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Did Samsung fake benchmark results? OpenTable wants to help pay your bill, Google's net neutrality views change now that it's an ISP http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Molly Wood, Executive Editor, Host of Always On, CNET
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tmMobile phone benchmarks are now being gamed just like the PC. A contributor at the Beyond3D forum claimed the Galaxy S4 only ran at 533 MHz for benchmark software. Anandtech confirmed this for many but not all benchmarking apps. Anandtech also found the CPU ran at different speeds under different benchmarking apps. Code in the TwDVFSApp.apk app indicate this is by design. Samsung says the GPU runs at 533 MHz for many programs but "the maximum GPU frequency is lowered to 480MHz for certain gaming apps" to avoid an overload.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23512887

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slGoogle has announced that starting in August, it will equip 7000 Starbucks locations in the US with free Google-powered WiFi. Starbucks already offers free WiFi via AT&T, but with the roll out Google says that customers will get speeds “up to 10x faster” than before. Burn on you, AT&T. By the way if you’re in a Google Fiber city (Kansas), this speed will jump up to 100 times faster. http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/07/31/google-to-roll-out-free-wifi-at-7000-starbucks-stores-in-the-us/

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iaThe Guardian has a report up that spotlights X-Keyscore, the National Security Agency's program that allows the agency to access "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet." The information comes fro m leaked slides from an X-Keyscore presentation. In the slides, the NSA program gives access to chats, browsing history, private messages, pretty much anything. X-Keyscore appears to be easy to use, too. For example To monitor a Facebook chat, all an agent would need is the Facebook username and a date range. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data

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tmOffice mobile came to Android today as long as you have Android 4.0 or more recent. The app is similar to the iOS Office app. You'll need an Office 365 subscription to view or edit documents. Editing is available for Word and Excel documents but is limited and documents are stored in Sky Drive. The app is only made for phones. Microsoft recommends using the Web version of Office for Android tablets.http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4571912/microsoft-office-for-android-features-screenshots

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slMicrosoft earned $853 million in revenue from its Surface tablets since their debut last fall. This number was revealed in an annual financial report that Microsoft filed with the Security and Exchange Commission, although this didn't include the number of units sold, or how many units were Surface RTs vs. Surface Pros. The number is less than the $900 million the company had to pay for Surface RT inventory adjustments and also less than the $898 million Microsoft paid for Windows 8 and Surface advertising. Although Walmart apparently is temporarily sold out of the discounted Surface RT devices.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57596235-75/microsoft-surface-revenue-comes-in-at-$853-million/

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iaYou know what we don't cover enough of? Word processors. Say hello to Quip, a new word processor that is designed for mobile use. It comes from the ex-CTO of Facebook, Bret Taylor and it works on the web and iOS. Taylor told TechCrunch that Quip is "optimized for the era of tablets and phones." Quip reformats the document for whatever screen you're using and also has collaboration tools. Quip is free for personal use; a business license is $12 per month. An Android version of the app is in development. http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/30/quip-mobile-word-processor/

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tmBloomberg reports Facebook plans to sell TV-style video advertisements for as much as $2.5 million a day. Reportedly the 15-second ads will be offered for sale to advertisers later this year on a full-day basis targeting age and gender. Users will not see any given ad more than three times in a day.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/facebook-said-to-plan-to-sell-tv-style-ads-for-2-5m-each.html

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slA UK court recently ruled that Microsoft's SkyDrive name infringed on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), and Microsoft has agreed to change the name to something else. In a settlement issued on Wednesday, BSkyB notes that Microsoft will not appeal the court ruling and that the company will allow Microsoft to continue using the brand "for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand."http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4574878/microsoft-skydrive-name-change-bskyb

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tmDouglas McClendon of Kansas filed an FCC complaint regarding Google Fiber terms that forbid hosting "any kind of server." In a response to the FCC, Google claims an exemption from the Open Internet Order for "reasonable network management" and cites similar policies of several other major ISPs. Ryan Singel of Wired points out that Google's terms would technically outlaw things like Minecraft and Slingbox, but Google employees in forums say Google would not try to shut down those sorts of servers.crud tom,

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iaNintendo released its financial information for the quarter ending in June. The company reported a profit of $88 million, but an operating loss of roughly $50 million. The company sold 160,000 Wii U consoles, which is down from the previous quarter when it sold 390,000 units. http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/31/nintendo-reports-quarterly-revenue-down/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Molly Wood, Executive Editor, Host of Always On, CNET
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iaLooking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4http://www.anandtech.com/show/7187/looking-at-cpugpu-benchmark-optimizations-galaxy-s-4TABLE<-- table is labeled "GT-I9500 Triangle Throughput Performance"

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Samsung skewed Galaxy S4 reviews by rigging benchmarks, report sayshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/30/4573132/samsung-allegedly-boosted-galaxy-s4-benchmarks

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Samsung claims innocence in face of benchmark-rigging allegations http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4574210/samsung-benchmark-rigging-response

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Update on GPU Optimizations in Galaxy S 4http://www.anandtech.com/show/7192/update-on-gpu-optimizations-galaxy-s-4

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- Samsung may be rigging benchmarking tests for its Galaxy S4
- A post on the Beyond3D forum sparked Anandtech to investigate and found the GPU in the international version of the phone runs at 532MHz in benchmarking apps, but normally is clocked to 480Mhz
- Anandtech said that the max GPU frequency of 532Mhz was limited to specific benchmarks
- Anandtech says this would roughly lead to a 11% boost reported in performance
- The CPU in the International and U.S. versions also jumps in performance with the benchmarks
- The highest CPU frequencies were usable by all the apps, they were forced to max in the benchmarks
- Anandtech also found code on the Galaxy S4 that included a string called "BenchmarkBooster" which lists a number of benchmarking apps on a whitelist that would modify the frequencies
- Samsung issued a statement saying "[We] did not use a specific tool on purpose to achieve higher benchmark scores." and that certain full screen apps like the camera, browser, video player and benchmarking tools require the highest performance available.
- Samsung doesn't publicly tout the GPU speed
- After Anandtech took a look at Samsung's statment, they agreed that Samsung's statement is in line with their findings.

Q: If Samsung did rig benchmark results, is this a big deal?

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slOnline reservation service OpenTable starts testing mobile payments for diners to pay checks in-apphttp://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/opentable-begins-testing-mobile-payments/?_r=1&

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- opentable testing restaurant bill in-app payments. Matthew Roberts, chief executive of OpenTable tells NYT: At the end of a meal, the diner would open the OpenTable app and pay the check. The diner can review the check, adjust the tip and finish the payment.
- OpenTable would not take a cut of each transaction if a diner paid with the app. The restaurant would be charged the typical interchange fee for a credit card transaction. Launch will start in SF.
- OpenTable works with 28,000 restaurants globally. Last month paid $11M in stock to acquire JustChalo, a mobile technology company working on a payments application for restaurants.
- not having to wait for check is great. but what if you get up and leave and restaurant thinks you're dashing? OpenTable is trying to solve problems like this before the feature goes live, Mr. Roberts said.
q: what's most seamless way to handle this in restaurants?

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tmNow That It’s in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutralityhttp://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/google-neutrality/

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Google Letterhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1914342/Google%20Fiber%20Response%20to%20McClendon%20Complaint%20(AS%20FILED%20072913).pdfSOURCE

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Google Fiber forumshttp://productforums.google.com/forum/#!searchin/fiber/server/fiber/-ixejP9yHj4/lGJ6iPAXoe0JSOURCE

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Google Fiber ToS - "Unless you have a written agreement with Google Fiber permitting you do so, you should not host any type of server using your Google Fiber connection,"
- Douglas McClendon complained that this violates FCC's Open Internet Order
- Google claims “reasonable network management” “Google Fiber’s server policy is consistent with policies of many major providers in the industry,”
- Technically bans Minecraft, Slingbox, Nest, VNC, Dropcam.
- in the Google Fiber forums, employees assure subscribers the rules aren’t meant to apply to Minecraft servers.
- Google obviously wants to limit reselling or unknown server farms. But they ban everything anyway.
Q: An electrical utility would have a problem with you reselling electricity or if you draw massively unusual amounts of energy because it impacts the grid, where should the line be for an ISP?

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iaNintendo swings back to net profit, but it sold only 160K Wii U consoles in past quarterhttp://venturebeat.com/2013/07/31/nintendo-swings-back-to-net-profit-but-it-sold-only-160k-wii-u-consoles-in-past-quarter/#eG5mdmkm6dhPkChB.99

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Nintendo sold just 160,000 Wii U systems worldwide last quarter
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4574032/nintendo-earnings-q1-2013CHART

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Yen fall returns Nintendo to profithttp://www.boston.com/business/technology/2013/07/31/yen-fall-returns-nintendo-profit-fiscal/Nf1E4Xp3mn7y69LSf6rQqM/story.html

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Nintendo Benefits as Weaker Yen Masks Slumping Hardware Sales
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-31/nintendo-beats-estimates-as-weaker-yen-boosts-overseas-sales

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- Nintendo financials are in
- Good news: the company made a profit of $88M
- Bad news: that profit was due in part to a cheaper yen and Nintendo reported an operating loss of $50.2M
- The company sold 160,000 Wii U game consoles, which brings its total sales to 3.61M units. Nintendo predicted it would sell 5.5M consoles by March 31, 2013.
- The Wii U still is a loss leader for Nintendo
- Wii U software sales were down 51.3% compared to the previous quarter.
- Nintendo is sticking to its target to sell 9M Wii U consoles over the fiscal year through March 2014 and that it will make 100B yen by then as well. (that's a $1B USD)
- The 3DS sold 1.4M units, that's down from the 1.86M units sold last year at the same time. The 3DS hardware is also more profitable for Nintendo.

Q: Holiday season is around the corner (and so are the next gen consoles) - the Wii U is going to make that 9M unit target by March 2014, right?
Nintendo isn't run by crazy people. what could they have up their sleeve to make 1b in profit?

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slTwitter report shows rise in government requests, still can't separate FISA datahttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4574750/twitter-transparency-report-shows-rise-in-government-copyright-requests

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- Twitter has released 3rd of its semiannual transparency report, and 1st since PRISM leaks/outrage.
- shows how often it responds to requests for user information and takes down tweets based on a law enforcement or copyright request, but unable to give those requests their own section. "We believe it's important to be able to publish numbers of national security requests — including FISA disclosures — separately from non-secret requests," wrote legal manager Jeremy Kessel. "Unfortunately, we are still not able to include such metrics."
- first half of 2012 - 1,157 requests for account information, 902 from US. Twitter complied with 67% for US submissions,
- second half of 2012, 1,009 requests were received (815 from the US). Inside the US, over half of requests are subpoenas, which are received from law enforcement and don't require court approval; less than 25% of requests are accompanied by a warrant.
- "other" category, which made up 10% of the requests.
- Governments also sent 60 requests to take down tweets or suspend accounts, up from 42 last year. Most of these requests came from Russia, Turkey, and Brazil. Twitter says four accounts and 73 tweets were withheld, though some Russian accounts were first taken down and then reinstated.
- q: are these numbers helpful if we can't separate secret/non-secret?

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tmTop 10 things to be afraid of from Black Hat and Def Conhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4568992/top-10-new-reasons-to-be-afraid-of-hackers-def-con-black-hatFOLLOW FOR POINTS

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XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data

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Adrianne Jeffries collected 10 scary stories out of Black Hat and DefCon
- Hack a pacemaker to stop a heart from 30 feet
- Shut down a power plant from 40 miles away
- $60 sensors that map everyone's movements
- Hijack a GoPro to be a spycam
- The NSA - Xkeyscore
Q: Looking over the list which one scares you the most?

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With this device, you can control a rat using the power of your mindhttp://io9.com/with-this-device-you-can-control-a-rat-using-the-power-968915580

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Insane Close Up Video From A Tornado In Italyhttp://www.buzzfeed.com/michaelrusch/insane-close-up-video-from-a-tornado-in-italy

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DefCon kicks off in Las Vegas tomorrowhttp://www.defcon.org

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Motorola's Moto X press event tomorrow 8/1http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/moto-launch-event-scheduled-aug/story?id=19717016

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also tomorrow LinkedIn earnings report

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also tomorrow Google starting the process of upgrading its SSL certificates to 2048-bit keys by end of 2013

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Feds will declassify Yahoo PRISM decision by September 12http://gigaom.com/2013/07/30/feds-will-declassify-yahoo-prism-decision-by-september/

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