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Why it doesn't matter that Twitter loses money, Can Microsoft save HTC? Will ads ruin Instagram? http://live.twit.tv/

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tmTwitter made it's public S-1 filing for an initial public offering of stock likely to come sometime in November. The filling shows Twitter has been increasing revenue quickly to $316.9 million in 2012 and 253.7 million for the first half of 2013. But the company also has increased losses with 79 million lost in 2012 and 69 million lost already in the first half of 2013. In cheerful news for investors who believe mobile is the future, 75% of Twitter's 218.3 million monthly active users come from mobile as does 65% of its ad revenue.http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/twitter-files-for-ipo-2/

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slAdobe says that attackers have compromised 2.9 million customer accounts, including their credit and debit card numbers. Though those number are encrypted, Adobe's resetting passwords for affected users, warning them of financial risks and offering free credit monitoring. Hackers also took source code for certain apps, including Acrobat and ColdFusion. The two attacks may or may not be related, according to Adobe. Thanks to s. p. sheridan for submitting this story to subreddit.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/03/adobe-says-attackers-compromised-2-9-million-customer-accounts/?ncid=rss_truncated

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iaIt's finally public - the original voice of Siri is none other than Susan Bennett. She's an Atlanta-based voice actor who also voiced the first ATM, a number of GPS devices, and Delta Airline announcements. Bennett confirmed to CNN that she is the voice behind Siri, but Apple won't confirm that information.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/04/apple-siri-susan-bennett/?ncid=rss_truncated

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tmHTC reported its first quarterly net loss since it went public in 2002. The company reported a loss of NT$2.97 billion which is about US$101 million for the quarter ending September 30. A year ago for the same quarter HTC reported a net profit of NT$3.9 billion. The HTC One has received positive reviews but the good press hasn't translated into good enough sales. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57606002-94/htc-reports-first-quarterly-loss-since-going-public-in-2002/

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slMicrosoft loves HTC's losses! Enough to want to convince the company to add the Windows Phone platform as a secondary operating system on its Android-based smartphones, in addition to discussing “cutting or eliminating the license fee” required to use Windows Phone. Bloomberg reports that the talks are “preliminary,” and it’s not clear whether that would create dual-boot devices, or if Microsoft would require Windows Phone to override Android on existing models.

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/10/04/htc-could-add-windows-as-a-second-option-on-its-android-devices-according-to-bloomberg/

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iaWow is Samsung boring. The company just announced its third quarter financial preview and its operating profit looks to be yet another record high. Samsung said their third quarter sales were $55 billion, with an operating profit in the range of $9.2 billion to $9.6 billion. Full financial information will be announced later this month. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/03/samsung-reports-record-high-profit-for-3q/2920401/

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tm9to5Mac reports OS X Mavericks has been upgraded to Gold Master status and released to developers meaning we should see a consumer release later this month as scheduled. 9to5 Mac had earlier reported bugs delayed the Gold status by a few weeks. Apple also released other updates to developers including new versions of iPhoto and Xcode.http://9to5mac.com/2013/10/03/os-x-mavericks-goes-golden-master-now-out-for-developers/

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slTechcrunch reports that personal assistant app Cue has been acquired by Apple for between $40 & $60 million, and that according to sources, Dropbox had at some point been interested as well. The company will not be shut down post-acquisition, though it did recently shut down its app that pulls data from user e-mails to create a personal agenda. Apple could fold the technology into a more robust "today" section in iOS 7's Notification Center.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/03/cue-acquired-for-over-40m-likely-by-apple-to-compete-with-google-now/

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tmRockstar Games is releasing patches for GTA V online users. An update for PS3 and a similar patch for Xbox 360 should fix issues that limited the number of concurrent users and prevented many from accessing online at all. The company is also working to fix a bug that can stop players form finishing the online tutorial. In the meantime Rockstar has disabled the option to purchase cash packs until all players have access to GTA online.http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/4/4801858/grand-theft-auto-online-fixes-ps3-xbox-360

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iaMicrosoft's annual proxy statement suggests that poor sales of the Surface tablet meant CEO Steve Ballmer received 79% of the total incentive plan award for which he was eligible. Like many executives, Ballmer receives a base salary and a bonus that is tied to the performance of the company. The proxy statement says that a number of other MS execs received 100% of their incentive awards including COO Kevin Turner and CFO Amy Hood. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57605982-75/microsoft-docks-steve-ballmers-pay-over-windows-8-surface-rt/

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tmTwitter Files for IPO, Shows $317M in Revenuehttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/twitter-files-for-ipo-2/

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Twitter S-1http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1418091/000119312513390321/d564001ds1.htmSOURCE

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Twitter Opens the Books, But Facebook’s IPO Looked So Much Betterhttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/twitter-pales-next-to-facebook/

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How does Twitter make money?http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24397472

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Twitter publicly filed S-1 for IPO. Stock symbol TWTR, raise ~$!billion
- Revenue 2013 $253.7mm 2012 $316.9mm 2011 $106mm
- Net Loss 2012 $79mm 2013 69mm
- 218.3mm MAU (up from 85mm yoy) <5% spam 75% mobile, 500 posts/day
- 65% ad revenue from mobile devices
- Three-week "quiet period", road show, IPO in November
- By the time Facebook went public, it was posting $1 billion in annual profit on $3.7 billion in revenue from 845 million monthly users.
Q: IS Twitter properly positioned?

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iaHTC posts first-ever quarterly losses as troubles multiply b

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Microsoft Said to Ask HTC to Put Windows on More Phones http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-04/microsoft-said-to-ask-htc-to-put-windows-on-more-phones.html

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- HTC experienced its first quarterly loss of about $120M in the third quarter
- Sales declined about a third compared to last year at the same time
- Over the span of a year, HTC stock has dropped 55%
- Cher Wang, HTC's chairwoman and co-founder, has repeatedly ruled out selling the company and has said a low share price did not bother her.
- Shares prices increased on a cleint note from Fubon Securities that said it believed HTC would team up with a Chinese IT manufacturer through a cooperation deal or merger. HTC declined to comment on the Fubon report.
- Meanwhile Bloomberg reports that MS is talking to HTC "about adding its Windows operating system to HTC's Android-based smartphones at little or no cost…"
- Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, asked HTC last month to load Windows Phone as a second option
- The talks are preliminary and no decision has been made, two people said.

Q: What's the answer for HTC? Merger? Microsoft?

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slInstagram To Start Showing In-Feed Video And Image Ads To US Usershttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/03/instagram-starts-showing-in-feed-video-and-image-ads-to-us-users/

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- video & img IG ads will appear over the next couple of months for US users - from brands that you don’t follow.
- blog post: "We’ll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community. “
- will be some ad controls for users, you’ll be able to hide ads you don’t like and give feedback about why you did that. This feedback will then be used to tweak your ads.
q: - IG is a single feed. videos already easy to ignore. are ads easily ignored, or will they ruin UX?

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iaApple Buys Cue For Over $40M To Compete With Google Now http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/03/cue-acquired-for-over-40m-likely-by-apple-to-compete-with-google-now/

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Apple reportedly buys Cue intelligent personal assistant app
http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/3/4799754/apple-reportedly-buys-cue-personal-assistant-app

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- Personal assistant app Cue shut down on October 2nd
- TechCrunch reports that the app sold for at least $35M
- The buyer? TechCrunch says it's Apple
- What Cue did: it's was a personal asst app similar to Google Now. Cue went through your emails and calendar information to create a daily agenda for you. You'd have all your events, messages, etc. in one location
- Apple's official statement when contacted if it bought Cue: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Q: Apple's kind of gone the agenda route with the "Today" section of notification Center. What personal assistant features do you want to see in iOS?

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tmI'm the original voice of Siri'http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/04/tech/mobile/bennett-siri-iphone-voice/

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Clip from CNN packagehttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/503535/SusanBennettSiri.movCLIP

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ScanSoft hired Susan Bennett through GM Voices in Atlanta
- June 2005 Bennet recorded for a database used to construct speech
- 4 hours a day in July recorded phrases and sentences used to build database of consonants, vowels, syllables and diphthongs
- First went to GPS and telephone systems
- ScanSoft became Nuance in October 2005
- CNN asked forensic audio expert Ed Primeau, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, sand he says Siri is Bennett

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slBlackBerry Could Burn Through Most of Its Cash in Just Six Quartershttp://allthingsd.com/20131004/blackberry-could-burn-through-most-of-its-cash-in-just-six-quarters/

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Canada's largest carrier won't sell BlackBerry's Z30 flagshiphttp://www.theverge.com/2013/10/4/4801054/rogers-canadas-biggest-carrier-wont-sell-blackberrys-z30-phone

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- Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu looked at BB's regulatory filing last week. says BlackBerry will burn through most of its $2.6 billion in cash in the next 18 months
- losing users at high pace, has a stretched working capital and huge off-balance-sheet commitments that will turn into cash burn in the next four quarters, will lead the company into material liquidity problems.
- Ferragu thinks Fairfax Financial’s $9-per-share deal to take BlackBerry private is dead
- “We now believe there is virtually no collateral for a bank loan and no credible story for a break up to justify more than a couple of billions for the equity.”
- Ferragu downgraded BlackBerry’s stock to “underperform,” with a new price target of $4.50.
- Rogers, Canada's largest wireless company, won't won't sell BB's latest Z30 model.
- President, Robert Bruce on Z30: "good," but "on the high end," and "maybe a little niche-y." He justified the decision by saying "we need to make decisions about what phones are the phones our customers are most interested in."
- long legacy together, Rogers hosted the country's debut of BlackBerry 10 devices at its head offices in February.
q: WTF BB?

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Boston Dynamics puts AlphaDog through more field training, teaches Atlas robot to hike over rockshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/10/04/boston-dynamics-atlas-alphadog-updates/

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MIT inventor unleashes hundreds of self-assembling cube swarmbots (thx turbulance)http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/simple-scheme-for-self-assembling-robots-1004.htmlVIDEO

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‘Terminator’ Robots Kill Jellyfish, ‘Sliced Up’ To Eliminate Swarms [VIDEO]http://www.ibtimes.com/terminator-robots-kill-jellyfish-sliced-eliminate-swarms-video-1414536

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Pet lovers pony up for interactive laser cubehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57605521-1/pet-lovers-pony-up-for-interactive-laser-cube/

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Sunday Oct. 6 Samsung 's HomeSync Android TV box hits stores for $299

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Also Oct. 6 Target to launch pre-paid mobile service on T-Mobile network

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Monday October 7 MIPCOM kicks off where everybody tries to sell their TV shows and movies

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October 12 7 PM Hak 5: Next version of the WiFi Pineapple at the Baltic in Richmond or live on YouTube

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Kevin wrote in with commentary on the Tesla fire discussion:

"Even if Teslas have equivalent fire risk as other vehicles, many fire departments (especially small rural ones) are not likely to have the equipment or training necessary to put out a Tesla fire."

Kevin also included a link to Tesla's emergency response guide that says "Battery fires can take up to 24 hours to fully extinguish. Consider allowing the vehicle to burn while protecting exposures.

Use a thermal imaging camera to ensure the high voltage battery is completely cooled before leaving the incident…."

Kevin has been a firefighter for 8 years for the Graton, CA fire dept.
http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/downloads/20130214_ModelS_Emergency_Response_Guide.pdf

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http://www.ibtimes.com/tesla-model-s-driver-hits-object-hov-lane-near-kent-washington-car-smokes-catches-fire-lithium

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