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What Apple's iWatch trademark means, First FirefoxOS phone arrives, HP wants back into smartphone biz, or do they? http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Willie "Dills" Gregory, Co-host of The Instance, Community Manager at PodOmatic.com
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tmBloomberg reports Apple has trademarked the name iWatch in Japan. The trademark was filed June 3rd and made public last week. It covers “products including a handheld computer or watch device”. A Russian newspaper reported the iWatch name was trademarked in Russia last month.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-01/apple-seeks-to-trademark-iwatch-in-japan-for-devices.html

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slBack during Mobile World Congress a bunch of carriers showed support for Mozilla’s HTML-5 open web mobile platform, Firefox OS. Today, the launch date of the first commercial Firefox OS phone has been confirmed: the ZTE Open will go on sale tomorrow in Spain, on Telefonica’s Movistar network. The handset will cost €69 (around $90), which includes a pre-pay balance of €30 for prepaid customers plus a 4GB microSD card. http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/01/first-firefox-os-phone/

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iaThe Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency can track real-time events like sending email, logging in or out of chat services or even email logins. The information comes from a newly leaked PRISM slide. The real time data collection is raising questions about the level of compliance by companies or whether the government has installed its own hardware to monitor such events. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/30/new-prism-leaks-detail-live-notification-of-email-login-message-sending-or-chat-usage/

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tmMicrosoft's Xbox Music Web client is live at music.xbox.com. The Web version looks similar to the new app for Windows 8.1 with fewer features. Microsoft plans to expand its music service to non-Windows platforms like Android and iOS as well.http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/07/01/microsoft-launches-web-based-version-of-its-xbox-music-service/

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slInvestor Carl Icahn has raised more tha the $5 billion he needs to finance a recapitalization of Dell, a plan he says will be more attractive to shareholders than the $24.4 billion leveraged buyout proposed by CEO Michael Dell and the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.With the July 18 proxy vote on the horizon, Icahn, who's now Dell’s second largest shareholder after Michael Dell, has proposed a few different variations of a plan that would use Dell’s existing cash to pay out a special dividend to shareholders, take a portion private, and leave a portion of it publicly traded.http://allthingsd.com/20130701/carl-icahn-has-raised-5-3-billion-to-finance-his-plan-to-recapitalize-dell/

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iaKara Swisher from All Things D reports Don Mattrick, President of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, and the guy who took all the Xbox One credit and blame, is leaving Microsoft. Swisher's sources claim Mattrick will leave to take a job at Zynga, possibly CEO. http://allthingsd.com/20130701/exclusive-microsofts-entertainment-head-don-mattrick-leaving-to-take-top-role-possibly-ceo-at-zynga/

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tmICANN, the organization that oversees domain registration, has approved new rules for domain registrars. When the new rules take effect at a later date, users will need to verify their email address or phone number within 15 days of applying for a new domain. When registrars sign the new agreement they will also commit to keeping information about registrants for for two years after a domain registration is canceled and the IP address from which the registration request was made for 180 days.http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/29/4478172/icann-to-require-verified-email-phone-number-for-domain-registration

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slremember when HP spent $1.2 billion on Palm and then dismantled the mobile OS and its hardware without really ever getting started? well, the company may be ready to get back into it. CEO Meg Whitman said that "we have to ultimately offer a smartphone,", and reports have pointed to Android-based hardware. An HP executive from the company's Asia Pacific division told The Indian Express that it was still in the works and that "HP has to be in the game." but didn't give a timetable for any future product.http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/1/4482638/hp-says-smartphones-are-in-its-long-term-plans

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tmThe US Second Circuit of Appeals overturned a lower court decision to grant class action status to the Authors Guild in their lawsuit against Google over scanning of books. The court also told Judge Denny Chin to rule on whether Google's book scanning is fair use.

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iaIntel CEO Brian Krzanich says that the company will speed up the introduction of its chips for tablets, phones and wearable computers. Krzanich and Intel President Renee James both said that wearable devices will become a "key battleground" for mobile companies. On the Intel television service front, Krzanich proved he wasn't kriz-azy by saying Intel is being cautious and careful in the content industry.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/28/us-intel-ceo-idUSBRE95R0XK20130628

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Willie "Dills" Gregory, Co-host of The Instance, Community Manager at PodOmatic.com
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slApple Seeks to Trademark ‘IWatch’ in Japan for Deviceshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-01/apple-seeks-to-trademark-iwatch-in-japan-for-devices.html

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- APPLE seeking protection for the name "IWATCH" which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week
- back in feb, sources told bloomberg Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device
- RENE RITCHIE: it makes sense for Apple to grab anything and everything they can, even if it's only to keep such terms out of the hands of other companies, squatters, and competitors.
q: this is finally real, right? is this the hit apple needs?

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tmFirst Firefox OS Smartphone Has Arrived: Telefonica Prices ZTE Open At $90 In Spain, Latin American Markets Coming Soonhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/07/01/first-firefox-os-phone/

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Android, Led By Samsung, Continues To Storm The Smartphone Market, Pushing A Global 70% Market Sharehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/07/01/android-led-by-samsung-continues-to-storm-the-smartphone-market-pushing-a-global-70-market-share/

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ZTE Open, firefox OS on sale from Telefonica Movistar in Spain
- €69 (around $90) including prepay balance of €30, 4GB microSD card
- 3.5-inch HVGA, 256 MB RAM, 3.2MP cam,
- Telefonica intends to expand to other markets, Colombia, Venezuela, more handsets coming as well
- Telefonica also in joint-marketing w/ MS to promote Windows Phone
- Kantar group numbers peg Android at 70% in 5 biggest Europe mots.
- Can promote own services on Firefox OS w/o restriction
- Alcatel One Touch Fire coming, DT and Telenor also launching phones
Q: Is this a threat to Android at all? More so to Windows and BlackBerry?

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iaHP aims to get back into the smartphone gamehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57591726-94/hp-aims-to-get-back-into-the-smartphone-game/

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Smartphone Market Won’t Kick Our Butt a Second Time, Says HP
http://allthingsd.com/20130701/smartphone-market-wont-kick-our-butt-a-second-time-says-hp/

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- Yam Su Yin, HP's sr. director for consumer PC and media tablets for Asia Specific told the Press Trust of india that HP must be in the smartphone game but would not give a launch date
- “In the short to medium term, we will remain focused on high powered computing devices such as workstations to mobile productivity tools such as tablets,” a company representative said. “In the long term, we will look at the right approaches to enter the smartphone market as well.”
- Yin said "When HP has a smartphone, it will give a differentiated experience."
- HP has talked about a new smartphone publicly before including CEO Meg Whitman saying the company is working on a new phone back in September
- HP's last phone was back in August 2011

Q: Let's design the most amazing HP phone ever. What would it need to do to become a real player?

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iaExclusive: Microsoft’s Entertainment Head Don Mattrick Leaving to Take Top Role — Possibly CEO — at Zynga

http://allthingsd.com/20130701/exclusive-microsofts-entertainment-head-don-mattrick-leaving-to-take-top-role-possibly-ceo-at-zynga/

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- AllThingsD reports that Xbox head Don Mattick is leaving the company "said multiple sources close to the situation."
- He'd be leaving for a top job at Zynga, possibly as CEO "and working in close partnership with founder and current CEO Mark Pincus."
- The move could be official as soon as today after the market close
- Pincus has been the head of Zynga since founding the company
- Mattrick was on a list to be the new head of EA (he was already the president of worldwide studios for EA - worked there for 25 years)
- This move for Mattrick would be in line with the restructuring at MS being rumored, MS doesn't have a replacement for Mattrick

Q: If this is true, can Mattrick help the culture at Zynga?

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slHappy Friday! Yahoo Kills a Dozen Products.http://allthingsd.com/20130628/happy-friday-yahoo-kills-a-dozen-products/

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Yahoo's Tumblr posthttp://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/54125001066/keeping-our-focus-on-whats-next

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- friday after markets closed, Yahoo EVP of Platforms Jay Rossiter annoucned via blog post it will be “sunsetting” 12 of its services over the coming months
- yahoo axis browser is dead - alternative browser nobody used
- alta vista search engine is gone
- foxytunes,Citizen Sports,Yahoo RSS Alerts, etc
- also Yahoo announced an update to Yahoo Mail, which integrates Flickr with Yahoo Mail. Users can more easily share Flickr-hosted photos via Yahoo Mail.
q: will anyone miss any of these services? is mayer pruning in the right places?

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tmEmail Is Crushing Twitter, Facebook for Selling Stuff Onlinehttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/07/email-crushing-twitter-facebook/

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Article in Wired by Marcus Wohlenson
-Custora, online retailers 4x customer acq. rate through email to 7%
- Facebook barely registers, Twitter not at all
- Organic search #1, cost per click ads #3
- Search 50% mva, Email 11%, Facebook even, Twitter 23% LESS
- Wohlenson points out Google has been doing search ads for 10 years, email has been around for more
Q: Will social networks become places for sales/marketing, just ambient awareness, or something else?

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Man creates “invisible headphones” by implanting magnets into his earshttp://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/06/man-creates-invisible-headphones-by-implanting-magnets-into-his-ears/

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Dear Tom, Sarah, Iyaz and Jason,

From show 785 and your piece on the rumoured Google game console possibly being developed in light of other rumours about Apple TV becoming more game focussed, is there some connection to the recent iOS 7 announcement? With the upcoming support for 3rd party game controllers, is this a sign to an updated Apple TV operating system that will hook into a game controller and allow the device with appropriate developers support to become a real option in the developing low end game console market?

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