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tmEbay has agreed to buy online payments company Braintree for approximately $800 million. Braintree's customers include Airbnb, OpenTable, GitHub and Uber. Braintree also owns Venmo, a direct competitor with Ebay's Paypal. Paypal product chief Hill Ferguson told AllThigsD that Braintree will continue to operate as as separate brand after the acquisition but it's too early to tell how Venmo will be used at eBay.http://allthingsd.com/20130926/ebay-will-acquire-braintree-for-800-million-in-cash/

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slT-Mobile will stop carrying BlackBerry smartphones in its stores and instead ship the devices directly, according David Carey, executive vice president for corporate services. This is a few days after BlackBerry said it would no longer market to consumers because of weakening smartphone sales.Carey said that "keeping stock in the retail distribution system was inefficient" because BlackBerry phones have not been high demand devices for consumers.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/25/us-blackberry-tmobileus-idUSBRE98O16P20130925

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iaSome users of Google Talk and Google Hangouts are reporting that Google has been sending their chat messages to the wrong recipients. According to some Twitter users, some of these chat messages are ending up in the email of the wrong people as well as Google Talk. Google says that it has identified the problem, stopped it from recurring, and is currently working on a fix. http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/09/26/be-careful-google-talk-and-hangouts-are-sending-some-messages-to-the-wrong-recipients/

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tmA new study from Pew Research Center found that 15% of US adults do not use the Internet and they like it that way. Of those who do not, 34% indicated it just wasn't relevant to them, another 32% said it was too hard to use, and 19% said it was too expensive. Only 7% said it wasn't available to them. 92% of those who do not use the Internet say they have no interest in starting., although 44% have asked others to look something up on the Internet for them.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772548/pew-study-fifteen-percent-of-americans-have-no-internet

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slTwitter is rolling out a new feature that will let agencies broadcast messages in a crisis. Twitter Alerts, lets users sign up for emergency messages from agencies like FEMA, the World Health Organization, and local police departments. Once you opt into alerts, it'll send you push notifications and text messages in case of an emergency, much like severe weather warnings the National Weather Service sends to smartphones. When you open your Twitter feed, those alerts will also be highlighted in the stream.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/25/4770342/twitter-alerts-offer-push-notifications-text-messages-in-emergencies

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iaA new US bill backed by senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul calls for intelligence reform after reports of U.S. government surveillance came to light thanks to Edward Snowden. The bill is called the Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act and it would stop the NSA from collecting phone records in bulk of Americans. Should the bill become a law, it would also require a "constitutional advocate" be introduced to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts to argue against the government. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/25/nsa-reform-bill-surveillance-congress

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tmCTRL-ALT-DEL is such a part of our culture that I own a set of cups that mimic the keys. But Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he wish it weren't so, and blamed IBM. At a Harvard fundraiser, Gates told the audience "It was a mistake. We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't wanna give us our single button." Engineer David Bradley who worked on the original IBM PC gets the credit for inventing the three key salute, but has said previously Bill Gates deserves the credit for making it popular.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772680/bill-gates-admits-ctrl-alt-del-was-a-mistake

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slAccording to a teardown analysis from IHS, a top-of-the-line 64GB iPhone 5s, which retails unlocked for $849, costs Apple just $218 to build, including manufacturing costs.The build for the 16GB iPhone 5s just $20 less, but Apple charges consumers another $200 for the extra 48GB of storage. The display assembly is the most expensive component at $41. What about those sensors, which includes the gyros, compass, accelerometer and the fancy new fingerprint reader? IHS says they only cost Apple $15.http://www.zdnet.com/a-849-64gb-iphone-5s-only-costs-apple-218-to-build-7000021175/

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tmIf you buy an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 it may not come as unlocked as you think. David Meyer at GigaOm reports that unlocked Note 3s sold in North America and Europe will only be unlocked for SIM cards issued in those regions. So if you take your unlocked European Note 3 to Canada and try to us a Canadian SIM card, it won't work. British online retailer Clove posted this fact on its blog and Meyer confirmed it with Samsung's German PR folks. Samsung Switzerland is saying the opposite on Facebook, but Meyer points out this contradicts what it says on the Note 3 box itself. http://gigaom.com/2013/09/26/seriously-samsung-sorry-european-roamers-but-the-new-galaxy-note-3-is-region-locked/

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iaChinese officials told people.com.cn that the China Pilot Free Trade Zone in Shanghai will be under management measures consistent with the rest of the country. This statement contradicts a report earlier this week that said the Free Trade Zone would allow access to to sites like Facebook. If you forgot what the Free Trade Zone is, it allows for goods to imported, processed and re-exported without having to be declared to customs authorities. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/814044.shtml#.UkRKeGTXjXX

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sleBay Will Acquire Braintree for $800 Million in Cashhttp://allthingsd.com/20130926/ebay-will-acquire-braintree-for-800-million-in-cash/

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PayPal Buys Braintree To Get A Foothold In App Paymentshttp://readwrite.com/2013/09/26/paypal-braintree#awesm=~oiyMU3nGNyfHBm

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- BT founded in 2007. automates online payments for retail/online merchants. offers merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing, credit card storage, support for mobile and international payments
- now seeing $12B in payments annually, $4B of that is mobile. Clients: Airbnb, Fab, LivingSocial, Uber, Twilio, GitHub
- Braintree operates Venmo, a mobile payments solution - allows people to pay and send money to each other for free- BT acquired last year for $26.2M.
- eBay noted in its statement today that VM “will help to contribute to PayPal’s mobile payments capabilities.” PayPal is forecasting mobile payments volumes on its platform of over $20 billion this year.
q: is paypal going all-in on mobile payments? Venmo Touch promised to let a user enter a credit card into one app and then remember the number in other apps

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tmNew bill seeks to outlaw bulk surveillance, shine light on secret FISA court systemhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/25/4771878/intelligence-oversight-surveillance-reform-act-constitutional-advocateVIDEO (BROLL)

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Congress unveils bill to limit NSA's powershttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57604756-83/congress-unveils-bill-to-limit-nsas-powers/

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Summary PDF of bill (may download rather than display)http://www.wyden.senate.gov/download/?id=4D1FB49B-3093-4C81-8060-6C2DC14DA90F&download=1SOURCE

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Surveillance Reform Package Ends Bulk Collection of Phone Records; Creates Constitutional Advocate for Secret Courthttp://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/surveillance-reform-package-ends-bulk-collection-of-phone-records-creates-constitutional-advocate-for-secret-courtSOURCE

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Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act (Ammends sections of FISA)
- Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN) and Rand Paul (R-KY)
- Amend Titles IV and V of FISA to prohibit bulk collection of phone records, email records
- Amend Section 702 close 'backdoor search' loophole, prohibit searches 'about the target', strengthen reverse target prohibition, strengthen statutory limits on unlawfully collected info
- appoint "constitutional advocate" to attend secret FISA court
- declassify "significant" FISA court opinions
- allow US citizens to openly challenge the constitutionality of such surveillance, and sue for damages
- Allow companies to disclose more information
- No proposed protection for non-citizens
- Expected to be addressed at Senate Intelligence Committee public hearing on Today (Thursday)
Q: Would this make you feel better about your privacy on the Net?

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tmStudy says five percent of Americans find the internet pointlesshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772548/pew-study-fifteen-percent-of-americans-have-no-internet

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Who’s Not Online and Whyhttp://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Non-internet-users/Summary-of-Findings.aspxSOURCE

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Pew Internet & American Life Project "Who's not online and why?" by Kathryn Zickuhr
- As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.
OF NON-Internet USERS
- 34% just not relevant
- 32% Not easy to use
- 19% Expense
- 7% not available
- 92% said they aren't interested although 44% have asked family/friends to go online for them.
-of those aged 65 and older, 44% no Internet, 50-64 17 %
- Offline- 41% of people with no high school diploma, as are 24% of income under $30,000.
- 14% offline urban and suburban, 20% offline rural
- Survey 2,252 18+ April 17, ENG and ESP, +/-2.3%
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iaHopster Promises Netflix for Kids, and No One Else http://allthingsd.com/20130926/hopster-promises-netflix-for-kids-and-no-one-else/

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- There's a new streaming service for kids called Hopster
- Hopster will launch an iOS app that provides kids' shows as well as interactive games.
- It will cost about $8-$10 a month when it launches in November in the UK
- Hopster is run by Nick Walters, a former Viacom exec who helped launch kids' channels for Viacom in Europe
- The service will have more than 800 episodes of shows like “Babar” and “Paddington Bear” and “SuperWhy”

Q: Is this how we will finally get something like "a la carte cable" with focused streaming services?

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slTarget goes head-to-head with iTunes and Amazon with launch of 'Ticket' video servicehttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/25/4769606/target-ticket-instant-video-service-now-available

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Why Target’s New Digital Video Service Could Face Complicationshttp://variety.com/2013/biz/news/target-ticket-launches-new-digital-video-service-1200617389/

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- Target Ticket is new VOD service out of beta and live.
- over 30,000 movies and more than 50 episodes of "next-day TV." no signup fee, no monthly subscription for Target Ticket.
- Target wants to be everywhere: Apps for Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Roku boxes, some Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players all available at launch.
- individual profiles for family members to take on Netflix. partnered with non-profit Common Sense Media to display "thousands of reviews" that help parents find age-appropriate content. filter by violence, profanity, MPAA ratings, and TV parental guidelines.
- If you're a REDcard holder, you'll automatically receive 5 percent off each video purchase.
- 10 free downloads from a preselected pool of movies to every new user.
q: can Target beat Netflix in the family arena?

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iaMicrosoft left alone with Windows RT as Dell drops XPS 10 tablet http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/25/4769492/dell-drops-windows-rt-xps-10-tablet

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Microsoft's Surface Mini: Not until spring 2014? http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-surface-mini-not-until-spring-2014-7000021165/

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44- Dell's Windows RT based tablet, the XPS 10 is now listed as unavailable after a price cut brought the ARM tablet down to about $300
- Dell told PC World that it will refresh its tablet lineup in October. Dell will be using an Intel Bay Trail processor for an upcoming 8-inch Win 8.1 tablet
- So how's left making Windows RT tablets? Microsoft.
- Lenovo, Asus, Samsung, and now Dell have left WinRT. HTC reportedly scrapped plans for an RT tablet.
- Nokia is looking to introduce the Lumia 2520 as an RT tablet according to leaks
- MJF at Zdnet says that Microsoft is working on a new Surface Mini that will launch in early 2014 and it will be ARM-based.
- MJF says that MS "still believes ARM offers better price points and battery life possibilities" and that "it allows the company to field an OS with less/no crapware, viruses and piracy because of how locked-down (by Microsoft) ARM-based Windows RT machines are."

Q: What kind of future does RT have if only MS and Nokia are backing it?

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EasyJet threatens not to let passenger board after he criticises airline on Twitterhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/easyjet-threatens-not-to-let-passenger-board-after-he-criticises-airline-on-twitter-8838441.html

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Peering into the Large Hadron Collider: Google Street View arrives at CERNhttp://thenextweb.com/google/2013/09/26/peering-into-the-large-hadron-collider-google-street-view-arrives-at-cern/

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First computer made of carbon nanotubes is unveiledhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24232896

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Blackberry quarterly earnings report call tomorrow has been canceled

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (2014 Edition) marks October 10 for US release datehttp://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3126_7-57604699/samsung-galaxy-note-10.1-tablet-2014-edition-marks-october-10-for-us-release-date/

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Nokia will announce six new devices at its October 22nd eventhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/25/4769190/nokia-october-22-event-plans

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Hello TNT crew,

Having upgraded to IOS7 and just listened to the latest Security Now, I disabled Siri from the lock screen (which I never use anyway) and also the control panel to prevent an attacker from putting my phone into airplane mode and me not being able to find it.

Apart from losing quick access to the flashlight, calculator and wifi, this would be fine - if it wasn't for the fact that I now have no quick way to control podcasts. It's fine if I'm listening to something, I can double tap the home button and select pause, but if the podcast (or music) has been paused for more than about a minute, there is no way to restart it without unlocking the phone.

I work in IT and I'm well aware about the trade off between security and convenience (which is why I was prepared to lose access to the other features in control centre from the lock screen) but I *need* to be able to get quick access to the podcast controls when travelling to work to listen to announcements, pause while going through tunnels...).

Apple has left me with the choice of being able to use my phone the way I used to be able to, or making it secure...

Paul

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