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tmFacebook began rolling out graph search for posts to a subset of US English users. Graph search launched in January with an index of people, photos, places and interests. It is a semantic search feature based on sentences not keywords. The addition of posts means status updates, comments, photo captions, Notes, and check-ins will now be included in search results. http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/30/graph-search-posts/

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slhotspot service provider FreedomPop is now offering low-cost and free plans for cell phones, though for now its only phone model is a refurbished version of the two-year-old WiMax-based HTC Evo Design. Customers can get 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500 megabytes of data each month for free, with unlimited texting and calling available for $10.99 a month. “That’s how we are going to shake up Verizon and AT&T,” CEO Stephen Stokols said in an interview. http://allthingsd.com/20131001/freedompop-makes-its-move-into-the-phone-business-with-free-and-low-cost-options/

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iaThere's some trouble with Grand Theft Auto Online - particularly that online part. Apparently, Rockstar's servers cannot handle the demand of GTA players. Some users are reporting they are locked out of the game. Last week, Rockstar warned this could happen as it expected huge demand. The company says it will keep gamers updated via Twitter and Facebook.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57605420-235/gta-online-launches-right-into-an-online-roadblock/

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tmSome long-time Verizon customers were happy and surprised this weekend when he company's web page allowed them to upgrade their phone at a subsidized price while keeping their now-obsolete unlimited data plan. Well it turns out that was a software glitch. Verizon never intended to be so kind. The bug has been fixed, but those who took advantage of it will be allowed to keep their unlimited data plans and their new phones without any trouble from VZW.http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/verizon-will-honor-device-upgrades-unlimited-data/

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slGoogle's three-year-long EU antitrust investigation into the company's search practices may be wrapping up soon, according to a top official. The EU's investigation centers on claims that the search giant is blocking competitors, like Microsoft, from its search results. Joaquin Almunia, vice president of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, said one of the most significant improvements suggested by Google involved vertical search, which was the issue that drew the most criticism from complainants. Almunia has also expressed hope that a settlement will soon be reached.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/googles-latest-proposals-may-end-antitrust-investigation-says-eu/

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iaDelta is all in with Microsoft. The airline has a deal with Microsoft where its pilots will be equipped with Surface 2 tablets. The Surface 2 will replace the heavy flight bags carried by pilots and the move is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 1.2 million gallons per year. In the recent past, Delta also issued Windows Phones to its flight attendants to handle in-flight transactions. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24347893

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tmThe ZeroAccess botnet has taken a hit. Symantec says they have disrupted 500,000 of the 1.9 million infected computers in the botnet. In July Symantec started disrupting communications between infected computers, removing them from the botnet. Symantec alerted ISPs about the machines so that owners can be informed they were infected. ZeroAccess operates a click fraud scheme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24348395

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slThe government may now be in shutdown mode, but it did decide to let Dell to go private before it went dark. Dell announced that it has received all necessary regulatory clearance for Michael Dell, who founded and led the computer firm as CEO and chairman, and Silver Lake Partners to take the company private in a $24.9 billion transaction. The transaction is expected to close before the end of Q3 2014, or November 1. Until then, the company remains publicly-traded, but after the deal is finalized, Michael Dell will own about 75% of the company.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/michael-dell-silver-lake-get-the-green-light-from-regulators-on-24-9b-plan-to-take-dell-private/

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tmGoogle's Gigabit fiber Internet service is set to come to Austin, Texas in mid-2014, and in an entirely unrelated piece of news AT&T just announced it's increasing its speed in Austin to 300 Mbps for tens of thousands of customers by December and Gigabit service will arrive by the middle of next year. In fact if you sign up for the current service you can get a free upgrade to GigaPower when it arrives. You can even vote on AT&T's website for which neighborhoods AT&T brings the service to first.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/01/att-uverse-austin-gigapower-got-the-ill-communication/

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iaBitTorrent just introduced BitTorrent Chat Alpha, an instant messaging chat client. The chat client uses decentralized technology; BitTorrent says it's "similar to BitTorrent Sync, but adapted for real-time communications." Right now, BitTorrent Chat is in a private alpha, so you'll have to sign up to be invited. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57605331-93/bittorrent-experiments-with-secure-chat/

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tmFreedomPop launches its smartphone VoIP service, giving away 200 minutes each monthhttp://gigaom.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-its-smartphone-voip-service-giving-away-500-minutes-each-month/

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FreedomPop now has a cellphone
- WiMax-based HTC Evo $99
- 200 minutes (VoIP), 500 texts and 500 megabytes of data free
- unlimited texting and calling available for $10.99 a month.
- More phones coming (LTE), hopes to allow Sprint customers to BYO

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iaLady Gaga and Eminem to play first YouTube Music Awardshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24345058

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Like Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire? Announcing the first-ever YouTube Music Awards
http://youtube-global.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/like-eminem-lady-gaga-and-arcade-fire.html

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25- YouTube will launch its own music awards show
- Nominations will be livestreamed on October 17th and the event will be on November 3rd (also streamed).
- Nominations are based on videos that have been watched and shared over the past year.
- In the days leading up to the event, nominees will share official music videos, covers, parodies, concerts, interviews and fan videos.
- Shows will take place in Seoul, Moscow, London and Rio de Janeiro as well as the live event in New York.
Talent involved:
- Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire are signed up to perform on the Nov. 3rd Award Show
- hosted by Jason Schwartzman.
- Creative director: Spike Jones, who directed Where The Wild Things Are as well as videos and documentaries for The Chemical Brothers and Bjork

Q: Does it make any sense for YT to have its own awards show?

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slDropbox Continues Its One-Click Campaign To Be Your Default Photo Libraryhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/09/30/dropbox-continues-its-one-click-campaign-to-be-your-default-photo-library/

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- DB Mac app have gained the ability to automatically detect, upload and ready shared links to the screenshots you shoot on your computer.
- an importer that allows you to upload your entire iPhoto library to Dropbox, organized by event, in one go. reaches into your photo past and copies over everything you’ve shot even before Dropbox.
- dropbox has done well w platform-agnostic solutions.
q: is dropbox beating icloud, google+ even as a 3rd party solution?

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tmDelta equips 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tabletshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24347893

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Windows Phone is doing way better in Europe than in the U.S.http://gigaom.com/2013/10/01/windows-phone-is-doing-way-better-in-europe-than-in-the-u-s/

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Delta airlines giving 11,000 pilots Surface 2 for charts and navigation
- Run FliteDeckPro from Boening-owned Jeppeson
- Windows 8.1 side-by-side feature
- Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets later this year,all cockpits by eo2014
- will reduce fuel usage by 1.2 million gallons per year - leading to a reduction in carbon emissions of 26 million pounds
- Delta gave flight attendants 19,00 Lumia 820s in August
- Kantar WorldPanel WP avg. 9.2% across UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain.
- In Germany iOS 9.5%, WP8.8%

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slEtsy Unveils Major Policy Changes Amid Backlash From Solo Sellershttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/facing-backlash-from-solo-sellers-etsy-changes-policies-to-allow-for-additional-staff-and-manufacturing-support-outsourced-shipping-and-more/

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- Etsy currently lists 18M items for sale and is seeing 60M unique visitors each month,
- started as “handmade” goods. terms & conditions language allowed sellers to use “partial production assistance,” many sellers came away feeling like they couldn’t expand their operations beyond a one-man shop
- sellers weren’t able to ship using outside couriers or fulfillment services–they literally had to drop their items off at the post office each time they sent a purchase made from the site.
- Sellers can now hire of any amount of staff, have someone else ship their goods, and apply to sell items they produce with manufacturing partners. Etsy is also expanding its rules to allow sellers to hire staff in other locations besides their own.
- Etsy has tweaked the guidelines to require products sold to have authorship with the seller, which basically means the handmade item began with your idea and vision (even if the item wasn’t necessarily assembled by you).
q: many sellers cry foul, say it's just another reseller wasteland. does etsy have a choice?

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iaHuawei is rotating its CEO every six months to stay fresh http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/30/4786824/huawei-is-rotating-its-ceo-every-six-months-to-stay-fresh

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- Huawei announced its new CEO Eric Xu. He'll be the CEO from Oct 1st or March 31st.
- This six month run is under Huawei's experimental management strategy announced last year.
- Under this strategy three execs take turns acting as CEO
- Xu has worked at Huawei for 10 years. Xu is the third acting CEO. He takes over for Guo Ping. Ken Hu is the other CEO.
- The executives bring expertise from different parts of the company, such as marketing, wireless, and research and development. Their normal duties do not change while acting as CEO, and they retain "considerable authority" even when not acting as CEO.

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Asteroid named after Randall "XKCD" Munroehttp://boingboing.net/2013/10/01/asteroid-named-after-randall.html

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Google launches Android game vending machines, puts first ones in Tokyo (naturally)http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/google-gaming-app-vending-machine/

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Glasses that can translate text unveiled at Ceatec 2013http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24332358

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The AI Plate is a 'floating' touchscreen interface (hands-on)http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/01/floating-touchscreen-concept-hands-on/

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Glenn Greenwald will host Reddit AMA today, 10/1, to answer your questions about the NSAhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/30/4789118/glenn-greenwald-janine-gibson-guardian-reddit-ama-nsa

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the perfect trip devcon takes place in sf tomorrow 10/2https://www.concur.com/en-us/perfect-trip-devcon

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Xi3's Piston modular PC launching November 29th for $1,000http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/xi3-piston-november-29/

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Hey guys, Callum from Scotland here. I thought i would lend my thoughts regarding Blackberry. Yes i know it is a little late, but it just seemed too obvious a mix.

Why did Lenovo not go after Blackberry? They have been talking about trying to get into the American Handset market for a long time now, but have had a problem not being an american Company.

Also, they would clearly be going after the enterprise market, exactly the market that Blackberry dominated not too long ago.

Would that purchase not have been the perfect stepping stone for Lenovo hopping into the [American] Handset market!?

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