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Email services shut down because of spies, Piracy better than an Emmy! BlackBerry's almost out of options http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Tech Writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press
LOWER THIRD URL: yourtechweblog.com, @ojezap

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GUEST: Len Peralta, Internet Cartoonist
LOWER THIRD URL: lenperalta.com

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tmLavabit, the encrypted email service used by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, has suspended its service. Owner and Operator Ladar Levison said otherwise he would "become complicit in crimes against the American people." He will fight in court for the right to speak about why. In response encrypted communications company Silent Circle closed its encrypted email service, saying email cannot be properly protected. Silent Circle's encrypted voice and text services remain available.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23627656

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slU.S. President Barack Obama met with a number of tech figures, such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Google computer scientist Vint Cerf, yesterday to discuss the future of technology and surveillance, sources tell Politico. The secretive meetings focused on the NSA controversy, as well as the online tracking of consumer behavior and patterns. Through now high-profile projects such as PRISM, the government collects up to 3 billion pieces of intelligence from U.S. computer networks in a single month -- and indexes almost 100 billion pieces of data worldwide.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57597747-83/obama-talks-surveillance-with-apple-at-t-chiefs/

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iaGeek.com says that Google's got a new Nexus 10 in the pipeline, but Google would be switching manufacturers from Samsung to Asus. Asus already makes the Google Nexus 7. There's also a message on Google+ by AndroidAndMe founder Taylor Wimberly that says Motorola will be producing the next Nexus phone for Google. It wouldn't be a rebranded Moto X, but a brand new model of phone. That news is in opposition to reports that LG is working on a new Nexus phone based on its G2. http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/09/google-may-have-tapped-motorola-for-a-new-nexus-phone-and-asus-for-an-updated-nexus-10/

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tmReuters reports sources say BlackBerry is considering taking the company private in order to fix problems away from public pressure. One of the sources is quoted as saying "There is a change of tone on the board." The company has also reportedly considered licensing its software to other phone makers. BlackBerry just won US Department of Defense approval for its Z10 and Q10 phones.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/us-blackberry-private-idUSBRE97805C20130809

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slRoku's jumpig off the settop box and into the app store! the company introduced the "Play on Roku" feature which broadcasts still images and music from mobile devices to its set-top box last year, and now its iOS app has launched video support. It's Currently available only for user-recorded videos, and you'll need some of Roku's second gen or newer hardware to take advantage of the new features.http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/08/play-on-roku-ios-video/

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iaApple's lawyers are going to be busy. The company is dealing with three different legal venues today. First up, Apple is waiting on a decision by the U.S. ITC -- Apple claims that Samsung infringed on four Apple patents. Next up in New York, Apple awaits a federal judge's opinion on Apple's proposed remedies in its e-book price fixing case. Finally, there's Apple at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia where the court will review a ruling by a lower court that said Samsung violated several Apple mobile patents. Samsung was ordered by the lower court to pay Apple $450 million, but then appealed. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-apple-faces-three-major-legal-showdowns-friday-20130808,0,196826.story

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tm-- show over first line-->http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/08/high-security-physical-keys-are-dead.html-- show over first line-->

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Remember those MIT students at DefCon who showed how to use a scanner and a 3D printer to make copies of any key? KeyMe has turned that basic concept into a business plan.The company's iOS app lets you take a picture of your key and store it in the cloud. You can then use the app to have any locksmith make you a copy of the key or order keys from KeyMe for 5 to 7 dollars a piece. Best part? The NSA now has copies of all your keys in case you lose them. Kidding! (Maybe not kidding)http://gigaom.com/2013/08/08/keyme-stores-a-copy-of-your-keys-in-the-cloud/

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slGoogle has added 79 patents to its list pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software, unless it's a defensive move. The new patents cover software used to operate data centers, including middleware, distributed storage and database management, and alarm monitoring. Back in March Google announced its Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge to “encourage pro-competitive, defensive uses of patents to support open-source innovation.”http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046263/google-adds-79-data-center-software-patents-to-nosue-pledge.html

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tmI'm moving to Korea. Yep. Civilization Online, the massively multiplayer version of the popular world-building game, will launch in Korea-- only. Massively reports 2K Games PR Manager Brian Roundy said there is no North American release planned at this time.They have faster Internet in Korea anyway. And Bulgogi.

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/08/08/civilization-online-not-currently-planned-for-north-america/

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iaApparently the the RT in Windows RT stands for "Redmond Turd" because Asus announced that it will no longer make any devices running Windows RT and instead focus on Windows 8 devices running on x86 processors. The news comes from Asus CEO Jerry Shen speaking to the Wall Street Journal. The decision to continue with Windows 8 was due to the system's backward compatibility with almost every Windows program ever. http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/09/asus-pulls-out-of-windows-rt/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Tech Writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Introduce GuestGUEST: Len Peralta, Internet Cartoonist
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tmSnowden link to encrypted email service closeshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23627656

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Deutsche Telekom ratchets up email security after NSA scandalhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/net-us-germany-spying-telekom-idUSBRE9780L020130809

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Silent Circle Preemptively Shuts Down Encrypted Email Service To Prevent NSA Spyinghttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/08/silent-circle-preemptively-shuts-down-encrypted-email-service-to-prevent-nsa-spying/

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GIVE ME COMPLICITY OR GIVE ME DEATH: LAVABIT CHOOSES DEATHhttp://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2013/08/give-me-complicity-or-give-me-death-lavabit-chooses-death

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Fears over NSA surveillance revelations endanger US cloud computing industryhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/08/nsa-revelations-fears-cloud-computing

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Lavabit shutdown posthttp://lavabit.com/SOURCE

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Silent Circle blog posthttp://silentcircle.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/to-our-customers/SOURCE

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President Obama to announce plans for increased transparency on government surveillancehttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/9/4605910/pres-obama-announce-plans-increase-transparency-surveillance

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-Lavabit Owner and Operator Ladar Levison: "This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States."
- Jon Callas, co-founder tech head Silent Circle: "Email as we know it... cannot be secure. Email that uses standard Internet protocols cannot have the same security guarantees that real-time communications has." (SC co-founder Phil Zimmerman of PGP fame)
- Deutsche Telekom will start channeling email exklusive through domestic servers
- Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society: "...the US government, in its rush to spy on everybody, may end up killing our most productive industry. Lavabit may just be the canary in the coal mine."
- A survey by the US-based Cloud Security Alliance quoted by Information Technology & innovation Foundation (ITIF) of those outside the US, 10% had cancelled a project with a US-based cloud computing provider, and 56% would be "less likely" to use a US-based cloud computing service.
Q: Will the US economy and the tech industry in particular suffer and if so, how badly?-----President Obama will hold a press conference later today to announce new measures for increasing the transparency around the government's many surveillance efforts

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iaBlackBerry open to going private, sources sayhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/us-blackberry-private-idUSBRE97805C20130809

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- Reuters reports that Blackberry is "warming up to the possibility of going private."
- Its sources say that CEO Thorstein Heins and the board are coming around to the idea that taking BB private would give them breathing room to fix its problems w/o public scrutiny
- No deal is imminent and BB hasn't launched any sale process
- At its peak, BB (then RIM)'s market value was $84B. Now it's $4.8B
- Reuters brought up private equity firm Silver Lake as a possible way to get BB private.
- SL is currently trying to take Dell private

Q: Would taking BB private change the health of the company? Are public shareholders the problem?

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slKeyMe stores a copy of your keys in the cloudhttp://gigaom.com/2013/08/08/keyme-stores-a-copy-of-your-keys-in-the-cloud/

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- store a copy of your key by taking a photo of it on each side in app. any locksmith can create a new key for you via snapshots and duplication instructions
- order duplicate keys by mail, $4.99- $6.99 apiece and arrive within 2-3 days.
- KeyMe doesn’t store your address information, except temporarily while fulfilling mail orders, after which it is deleted permanently. It also uses advanced levels of encryption and password protection, along with email alerts for all account activity, so you’ll know if anyone tries to make a copy of your key other than you.
- you can send somone a digital copy of your key beforehand which they can order through the app or bring to a shop to be made. The app is free, but if you need to access duplication instructions it costs $9.99.
- not all building keys supported, FOB-type entry for example
q: great idea? terrible idea? big enough need?

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tmAmazon Developing Android Console For Release By End Of 2013http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/08/08/amazon-developing-android-console-for-release-by-end-of-2013.aspx

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Rumor: Amazon looking to jump into the Android game console spacehttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/rumor-amazon-looking-to-jump-into-the-android-game-console-space/

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Game Informer unnamed sources Amazon game console
- by end of year
- leverages game titles from existing Amazon App Store
- dedicated controller
- Game Informer speculates could be integrated in televisions
Q: Can Amazon make the android game console movement successful?

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slTime Warner CEO Says Having Game Of Thrones As 'Most Pirated' Is 'Better Than An Emmy'http://www.adweek.com/news/television/bewkes-game-thrones-piracy-better-emmy-151738

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GoT Director David Petrarca has said that unauthorized downloads were great because they added to the cultural buzz for show... then (prob under pressure) said he was 100% opposed to piracy.
- US ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich says that stopping infringement of Game of Thrones is a major priority.
- Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes on company's latest earnings call: "if you go to people who are watching it without subs, it's a tremendous word-of-mouth thing. We've been dealing with this for 20, 30 years—people sharing subs, running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you're right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world," he said. "That's better than an Emmy."
- TW Earnings were up significantly over analyst predictions, with revenue at some $7.74 billion—exceeding the expected $7.11 billion.
q: what part of viral buzz gets new subs?

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iaThe Netflix way: Should Rdio and Spotify launch their own labels for exclusive music?http://thenextweb.com/media/2013/08/09/learning-from-netflix-should-rdio-or-spotify-become-a-label-and-start-offering-exclusive-music/

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- The Next Web has an article up asking the question "Should Rdio and Spotify launch their own labels for exclusive music?"
- TNW cites the example of Netflix and how its exclusive content leads to subscribers
- So far, the streaming radio business seems to have a lot of players without a clear leader
- TNW says that companies like MS, Google, Sony, Spotify, all have similar offerings with apps, desktop components, social and discovery features
- If Spotify or Rdio created its own label, they could own exclusive rights to their artists releases and it would give the services an identity
- The companies could even license their artists music on other services for more revenue
- TNW thinks that "niche works simply won't cut it" and they would need break out stars like a Justin Bieber to be a success

Q: Let's answer their question: Should Rdio and Spotify launch their own labels for exclusive music?

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Remorseful Burglars Return Stolen Computers to Sexual Assault Centerhttp://mashable.com/2013/08/08/burglars-computers-california/

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When wearable tech makes you smarter -- by zapping your brainhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57597116-76/when-wearable-tech-makes-you-smarter-by-zapping-your-brain/

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Airsleep for iPhone drowns out the noise with ambient sounds to help flyers sleephttp://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/08/09/zeds-on-a-plane-airsleep-for-iphone-drown-out-the-noise-and-helps-travelers-sleep-with-ambient-sounds/

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New Nexus 7 headed to the UK on August 28, priced from £199http://thenextweb.com/uk/2013/08/09/new-nexus-7-headed-to-the-uk-on-august-28-priced-from-199/

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Google Wallet is removing support for gift and loyalty cards, so spend your balance by August 21http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/08/09/google-wallet-is-removing-support-for-gift-and-loyalty-cards-so-spend-your-balance-by-august-21/

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You were mentioning in Episode 813 about the price cut of the Ubuntu Edge phone. Everyone had great points on what could be done to make or break this phone.

Unfortunately two things that were not discussed that I believe have been a major factor in whether a Smartphone becomes dominant or not: Developers and Apps.

Take for example Blackberry Z10, decent phone, decent specs, few apps, few interested. I am sure the Ubuntu phone could ‘borrow’ from the Google Play store, but if they did that they would really be blurring the lines of differentiating themselves from another Android phone. With a price tag of around 600 dollars (unsubsidized) you are really REALLY limiting yourself to the Linux faithful, and to survive in a fiercely competitive Smartphone market, you have to reach out beyond a base like that.


Just my thoughts. Really Enjoy the show. Oh.. And a quick note to Len Paralta, you rock, keep coming back!


Christopher Copping
Portland, Or.

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Per your discussion on Xbox, as an entertainment consumer and trying to decide if I want PS4 or Xbox one there is one key difference price. With Xbox touting that they want to be the all-in-one entertainment box in your living room the non-gamer is not excited about paying extra money to do the non-gaming thing.

For The gamer it's no big deal to them because they are going to pay for it anyway. The point is you can't claim all in one box for entertainment but only cater to gamers

Renard

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