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Why YouTube buffers on your ISP, Amazon to crowdsource pilot greenlights, Google Glass gets a cheaper competitor http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Kevin Tofel, Senior Writer, GigaOM.com
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tmChina Labor Watch has alleged that three factories of Chinese company Pegatron violate International and Chinese laws and standards. Among the allegations are underage labor, contract violations and excessive working hours. Pegatron chief executive Jason Cheng said the company would investigate the allegations immediately and correct any violations. Pegatron makes parts for Apple products. Apple said its auditors would return to Pegatron this week for special inspections.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23486638

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slApple has confirmed that Bob Mansfield, is no longer Senior VP of Technologies or on its senior leadership team, and reports over the weekend noted that Mansfield had been dropped from Apple’s executive webpage. Apple states that despite leaving his current position, Mansfield will work on ‘special projects’ for the company in a role that sees him report to CEO Tim Cook directly. Mansfield had previously announced his plans to retire after 13 years heading up Apple's hardware division, but had agreed to remain with the company until 2014.http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/07/29/apple-confirms-bob-mansfield-will-work-on-special-projects-after-leaving-senior-vp-of-tech-role/

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iaThe Business Software Alliance, a trade group that represents companies including Microsoft and Intel, is aligning itself with Apple in Apple's case against Samsung before the International Trade Commission. The ITC ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung patents that could lead to certain Apple products being banned. Apple argued those patents were "standard essential" patents. The Business Software Alliance told the ITC that the use of essential industry patents should not be used to ban products except under unusual circumstances. http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/29/microsoft-intel-oracle-att-come-to-apples-defense-in-looming-iphone-4-ban

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tmSony and Panasonic apparently do not believe the disc is dead. Panasonic announced Monday it will work with Sony to create a new standard for an optical disc capable of recording at least 300 GB of data. The new format is planned for an unveiling by the end of 2015 and will target those who need to archive large amounts of data for long-term storage.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57595903-93/sony-panasonic-team-up-to-develop-300gb-optical-disc/

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slAre you ready for the iPhone 5C? Pictures of packaging with that name have begun floating around, leading more speculation than ever that the budget iPhone is right around the corner. The latest pictures, posted on Chinese forum WeiPhone, seem to support the rumors that the cheaper iPhone will reintroduce the polycarbonate casing of the iPhone 3GS, and could make it easier to produce it in a range of colors. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/29/budget-iphone

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iaNokia's VP of App Development Bryan Biniak gave an interview with the International Business Times where he groused about Microsoft's slow pace of progress on Windows Phone. He says that Nokia is "trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at Microsoft] to say 'time is of the essence.'" Biniak did say that Nokia and MS are still close partners, but the two companies are working very differently. http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/29/4567046/nokia-frustrated-by-microsoft-windows-phone-slow-progress

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tmToshiba just announced new Satellite laptops with the look of their sleek brushed-metal Kirabook line for a little less money. The 15-inch E55 ultra book has a touch screen and sells for $679 with an AMD processor and $899 for an Intel core i-series. The 14-inch E45 will be a Best Buy retail exclusive for $799 or $817 from the Toshiba website. The E45t Best Buy version will be available August 4 with the E55 series following in September.http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3121_7-57595752-220/toshiba-adds-high-price-looks-to-new-midprice-laptops/

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slBack in January at CES, Dell showed off its Android-powered Project Ophelia dongle that plugs into a TV, or any other display with an HDMI port. Now finally, it looks like units are being shipped to testers. Ophelia’s big draw its support for Dell’s Wyse cloud computing tech, which allows users to remotely access files stored on PCs or servers and connect to Citrix or VMware-powered virtual machines. Ophelia has a $100 price tag, and if it's a hit, might provide a lot more insight into Dell's post-PC world domination strategy.http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/28/dells-cloud-friendly-project-ophelia-inches-closer-to-release-as-testers-receive-early-units/

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tmCorning introduced Gorilla glass for your laptop Monday. Gorilla Glass NBT is still the same strong scratch-resistant glass you know from smartphones but made specifically for touchscreen laptops. Corning says the new glass would only raise the cost of a laptop by a couple percentage points. Dell says it will introduce laptops with Gorilla Glass NBT this autumn.http://gigaom.com/2013/07/29/why-your-next-laptop-could-use-gorilla-glass-just-like-your-smartphone-does/

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iaIllya Segalovich, co-founder of Yandex, died on Saturday after battling stomach and brain cancer. Yandex is Russia's largest search engine. Seegalovich served as Yandex's CTO. He was 48 years old. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57595856-93/yandex-co-founder-ilya-segalovich-dies-at-age-48/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Kevin Tofel, Senior Writer, GigaOM.com
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iaAmazon Studios May Crowdsource Selection of Its Web TV Show Pilots http://allthingsd.com/20130729/amazon-studios-chief-wants-to-crowdsource-web-series-pilots/

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- Amazon Studios director Roy Price said he'd like to figure out a way to get viewer feedback on shows before a pilot is created
- He asked, "Is there a way to test a concept, short of making a full-blown pilot?"
- Currently, Amazon choses the pilots and then asked for feedback from the general public. That feedback was influential as to which pilots became series
- It's optioned five of the 14 pilots it released

Q: What kind of pre-pilot test would work for Amazon? Trailers? Storyboards? Comic books?

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tmWhy YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online videohttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/why-youtube-buffers-the-secret-deals-that-make-and-break-online-video/

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Jon Brodkin from Ars Technica
- Peering: agreements to exchange traffic between networks.
- cacheing services - stores data closer to end users
- Most often inaction. Not adding capacity (peering disputes less frequent)
- More apparent with video because latency and high data.
- Everybody's paying already. Netflix pays Cogent, Customers pay Verizon.
- Motivation for ISP is data is a high-margin utility product under local monopoly control
- Only 34 percent of US households have a choice of Internet providers offering at least 6Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up
- 1 solution, ISP's selling video products outside their network (Redbox)
Q: What can we do as end users?

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slAmazon is hiring 5,000 staff to grow its US-based fulfillment team by 25%http://thenextweb.com/us/2013/07/29/amazon-is-hiring-5000-staff-to-grow-its-us-based-fulfillment-team-by-25/

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- Amazon is expanding its operations team in the US by 25%, company announced that it will hire an additional 5,000 staff “to meet growing customer demand.”
- Currently Amazon’s fulfillment business has 20,000 employees that manage operations, including business analysis, inventory management, customer delivery and engineering processes.
- will also hire 2,000 full-time and part-time customer service representatives.
- Amazon has more than tripled its staff over the last three years, and the company’s payroll currently counts 97,000 employees across all divisions.
- Jeff Bezos has said he isn't concerned w quarterly progress - last week Amazon reported net loss of $7M
- TNW says interesting this news comes days before President Obama is scheduled to visit Amazon’s fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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iaEven Nokia thinks there’s a Windows Phone app gap of sortshttp://gigaom.com/2013/07/29/even-nokia-thinks-theres-a-windows-phone-app-gap-of-sorts/

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Nokia left frustrated by Microsoft's slow Windows Phone progress http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/29/4567046/nokia-frustrated-by-microsoft-windows-phone-slow-progress

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Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve to Make Windows Phone a Success
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- Nokia's VP of App Development Bryan Biniak gave an interview to the International Business Times and talked a bit about MS
- He says that Nokia is "trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at MS] to say 'time is of the essence.'"
- Biniak said of MS "waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn't do us any good when I have phones to sell today."
- On apps: He says that if there is an app someone cares about and it's not on Nokia's phones, that's a missed opportunity of a sale. "You can't sell a phone without the apps, you just can't."
- "To give you a reason to switch, I need to make sure the apps that you care about on your device are not only on our phones, but are better. I also need to provide you unique experiences that you can't get on your other devices."

Q: Does this signal a larger issue between Nokia and Microsoft?

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slMove Over Google Glass — GlassUp Is A Less Creepy And Much Cheaper Pair Of AR Specshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/07/29/glassup/

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Indiegogo campaignhttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/glassup-augmented-reality-glasses-that-display-messages-from-your-smartphoneVIDEO

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- backlash against Google Glass being creepy, unwanted surveillence
- GlassUp is a prototype pair of augmented reality specs w/o camera. Seeking funds to start manufacturing on Indiegogo. wearer can receive text messages and updates overlaid over the central portion of their field of vision — so while they intrude on the wearer’s vision, they aren't recording the world around them. connect as a second-screen via bluetooth from smartphone
- navigate handsfree and without having to stop every few yards to consult a map/smartphone. Or a tourist wanting to get info about the historical landmarks they are seeing pushed to their eye-line as they explore a new city. Other imagined use-cases include for cooks or warehouse workers needing info as they work.
-UNUSUAL: they say will deliver products even if they fail to achieve their funding goal — thanks to unnamed investor backers. GlassUp is due to go on sale from February next year.
- q: if you take the creepy out, is there still a need here?

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tmTHE HARDWARE REVOLUTION IS UPON US AND WHY IT MATTERShttp://www.trueventures.com/2013/07/27/the-hardware-revolution-is-upon-us-and-why-it-matters/

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Article by Jon at TrueVentures.com (funded FitBit, MakerBot, GigaOM and more)
Smartphones caused cheap processors, memory and sensors
- Kickstarter and Quirky, ubiquitous wireless broadband, 3D Printing
- Building factories is no longer a prerequisite for building products.
- All connected to data. MakerBot to Thingiverse for instance
Q: Conventional wisdom is that hardware has matured… not true?

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First Open Source Airplane Could Cost Just $15,000http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/open-source-airplane-design/

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XKCD's 'Time' comic comes to an end after more than 3,000 panelshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/29/4567134/xkcd-time-comic-finishes-after-four-months-3000-panels

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RHex Robot Shows Off Parkour Moveshttp://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/07/29/0258208/rhex-robot-shows-off-parkour-movesVIDEO on clickthrough

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Speed Limit Set for Ultrafast Electrical Switchhttp://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2013-07-28-ultrafast-electrical-switch.aspx

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TOMORROW 7/30 Xiaomi holding a press conference to announce a product-related partnership with TenCent's messaging service QQ

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Hi guys.

On Friday you were trying to figure out if there is a similarity between what is happening to Apple to what happened to Blackberry and Nokia.

I think a better parallel would be what happened between Apple and Microsoft many years ago. Apple was way ahead with a great WYSIWYG computer. Microsoft was years behind Apple. Apple's O/S stagnated at the level where they were as Microsoft improved year after year. Eventually, Microsoft improved over the old Apple operating system and had almost all the market share.

Also, Apple's computers were a very closed and controlled system while PCs were much more open and allowed 'clones' to be made by other companies.

I think this comparison is very close to the Apple/Android of today.
Hope you had a good weekend,
Amy from MD

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