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8/24/2013 Ep. 825TITLE: The truth about Marissa Mayer

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Apple' superfast iPhone processor, Who will replace Ballmer? Facebook gets un-physical. http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Randall Bennett
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tmAll Things D's Kara Swisher reports Steve Ballmer's departure was not as along planned as Microsoft wants you to believe. Her sources say Ballmer was enthusiastically planning the new Devices and Services strategy right up until the week he announced his retirement. The decision does seem to have been Ballmer's. Microsoft faces some rough earnings reports ahead as well as a looming proxy fight from activist investor ValueAct.http://allthingsd.com/20130825/ballmer-departure-from-microsoft-was-more-sudden-than-portrayed-by-the-company/

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slover the weekend Fox News reporter Clayton Morris tweeted that the upcoming iPhone 5S may contain an A7 chip which is very fast.. up to 31% faster than the A6. Adding to the Apple rumor mill, several apple-centric blogs including 9to5Mac say the new iPHone will also contain a 64-bit processor. Apple's previous A series processors and other ARM chips from other suppliers, like Qualcomm, are 32-bit.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57600022-37/chatter-surfaces-about-fast-apple-a7-chip-for-iphone-5s/

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tmThe continuing spate of big tech companies with site outages continues to make me think of PRISM software update joke. But it was no joke for sites that depend on Amazon Web Services this weekend. Instagram, Netflix, Vine, and others were affected by the Amazon outage that started at 4 PM eastern time Sunday and continued for several hours. Amazon reported the outage was due to a partial failure of a networking device. The PRISM box? It would be illegal for them to tell us.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23839901

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slYesterday parts of China’s Internet service were taken offline due to large scale denial-of-service attacks, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) The attacks began early on Sunday and continued for several hours culminating in the “biggest ever” denial-of-service it has seen. The attacks targeted the Internet registry that allows users to access sites hosted on domains ending in ‘.cn’. By today, the issues appear resolved. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/08/26/parts-of-chinas-internet-were-taken-offline-by-denial-of-service-attacks/

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tmGerman weekly Der Spiegel got in on some Snowden leak action this weekend, reporting that the US NSA tapped data traffic that gave them access to the United Nations internal video teleconferencing service. They even added a 'yay!' in one leaked document. Targets included the International Atomic Energy Agency and an EU delegation. Der Spiegel also reported on a "special Collection Service" the NSA uses to spy on 80 embassies and consulates around the world. Best part? These are all likely legal under US law! Patriot Act! Yay!http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/new-report-nsa-tapped-into-un-video-conferences/

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slNTT DoCoMo shares rose in Japan, after Chief Financial Officer Kazuto Tsubouchi told media outlet SankeiBiz that there are compelling reasons for his company and Apple to reach an agreement to carry the iPhone. DoCoMo shares rose 2.1 percent to 159,600 yen at the close in Tokyo, the highest level since May 22.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-26/docomo-rises-on-speculation-carrier-to-release-apple-s-iphone.html

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tmFacebook's Instagram used some allowance money to buy its first company, Y Combinator's Luma, a video-capture, stabilization and sharing app, will shut down soon and its stabilization tech has reportedly already been added to Instagram. Luma's iOS app will no longer be supported after December 31st.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/23/instagram-acquires-tech-and-team-of-video-sharing-app-luma-which-will-shut-down/

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slAccording to a picture that surfaced on NeoGAF's forums and Reddit, if you work full-time at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division, you may not only get a free Xbox One on launch day -- you'll get one in a white and silver-grey hue that isn't available to the public. But that's not all... you'll get one year of Xbox Live and all first-party games for free. Of course, the picture could be photoshopped and this all could be false. Like everything else in life.http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/26/white-xbox-one/

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tmFacebook's foray into selling you physical objects is over. Facebook found that only 20% of its Facebook Gifts sales were for things, while its biggest sellers were gift cards. Over the next two weeks visitors to Facebook Gifts will see only gift card options. No more stuffed animals or chocolates. The Gifts section will also get a redesign to its landing page and recommendations engine.http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/23/facebook-digital-gifts/

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slGoogle isn't just working on software to help major automakers build self-driving cars, it's also building its own full-fledged self-driving car, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin's sources say. The company has apparently considered ways to sell self-driving vehicles to individuals. But it also has focused on the potential for one of its self-driving cars to become part of a “robo-taxi” fleet that pick up passengers on demand. http://jessicalessin.com/2013/08/23/exclusive-google-designing-its-own-self-driving-car-considers-robo-taxi-2/

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slApple said to have tested 64-bit ‘A7′ chips for iPhone 5S, 31% speed increases reportedhttp://9to5mac.com/2013/08/25/apple-said-to-have-tested-64-bit-a7-chips-for-iphone-5s-31-speed-increases-reported/

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- Clayton Morris sources say 5S’s A7 processor is “31% faster” than the iPhone 5′s A6 chip. still dual-core, but with 64-bit processor
- 64-bit processing better for animations, transparencies, and other iOS 7 graphics
- Morris also points to dedicated chip for motion tracking (camera upgrade). previous rumors include new slow-motion mode that captures 120 FPS video.
q: ios 7 needing 64-bit? speed? battery life?

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tmBallmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Companyhttp://allthingsd.com/20130825/ballmer-departure-from-microsoft-was-more-sudden-than-portrayed-by-the-company/

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Microsoft's Ballmer on his biggest regret, the next CEO and morehttp://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-ballmer-on-his-biggest-regret-the-next-ceo-and-more-7000019810/

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Microsoft Board in Needle-in-Haystack Hunt for New CEOhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-26/microsoft-board-in-needle-in-haystack-hunt-for-new-ceo.html

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Kara Swisher ATD reports Ballmer departure more sudden than portrayed
- Ballmer and then the board moved up his departure
- potential proxy fight from ValueAct, performance, Ballmer as lightning rod
- Told MJF: “Bill respects my decision. I mean, it’s one of these things when if it’s — you know, ultimately these kinds of things have to be one’s own personal decision.”
- “He was definitely not leaving and then he suddenly was,” said one source. “Even if today’s Steve made the choice, it was a choice yesterday’s Steve did not want to.”
- Internal replacemnents: Tony Bates, Satya Nadella, Qi Lu and Terry Myerson\
- Trip Chowdhry, an analyst at Global Equities Research: Google SVP Vic Gundotra ran MS Software evangelism program
- John Donahoe, Ebay
Q: Will MS stay with its Ballmer-originated strategy or look for something new?

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slFacebook Ditches Physical Gifts To Double-Down On Digital Codes And Its Own Brick-&-Mortar Gift Cardhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/23/facebook-digital-gifts/

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- Facebook Gifts ending sales of physical gifts (launched almost year ago sept 2012). instead, you'll buy friends digital gift codes or Facebook Gift Card credit to spend at brands and local businesses they "Like", which now get their own Gifts landing page.
- never took off: Facebook reported $5 million in earnings between Gifts and User Promoted Posts in Q4 2012
- Facebook Gift Card: only 20% of total Gift card sales were for physical products, while gift credits to Starbucks and iTunes were the biggest sellers.
- Facebook will now be factoring people’s check-ins (not photo locations) into recommendations. So if you check-in at Olive Garden, Facebook might suggest your friend buy you Facebook Gift Card credit to the italian restaurant chain. You’ll also be able to buy gift credit in any denomination, so you could gift me $29 to Target for my 29th birthday.
q: goodbye, kitchy FB gifts. why didn't FB just do this originally?

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tmThe Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biographyhttp://www.businessinsider.com/marissa-mayer-biography-2013-8?op=1

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Nicholas Carlson wrote an excellent piece on Marissa Mayer
"The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography"
- Tells the story of a shy and driven person most comfortable when teaching.
- Incredibly focused on the user, sometimes seen as "robotic" or snotty, FAST-talking
- Down-to-business, not very social
- Wanted to be a doctor
- Wanted to be a doctor but “I was just doing too many flashcards,” she says. “They were easy for me, but it was just a lot of memorization.” ended up in Symbolic Systems
- Almost deleted the offer from Google
Q: What can we expect from Mayer at Yahoo based on what we learned about her int his article?

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slInstagram’s First Acquisition Is Video Sharing App Lumahttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/23/instagram-acquires-tech-and-team-of-video-sharing-app-luma-which-will-shut-down/

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- Instagram's 1st acquire: the team and technology of Y Combinator company Luma (formerly known as Midnox). Luma created a video-capture, stabilization and sharing app, which will be shut down soon. source says Luma’s stabilization technology is already live in Instagram.
- Luma’s iOS app has been pulled from the App Store but existing users will continue to be supported until December 31, 2013.
- Luma also has “non-disruptive” video filtering technology, which allows videos to be shot with filters turned on, but switched or removed after a video has been recorded.
- IG vs Vine: in IG, add filters to 15-second videos and enable stabilization, must pick a cover frame so your video look good next to photos in feed. upload previously shot (and edited) videos, allowing for more professional clips that could be a hit with advertisers one day. This all makes Instagram more of a sharing medium than its own art form.
q: is IG moving away from Vine competitor & toward a mobile FCP model? what's next?

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tmOpen Sourcers Pitch Secure Email in Dark Age of PRISMhttp://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/08/mailpile/

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Mailpilehttp://mailpile.is/

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Mailpile Indiegogohttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mailpile-taking-e-mail-back

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MyKolabhttps://mykolab.com/

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Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, a software developer and member of the Icelandic Pirate Party. With Smári McCarthy (Iceland) and Brennan Novak (Portland - UI designer)
- Mailpile, open-source web-based, run locally or in cloud
- Raised 116,556 of 100K goal on Indiegogo with 16 days left
- Google makes a big target for hackers/spies
- Mailpile can be tinkered with, and tries to make PGP easy to use
- Both ends need to use it so wants to make it as easy as sending a friend request
- Won't protect log of who you sent email to or received from
Q: With services like this and MyKoLab getting attention, have the leaks done more to secure email than anything?

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Health from above: a drone to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victimshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/24/4654514/definetz-height-tech-defibrillator-carrying-drone-in-germany

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Robots Search for Sunken World War II Aircrafthttp://mashable.com/2013/08/25/bentprop-project/

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Registration for Samsung’s own devcon is now openhttp://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/registration-for-samsungs-own-devcon-is-now-open/

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New Yahoo usernames will be sent out from today. Did you apply for yours?http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/08/26/if-you-applied-for-the-yahoo-username-of-your-dreams-you-should-find-out-from-today/

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Caller from Illinois thinks wireless phone charging in cars might make them saferhttps://ia601004.us.archive.org/15/items/TQJTRWRHGJPZOQXPYVRPUVVNUTNZZJKHLXNHSVNK/TQJTRWRHGJPZOQXPYVRPUVVNUTNZZJKHLXNHSVNK.mp3

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Hi guys,

On yesterday's show, you were talking about the Powermat and new GM cars. Tom had suggested creating a Powermat in your coffee cup holder. I actually don't think that's a bad idea. If you are not trying to power your Cellular device, then you can use that power to keep your coffee hot. If you could control the power or wattage of the Powermat, then you could potentially control the temperature of your coffee.

Of course, if you really want to get wacky, you could put the Powermat in the seat, and use it as a seat warmer, or as a charger.

George

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