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Google TV changes name, Google wants to sell your face, Facebook kills a privacy setting, and the Internet rebels aginst the US. http://live.twit.tv/

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This is Tech News Today for Friday, October 11, 2013

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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmLast year Facebook ended a feature that allowed you to prevent people from finding you in Facebook search by name. At the time they allowed people who used the setting to keep it. Now that grace period is over. In the coming weeks, Facebook will send notices to users of the setting explaining that it will go away and ask them to click "Okay, I understand." Facebook claims the setting caused confusion for users.

http://readwrite.com/2013/10/10/facebook-privacy-setting-checkup#awesm=~ojY2x7yVkNtjdy

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slGoogle's announced an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include adult users’ names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube. the new ad policy goes live Nov. 11, but before you take to the streets, Google said it would give users the chance to opt out of being included in the new endorsements, and people under the age of 18 will automatically be excluded.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/technology/google-sets-plan-to-sell-users-endorsements.html?pagewanted=all

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tmGigaOm reports Google will rebrand Google TV to Android TV according to their sources among developers and hardware partners. Sony, STMicroelectronics and LG have all adroitly avoided saying Google TV in recent announcements involving the product. A Google developer event in Seoul was called Android TV Developer Day and some developers have changed their online descriptions to say Android TV instead of Google TV. Google's Chrome and Android head Sundar Pichai previously told CNET he planned on announcing new Google TV hardware partners at CES.

http://gigaom.com/2013/10/10/google-tv-rebranded-android-tv/

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--http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57607016-93/goodbye-google-tv-hello-android-tv/

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slthe Guardian reports Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner because of its secret involvement with the (NSA) spy programme Prism. Microsoft-owned Skype, which is headquartered in Luxembourg, could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users' communications covertly to the US signals intelliigence agency.http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/11/skype-ten-microsoft-nsa

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tmGerman device manufacturer Sunflex announced a new Android tablet called Unu that can also serve as a small game console and smart TV. The 7-inch tablet runs Android 4.2 and includes a docking base, remote control and video game controller for $250. If you don't care about the gaming you can get a media-only version for $200. You can pre-order now. Gamestop lists the release date as 10/29 while NewEgg reports November 8.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/10/unu-the-combination-android-tablet-console-and-smart-tv-available-for-preorder/

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slFingerprint Cards AB, a Swedish maker of biometric sensors, will request a police probe into a false press release claiming it agreed to be bought by Samsung, which boosted its stock 50% for the 17 minutes it was traded before being suspended by the Stockholm exchange because of volatility. Trades on the stock and peer company Precise Biometrics AB, which also surged, after the statement’s publication were canceled. Fingerprint Cards said it didn’t send the release and that it's a victim of fraud.http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-10-11/cision-investigating-incorrect-release-about-samsung-purchase

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tmMany iPhone 5S users report getting a blue screen crash when using one of Apple's iWork apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. A YouTube user called Elendil posted a video showing Pages crashing when accessed in the multitasking interface and giving a blue screen before rebooting. The reports were first noticed by The Verge but come on Twitter, MacRumors' forum and Apple's official support community. And yes, people are calling it a blue screen of death.

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/10/11/blue-screen-death-showing-iphone-5s-devices/VIDEO

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slThe US Army is developing smart armour to give its troops "superhuman strength".The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would have an exoskeleton frame & layers of smart materials fitted with sensors. The suit would also need to have wide-area networking and a wearable computer similar to Google Glass and be made of smart material fitted with sensors to monitor body temperature, heart rate and hydration levels, says,Lt Col Karl Borjes, a science adviser at the US Army's research, development and engineering command.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24474336

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tmCall it scavenging, poaching, or wise, but Apple is taking quick advantage of BlackBerry's decline. A few days after BlackBerry announced plans to lay off 40% of its workforce, Apple hosted a recruitment drive in Cambridge, Ontario, a mere 20 kilometers from BlackBerry's hometown of Waterloo. Most of the positions were in Cupertino, California but the Apple invite sent to BlackBerry employees on linked in promised relocation and immigration assistance. Google maps estimates it as a 20 minute drive from BlackBerry's campus or an hour and a half by bus.http://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/10/apple-looks-to-poach-blackberry-workers-in-waterloo/?__lsa=6a33-f1d2

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slFile under clueless: New York Comic Con has been sending out tweets on behalf of antendees, journalists, and celebs that weren't actually written, and the tweets were published without their permission or knowledge. The tweets were apparently tied to attendees convention badges, which have (RFID) chips that are tied to a user's identity in order to curb counterfeits, and in many cases were tied to Twitter accounts. http://mashable.com/2013/10/11/new-york-comic-con-promotional-tweets/

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slGoodbye Google TV, hello Android TVhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57607016-93/goodbye-google-tv-hello-android-tv/

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- google tv received Honeycomb upgrade in 2011 & didn't do much else. gigaOM reports Google developers and hardware partners have begun to drop use of the "Google TV" moniker in favor of "Android TV,"
- Chrome and Android chief Sundar Pichai told CNET after the Chromecast launch in July that "Google TV is moving forward in a major way," & planned on announcing more hardware partners for Google TV at CES.
- google tv always a question.. what does it do? android tv seems much clearer.
q: when does this happen? CES in January?

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tmGoogle Sets Plan to Sell Users’ Endorsementshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/technology/google-sets-plan-to-sell-users-endorsements.html?pagewanted=all

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Google TOS updatehttp://www.google.com/policies/terms/changes/

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Google updated TOS include adult users’ names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube.
- Goes live Nov. 11, users can opt out, users younger than 18 excluded.
- Facebook does not allow users to opt out of sponsored stories, though you can set "Pair my social actions with ads for" it to "no one" which is essentially the same thing.
- Ad appearances related to limited posts will be similarly limited
- already does this with +1s. “follows,” comments, ratings, reviews and other interactions. (if you already opted out you'll stay opted out)
- No ad units ready yet - will notify users of the change with banners on Google’s home page, in search results, in Google Plus notifications and elsewhere
Q: Google doing it right?

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tmFacebook Just Killed A Privacy Setting, So It's A Good Time To Do Your Own Checkuphttp://readwrite.com/2013/10/10/facebook-privacy-setting-checkup#awesm=~ojY2x7yVkNtjdy

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Facebook has ended the feature that allowed you to control who could look you up in search by name
- the feature was eliminated last year but those who still had opted out were allowed to keep the setting
- Now Facebook is sending a notice in the coming weeks, telling users the feature is going away. They must click "Okay, I understand"
- This means you should check all your other privacy settings and not rely on unavailable search to keep you hidden
- Readwrite.com has a nice rundown of all the settings to check
Q: Facebook says the setting had become confusing more than helpful. Agree?

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slApple Reportedly Cutting iPhone 5c Production as Chinese Gray Market Prices Drophttp://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/10/apple-reportedly-cutting-iphone-5c-production-as-chinese-gray-market-prices-drop/

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- Apple reportedly halving iPhone 5c production from 300k units to 150k units/day, according to claims by C Technology (pub leaked a number of photos of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c ahead of their launches last month).
- Unwired view notes: official price of iPhone 5c in China is 4448 Yuan ($726). grey market there thrives: iPhones bought in the U.S, Europe and Hong-Kong, illegally smuggled into the country. Gray market very sensitive to the real demand for any gadget, and very quick to adjust prices.
- current price of "unofficial" iPhone 5c in China is 3000 to 3300 Yuan ($489-539), according to checks done multiple by local tech sites, and a quick review of offers on China’s main online marketplace – Taobao. 30% below the official price.
- decrease in iPhone 5c production sounds like apple has plentiful stock, or that the company overestimated demand for the device. apple probably overshot iPhone 5c production in order to meet pre-order and launch-day demand
q: by reading gray market tea leaves, what do we take away?

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tmTHE CORE INTERNET INSTITUTIONS ABANDON THE US GOVERNMENThttp://www.internetgovernance.org/2013/10/11/the-core-internet-institutions-abandon-the-us-government/

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Brazil to host internet governance summithttp://www.news24.com/Technology/News/Brazil-to-host-internet-governance-summit-20131010

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Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperationhttp://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07oct13-en.htm

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Internet Governance Project claims All major Net gov orbs have thumbed nose at US
- Meeting in Montevideo, Urugay of ICANN, IETF, Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society, all five of the regional Internet address registries
- "expressed strong concern over the undermining of the trust and confidence of Internet users globally due to recent revelations of pervasive monitoring and surveillance."
- “accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing.”
- US Commerce Dept. claims oversight of ICANN through IANA contract
- IGP reports "thinking of new forms of multistakeholder oversight as a substitute for US oversight"
- President and CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadi met with Brazilian Prime Minister Dilma Rouseff and Rouseff with support has called for a summit on Internet Governance in April 2014 in Rio.

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slGE’s Radical Software Helps Jet Engines Fix Themselveshttp://www.wired.com/design/2013/10/three-design-trends-ges-using-to-make-software-for-jet-engines-and-wind-turbines/VIDEO (set to private)

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- "Predix" new software platform designed to bring all of GE's industrial machines onto one cloud-connected system that understands context
- June 2011, GE hired designer Greg Petroff and put him in charge of user experience for software side of co. His first project- creating a system that will unite all of GE’s industrial machines- wind turbines to hospital hardware to jet engines
- run out of Software Center, located in San Ramon, California, has grown from four people to more than 700
- main goal: eliminate unscheduled down time. example: wind turbine telling an engineer a fuse should be replaced not because it’s broken but because it will break in three weeks.
- Predix mission: 1% increase in performance, per industry. GE is 6th biggest company in the U.S.,industries cover power, water, transportation and energy management. 1% could save up to $15B in jet fuel and other costs over just a handful of years.
Predix follows popular trend in UI design: cards. no specialized apps. the Predix Reader, as the user-facing app is called, has dynamic library of “micro-apps,” each dedicated to some aspect of monitoring or maintaining a piece of GE hardware.
q: can GE pave the way for connected industry but also homes?

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RandomizerWe will narrow this down to one story, put your initials to the left of the story you like bestVIDEO

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Strawpollhttp://strawpoll.me/530137

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Adorable Kitten Uses Walker to Triumph Over Mobility Issueshttp://mashable.com/2013/10/09/kitten-in-walker/VIDEO 2:45

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-- with Kitten video from KaptKipper, another wheelchair cat tickedted for violating leash lawhttp://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/53243532/#53243532

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Listen to 4.6 million notes in under four minuteshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/10/11/4826974/black-midi-music

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This year’s Nobel Peace Prize produced one of the best tweets everhttp://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/10/11/this-years-nobel-peace-prize-produced-one-of-the-best-tweets-ever/

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wifi pineapple hak 5 event tomorrow 10/12

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Here is a free kickstater idea and all I ask in return is that the listener who does it, send me one for free, but how about a case for the iphone with a rounded back and an app that replicates that clock feature on the iphone using the accelerometer.


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Long time listener and overheard two topics I can contribute to on yesterday’s show…
· Nest Protect IS NOT over priced at $130 as the feature set is clearly higher than purchasing separate dumb devices! I just ordered 3 of them!

· My iPad 2 was slow after the i0s 7 update and after researching it responds better after resetting. Doesn’t make sense, but seemed to help.


Love the show – keep up the good work!
Bill Haughee (last name pronounced Hoy)
Granger, Indiana

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