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Facebook institutes class structure, Wall Street raider targets Apple, How you can save Samsung http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Randal Schwartz, Host FLOSS weekly, General Manager, Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.,
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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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tmSmartphone sales have finally surpassed feature phone sales! What you say? You feel like you heard that very statement reported right here on Tech News Today previously? Well OK, smarty, IDC and CANALYS may have said it but everyone who knows anything about anything knows it takes THREE analyst group proclamations to make something true. So now that GARTNER GROUP says it well, it's real OK. As for the winners, these might seem familiar too. Samsung leads worldwide Market share followed by Apple, LG Lenovo and ZTE. Android has 79% worldwide followed by iOS 14.2% then Windows Phone BlackBerry and Bada. http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/14/gartner-q2-smartphone/

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slMicrosoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be arriving on October 17th in the US, in fact the exact release time is 12am on October 18th in New Zealand, which is 4am PT or 7am ET on October 17th. At that time, the free update will begin rolling out across local Windows Stores, and will be available "at retail and on new devices" starting on the 18th, depending on your region. http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/14/windows-8.1-launch/

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iaWho can read your Gmail? According to a court filing, Google says it is legally allowed to read the emails you receive if you're using Gmail. In a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit, Google said that a user has "no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties." Google is currently in the midst of a class action lawsuit where the plaintiffs allege that Google is illegally intercepting their communications. Google says that people who use web-based email can't be surprised if their email provider processes those messages in the course of delivery. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57598420-93/google-filing-says-gmail-users-have-no-expectation-of-privacy/

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tmApple has acquired Matcha.tv, a second screen TV app that provided an overview of everything available to watch on Cable, streaming services and video stores like iTunes. It also provided a universal viewing queue, recommendation engine and connection to social networks. The service shut down in May. VentureBeat reports their sources say Apple paid $1 to $1.5 million.http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/13/apple-acquires-matchatv/

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slEveryone's favorite surveillance pal the National Security Agency has lobbied inside the US government to deploy a “Star Wars” -esque defense for America’s computer networks, to intercept cyberattacks before they could cripple power plants, banks or financial markets. But don't get too worked up, administration officials say the plan, has virtually no chance of moving forward given the backlash against the N.S.A. over the recent disclosures about its surveillance programs. Whew. Thank goodness. We can relax now. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/nsa-surveillance-cyberdefense-plan_n_3746786.html

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iaCarl Icahn announced over Twitter that he found Apple to be "extremely undervalued" and now has a "large position in Apple." Various reports say that Icahn bought up over a $1 billion worth of shares - that's less than 1% of Apple's market cap. After iCahn's tweet, Apple shares jumped nearly 5%, which added over $17 billion to Apple's market value. http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4619632/icahn-buys-apple-stake-1-billion

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tmOrbotix has launched Sphero 2.0. It is no longer just a robotic ball you control with a smartphone for the entertainment of cats. Sphero 2.0 rolls twice as fast at 7 feet per second, and is three times as bright. A new user interface lets you level up, getting access to higher speeds as you prove your adeptness at controlling the ball. Pre-orders begin today for $129.99 and in-store availability comes August 31. Original Sphero will sell for a reduced $109.99.http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/14/sphero-2-0-is-twice-as-fast-agile-and-awesome/

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slSamsung has announced the Hennessy SCH W789, a flip phone, available only in the Chinese market. The handset comes with two 3.3-inch touchscreen displays -- one on the front and the other on the back. The smartphone runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Its rear-facing camera sports 5MP. As with most other Samsung smartphones in China, Hennessy comes with support for both CDMA and GSM, allowing customers to access any network in the country.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57598442-94/samsung-finally-unveils-hennessy-flip-phone-in-china/

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tmNew Zynga CEO Don Mattrick shook up the company's management team Tuesday. COO David Ko, CTO Cadir Lee, chief people officer Colleen McCreary, and SVP of Games Todd Arnold are all leaving the company. The survivors will be split into three divisions — Studios; Functional; and Technology, Live Ops and Publishing — and will now have 13 managers. The company held an all-hands meeting with its staff Wednesday morning to discuss the changes.http://allthingsd.com/20130813/heres-zyngas-new-executive-org-chart/

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iaAllThingsD reports that Facebook is working on a new app for celebrities that would let them monitor Facebook content about them from a mobile device. The app would also allow a celebrity or their assistant to respond to that Facebook content. Facebook tells AllThingsD that it is testing "these features with a small group of partners and will share more details" when it rolls out. http://allthingsd.com/20130813/fame-on-facebook-testing-vip-only-app/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Randal Schwartz, Host FLOSS weekly, General Manager, Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.,
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tmWill having activist investor Carl Icahn as a shareholder hurt Apple in the long-run?http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/08/13/will-having-activist-investor-carl-icahn-as-a-shareholder-hurt-apple-in-the-long-run/

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Carl Icahn's Twitter post about acquiring stock positionhttps://twitter.com/carl_c_icahn/status/367350206993399808SOURCE

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Icahn's post about talking to Tim Cookhttps://twitter.com/Carl_C_Icahn/status/367351130776285184SOURCE

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Apple shares soar after billionaire investor Carl Icahn calls company 'extremely undervalued'http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4619632/icahn-buys-apple-stake-1-billion

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Carl Icahn Unleashed: Wall Street's Richest Man Is On The Attack -- Just Ask Michael Dellhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2013/03/27/carl-icahn-unleashed-wall-streets-richest-man-is-on-the-attack-just-ask-michael-dell/

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Carl Icahn: "We currently have a large position in APPLE. We believe the company to be extremely undervalued. Spoke to Tim Cook today. More to come."
"Had a nice conversation with Tim Cook today. Discussed my opinion that a larger buyback should be done now. We plan to speak again shortly."
- Icahn has tried to take over Dell and Yahoo, forced Netflix to adopt a "poison pill" plan
- Apple stock rose 4.75% on the news, at $490 Icahn thinks it should be $625
- Apple spokesman. "Tim had a very positive conversation with Mr. Icahn today."
- Reed Hastings: “I was worried about him when we didn’t know him, but I now must say that I enjoy his company.”
- Icahn: "“All this cash is dammed up at these companies. We are the catalyst to enable them to do something with it.”
Q: Is this a new phase in Icahn's career or can we expect him to start bullying Apple into spending its huge cash reserves and incur the taxes that would mean?

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iaApple acquires second screen TV startup Matcha.tv (scoop) http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/13/apple-acquires-matchatv/

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Apple Acquires Matcha.TV
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/08/13/apple-acquires-matcha-tv/

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Video Discovery Service Matcha Disappears, Co-Founder Promises ‘Something Better’ In The Future http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/27/video-discovery-service-matcha-disappears-co-founder-promises-something-better-in-the-future/

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Looks like Apple swallowed up another company
- VentureBeat reports that the Apple was the company that bought out Matcha.tv. Apple then confirmed that it purchased the company
- Matcha.tv was a second-screen TV/video-guide. It could tell you what was available to watch via streaming video services and digital vido stores
- It also gave you a universal queue for your videos, suggested videos and also connected to social networks
- Back in May, Matcha.tv shut down with a message on their website saying "Unfortunately, from today going forward, this service is no longer available. All personal information collected by Matcha has been deleted."
- VentureBeat says the deal was somewhere in the $1M to $1.5M range, but the "final amount could have been much higher..."

Q: Does this signal changes for the Apple TV STB and/or the mythical television set by Apple?

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slFame On: Facebook Testing VIP-Only Apphttp://allthingsd.com/20130813/fame-on-facebook-testing-vip-only-app/

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- VIP app, testing with a small group of famous people. monitor Facebook from a mobile device.
- The project - Facebook’s push to encourage celebrities to share more stuff on the site. And that’s part of Facebook’s larger push to compete more directly with Twitter for “public” sharing.
- Facebook has bulked up its talent team over the past year to work with celebs on “best practices” for using Facebook, including posting candid thoughts and pictures,
q: new google alerts? is facebook too late to the game here?

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iaSamsung Wants You To Figure Out What To Do With Its Flexible Displays http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/14/samsung-wants-you-to-figure-out-what-to-do-with-its-flexible-displays/

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Samsung Contest Pagehttp://samsungflexiblefuture.prizelogic.com/

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Samsung wants you to give it your ideas, and they'll pay you!
- Samsung announced it is running a contest where it asks people to submit ideas as to what kind of devices to make with its flexible display technology
- It is offering cash prizes. Top winner gets $10,000. 2nd place gets $5,000, 3rd place gets $2,500
- The entries will be judged based on how important flexible displays are to the overall design and how realistic the hardware and business plan turn out to be
- Teams can design devices with displays ranging from 1-20 inches w/ a max of 1080p resolution
- The Contest is open to the U.S. If a contesteant owns any IP rights, the contest terms says the contestant will have to grant a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to Samsung
- Applications are accepted starting August 29th, 2013. The last day will be October 6th

Q: Let's win some money: what do you want to see a flexible display in?

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slTwitter Is Testing Out A New ‘TV Trending’ Box At The Top Of Your Timelinehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/14/twitter-is-testing-out-a-new-tv-trending-box-at-the-top-of-your-timeline/

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- Twitter seems to be testing new feature where links to popular TV shows (jimmy kimmel, AGT, Covert Affairs) appear as Twitter cards at the top of your Timeline in iOS app, with related Tweet data and show info
- card then links through to custom page for the program - accounts that might be relevant to fans of that show. Jimmy Kimmel Live also provides a link to the official account of Jimmy Kimmel himself
- “Once you refresh, the trending box shows up,” sources tells TC. “However, when you start scrolling the box flows down with your timeline. Over time, or when an insane number of tweets come out about the show, the box goes back to the top.”
q: next phase of group-tweeting about a show?

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tmLavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shut-down decision - THX pcguy8088_http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/lavabit-founder-under-gag-order-speaks-out-about-shut-down-decision/

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VIDEO Bite TRT :42 "I think if the American public knew…in terms of our private communications"https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/503535/levison.movCLIP

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Expecting privacy with email providers is extremely naivehttp://www.zdnet.com/expecting-privacy-with-email-providers-is-extremely-naive-7000019374/<-- may or may not reference - tm

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Ladar Levison shut down Lavabit, two weeks after an activist revealed she was contacted by Edward Snowden using the service
- Levison is legally barred from saying much about what the government demanded from him
- Told Democracy Now: " I think that if the American people knew what our government was doing, they wouldn't be allowed to do it anymore"
""There's information that I can't even share with my lawyer, let alone with the American public. "
- Levison is fighting it out at the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—both for his right to tell his own story, and ultimately to "resurrect Lavabit as an American company."
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In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its ownhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/13/4617750/regenerative-medicine-breakthrough-lab-grown-human-heart-tissueThx Woundup

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Google Maps easter egg transports you inside the Doctor's TARDIShttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4620352/google-maps-street-view-tardis-doctor-who-easter-eggThx KAPT_kipper

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Cloned horses may be headed for US racetrackshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4620168/cloned-horses-must-be-allowed-on-registry-judge-rules

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Samsung Ativ S Neo available on August 16th for $149.99 at Sprinthttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4620712/samsung-ativ-s-neo-sprint-august-16th-release-date

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Google announces Chrome Dev Summit, a two-day developer event on November 20 and 21 in Mountain Viewhttp://thenextweb.com/google/2013/08/13/google-announces-chrome-dev-summit-a-two-day-developer-event-held-on-november-20-and-21-in-mountain-view/

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Windows 8.1 launching on 10/18 - will be available a day earlier on Windows store

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Tom and Posse,

I like the idea of the Sony camera attachment, like Iyaz I think the idea of being able to get add-ons to extend your phone's functionality is really cool. I do have some practical concerns and will be interested to see how Sony resolves them.

The biggest is latency, EVFs already have issues with it when hardwired into a camera, over a Bluetooth connection I could see it being a problem to photograph kids or pets if there is any kind of lag.

The second is battery life, the main reason I don't use my micro 4/3s camera as much is because I don't charge it regularly, when I run out the door I don't know what kind of charge it has, so I usually leave it. If Sony can get the battery to retain a charge for a long time, it would make it that much easier to bring along.

Still as a camera nerd I think it could be cool.

Rich in Lovely Cleveland

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