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TITLE: Lego my ZuckerbucksGUEST: Darren Kitchen
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Twitter privately goes public, Facebook ditches its currency, why fingerprints are lousy security http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Len Peralta, Internet Cartoonist
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tmTwitter announced on Twitter Thursday evening that the company has filed an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. The filing is confidential under the new JOBS act which lets companies with less than $1 billion of revenue keep filing details secret for 21 days. This will allow Twitter to polish up their paperwork away from prying eyes. Analysts generally estimate Twitter is worth $10 billion.http://allthingsd.com/20130912/twitter-files-for-ipo/

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slApple has officially opened up pre-orders for the iPhone 5C in its online store as of 12:01am PT today. The phone starts at $99 with a two-year contract for a 16GB model, and $199 with a two-year contract for a 32GB model - or unlocked for $549 and $649, respectively). Customers in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK who order their phones now will start receiving them on September 20th, the same day that Apple is due to release the higher-end iPhone 5S.http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/09/iphone-5c-pre-orders-available-from-apple-carriers-and-retailers/

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tmFacebook is testing videos that auto play without sound in the mobile version of user's news feeds. Videos from friends, celebrities or musicians will expand and play audio when clicked. Facebook says internal tests showed the videos didn't significantly affect battery life or data consumption. While this test does not include any advertisements, recent reports indicate Facebook is planning 15-second auto-play video ads at a charge of $1 to 2.4 million per ad.http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/us-facebook-video-idINBRE98B17020130912

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slOutlook.com now supports IMAP email technology! Hurray! Microsoft official Steve Kafka wrote in a blog post: "we now have a richer email experience across devices and apps, including those not using EAS, such as Mac Mail and Thunderbird on a Mac,". However, there are some initial complaints that messages deleted using IMAP-compliant client applications remain on the Outlook.com Web interface and that messages can't be downloaded from the server to their email clients.http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/loud-and-clear-user-requests-prompt-microsoft-add-imap-outlookcom-226764

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tmCNET has a summary of some reporting over the week from Brazilian site Fantastico, TechDirt and Mother Jones about the NSA conducting Man in the Middle Attacks impersonating Google to gather data on surveillance targets. Google told Mother Jones it had no evidence of the US government circumventing Google Security. Google was the target of such an attack in 2011 when an attacker broke into the DigiNotar system and created 500 SSL certificates.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57602701-38/nsa-disguised-itself-as-google-to-spy-say-reports/

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slTwitter has introduced a new feature for its verified users that lets them filter out mentions from unverified users and spam bots. verified users have 3 new options inside Twitter's "Connect" hub. "All" displays the same interactions and mentions that everyone sees, "Filtered" weeds out anything that Twitter's algorithm thinks is spam, and "Verified" limits the conversations displayed to just those from other verified accounts. Twitter also launched its own app on Spotify, so you can enjoy a playlist built from your social stream inside Spotify's desktop app. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/13/4725916/twitter-verified-user-filter

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Twitter Releases Spotify Apphttp://evolver.fm/2013/09/12/twitter-releases-spotify-app/

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tmThe Wall Street Journal reports Larry Page and Sergey Brin no longer can fuel up their private jets for cheap at Moffat Field in the Ames Research Center in Mountain View. NASA struck the agreement a few years ago with H211, an LLC that managed the Google founder's jets. The arrangement allowed the cheap fuel in exchange for the jets being used for scientific flights. The deal expired August 31 and NASA opted not renew it amid an audit of whether H211 broke the agreement by purchasing fuel for non-government flights. H211 will continue to hangar its jets at the field until 2014. It pays full retail for the hangar lease. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/12/4725206/nasa-larry-page-sergey-brin-jet-fuel

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slMicrosoft wants to buy your iPad. The Surface maker has launched a promotion at its brick-and-mortar stores in the US that lets iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4 owners trade in their tablets for at least a $200 gift card. The devices have to be "gently used" and the offer is only available in Microsoft Stores in the US and Canada, and not online.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/13/4725944/microsoft-ipad-trade-in-deal-offer-surface

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tmIf you've heard the scary stories of free USB charging points being infected with malware, it's time to use a condom. int3.cc, is selling a USB condom that fits on top of a USB plug and cuts off access to the pins that allow it to transmit and receive data. Only the pins that receive power are left open, so a device can charge without any data, including malware being passed between the device and the power source.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/13/4726486/usbcondom-protects-charging-devices-from-hackers-juice-jacking

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slWhen it comes specifically to traditional consoles (that aren't handheld), the Xbox 360 is still top dog as the top-selling console for the month of August in the United States. It marks the thirty-second consecutive month it has led console sales.Microsoft of course is hoping to have another hit in the United States with the release of the Xbox One, coming this November. http://www.gamezone.com/news/2013/09/13/xbox-360-remains-top-selling-console-in-u-s-for-32-straight-months

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tmTwitter Files for IPOhttp://allthingsd.com/20130912/twitter-files-for-ipo/

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Twitter IPO Tweethttps://twitter.com/twitter/status/378261932148416512

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Twitter files for IPO; some analysts value company at $10 billionhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/twitter-files-for-ipo/2013/09/12/764302d0-1bf0-11e3-82ef-a059e54c49d0_story.html

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Does Twitter Have a Growth Problem?http://allthingsd.com/20130913/does-twitter-have-a-growth-problem/

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Why Twitter's IPO filing was 'confidential'http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57602759-93/why-twitters-ipo-filing-was-confidential/

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Twitter Doles Out Stock Grants to Keep Top Talenthttp://allthingsd.com/20130913/twitter-doles-out-stock-grants-to-keep-top-talent/

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Twitter has filed S-1 for IPO. Must report less than $1 billion annual rev. or couldn't be confidential, expected to reach $900 million sales next year (triple this year revenue?)
- Holding back ad unit growth, With MoPub might create Twitter ad net
- Analysts value Twitter at 10 billion
- December announced 200 million AU, ATD sources say now at 240 million
- Spammer purge may have reduced AU
Q: Good time for Twitter to IPO?

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slTwitter Releases Spotify Apphttp://evolver.fm/2013/09/12/twitter-releases-spotify-app/

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- Twitter released its own Spotify app. plays all of the music it lists, for free, if you have the desktop version of Spotify (the standalone version of Twitter #music linked out to Rdio and Spotify, but this app is arguably more seamless). And of course these are not lame 30- or 90-second samples — these are the complete songs
- Twitter’s Spotify app slices the music it sees #nowplaying on Twitter, as well as on other sources like blogs, into five chart pages using the same graphic-intensive grid format that helped make We Are Hunted so great to begin with: Superstars (“new music from the superstars”), Popular (“new music trending on Twitter”), Emerging (“the best new emerging music”), Unearthed (“hidden talent found in the tweets”), and Hunted (“popular music on blogs”).
q: do we really want playlists built from social sharing?

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tmFacebook tests auto-play videos, explores video ad potentialhttp://in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/us-facebook-video-idINBRE98B17020130912

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Auto-play silent videos on Facebook mobile
- expand and turn on audio when clicked
- test only for individuals, celebrities or musicians, not ads YET
- Autoplay only for FB native vids not external like YT
- Reportedly Facebook is planning to charge brand marketers $1 million to $2.4 million to show 15-second auto-play video ads on its social network.
Q: So who loves this idea?

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slFacebook Sunsets Credits, Transitions To Local Currencies To Boost International Paymentshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/09/12/goodbye-facebook-credit/

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- Facebook launched its virtual currency Credits in June 2011 to simplify payments, but difficult for international payments due to fluctuating exchange rates.
- Facebook has ditched Credits and switched to local currency payments. FB says It will help developers and Facebook make more money, smooth payments, and solidify Facebook as an international app platform.
- backstory: Facebook wanted to start earning a 30% cut on purchases made in games played on its website like Apple and Google earn on iOS and Android in-app sales, so it launched Credits - virtual currency that cost $0.10 each that could then be spent on virtual goods or game-specific currency. you’d buy Credits that could be used in any game. The idea was that this would help small developers get more paying players and prevent users from getting their money stuck in specific games.
- Let’s say you price a virtual cow for 20 Credits. In the US that comes out to a nice, round $2. But that’s 63.29 Thai bhat. If the exchange rate changes, so do the actual prices of all your goods when they’re sold internationally.
- now with local currency payments developers price their goods dynamically in different regions around the world. When users see something they want to buy in a game, they just click “Buy” and Facebook lets them pay with a credit card, PayPal, mobile payment system like Zong, gift card, or other method.
q: can fb ever have a virtual currency that works as long as we don't use one global currency IRL? bitcoin anyone?

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tmWhy fingerprints make lousy authentication tokenshttp://boingboing.net/2013/09/12/why-fingerprints-make-lousy-au.html

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iPhone 5S: Thieves may mutilate owners in bid to gain access to fingerprint-reading handsets, expert warnshttp://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/iphone-5s-thieves-may-mutilate-owners-in-bid-to-gain-access-to-fingerprintreading-handsets-expert-warns-8808577.html

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Hackers publish thousands of copies of fingerprint of German Minister who promotes fingerprint biometricshttp://boingboing.net/2008/04/01/hackers-publish-thou.html

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Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing refers to story in Independent on expert saying thieves may cut-off fingertips to unlock iPhones
- More worrying is the fact that you leave your fingerprint everywhere
- German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, pushing for biometric id cards, Chaos Computer Club lifted fingerprint and published on acetate in their magazine by
- Almost impossible to change your fingerprints
Q: How many fingertips will be amputated because of Apple? HOW MANY?!?!?

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slHuawei says it will still make Windows Phone devices even after Microsoft-Nokia dealhttp://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/09/13/huawei-says-it-will-still-make-windows-phone-devices-even-after-microsoft-nokia-deal/

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- Microsoft bought Nokia's devices biz for $7.2 billion deal, we all wondered who would keep making Windows phones
- Richard Ren, a Huawei executive in charge of the consumer unit in Europe, told WSJ ”We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products.”
- Huawei is mostly Android but earlier this year it launched a Windows Phone device — the Huawei Ascend W1.
q: does it make sense for Huawei to keep a foot in Windows phone? Do they see themselves stronger as a "nokia alternative" co if everyone else drops out?

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South Korea greenlights 'invisible' skyscraper for constructionhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/12/4724516/south-korea-greenlights-world-first-invisible-skyscraper-infinity-tower

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Phonebloks: A modular phone you update a piece at a time (Thanks to Evan and Randy for sending along!)http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57602510-1/phonebloks-a-modular-phone-you-update-a-piece-at-a-time/

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Pioneering audio engineer Ray Dolby dies at 80http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/12/4724962/pioneering-audio-engineer-ray-dolby-dies-at-80

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BoxWorks starts on Monday the 15th in SF, runs through Wed the 17thhttp://www.boxworks2013.com/

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Nokia Lumia 1020 gets 25 September UK launch on all four of the major UK mobile networks, prices anywhere from £639.99 outright to free, depending on the monthly tariff.http://www.zdnet.com/uk/nokia-lumia-1020-gets-25-september-uk-launch-prices-revealed-7000020656/

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Most of us who are working on MOOCs don't believe they'll be the replacement for a university. (Well, not all). However, MOOCs offer something that has rarely ever been accessible before to educators.

With a MOOC educators now have tons and tons of statistics about how students respond to course materials and how students learn and perform on exams. While some professors may have the ability to conduct metrics with a large lecture, they pale in comparison to the accuracy and range of data available with online courses. There's even frameworks now for running A/B tests on students solely for the purpose of understanding how they learn! It's awesome and completely gives us to option to transform learning materials for all types of students in the coming years.

The other really awesome part of MOOCs is a SPOC. A SPOC is a small private online course. These courses are run in-person in smaller settings, like a university lecture. However, they are setup to take complete advantage of all the tools MOOC platforms offer. It's kind of like having the best of both worlds!

Love the show!
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Following Apple's iPhone announcements Tuesday, I find the comments of multiple media outlets mildly amusing. They observed that the 5C would cost over $700 in China, and therefore did not meet the "low cost" condition for spreading in that market. Some came off as criticizing Apple for missing the target.

But the expectation that the 5C would be a "low cost" option for emerging markets was purely a media invention in the first place. Apple didn't say before, during, or after the 5C announcement that they were offering a globally low-cost option.

The media need to tone down their rampant speculations about products yet to be announced. Their predictions prove to be no more accurate than Jeane Dixon's were 20 years ago in the National Enquirer.

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