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Everybody's doing flexible phone screens, Nielsen's Twitter ratings, BlackBerry gets bid up http://live.twit.tv/

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tmLG confirmed it will mass produce flexible OLED display panels for smartphones up to 6-inches in size. The panels are 0.44mm thin and weigh 7.2g. While the screens are flexible, built on a plastic substrate instead of glass, they are expected to be built in rigid cases meaning the screen may be bent but will be fixed in one position. So no roll-up phones yet.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/07/lg-curved-smartphone-display-production/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000601

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slSamsung is reportedly set to announce a curved display smartphone known as the Galaxy Round as soon as this week, reports Korean news site Asiae. The phone would use a plastic display rather than one made of glass. The Asiae report follows a comment made by a Samsung executive in September confirming such a phone, and Samsung has already filed for a trademark for the Galaxy Round name itself.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57606282-94/samsung-to-unveil-galaxy-round-flexible-display-phone-report/

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iaThe Nexus 5 might be the worst kept secret in tech right now. Android Police just found the near-final draft of a 281-page service manual for the Nexus 5 made by LG. The manual sheds more light on the Nexus 5 specs: 16GB or 32GB for storage, an 8MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 4.95-inch 1080p display. Android Police took down images of the manual at LG's request, which makes this whole thing sound even more legit. http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/06/lgs-new-nexus-phone-gets-detailed-in-leaked-service-manual/

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tmThe NSA has been working to break the security and anonymity of Internet privacy tool Tor, according to documents Edward Snowden provided to the Washington Post and The Guardian. Tor, which stands for The Onion Router, encrypts traffic repeatedly in layers. The NSA did not break the encryption but succeeded to diverting users into insecure channels by blocking the network, or by 'staining' anonymous traffic as it entered the network allowing them to identify it when it exited. Roger Dingledine one of Tor's principle designers, believes these methods could only be exploited against a relatively small number of users.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/secret-nsa-documents-show-campaign-against-tor-encrypted-network/2013/10/04/610f08b6-2d05-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

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slTwitter is rolling out its "Nielsen TV Twitter Rating" system in the US today after announcing a partnership with TV ratings-tracker Nielsen last year. It will show both the number of tweets mentioning specific shows, and the number of accounts those tweets reach.Nielsen and Twitter aren't saying how many TV networks or advertisers are currently signed up to use the new rating system, but The New York Times notes, Twitter's IPO mentioned television 42 times.http://www.theverge.com/web/2013/10/7/4811410/nielsen-tv-twitter-rating-starts-today

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iaThere are some new images of the HTC One Max floating around Sina Weibo. The latest pics show a finerprint scanner that would be placed directly below the rear camera. The pictures are in line with a forum post on Android Central that claims that Verizon staff in the U.S. are being trained on the HTC One Max with a fingerprint sensor. http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/7/4810686/htcs-one-max-could-have-a-fingerprint-scanner

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tmIs the Surface really sold out and if so what ors that mean. Wednesday Microsoft claimed pre-order stock of the 64 GB Surface 2 and 256 GB and 512 GB Surface Pro 2 models were close to selling out. Sunday the 128GB Surface Pro 2 listed out of stock but by Sunday night it was back in stock again. Microsoft indicated sell-outs of its original Surface RT as well, but then ended up writing down $900 million in excess Surface tablet inventory in July. Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 will ship by October 21.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57606212-75/microsoft-surface-selling-out-weve-seen-this-movie-before/

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slAthletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi this coming February should get ready for some hefty surveillance, according to documents shared with the Guardian. For example, Russia's FSB security service plans to take advantage of newly installed telephone and internet spying capabilities to give free rein to intercept any telephony or data traffic and even track the use of sensitive words or phrases mentioned in emails, webchats and on social media.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/russia-monitor-communications-sochi-winter-olympics

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tmThe FBI seized the Silk Road online marketplace and 26,000 Bitcoins belonging to Silk Road customers last week. The almost 600,000 Bitcoins held by the site's alleged operator Ross Ulbricht have proved more difficult to take. The FBI has access to the Bitcoin Wallet from Ulbricht but they do not have the private key to open the wallet. Still, that's about 5% of all BitCoins now out of circulation. The FBI has indicated it plans to sell the seized Bitcoins.http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/fbi-bitcoin-silk-road-ross-ulbricht

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iaMicrosoft's facing some backlash over recycling Outlook.com email addresses. Outlook's service agreement says that a user would have to sign periodically every 270 days or that account may be deleted. The user policy says nothing about deleted account names being reused. Microsoft told PC World that after a total of 360 days after deletion, the email account name is made available again. This is causing some privacy concerns similar to when Yahoo announced it was freeing up email addresses for its email service. http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/10/05/microsoft-can-recycle-your-outlook-com-email-address-if-your-account-becomes-inactive/

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tmLG confirms production of 'bendable and unbreakable' smartphone displayshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/10/07/lg-curved-smartphone-display-production/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000601

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LG 'G Flex' phone with flexible 6-inch display rumored for unveiling next month http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605672-94/lg-preps-curved-display-smartphone-the-g-flex/

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Samsung to unveil Galaxy Round flexible display phonehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57606282-94/samsung-to-unveil-galaxy-round-flexible-display-phone-report/

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LG mass producing 6-inch "world's first" flexible OLED for smartphones
- Plastic substrate instead of glass
- Could come in G Flex to be announced next month
- Also the world's lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen
- Samsung to announce Galaxy round curved screen smartphone
- Korean site Asiae repots could be unveiled this week
- D.J. Lee, Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing at Galaxy Note 3 launch in Sept. said curved smartphone coming in October
- Remember curved in a fixed body. Not bendy
Q: Do we want this?

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slTweets Provide New Way to Gauge TV Audienceshttp://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702304171804579119342816300078-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwNjEwNDYyWj.html

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- "The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS" are among the most-watched shows on tv- 20M viewers each. But in Nielsen's new ranking of programs with the greatest reach on Twitter, they aren't even in the top 10.
- twitter user base v different than TV-viewing audience that marketers spend tens of billions of dollars each year to reach. Twitter's 49.2M U.S. users generally skew younger and are disproportionately in cities, for example, according to marketers and media analysts.
- general theory: if fans are engaged on Twitter that "means the ads are also being paid attention to"
- some shows are popular on tv & twitter: finale of the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" was No. 1 in the Twitter TV ratings that week, with 9.3M unique users seeing tweets about the show, and had the sixth-highest TV rating in the key demographic of 18- to 49-year-old viewers, according to Nielsen.
insurance co Aflac Inc on Twitter demo: "We are a national company and our sales come from the suburban market more so than the metropolitan areas, where [Twitter's] strength lies," said Michael Zuna, chief marketing officer. "I have got a mass-market brand and our most important customers aren't in the major metro markets," he said.

q: does twitter have a metro problem with "mass market" advertisers?

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iaExclusive: Cisco, Google, SAP discussing BlackBerry bids - sources http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/us-blackberry-buyers-idUSBRE99400220131005

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- Reuters reports that BlackBerry is in talks with Cisco, Google, SAP for bids.
- BB has also asked for preliminary expressions of interest from Intel, LG and Samsung
- Fairfax Financial is trying to take the company private for $4.7B
- BlackBerry's pieces with analyst values: secure server network, messaging service ($3B-$4.5B), hardware operations, patent portfolio ($2B-$3B),
- The value of BlackBerry's patent portfolio and licensing agreements is likely to halve in the next 18 months, a company filing from this week shows.
- Reuters says "It is unclear which parties will bid"

Q: Let's carve BB up - who should go after what piece and why?

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slAttorney General Eric Schneiderman hits AirBnB with subpoena for user datahttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/state-airbnb-article-1.1477934

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- NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed AirBNB data on its hosts who rent out their apartments as part of an investigation launched over a 2010 law that makes it illegal to use such sites to rent out your own apartment.
- AirBnB has until EOD to turn over data
Airbnb has 225,000 users in NYC, but only data from those who rent out their place is being sought. That would affect only about 15,000 of New Yorkers.
- Airbnb ceo Brian Chesky trying to work w state lawmakers - a few days ago said its users should collect the normal hotel occupancy tax and promised to filter out bad hosts.
- co in a statement: “Even the politicians who wrote the original law agree it was never designed to target regular people who occasionally share their homes. “We are concerned that this is an unreasonably broad government demand for user data and we remain committed to protecting our users' privacy."
q: thoughts on being an airbnb host now?

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tmGoogle works to demote mug shot sites in search resultshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57606256-93/google-works-to-demote-mug-shot-sites-in-search-results/

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Mugged by a Mugshot onlinehttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/business/mugged-by-a-mug-shot-online.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Mugshot sites often charge fro removal of pictures
- Seem to get high search ranking, despite no original content
- Google' Jason Freidenfelds, originally responded "with very narrow exceptions, we take down as little as possible from search."
- Then followed up "Our team has been working for the past few months on an improvement to our algorithms to address this overall issue in a consistent way," he said. "We hope to have it out in the coming weeks." By Friday mugshot sites were dropping in rankings.
- Payment companies, MasterCard, PayPal, AmEx and Discover all urging merchant banks to end relationships. Visa investigating compliance with company regulations.
- Oregon and georgia have laws requiring free removal for exonerated or expunged
- Utah Sheriffs will not handover mugshots to sites who charge for removal
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Press needs freedom to make editorial decisions about public records
Q: Should Google be the arbiter for what public records are tasteful?

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iaGoogle is building Chrome OS straight into Windows 8 http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/5/4806562/google-building-chrome-os-into-windows-8GALLERY

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47- Google's updated the developer version of Chrome for Windows 8
- This is the app for Window's Modern UI mode
- The Verge says the Modern UI version of Chrome is just like Chrome OS
- You'll see a dock with Google's app launcher and icons for the web apps you want to use
- You'll be able to create multiple browser windows that can be snapped to the left or right of the display
- This version of Chrome is using a special mode that MS allows for web browsers (instead of being a full screen app). The apps are listed in the Windows Store, they're still desktop apps
- Not known whether this Chrome OS style app will appear as a finished version of Chrome. Tom Warren at the Verge says the current dev version is buggy and crashes occasionally

Q: Chrome OS inside of Windows 8 - would that confuse people?

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Glass Theft Auto: Google Glass Hack Beams Grand Theft Auto’s GPS Straight To Your Eyehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/06/glass-theft-auto-google-glass-hack-beams-grand-theft-autos-gps-straight-to-your-eye/

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Over 100 long-lost Doctor Who episodes found by dedicated fans - in Ethiopiahttp://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/106-doctor-who-episodes-uncovered-2343474

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Crowdfund a USB device that charges electronics with firehttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flamestower/flamestower-charge-your-gear-with-fire

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HTC One Android 4.3 Update: AT&T Release Date is Oct. 8http://www.latinospost.com/articles/29178/20131007/htc-one-android-4-3-update-t-release-date-oct.htm

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