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TITLE: Father, Son, & The Holy MoleyGUEST: Ewen Rankin, Editor of British Tech Network
LOWER THIRD URL: britishtechnetwork.com, @ewenrankin
Tackling the iMessage Mountain | Father, Son, & The Holy Moley

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China unblocks Facebook and Twitter, Why Fairfax wants to buy BlackBerry, Teens can delete MySpace, it's the LAW! http://live.twit.tv/

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This is 'Tech News Today' for " Tuesday September 24, 2013

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tmChina is opening a Free Trade Zone next week in Shanghai, and according to the South China Post, Internet service within the zone will be free of the usual Chinese blocks. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and the New York Times will be freely accessible, unlike in the rest of China. Microsoft will take advantage of the zone to partner with BesTV New Media on a joint venture to produce video games for the Chinese market. China banned game consoles in 2000 in order to protect youths from their corrupting influence. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/24/us-china-facebook-idUSBRE98N04020130924

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--http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-24/microsoft-forms-china-game-venture-to-capitalize-on-trade-zone.html

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iaYesterday, insurance and investment company Fairfax Financial Holdings offered $4.7 billion to take BlackBerry private. Fairfax already owned 10% of BlackBerry. The BlackBerry board did sign a letter of intent to accept Fairfax's offer, but a deal is far from done. The letter lets BlackBerry shop itself around for six weeks as Fairfax takes a look at BlackBerry's books. If the deal falls through, BlackBerry will owe Fairfax a sum ranging from $157 million to $262 million depending on the stage of the deal. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/blackberry-reaches-4-7-billion-takeover-deal/?_r=0

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tmThose of you disappointed that Apple didn't announce new iMacs last week can stop being disappointed. Apple just released new iMacs, albeit with minor updates. The new specs feature 2.7GHz Core i5 and Intel's Iris Pro GPU. Other options can get you up to a 3.4GHz Core i5 Haswell chip and NVIDIA GeForce 700 GPU. 8GB of RAM and 1TB drives are now standard, with maxes of 3TB fusion drives and 32 GB RAM. The new lines are available today and base configurations range from $1299 to $1999.http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/24/apple-new-imacs/

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iaThe latest version of Google's Android Device Manager lets users remotely lock their device. The feature requires your Android device to be attached to some kind of network, but assuming that's true, you'd be able to go to Android Device Manager on the web to remotely lock down your device. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604339-94/android-users-can-now-lock-their-lost-devices-remotely/

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tmGoogle's trying to get rid of the legacy Netscape plug-in architecture from Chrome. Staring in January 2014, all but a short whitelist of commonly used plugins like Silverlight, Facebook Video and Google Earth will be blocked from the Netscape Plugin Application in Chrome. Users can whitelist their own plug-ins but Google expects to end Netscape Plugin sport entirely but he end of 2014. Google also will stop accepting applications in the Chrome Web store that support the Netscape Plugin API from today, de-listing them in May and unpublishing them in September. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57604242-93/google-begins-barring-browser-plug-ins-from-chrome/

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iaSarah, you're a cord cutter and not here -- but you'd be interested in this story. Apple just re-released Apple TV version 6.0 software which brings iTunes Radio and a number of other new features. Apple originally released 6.0 on Friday, but the update was found to brick some devices. The Verge says that "so far the update seems to be bug free."http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/23/4764204/apple-tv-update-patched-re-released-itunes-radio

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tmBBM for iOS and Android will take a little longer to arrive. BBM Executive VP Andrew Brocking wrote in a post Monday night that the leak of an unreleased BBM for Android app has a glitch that causes a traffic spike. BlackBerry will hold off releasing the new apps until it can completely block the leaked version and reinforce its system to handle traffic spikes.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604330-94/blackberry-no-messenger-for-android-or-ios-this-week/

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iaThe US Food and Drug Administration released guidelines on how it will regulate health-related smartphone apps and accessories. The FDA will oversee apps that "are intended to be used as an accessory to a regulated medical device" and apps that "transform a mobile platform into a regulated medical device." The FDA assures the public that the agency will not regulate the sale or use of tablets or smartphones nor will it regulate app stores. http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/23/fda-removes-roadblocks-to-medical-app-innovation/

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tmThe Street reports Twitter has decided to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange, rather than the more common home for tech stocks the NASDAQ. The Street's sources say Twitter will sell between 50 and 55 million shares for $28 to $30 putting the company's valuation at $15-$16 billion. The NASDAQ has suffered several technical issue over the past few months and paid $10 million to the the SEC over troubles with Facebook's IPO.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/24/4765498/twitter-reportedly-chooses-to-list-on-nyse

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iaSamsung unveiled a new component for smartphone cameras called ISOCELL. ISOCELL should make low light pictures better since it increases light sensitivity as well as allow for more accurate color reproduction. Samsung says that the move to ISOCELL will allow it to create devices that can capture high resolution images and still be small enough to fit into a mobile device without affecting design. http://www.mobileburn.com/22045/news/samsung-says-smartphone-cameras-will-get-a-big-improvement-with-isocell-upgrade

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Ewen Rankin, Editor of British Tech Network
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tmFacebook, other banned sites to be open in China free trade zone: reporthttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/24/us-china-facebook-idUSBRE98N04020130924

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Microsoft Forms China Game Venture to Capitalize on Trade Zonehttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-24/microsoft-forms-china-game-venture-to-capitalize-on-trade-zone.html

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- Shanghai FTZ opening 9/29- 10/1 (reports vary) test bed for currency convertibility, liberalized interest rates, foreign direct investment and taxation
- South China Post :Internet services without blocks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) "feel like at home" "If they can't get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China,"
- Microsoft and BesTV New Media Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, formed a $79 million gaming venture,
- Game consoles banned by China in 2000 to protect youths
- design and develop games, sell third-party games, provide tech support for game consoles.
- Foreign-funded companies will be allowed to make and sell game and amusement devices inside the Shanghai free-trade zone after passing a content inspection
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iaFacebook Quietly Rolls Out Its Mobile Payments “Autofill” Product http://allthingsd.com/20130923/facebook-quietly-rolls-out-its-payments-autofill-product/

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- According to AllThingsD, Facebook has been testing a feature with a handful of retail partners that would allow customers to automatically enter their payment information into mobile devices via their Facebook accounts.
- It’s called “Autofill with Facebook,” If you’ve stored your address and credit card information on Facebook, retail apps in the pilot program will display a small drop-down prompt when hitting the payment info screen upon checkout.
- Hit the autofill button, and the app will get your info from your Facebook-connected account and fill in the form.
- Partners in the program: currently only Jack Threads and Mosaic  

Q: seems like a small feature, but with a huge future. Will FB users tie their cc info to FB for this?

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tmBlackBerry Buyout Offer Raises Array of Questionshttp://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/blackberry-reaches-4-7-billion-takeover-deal/?_r=0

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What Does Prem Watsa See in BlackBerry?http://allthingsd.com/20130924/what-does-prem-watsa-see-in-blackberry/

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Letter of intent signed by Fairfax Financial Holdings and others
- $9 a share, $4.7 billion
DRIVE UP PRICE
- Fairfax holds 10% of BlackBerry, V. Prem Watsa, Fairfax’s chairman and chief executive said paid $17 a share for its current BB holdings
- BB has 6 weeks to take other offers ($157 million to Fairfax if take other) Fairfax can lower offer too
SELL FOR PARTS
- BB $2 billion in patents, $2.6 billion in cash debt-free, software prospects
REFURBISH FOR FLIP
- history of buying distressed companies and turning them around starting with Markel Financial which became Fairfax. Has also had some flops like AbitibiBowater paper maker delisted
- ATD Watsa quote last year: " “Is [BlackBerry] going to turn around in three months, six months, nine months? No, But if you’re looking four, five years. … We make investments over four or five years.”

Q: Price drive, parts sell or house flip?

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iaNew law lets teens delete digital skeletons http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/New-law-lets-teens-delete-digital-skeletons-4837309.php

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- SF gate reports of a new California law that will require Web companies, starting in 2015, to remove online activity - whether it be scandalous or simply embarrassing - should a California minor request it.
- California already allows certain people, such as victims of domestic violence, to get information struck from the online record.
- If the image is copied and posted to another Web site, that would not be covered, either.
- Web companies also are not required to scrub their servers clean of personal data, just remove the requested item from public viewing.
- There's an additional catch: the law doesn't extend to adults who want to go back and delete material they posted as minors.

- Another facet of the new law, which may have a broader effect, bars Web companies and firms that deal in mobile apps from marketing products that are illegal for minors - such as alcohol, cigarettes and firearms - if they know, or should know, a minor is logged in. 
Q: what do you make of a law like this?

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tmNY Installs 'Text Stops' Along State Highwayshttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424762,00.asp

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Cop claims he’s issued nearly 800 tickets for texting and drivinghttp://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/cop-claims-hes-issued-nearly-800-tickets-texting-a/nZ34P/

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NHTSA Distracted Driving factshttp://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811737.pdf

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New York State installing "text stops" signs along thruways and state highways
- Pull off park safely and use phone Existing Park-n-Ride facilities, rest stops, and parking areas along the roads will be equipped with Texting Zone signage
- 91 locations
- 365 percent increase in distracted driving tickets issued in the summer of 2013 compared to the same time last year. This summer, New York State Police handed out 21,580 tickets, surpassing 2012's total of 5,208 tickets.
- Gwinnett County Police Officer Jessie Myers said if you do anything on your phone besides make or receive a phone call, he will pull you over. 800 tickets this year.
"That's right. You can't use your navigation while driving. Unless it is a GPS-only device, such as Garmin or Tom Tom, something that is not used as a communication device," Myers said.
- For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 79 percent of the distracted drivers were not distracted by the use of cell phones

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iaiMessage for Android looks like a great way to compromise your securityhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/24/4765240/imessage-chat-for-android-spoof-app

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- There's a new app for Android making waves: iMessage Chat
- It promises to allow Android users to communicate to people on iMessage
- The app is not from Apple, but it seriously emulates the older iOS style.
- According to Jay Freeman, aka Saurik, he found that the app passes data through the app maker's servers in China before it's sent to APple.
- Developer Adam Bell says that the app spoofs chat requests as a Mac Mini

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GTA V bug: Rockstar warns about parking cars in garageshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24220206

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 now available for pre-order
- Those looking for the new Power Cover, Docking Station, and Surface Music Kit will have to be patient, as Microsoft doesn't expect to ship those until next year at yet-to-be-announced prices.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/24/4765996/surface-2-and-surface-pro-2-now-available-for-pre-order

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Morning TNT crew,

On the pricing on the Tesco Hudl you reported on yesterday.

Tesco runs a Clubcard loyalty points system. Whenever you buy in Tesco you earn points and points are converted to cash to spend in store. On certain products the points count double, effectively halving the cost, and Tesco have confirmed that the Hudl will be one of these products (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-tesco-tablet-idUSBRE98M0LC20130923).

So the price most people will pay is actually £60. Convert to USD and remove the VAT for a better like-for-like comparison and you're looking at about $80. At this price point I think these are going to fly off the shelves over the Christmas holidays!

As ever thanks for the great show and doubly thanks for the international reporting.

All the best
Gavin
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-tesco-tablet-idUSBRE98M0LC20130923

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