access Android apps such as videogames or, potentially, digital media services such as Netflix and Pandora.
- originally expected to launch at I/O in May
q: is this the next version of chromecast, or did chromecast replace this?

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iaNexus 7 Trade-Ins Suggest Lots Of Upgraders To New Model, Little To No Interest From The iPad Crowd http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/25/nexus-7-trade-ins-suggest-lots-of-upgraders-to-new-model-little-to-no-interest-from-the-ipad-crowd/

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- TechCrunch got some interesting numbers from Gazelle about Nexus 7 trade-ins
- Gazelle tells TechCrunch that there was a 333% spike in the number of Nexus 7 tablets traded in compared to the same day last week
- On Wednesday, the day the new Nexus 7 was official, was the biggest Nexus 7 trade-in day at Gazelle ever
- However, Gazelle did not see any significant increase in iPad trade-ins on the new Nexus 7 launch day.

Q: So it looks like Android users are willing to upgrade, but Google isn't converting iOS users. Is this trouble for Google?

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slGoogle reveals it spent $966 million in Waze acquisitionhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57595620-93/google-reveals-it-spent-$966-million-in-waze-acquisition/

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- financial quarterly report that Google filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday - $966 million for Waze.
- $847 million in goodwill, $188 million in intangible assets, and then minus $69 million in net liabilities. previously speculated that Google paid a little more than $1 billion for Waze.
- bought waze 6 weeks ago, so far no big integration
- 15 other acquisitions in the first half of 2013, including buying Makani Power, Behavio, and Wavii. For these other acquisitions, the Web giant spent $344 million. The tally for all 16 of the acquisitions, which includes Waze, comes to $1.31 billion.
q: price is right? how long until we see waze in google maps?

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tmContent owners warn Congress of “fair use creep,” draw ridiculehttp://gigaom.com/2013/07/26/content-owners-warn-congress-of-fair-use-creep-draw-ridicule/

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Statement on comittee hearinghttp://judiciary.house.gov/news/2013/07252013.htmlSOURCE

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House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property reviewing copyright policy
- "If an environment exists that does not provide adequate copyright protection and blockbuster films become unaffordable and unprofitable due to the threat of piracy, this new and thriving 3D industry will be significantly hampered,” studio executive William Sherak told the subcommittee.
- Repeatedly used the phrase "fair use creep" and warned against fair use expansion
Sandra Aistars, head of the notoriously maximalist Copyright Alliance SOPA
Eugene Mopsik, American Society of Media Photographers; SOPA
John Lapham of Getty Images, a massive stock photo agency;
Tor Hansen of the American Association of Independent Music, SOPA
William Sherak of Stereo D, which does 3D imaging for major studios.
- Technology representative next week

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Make your own protein snacks at home with this tabletop insect farmhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/25/4557988/insect-breeding-station-turns-fly-larvae-into-an-edible-source-of

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Fake memory implanted in mice with a beam of light http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/fake-memory-implanted-in-mice-with-a-beam-of-light/article4955723.ece

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LibreOffice 4.1 Released - including an experimental improved sidebar based on the work of Apache OpenOffice, embedded fonts, better Microsoft Office compatibility (improving their exclusive capability in the free software world of not only being able to read but also write .docx and .xlsx files) and many further Improvementshttp://news.slashdot.org/story/13/07/25/178213/libreoffice-41-released

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16th annual Blackhat starts tomorrow, runs through the 1st in Las Vegashttp://www.blackhat.com/us-13/

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Google+ Local for iOS has one foot in the grave, will rest in peace August 7thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/07/26/google-plus-local-death/

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Xiaomi holding a press conference July 30 to announce a product-related partnership with TenCent's messaging service QQ http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/07/26/xiaomi-will-make-joint-announcement-with-tencent-next-week-on-product-related-partnership-with-qq/

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Hi there!

On episode 801 you guys talked about professor Becker's idea of getting rid of software patents. Well, I live in Brasil, where we don't have software patents, and code is protected under Authorship Law, so I thought I could offer some insight on how things work over here.

First of all, I don't think innovation suffers that much, although that's hard to tell. Software development over here doesn't seem less innovative than other sectors of the economy, on the contrary.

But there is another interesting thing to note. The fact that there is no software patent doesn't completely prevent patent law to be used. For example, mathematical formulas and algorithms are still protected under patent law. So what high level developers will do is use trade secrets to protect specific methods and simpler code ideas, but they use patent law to protect the "real brains" of their aplications, as a mathematical algorithm. I think this is in fact an elegant solution to the problem. Even tough it is certainly less protective to developers, it is also less suited for trolls.

Anyway, love the show.

Lucas

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