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What Microsoft announced at BUILD, FTC chides search engines for ads, Discovery's plan to charge you more http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Stuart Miles, Founder/CEO Pocket-Lint
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tmAs Microsoft BUILD developer's conference kicked off this morning, Windows 8.1 preview went live. You'll need to install an update from the Microsoft website then you can find the 8.1 preview in the Microsoft store after a reboot. You can then install the preview which is a 2GB download that requires a couple reboots. Remember this is a bet version. Be prepared to have to blow out your install if you want to upgrade to the final build later. Steve Ballmer emphasized that this is the beginning of a rapid release cycle.http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/06/windows-8-1-preview-out-for-download/

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iaSpanish mobile provider Telefonica says it's sick of iOS and Android having a duopoly in smartphones, so it's backing Windows Phone. Microsoft and Telefonica have signed a one year "enhanced marketing agreement." If you're in Brazil, Chile, the UK, Spain, Germany or Mexico, be prepared to have tiles shoved in your face. http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/26/4465826/telefonica-backs-microsoft-windows-phone-ios-android-duopoly

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tmSprint announced today announced today that it will offer the HTC 8XT and Samsung Ativ S Neo later this summer. The phones will be the first Windows Phone 8 devices to work on Sprint’s unlimited 4G LTE network. The 8XT is $100 on contract after a rebate and the Ativ S Neo is $149 on contract after a rebate.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/26/sprint-htc-8xt-samsung-ativ-s-neo/

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iaApple has opened its first online store in Russia. Customers in Moscow and St Petersburg can order iPhones, iPads, and Macs on Apple's website for the first time. Products were previously only available via third-party resellers. Apple registered Apple Rus in August 2012 in preparation for the online launch.http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/26/4465624/apple-iphone-mac-sales-online-store-russia

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tmThe US Federal Trade Commission wrote to 23 search engines in the US warning them to "clearly and prominently" distinguish advertising from "natural" search results. The letter does not identify any breaches but states "consumers ordinarily expect that natural search results are included and ranked based on relevance to a search query, not based on payment from a third party.http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/26/google-yahoo-bing-ftc-advert-labelling

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iaGoogle issued a new transparency report that said compromised sites distribute more malware than sites designed to be dangeorus. Google says that there are 3,891 dedicated attack sites as of June 9th. However, the number of compromised sites is around 39,000. 60% of those hosted malware, while 40% are used for phishing attacks. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57591008-93/google-hacked-sites-far-worse-than-attack-sites/

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tmAccording to a new report by Strategy Analytics, India has passed Japan to become the third largest smart phone market in the world. China is still number 1 followed by the United States. India grew 163% year over year compared to worldwide Smartphones growth of 39%.Samsung and Apple lead the growth in India but Micromax, Karbonn and Spice show 200-500% growth. IDC put out numbers yesterday showing the smartphone market in Europe shrinking 4.2% year over year.http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/26/india-third-in-smartphone-world/

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iaThe European data protection activists behind the Europe v Facebook (evf) campaign group have filed new complaints under regional data protection law targeting Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Skype and Yahoo for their alleged collaboration with the NSA’s Prism data collection program. The group argues the companies fall fully under European privacy laws despite being U.S. headquartered companies.http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/26/europe-v-prism/

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tmSamsung announced one more version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 because why not. This one can connect with LTE-Advanced, the real 4G, which can double the speed of current LTE. Almost no country has LTE-Advanced yet, Russian Network Yota one of the few, but many carriers have released plans to roll it out within the next two years. The phone will come to Korea this summer in blue, arctic, or red aurora.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420993,00.asp

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iaJuly 1st keeps coming, which means Google Reader's death is impending. Today, Digg's replacement for reader is now rolling out to beta testers. If you haven't signed up, you can at digg.com/reader. Digg Reader for iPad and iPhone will hit the App Store tomorrow. \http://www.cultofmac.com/233333/digg-reader-beta-starts-rolling-out-to-testers-ahead-of-ios-app-release/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Stuart Miles, Founder/CEO, Pocket-Lint
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FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guildelines After “Decline In Compliance”http://searchengineland.com/ftc-search-engine-disclosure-164722

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FTC Consumer Protection Staff Updates Agency's Guidance to Search Engine Industry on the Need to Distinguish Between Advertisements and Search Resultshttp://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/06/searchengine.shtmSOURCE

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Sample of letterhttp://www.ftc.gov/os/2013/06/130625searchenginegeneralletter.pdfSOURCE

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US FTC issued guidelines 2002 for search engine results and paid listings
- Updating guidelines after seeing decline in compliance
- AOL, Ask, Bing, Blekko, Duck Duck Go, Google and Yahoo as general purpose search engines and 17 “of the most heavily trafficked” shopping, travel and local search engines
- Emphasizes visual cues and disclosures
- Voice delivered results must tell you if it's reading an ad
- Social network search not exempted
- an official response to my letter of last year. She told me that the FTC had received that letter, plus a letter that came four months later from the SEMPO group and another one from a travel industry group
Q: Is it enough? Is it necessary?

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tmGoogle: Hacked sites far worse than attack siteshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57591008-93/google-hacked-sites-far-worse-than-attack-sites/

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Google Transparency Reporthttps://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/

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Safe Browsing Transparency report from Google, Safe Browsing warns in search engine. Started 2006
- Flags 10,000 sites a day, hacked sites outnumber malicious
- 60% hacked sites host malware, 40% phishing
- Malicious sites peaked at 6,000 end 2012, 3,891 June 9, 2013
- Hacked sites 61,571 last July, 32,634 end 2012, 39,247 June 9, 2013
- response time to fixing sites 2008: 90 days May 2009: 12 days March 2013: 50 days
Q: What effect will knowing this have, if any?

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iaSquare to challenge Etsy, Amazon, eBay with 'Square Market' http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/26/4464700/square-market-online-storefront

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Example store: Dodo casehttps://squareup.com/market/dodocase-2

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Etsy Feeshttp://www.etsy.com/help/article/2144

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- Square launched its own online marketplace called "Square Market."
- Square's director of discovery Ajit Varma said that the idea behind the market is to make local businesses accessible to Square users nationwide
- Creating a storefront on Square Market is free
- Sellers can manage list items, manage inventory,and create online profiles for their business
- The Square sites are all very similar with a big splash image on the top, a description of the store, then the things they sell below shown in a grid

- Square gets 2.75% of revenue for each item sold.
- Amazon charges 99 cents per item or $40 for bigger sellers. eBay charges vary from free and 30 cents per item.
- Etsy charges 20 cents per item, but fees apply only when an item is sold or is listed for over four months. Etsy also charges 3.5% transaction fee


Q: Does Square's pricing structure work in the face of its competition? Do you see vendors adopting Square as their new home?

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tmDiscovery explores Internet subscription servicehttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/25/net-us-discovery-internet-idUSBRE95O1GK20130625

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Discovery Chairman and Founder John Hendricks speaking to Reuters
- also mentioned in memoir "A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story".
"Imagine a premium Discovery on Demand streaming video service, with easy to navigate menus, delivered through cable and available only to Discovery's basic cable subscribers ... Wouldn't Discovery fans eagerly spend $6 to $8 for that service?"
- Charge for shows 3-18 months old, more than 18 months goes to services like Netflix
- Told Reuters 2-5 years away from such a service

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iams build, http://www.buildwindows.com/http://www.buildwindows.com/

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Verge Live bloghttp://live.theverge.com/live-microsoft-build-2013/

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Leak confirms WebGL, SPDY for IE11 http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57591039-92/leak-confirms-webgl-spdy-for-ie11/

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Microsoft to launch web-based version of Xbox Music next week http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/25/4461718/xbox-music-web-version-launch

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42- Planned: Windows 8.1 demo, Xbox One development news
- Rumored: possible new Surface tablets
- Leaks: IE11 with WebGL (makes hardware graphics support in the browser easier, MS previously wouldn't work with the standard) and SPDY support (accelerates load times, it's from Google)

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Mad scientists turn roaches into cyborgs, control them with Kinect, laugh at nature http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/25/roach-kinect-cyborgs/

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BlackBerry Messenger coming to iOS and Android

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NVidia Shield launches

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Sony says it will fix unusable PlayStation 3 software with a patch

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini gets July 1st release date at Phones 4U, costs more than a GS3http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/26/samsung-galaxy-s4-mini-gets-july-1st-release-date-at-phones-4u/

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Nokia to stream its July 11 New York Lumia event, teases 41 million reasons to tune inhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/06/26/nokia-to-stream-its-new-york-lumia-event-eos-pureview/

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Hey TNT crew,

Just wanted to send you a note that while many of the technical projects on kickstarter are failing to deliver on time, some companies are going out of their way to make sure backers get treated as VIPs. Dungeon Roll (a campaign I backed months ago) had some delays that put part of their production run past their timeline. They still had enough units to ship to backers, but they would not have enough units for their planned launch at gencon.

People (including backers) responded to this saying that they should delay shipping to backers so that it could be sold at gencon.

The creators responded with a new update the next day stating in no uncertain terms that "GAMES WILL BE SHIPPED TO BACKERS PRIOR TO SELLING ADDITIONAL GAMES ANYWHERE".



-Mr Glass
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaelmindes/dungeon-roll-a-dicey-dungeon-delve/posts/503450?ref=email&show_token=8242aadea5a26e16

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