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Stories subject to change up until showtimecoming up on tech news today, the gold iphones are selling like hotcakes, or did apple just not make enough? plus, pinterest ads, and the future of windows RT - is it phablets?

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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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slApple's latest iPhones are now on sale online worldwide and at retail stores across Europe, Asia, and the US. If you're wanting that new gold iPhone 5S, however, you may be disappointed. Apple has confirmed a general shortage of the iPhone 5S in a statement to All Things D, noting that the phone has already sold out and is in limited supply of certain models in certain stores today. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Apple is now instructing its suppliers to increase production of the gold iPhone 5S in order to meet the high demand it's seeing. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4749888/iphone-5c-5s-begin-sale-in-stores-gold-numbers-limited

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iaAllThingsD is ending its partnership with Dow Jones. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg will be taking AllThingsD independent at the end of this year. Walt Mossberg will be leaving the Wall Street Journal at the end of the year as well. Kara Swisher says that starting next year, AllThingsD will still be producing conferences under a "new corporate structure with new partners and investors." http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/09/19/allthingsd-parting-ways-with-dow-jones/

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slCEO Steve Ballmer has some concerns about Google's business practices. During a presentation at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting, Ballmer highlighted how Google makes money in consumer services. says ballmer: "They have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with." Bing now accounts for 17.9 percent of search share in the US, second only to Google at nearly 67 percent.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751516/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly

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iaIf you haven't heard, there's a bug in the iOS 7 lock screen that allows access to stored photos and email. An Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD that the company is aware of the issue "and will deliver a fix in a future software update." You can protect yourself from the flaw by going into your Settings, then Control Center then turn "Access on Lock Screen" off. http://allthingsd.com/20130919/yes-apple-is-working-on-a-fix-for-the-ios-7-lock-screen-hack/

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slAds are coming to Pinterest, y'all! In a new blog post, Pinterest explained its new system of "Promoted Pins," which would allow corporate partners to promote certain posts within category streams and search results. So far, the model is still in a test mode, and resembles efforts by Twitter to pull data from a user's profile so the ad system can target users interested in a certain product, and promote pins within their stream to make sure they see it. CEO Ben Silbermann says "we’ll always let you know if someone paid for what you see, or where you see it."http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/19/4749444/ads-are-coming-to-pinterest

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iaAccording to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, UK spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (aka the GCHQ) hacked into a Belgian phone network called Belgacom. The surveillance was called "Operation Socialist." Belgacom's customers include institutions like the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/british-spy-agency-gchq-hacked-belgian-telecoms-firm-a-923406.html

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slTwitter is talking to banks to grow its underwriting partners for its upcoming initial public offering and in the process of finalizing the fee structure, three people familiar with the matter tell Reuters.Twitter Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta is leading the microblogging platform's IPO and is in touch with the investment banks about their roles, one of the people said, and an IPO could come as early as Thanksgiving.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-twitter-ipo-idUSBRE98I0NA20130919

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iaAccording to researchers from Quarkslab, Apple has the ability to read your iMessages whenever they want. Apple claimed iMessages used "secure end-to-end encryption," but the researchers found a way to get around that using a man-in-the-middle attack with a fake security certificate. Full findings will be presented at the HITB Security Conference next month. http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/19/apple_can_read_your_imessages_whenever_they_want_researchers_claim.html

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slRide-sharing services like Lyft and Uber got some good news this week as a California regulatory body voted to authorize the services. In a 5-0 decision, the California Public Utilities Commission said the companies, which had been operating in a legal grey area, are now officially a new form of service called “transportation network companies.” The services are changing the traditional taxi industry by letting passengers hail private cars directly from their mobile devices.http://gigaom.com/2013/09/19/ride-sharing-services-like-uber-and-lyft-get-green-light-in-california/

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iaWant to edit Office docs on your Android or iOS device? Well, Google just made Quickoffice available for free to anybody with a Google account. If you sign into the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS before September 26th, you'll get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Meanwhile, at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting, Steve Ballmer implied that Office would be coming to iPad and Android tablets in the future. Currently, Office is built for phones. http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/google-makes-quickoffice-for-ios-and-android-free-for-everyone/<-- combine

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Ballmer strongly hints at Office for iPad, Android tabletshttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2049060/ballmer-strongly-hints-at-office-for-ipad-and-android-tablets.html<-- combine

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sliPhone 5C and 5S go on sale with gold in short supplyhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4749888/iphone-5c-5s-begin-sale-in-stores-gold-numbers-limitedInteresting, but Gene Munster, so grain of salt: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57603858-37/this-years-iphone-lines-match-or-better-2012s-analyst-says/ -LT<--THIS

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVPs Phil Schiller and Eddie Cue are at Palo Alto Apple Stores greeting iPhone buyershttp://9to5mac.com/2013/09/20/apple-ceo-tim-cook-is-at-the-new-palo-alto-apple-store-saying-hi-to-new-iphone-owners/Good photo: http://news.cnet.com/2300-1035_3-10018290-44.html

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- gold iPhone 5S is now listed with an "October" shipping date in the US, UK, and Australia online stores, while all the other colors currently have one-to-three and seven-to-ten day delivery estimates. It took less than 30 minutes for the gold 5S to slip to an October wait in the US.
- sarah ordered via Verizon, ship date 9/24. only way to keep unlimited plan is to buy full retail price.
- still no numbers on 5c one week after it went on sale
- DEALS: Sprint is offering the iPhone 5C for free to new customers. Walmart and Target are pricing it at $79. Sprint discounting 5C
to $99.99 and Walmart discounting it to $189.
- apple tells ATD "Demand for the new iPhones has been incredible and we are currently sold out or have limited supply of certain iPhone 5s models in some stores."
- Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Apple is now instructing its suppliers to increase production of the gold iPhone 5S in order to meet the high demand it's seeing. Apple is reportedly increasing its order of the gold model by one-third over its initial order.
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iaMicrosoft: Phablets are Windows RT's future http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-phablets-are-windows-rts-future-7000020932/

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Microsoft sees phones as the future of Windows RT http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751402/microsoft-future-of-windows-rt-phones-terry-myerson

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- Microsoft held its Financial Analyst Meeting yesterday
- Terry Myerson talked about the future of Windows
- He said, "Windows RT was our first ARM tablet. And as phones extend into tablets, expect us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future."
- Myerson also said "(W)e really should have one silicon interface for all of our devices. We should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices. And all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices."
- Terry Meyrson was the head of Windows Phone, now head of MS OS division
- "The second belief was that all of our devices are becoming more cloud-powered," explains Myerson. "So whether we're branding them Windows or Xbox, we really need one core service enabling all of our devices."

Q: Which do you think is more likely to survive? RT or WP?

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slTwitter in talks to add banks to IPO, set fees: sourceshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-twitter-ipo-idUSBRE98I0NA20130919

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- reuters has 3 anon sources: Twitter is in talks to add additional banks to its underwriting syndicate for its upcoming initial public offering and in the process of finalizing the fee structure
- normal for underwriters to receive around 7% of IPO proceeds, but larger offerings can get a lower fee. Underwriters were willing to split a fee pool of just 1.1% for Facebook Inc's $16 billion IPO because of the deal size, and b/c it was FB
- Twitter's valuation is estimated at around $15B by analysts. If it sells 10% of its shares and an overall fee would come to 4 to 5%, underwriters could be looking at 60-70M profit
q: is twitter valuation too high?

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iaPinterest Will Start Showing Ads As Traffic Keeps Growing But Shifts To Mobile http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/pinterest-ads/

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http://blog.pinterest.com/post/61688351103/planning-for-the-future

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- Pinterest published a blogpost telling users that ads are coming
- So how will the ads be on Pinterest? The company says it hasn't figured out all the details, but here's what promoted pins will be:
- Tasteful: no flashy banners or pop-ups
— Transparent. We’ll always let you know if someone paid for what you see, or where you see it.
— Relevant. These pins should be about stuff you’re actually interested in, like a delicious recipe, or a jacket that’s your style.
—Improved based on your feedback. Keep letting us know what you think, and we’ll keep working to make things better.
- For the first test, Pinterest will promote a few pins in search results and category feeds.
- For example, a pin for a Darth Vader outfit from a costume shop might be promoted in a search for “halloween.” Nobody’s paying for anything yet

Q: How do you think ads will fare on Pinterest?

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slGoogle Makes Its New Flat Logo And “App Launcher” Style Nav Menu Official, Will Roll Out Over The Next Few Weekshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/google-makes-its-new-flat-logo-and-app-launcher-style-nav-menu-official-will-roll-out-over-the-next-few-weeks/

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- refreshed flat logo and no more black navigation bar - rolling out to users now
- new menu that sits next to the Share and account info. The launcher, which looks just like the app launcher on Chrome OS, brings up an App grid with your favorite Google services.
q: anyone going to miss the bar? is flat just accepted now for all the things?

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iaHow ‘Cord Never’ Generation Poses Sales Drag for Pay TV http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-18/how-cord-never-generation-poses-sales-drag-for-pay-tv.htmlty kloewen on our TNT reddit

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- Bloomberg has an article up that discusses a new class of people called "cord nevers"
- These are people who are watching video content who have never subscribed to pay TV
- This year, 2013, is on pace to be the first year that U.S. pay-TV subscriptions will decline, falling to 100.8M from 100.9M from last year acc'g to IHS
- while 3.2 million new U.S. households were set up in the last three years, the paid-TV industry only added 250,000 subscriptions in that same period, according to market-researcher SNL Kagan.
- Telecoms have taken 11% of paid-TV subs from cable and satellite over the past ten years
- SNL Kagan thinks the trend of cord nevers will amplify "a little over time"
- Cord nevers are a “legitimate concern,” 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) President Chase Carey said at a company meeting on Aug. 8.
- Bloomberg writes that the bundling approach may contribute to the growth of cord nevers as some viewers aren’t prepared to shell out for content they have no interest in.

Q: Will this finally lead to unbundled cable services? More cable systems over the internet? No change?

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