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Intel shows off Haswell Chromebooks, Telecom industry goes to war against FCC, Why Hugo Barra left Google for Xiaomi http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Jon Brodkin, Senior IT Reporter at Ars Technica
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tmMichael Dell won his company back with a little help from his friends at Silver Lake Partners. Dell shareholders approved an offer to buyback outstanding shares at $13.75 a share along with a 13 cent per share special dividend. All told Dell and Silver Lake will spend $24.9 billion. CNBC reports the buyout was favored by 65% of the shareholders.http://allthingsd.com/20130912/dell-shareholders-approve-25-billion-buyout-to-go-private/

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slIn an effort to assure consumers that fingerprints aren't scary, an Apple spokesperson says the new Touch ID system in the iPhone 5S only stores “fingerprint data,” which remains encrypted within the iPhone’s processor, and then uses the digital signature to unlock itself or make purchases. So even if someone cracked an iPhone’s encrypted chip, they likely wouldn’t be able to reverse engineer someone’s fingerprint. You may, however, not want to unlock your iPhone after Zumba class - Apple testers have found the device sometimes doesn’t work with sweaty fingers, or moisturized hands in general.http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/09/11/apple-new-iphone-not-storing-fingerprints-doesnt-like-sweat/

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iaThe Apple iPhone 5S will be the first smartphone with a 64-bit processor. Any guesses who will make the next one? If you guessed Samsung, you'd be right. Samsung mobile head JK Shin told the Korea Times that Samsung's next smartphones will also have 64-bit CPUs and that device will come "not in the shortest time." Hmm. If the next Galaxy S phone has a 64-bit processor that would mean the S5 and the 5S would both have them. http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/12/samsung-64-bit-cpu/

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tmAt TechCrunch Disrupt Mark Zuckerberg criticized the US government over the NSA disclosures. He said, "Frankly, I think that the government blew it. They blew it on communicating the balance of what they were going for with this." IN an early leak from Edward Snowden, Facebook was said to engage in an NSA program called PRISM. Facebook along with Yahoo filed suit Monday to get permission to disclose more information about government requests. Zuckerberg meets today with Speaker John Boehner and the rest of his leadership team, over immigration privacy and a number of general topics.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4719732/facebooks-mark-zuckerberg

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slAfter Lavabit founder Ladar Levison raised over $100,000 to appeal a surveillance order, his legal battle has begun. Wired reports that details of the case, being contested in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, are currently under seal, and Levison's opening brief starts October 3rd. Levison decided to close Lavabit, a private email service used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, after fighting a legal case the founder said he could not discuss in detail.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4721028/lavabit-formally-appeals-against-secret-government-request

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iaAt IDF 2013, Asus introduced the Transformer Book T100. The 10.1-inch device is cheap! $350 gets you a tablet and keyboard dock, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T Atom CPU. $400 will get you double the storage at 64GB. The Transformer Book T100 will be running Windows 8.1 when it ships on October 18th. http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/asus-reveals-transformer-book-t100-with-windows-8-1-for-349-we/

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tmMaryJo Foley has knitted together several reports and sources that indicate Microsoft is developing a Siri-like voice recognition assistant for Windows Phone called Cortana. Cortana is also the name of an AI character in Microsoft's Halo video game series. Cortana on Windows Phone would learn and adapt using the "Satori" knowledge bank that powers Bing.http://www.zdnet.com/cortana-more-on-microsofts-next-generation-personal-assistant-7000020602/

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sl4 new Chromebooks from Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba are coming soon powered by Intel's battery-sipping, high-speed Haswell chips and expected battery life in the range of 9 hours. They're expected to cost under $300 for the Wi-Fi only models, as opposed to Google's high-end, $1,300 Chromebook Pixel. The Chromebook makers have yet to announce the juicy details, but an Acer representative confirmed that its new Chromebook will be available "in time for the holidays."http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57602455-93/haswell-signs-up-four-new-chromebooks/

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tmAn attacker with inside information stole Vodafone data on 2 million customers, including names, addresses, birthdays and bank account info. They did not acquire passwords, PINS or credit card info. Vodafone discovered the breach earlier in September and reported it to police. Vodafone said the incident only affects clients in Germany and clients can check if their info was compromised on the Vodafone website or wait to be contacted by mail.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-12/vodafone-germany-hacker-accesses-2-million-clients-banking-data.html

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iaYahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says that Yahoo monthly active users are now at 800 million people worldwide. That figure is up 20% since Mayer took over in July of 2012. She made the comment at TechCrunch Disrupt and also said those numbers do NOT include traffic from Tumblr. Mayer said it will take "three or more years" to get Yahoo where she wants it. http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/11/marissa-mayer-yahoo-monthly-active-users-are-up-20-to-800m-including-350m-on-mobile/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Jon Brodkin, Senior IT Reporter at Ars Technica
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Discussion Stories

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iaIntel shows new Haswell Chromebooks and plans to make 3D gestures commonplacehttp://venturebeat.com/2013/09/11/intel-shows-new-haswell-chromebooks-and-plans-to-make-3d-gestures-pervasive/

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HP Chromebook 14 with Haswell hands-on (video)http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/hp-chromebook-14-with-haswell-hands-on-video/

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New Acer Chromebook with Haswell hands-onhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/new-acer-chromebook-with-haswell-hands-on/

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Intel moves to make 3D gesture control as pervasive as the mousehttp://www.extremetech.com/extreme/166289-intel-moves-to-make-3d-gesture-control-as-pervasive-as-the-mouse

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More news out of IDF
- New Haswell Chromebooks are coming from a lot of major players: HP, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba
- Battery life: 9-10 hours. Wi-Fi models are to cost around $300 or lower
- The HP Chromebook 14 has a 14-inch display, HDMI port, 16GB of storage, 100GB of Google Drive for free for two years, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and comes in several colors. $299 and will be available before the holiday season
- The new Acer Chromebook is similar to the 11.6-inch C7. It weighs under 3 pounds. Pricing isn't known yet
- Google and Intel execs say that they worked closely to tune the OS at the kernel and driver level to work w/ Intel's chips
- Chromebooks in the past have been based on Intel Atom and others based on ARM
- Intel also showed off "perceptual computing" that uses 3D gesture controls, face recognition, eye-tracking, voice recognition and touch
- Intel demoed the $200 Senz3D camera from creative which supports Intel's perceptual computing SDK
- The next line of Intel processors, the Broadwell will support integration of a 3D cam directly into the bezel of a laptop

Q: What news do you find more interesting? The new line of Intel-based Chromebooks or the promise of perceptual computing?

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tmHere’s how the telecom industry plans to defang their regulatorshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/12/heres-how-the-telecom-industry-plans-to-defang-their-regulators/?clsrd

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Verizon's diabolical plan to turn the Web into pay-per-viewhttp://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/verizons-diabolical-plan-turn-the-web-pay-view-226662

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What Verizon's Net Neutrality Challenge Is Really Abouthttp://www.forbes.com/sites/larrydownes/2013/09/11/what-verizons-net-neutrality-challenge-is-really-about/

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FCC’s wishy-washy rulemaking might doom net neutrality in courthttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/09/fccs-wishy-washy-rulemaking-might-doom-net-neutrality-in-court/

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FCC Open Internet Orderhttp://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-201A1.pdfSOURCE

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Verizon vs. FCChttp://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-317120A1.pdfSOURCE

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Akamai State of the Internet from July 2013http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/

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-Jon Leibowitz, former FTC lobbying US House today on behalf of telcos to take privacy powers away from FCC and consolidate broadband reg. under FTC. 1996 Comm. Act excludes info services.
- ATT lobbyist Jim Cicconi spoke Wed. questioning FCC antitrust powers. Larry Downes in Forbes argues current antitrust law covers favoring content or charging content providers to reach customers
- Verizon in DC Appeals court to overturn FCC's 2010 Open Internet Order. Arguing FCC does not have authority.
- Verizon arguing 1st Ammendment: "Broadband providers possess 'editorial discretion.' Just as a newspaper is entitled to decide which content to publish and where, broadband providers may feature some content over others,"
- FCC order hinges on mandate to encourage broadband deployment (Section 706)
- Tom Wheeler set to take over FCC soon from acting chair Mignon Clyburn
- FCC has not ruled telcos are common carriers.
- Who are its customers and who aren't? The "free ride" question

Q: Should ISPs be common carriers? Are Google, Netflix, YOU, free riders? Who should regulate ISPs?

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slExclusive: Hugo Barra Talks About His Future at Xiaomi and Why He Really Left Googlehttp://allthingsd.com/20130912/exclusive-hugo-barra-talks-about-his-future-at-xiaomi-and-why-he-left-google/

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- Xiaomi is pronounced "shower-me"
- says he wants Xiaomi to be less the “Apple of China, and more the Google or Amazon in the future.
- Barra is its Xiamo's major non-Chinese hire. says he'd been in talks with talks with Xiaomi that lasted more than a year.
- close with Xiaomi's prez Bin Lin. says it started during his work at Android. “We had teams all over, but every quarter we had this thing called the mobile leadership summit, where we did project reviews and strategy sessions,” recalled Barra. “Coincidentally, on my second day at Google, I was on a plane flying to Beijing, where we were having that particular quarter’s meeting.” Lin at the time ran engineering for Google’s mobile unit in China. It was the start of a working relationship
- end of 2010, Lin had left Google and started Xiaomi with some key Google engineers and product managers.“Because I was a member of the Android team, I had a keen interest in what they were doing,” said Barra. “And what they were doing was pretty phenomenal.”
- “At first, their questions were, ‘How do you think we should go about expanding internationally?’ And that evolved into, ‘Maybe you should come help us,’” recalled Barra.
What was most compelling to Barra was that Lin wanted a product person to lead Xiaomi’s global expansion. “I am not the business guy, but he wanted someone with deep user insight to lead that effort,” said Barra.
- "truly a dream job, this idea of building a global company which could be as significant as Google from the ground up, “It was just something that I will never come across, with a team whom I know, with a company that has DNA similar to my own"
- “They are a company building hardware like it was software,” said Barra. “It’s about small teams, really scrappy, that iterate, iterate, iterate.”
q: can he do it?

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tmGogo in-flight Internet to combine satellite and air-to-ground, hit 60Mbpshttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/gogo-in-flight-internet-to-combine-satellite-and-air-to-ground-hit-60mbps/

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Gogo's hybrid GTO technology bringing 60Mbps download capability to airlines in 2014http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/gogoshybrid-gto-in-flight-wifi-enhanced-speeds/

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Ku bandhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_band

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Gogo GTO (Ground to Orbit) 60 Mbps
- Satellite for receiving data (download), ATG cellular for for return link (upload)
- currently ATG Cellular both ways
- After FAA approval, Virgin America will be launch partner 2014
- Could lift block on services like Netflix?
- If more folks could use it, price could go down

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iaNew TV-Set Tech ‘Reminds’ Fickle Viewers Their Show is Onhttp://variety.com/2013/digital/news/new-tv-set-tech-reminds-fickle-viewers-their-show-is-on-1200607936/

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LG smart TVs begin augmenting commercials with interactive pop-upshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4720438/lg-smart-tvs-testing-pop-up-advertising

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- Your smart TV may start reminding you that your show is on
- A new smartTV app that makes TV promos interactive. If you're watching an ad for a show, a pop-up will appear on the top of the screen that asks if you want to set a reminder when that show airs.
- A few minutes before that show airs, the reminder will appear on your display regardless of what input your TV is set to. You could be playing a game or watching netfix, that pop-up will appear
- The app is currently made for LG TVs only, but the app developer, Visible World, says it can bring its app to other platforms in the future and is in negotiations to do so
- National Geographic Channel has been using the app as a part of a beta test. The app lets the networks figure out which promos drive viewers to set reminder

Q: The app sounds like something TV networks will love, but will TV watchers like this?

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slIntel Sociologist Says the Love Affair Between Us and Our Gadgets Is Turning Into a Real Relationshiphttp://allthingsd.com/20130912/intel-sociologist-says-the-love-affair-between-us-and-our-gadgets-is-turning-into-a-real-relationship/

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- Intel researcher Genevieve Bell says that our feelings for our technology are growing stronger.
- devices like the Moto X have always-on sensors listening for our commands, we grow dependent on them
- watched a YouTube video of a Furby attempting to interact with Apple’s Siri, thinks we're still a decade out from the next step
- ppl sleep with their phones close by, name their phones,
- voice-activated assistants do more than just make sense of speech. Services like Google Now, and even the recommendation engines on Netflix and Amazon, are starting to anticipate our needs
q: does this help explain some of the fighting that goes on between fans of competiting operating systems? VIDEO

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Chair Pitched as Answer to New Ways We Sit on Job (Dr. Mom)http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/technology/personaltech/a-good-office-chair-not-so-different-from-others.html

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Batman and Captain America save a cat (Kapt Kipper)http://boingboing.net/2013/09/11/batman-and-captain-america-sav.html

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iPhone 5c Pre-Orders to Begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 13 - Walmrt will sell the 16GB iPhone 5C for $79, or $20 off the full retail price, and the 16GB iPhone 5S for $189, a savings of $10 off the full price. Those prices require the standard two-year contract with the carrier of your choice.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57602574-37/walmart-to-sell-iphone-5c-for-$79-iphone-5s-for-$189/

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Hi TNT team!


I work for a consumer electronics company who manufactures products in China (in fact I'm writing from Shenzhen as I oversee the start of production for some of our holiday offerings).

I wanted to comment on your opinions expressed that companies may manufacture in the US where the premium costs can be absorbed (such as in the new Mac Pro) or else a lower margin accepted in favor of gaining market share (such as the Moto X).

I think several key factors were missing from this discussion:
1. labor is only a small fraction of the full cost of a good
2. that labor percentage can be offset if workers have higher productivity
3. that labor percentage can also be offset when processes are automated and fewer workers are needed per good
4. when logistics costs are of course lower when manufacturing a product in Texas that will be sold in the US


[Dan then directed us to a Charles Fishman article in the Atlantic that found that when GE moved production from China to Kentucky, an efficient redesign reduced manufacturing costs by 25% and created a more inexpensive product]

In conclusion, I believe for products of complex design, where manufacturing and assembly are complex processes, there are cases where manufacturing cost can be on par or even beat doing so in China.

Google and Microsoft may have deeper motivations behind these moves than a simple marketing story and this could be a limited but increasing trend we see in the coming years.

Keep up the great work at TNT and the rest of the TWiT.tv network!

Regards,
Dan
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