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Google leaves Chrome passwords visible, AOL plans to take all the ad money, Unauthorised streaming to become a felony http://live.twit.tv/ GUEST: Eric Franklin, Senior Editor/CNET
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SEGMENT GUEST: Jon Brodkin, Senior IT Reporter at Ars Technica
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tmAOL will buy Adap.tv for $405 million. Never heard of them? Then you obviously don't buy advertising on video websites. Adap.tv is an electronic trading platform for video ads, a market that eMArketer forecasts will grow 40% this year with electronic exchanges like Adap.tv growing 75%. AOL wants a cut of that. AOL also reported higher-than-expected revenue for Q2 mostly from an increase in ads.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-aol-results-idUSBRE9760K020130807

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slIn an effort to compete with Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Voxer and BBM, .Whatsapp has added the ability to record and send voice messages in its app, on Phone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Nokia S40 platforms.. 300 million people now use Whatsapp at least once a month, so perhaps the concept of voicemail has finally arrived. Oh, wait.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23602268

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iaAmazon announced that its app store is about to get bigger because it is now open to developers of HTML5 web apps and mobile websites. You'll be able to find these web-based apps on the Amazon Appstore alongside native Android apps. With this new system, developers won't have to bother to run their HTML5 code through a wrapper to make an app; they'll just have to submit URLs and some metadata while Amazon will do the rest. Amazon also revised its In-App Purchase API that will allow these HTML5 apps to sell items using Amazon one-click. http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/07/amazon-appstore-now-open-to-web-apps-with-one-click-in-app-purchases-in-tow/

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tmJohn Carmack, the man behind id software, Doom and Quake will become CTO of Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Carmack will help develop for Oculus in their new Dallas headquarters. He will not leave id software or abandon Armadillo Aerospace, in case you were worried.http://www.polygon.com/2013/8/7/4597780/john-carmack-becomes-oculus-cto

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slLG has unveiled its new G2 smartphone with a 5.2-inch full HD display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the first global device to include it. The device also is LTE-Advanced capable, allowing for faster wireless speeds in places that support it, like South Korea. The G2 will be available globally at more than 130 carriers within the next eight weeks. The four biggest carriers in the U.S. -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- all will carry the device.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57597319-94/lg-gets-back-to-superphones-with-g2/

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iaA post by web designer Elliot Kember put a spotlight on how Google Chrome handles passwords. Kember, a Safari user, found out that Chrome stores passwords in one location and a person could easily toggle the Show/Hide button to see a stored password clear as day. Google's head of Chrome Security, Justin Schuh said people should secure their computer user account to protect their passwords. http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/7/4597018/google-chrome-saved-browser-passwords

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tmYahoo will change their logo September 5th, and to help you care, they're using a presumably rejected variation of the logo every day on the for the next 30 days. The final logo will be purple with an exclamation point and Yahoo will keep their yodeling jingle too. Several of the alternative designs were unveiled in a video promoting the stunt.http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/7/4596686/yahoo-unveiling-new-logo-sep-5-displaying-different-designs-every-day

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slTwo weeks after 250 employees were let go from BlackBerry's testing facility in Waterloo, Ont., 3 senior members of the company will also be leaving. Who are they? Doug Kozak, vice-president, corporate information technology operations. Carmine Arabia, senior vice-president, global manufacturing and supply chain, and Graeme Whittington, vice-president, service operations. In an email to CBC news, a blackberry spokesperson wrote "We are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization — from top to bottom — to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing."http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/story/2013/08/06/blackberry-senior-layoffs.html

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tmTwitter's highly-criticised two-factor authentication that rolled out in May has been overhauled. The new system lets users verify login requests from their Android or iOS apps. The codes rely on a 2048-bit RSA key pair. Users can also use a stored backup code to verify logins when their phone is not available. The previous system used text messages and shared secrets which can be vulnerable.http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/08/twitter-rolls-out-two-factor-authentication-thats-simpler-more-secure/

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iaFacebook Graph Search is now activated for all English-speaking members in the United States. If you've forgot what Graph Search is, it's Facebook's search that lets you find Facebook friends and content with natural language. If that's not exciting enough for you, Facebook has also revamped the News Feed so that they are now ranked. You might see older stories float to the top thanks to Facebook's new algorithms based on the number of likes and commentshttp://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/07/facebook-graph-search-tech-now/2626589/

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Why is THAT in my News Feed? Facebook explainshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57597193-93/why-is-that-in-my-news-feed-facebook-explains/

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iaGoogle leaves your Chrome passwords unprotected to promote security http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/7/4597018/google-chrome-saved-browser-passwordsSEGMENT GUEST: Jon Brodkin, Senior IT Reporter at Ars Technica
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Chrome’s insane password security strategy
http://blog.elliottkember.com/chromes-insane-password-security-strategy

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Justin Schuh, head of Chrome security's response [half-way down the page]https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6166886

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Jon's artilce on password managementhttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/06/the-secret-to-online-safety-lies-random-characters-and-a-password-manager/

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- A post by Elliot Kember spotlights Chrome's way of handling passwords
- In the blogpost, Kember noticed that when he was going to import his bookmarks and settings from Safari there were a number of checkboxes that allowed him to import things like browsing history and favorites. There was also a checkbox for saved passwords that was already checked to be imported, but grayed out.
- There is no option NOT to import your Safari saved passwords
- Then he went into the Chrome settings to see how Chrome manages passwords. He found a list of sites and to view the password, all someone had to do is click the "show" button next to the password.
-Justin Schuh, head of Chrome security wrote a response on ycombinator and said that "The simple fact is that you need to lock your user account if you want to protect your information. If you don't do that, nothing else really matters because it's all just theater and won't actually stop anyone willing to invest minimal effort"
- Rival browsers Firefox and Safari let users view their passwords but incorporate additional security to better protect them.

Q: Jon, should people be freaking out? Should Google be doing anything to lock down your PWs in Chrome?

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slAOL to buy video ad platform for $405 millionhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-aol-results-idUSBRE9760K020130807

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AOL Q2 Comes In (Slightly) Above Estimates With $541M Revenue, $0.35 Earnings Per Sharehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/07/aol-q2-earnings/

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- AOL is buying Web video company Adap.TV for $405 million in cash and stock. based in silicon valley but started in israel
- Adap.TV uses software to match video ad buyers and sellers.
- Last year, CEO Tim Armstrong said the company was on pace to do $100 million in video revenue, is pushing “programmatic” ad sales, where buyers use technology to buy up big chunks of inventory.
- AOL On has original series, plus, aggregates vids from around web
q: with this video ad automation could AOL be gunning for YouTube? community-based content?

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tmAmazon Appstore Now Open To Web Apps, With One-Click In-App Purchases In Towhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/07/amazon-appstore-now-open-to-web-apps-with-one-click-in-app-purchases-in-tow/

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Amazon mobile app distribution platformhttps://developer.amazon.com/sdk/webapps.htmlVIDEO (B-roll)

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Amazon app store will carry HTML5 web apps
- No native wrapper needed, submit URL metadata to Amazon
- get analytics, in-app purchases
- Appstore Director, Aaron Rubenson: “For Kindle Fire, we’ve built a new, faster web runtime environment based on the Chromium project. Other devices will use the web runtime environment that comes with whatever device the consumer happens to be using.”
Q: Is this the beginning of the end of the walled garden?

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slMarissa Mayer appoints former Google Zagat head to lead Flickrhttp://gigaom.com/2013/08/06/marissa-mayer-appoints-former-google-zagat-head-to-lead-flickr-for-yahoo/

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- Bernardo Hernández joining Yahoo as the new head of Flickr. Hernández formerly worked at Google with Marissa Mayer, as managing director of Zagat, ran integration within Google. also ran marketing for global products and for google earth, founded a few spanish companies like idealista
- apparently replacing Brett Wayn who resigned in the last week after helping lead flickr redesign
- Flickr updates in 2013: free terabyte of storage, new design, and updated Android/iOS apps
q: does anyone care about high-quality flickr anymore? what does it need?

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iaSamsung smartwatch revealed by patent filingshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23587448

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Samsung Watch in Wings as Patent, Trademark Clues Surfacehttp://www.cio-today.com/news/Clues-to-Samsung-Watch-Surface/story.xhtml?story_id=0120016HK200

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- The BBC wrote up an article explaining some details about the upcoming Samsung smartwatch. We covered that on Monday - the name seems to be either "Samsung Gear" or "Samsung Galaxy Gear."
- The patent filings for the device show a flexible screen, a speaker, and some buttons.
- However, the article also mentioned an IDC research survey that polled 1,513 people in the U.S. The research said that only a minority of those who answered had interest in what a smart watch could do.
- The most popular application was caller ID on your wrist with a whopping 14% saying they were interested
- Reading Facebook or Twitter was appealing to 7%
- Francisco Jeronimo of IDC said that "We also found there was much more interest in smartglasses, with features such as recording a video or taking pictures of what you are looking at proving most popular."
- Canalys predicted that 5M smartwatches will ship in 2014 thanks to Apple, Samsung, Google and MS

Q: After hearing about the IDC numbers, is it possible smart watches are the next 3DTVs?

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tmObama administration looks to make unauthorized streaming a felonyhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/05/sopa-died-in-2012-but-obama-administration-wants-to-revive-part-of-it/

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America’s top copyright cop wants to make it a felony to stream songs without permissionhttp://bgr.com/2013/03/22/music-streaming-felony-proposal-392709/

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Last week, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released a report on digital copyright policy
- Washington Post report Monday has been gaining attention
- The Commerce Department report recommends “[a]dopting the same range of penalties for criminal streaming of copyrighted works to the public as now exists for criminal reproduction and distribution,” adding that “[s]ince the most recent updates to the criminal copyright provisions, streaming (both audio and video) has become a significant if not dominant means for consumers to enjoy content online.”
- In other words make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works a felony
- United States Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante urged the same thing in March
Q: Are they right? Does the punishment fit the crime?
Misdemeanors - typically crimes with a max 12 month sentence. No loss of cicil rights
Trespassing, DUI, vandalism, Petty theft, indecent exposure, speeding

Felonies - More than a year and prsion.
Assault, Larceny, Murder, Rape, Arson

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Electric avenue: Korean buses now wirelessly charge as they drivehttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/7/4596898/korea-wireless-charging-buses-kaist-olev

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Firefox 23 nixes support for outdated blink HTML taghttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57597354-93/firefox-23-nixes-support-for-outdated-blink-html-tag/

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Samsung's 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultabook announced last month, now listed for $1,400, shipping August 20thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/08/07/samsung-ativ-book-9-1400-august-9/

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Moto X launch on all carriers is on August 23http://thedroidguy.com/2013/08/moto-x-launch-august-23/

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Netflix releases trailer for Ricky Gervais' Derek, streaming begins September 12thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/netflix-releases-trailer-ricky-gervais-derek/

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD coming to Europe on Oct. 4http://www.polygon.com/2013/8/7/4597658/the-legend-of-zelda-the-wind-waker-hd-coming-to-europe-on-oct-4

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Feedly did mention in the following blog post that they're planning to move SSL out to everyone, even free members.

http://blog.feedly.com/2013/08/05/feedly-pro/

I like the service as well, so I may be getting into Pro even though I missed out on the 8-hour (!) lifetime membership sale.

- Brian
"Note: we heard the people who would like to see HTTPS be also part of the standard feedly offer. HTTPS will be the first feature to go free when the next batch of feedly pro is available. Thanks for the feedback."

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http://blog.feedly.com/2013/08/05/feedly-pro/

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