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tmMicrosoft earnings for its first fiscal quarter certainly must have cheered things up around Redmond. Revenue rose 16% over last year to $18.529 billion. Operating income rose 19% to $6.334 billion and earnings per share was up 17% to 62 cents a share. Microsoft introduced new reporting, dividing the company into Devices and Consumer which covers OEM Windows, retail software Xbox, Windows Phone and the like. And a Commercial division which covers Enterprise sales of Windows and Office along with cloud offerings like Azure. The Commercial division led the way in the increase although sales of Surface tablets and Xbox 360s bolstered the D&C division.http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/microsoft-posts-record-q1-revenue-increased-operating-income/

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slDeutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to help shield local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services. This proposal comes after Germany said it had evidence that Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone had been monitored. Internet experts say It would not work when Germans surf on websites hosted on servers abroads. Deutsche Telekom, which is 32% owned by the government, has received backing for its project for potentially giving customers more options. In August, the company launched a service dubbed "E-mail made in Germany" that encrypts email and sends traffic exclusively through its domestic servers.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-usa-spying-germany-idUSBRE99O09S20131025

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iaIt's time to get paranoid! There's a new Firefox plugin from Mozilla called Lightbeam that gives you a visualization of which sites are tracking your browser history and how those sites are connected. The Lightbeam plugin is based on another Firefox add-on called Collusion. If you want to help out Mozilla, you can share your data with the Lightbeam database to help create a bigger picture of how different parts of the web are connected. http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/10/25/mozillas-lightbeam-firefox-add-lets-users-visualize-sites-tracking/?utm_campaign=social%20media&awesm=tnw.to_c0cTH&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Spreadus

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tmTwitter announced it will offer 70 million shares of stock at $17 to $20 per share when it goes public. The initial public offering will raise between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion. A price of $28 to $30 had been expected but with fewer shares, so the overall amount being raised remains about in line with what folks though. Twitter will now pack up its wagon and head out for its IPO road show where no doubt Dick Costolo will demonstrate Twitter in song and dance and possibly puppets.http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/twitters-1-4-billion-ipo/

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slSamsung posted record quarterly earnings yesterday thanks to a rebound in its semiconductor business that offset softening demand in the smartphone market. The company
posted an operating profit of 10.2 trillion won ($9.6 billion) for the three-month period ended September, a 26 percent increase over the year-ago period and a 7 percent rise from the previous quarter, and recorded overall sales of 59.1 trillion won ($55.5 billion) for the quarter.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57609237-94/samsungs-profit-surges-on-chip-rebound-sale-of-cheaper-phones/

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iaAmazon posted its quarterly financials yesterday and reported a net quarterly loss of $41 million. However, sales were greater than $17 billion, which is a 24% improvement compared to last year at the same time. This sales figure was beyond analysts expectations, so despite the net loss, Amazon shares jumped 10% on the opening of trading this morning. Analysts from at least 15 brokerages have raised price targets on Amazon shares. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-amazon-results-idUSBRE99N19U20131025

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tmComcast and HBO have inched just a little closer to letting you get HBO without a cable subscription. Broadband Reports had a source and GigaOm dug up some marketing materials that offer Comcast subscribers 25 Mbps Internet, basic channels (mostly local), Comcast’s Streampix which is a Netflix-like service and HBO for $40 a month for the first year. After 12 months the price goes up to $70. http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/25/comcast-bundle-pushes-hbo-internet-and-not-much-else-for-40-pe/

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slAT&T reported third-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates.Earnings climbed to 66 cents a share, Analysts had projected 65 cents on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 2.2 percent to $32.2 billion, in line with the average estimate. Its fourth-generation LTE wireless network and its U-verse fiber-optic system are helping fuel growth, Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said. The company added 363,000 contract wireless customers in the period, compared with 151,000 a year ago. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-23/at-t-beats-earnings-estimates-after-adding-more-subscribers.html

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tmPHP.net discovered Thursday that two of its servers had been compromised to host javascript malware that delivered the Tepfer trojan. The organization which maintains the PHP programming language used by many websites, has moved the site to a new set of servers. There is no evidence that any PHP code hosted on the site was compromised. The group was concerned that an SSL certificate might have been compromised so disabled HTTPS access to php.net until a new certificate is issued and installed.http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/hackers-compromise-official-php-website-infect-visitors-with-malware/

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iaThe Greater Manchester Police Department seized a 3D printer and printed components "suspected to be a 3D plastic magazine and trigger" for a gun. The parts are now undergoing forensic examination to determine whether the parts can make a working firearm. However, a Verge user by the name of Theobald02 saw the images of the seized printed parts and said they look like parts to upgrade the 3D printer the police seized. The Greater Manchester PD told the Verge that it will continue with its forensic testing.http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/25/5027282/uk-police-seize-3d-printed-gun-components

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tmMicrosoft posts record Q1 revenue, increased operating incomehttp://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/microsoft-posts-record-q1-revenue-increased-operating-income/

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Are you *sure* you want to get rid of Steve Ballmer?
- Q1 revenue +16% yoy op. income +19% eps +17% $0.62/share
- Results split between Devices & Consumer and Commercial
Devices & Consumer Licensing, Hardware and ‘other’ (Windows Store ads, Office 365)
— Licensing fell 22% on decline of Windows OEM and Office non-sub sales
— Hardware up 37% doubled Surface sales, Xbox 360 sales
— Other up 17% 47% growth in ads (Bing has 18% marketshare), Xbox Live, Office 365 transactions grew 25%
Commercial - Software sales, Skype, enterprise, Azue, Office 365
- Licensing up 7%sharepoint exchange and Lync all double-digit growth
- Other up 28% cloud revenue up 103% Office 365 and Azure triple-digit increases
Old reporting scheme
- Shows seasonal aspect of Xbox and WinPhone and Bing as a money pit.
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slINSTAGRAM UNVEILS SAMPLE ADS FROM ADIDAS, BURBERRY, GEhttp://www.fastcompany.com/3020651/instagram-unveils-sponsored-ads-from-adidas-burberry-ge

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sample adshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/24/first-look-at-instagram-ads/

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- IG showing off sample ads that represent what will soon come to the platform. In a blog post, the Instagram team reassured its community that its photo and video ads would not only be "creative and engaging" but also relevant, tailored to your interests based on "information about what you do on Instagram and Facebook." The company will roll out the program slowly, and acknowledges that not all ads will be of interest--partly why the team is giving users the option of hiding them. It's also a reason why the company is curating its early brand partners, which include Adidas, Burberry, and GE. The question now is whether users will find the ads destructive, enjoyable, or simply bearable and necessary.
- "sponsored" label in the upper right-hand corner. If you don't like the ad shown, just click the "..." button below to get rid of it; Instagram also gives you the option of providing feedback on what "didn't feel right."
q: can ads manage to not diminish UX?

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tmDid Comcast just take a first step towards unbundling HBO?http://gigaom.com/2013/10/24/did-comcast-just-take-a-first-step-towards-unbundling-hbo/

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Source: Comcast Launching HBO Broadband Bundle Aimed at Netflixhttp://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Source-Comcast-Launching-HBO-Broadband-Bundle-Aimed-at-Netflix-126362

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Comcast, 25 Mbps Internet, local channels and HBO $40/month (Up to $70 after a year)
Q: Is this the way forward for HBO v. Netflix? Will non-cableco ISP’s sign on?

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iaWhy T-Mobile's New Tablet Offer May Hit AT&T Where It Hurts http://www.eweek.com/networking/why-t-mobiles-new-tablet-offer-may-hit-att-where-it-hurts.html/

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T-Mobile offers 200MB free monthly data for all tablets, will carry Nexus 7 in-store on November 20th
http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/23/t-mobile-200mb-free-data-for-tablets/

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- eWeek's got an article up about how T-Mobile's new tablet deal could hurt ATT
- TMobile announced it would sell the iPad and offer all tablets in its portfolio w/monthly payment plans and no money down
- TMo will also accept any device for tradein for th ecost of a TMo tablet
- TMo is also offering all tablet users 200MB of free data whether they are TMo subscribers or not
- As of November 1st, the no-charge bandwidth will be available for the lifetime of any tablet on the network; customers who pay for data will get the 200MB on top of their existing caps.
- "This is going to be a big hit for AT&T over the next few quarters, unless it comes out with a similar free tablet data offering," Eric Costa, an analyst with Technology Business Research, told eWEEK.
- Carolina Milanesi, a Gartner research vice president, said "I think that T-Mobile's tactics will put pressure on the big guys to review their multi-device plans..."

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slThe Decline of Wikipediahttp://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520446/the-decline-of-wikipedia/

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- every month 10 billion pages are viewed on the English version of Wikipedia
- The volunteer workforce that built the projec has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. roughly 90% male
- Wikipedia launched in 2001, it wasn’t intended to be an information source in its own right. Wales, a financial trader turned Internet entrepreneur, and Larry Sanger, a freshly minted philosophy PhD, started the site to boost Nupedia, a free online encyclopedia started by Wales that relied on contributions from experts.
- By the end of its first year it had more than 20,000 articles in 18 languages, and its growth was accelerating fast. In 2003, Wales formed the Wikimedia Foundation to operate the servers and software that run Wikipedia and raise money to support them.
- hierarchy was electing a small group of “administrators” who could wield special powers such as deleting articles or temporarily banning other editors. (There are now 635 active admins on the English Wikipedia.)
-Today English Wikipedia has 4.4M articles; there are 23.1M more in 286 other languages. number of active editors on the English-language Wikipedia peaked in 2007 at more than 51,000 and has been declining ever since as the supply of new ones got choked off. This past summer only 31,000 people could be considered active editors.
q: what happens when money runs out to run inefficient community encyclopdia?

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iaFile-Sharing Site Was A Year-Long Pirate Honeypot http://torrentfreak.com/file-sharing-site-was-a-year-long-pirate-honeypot-131024/Ty Kapt_Kipper subreddit

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Looks like a file-sharing website was actually a pirate honeypot
- WDF, a former senior staff member at WJunction, says in the 12 months since his forum UploaderTalk.com went online he’s been grabbing information about uploaders and file-hosts.
- He said he suckered in users and announced the acquisition of his site by a U.S.-based anti-piracy company called NukePiracy LLC
- The site was set up with the aim of gathering confidential information on uploaders, file-hosts and web companies involved in the piracy ecosystem.
- The forum was designed to attract individuals who like to make money from uploading files to file-hosting sites

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Amtrak passenger tweets details of former NSA director Michael Hayden's off-the-record conversationhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5026434/amtrak-passenger-tweets-details-of-former-nsa-director-michael-haydens-conversation

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Stop Watching Us eyes big rally against NSA surveillance Saturday 10/26http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57609238-83/stop-watching-us-eyes-big-rally-against-nsa-surveillance-q-a/

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TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in Berlin starts tomorrow, runs through the 29th

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on Sunday Samsung developers conf starts, runs through the 29th

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Bioshock Infinite' is heading back to Rapture on November 12thhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/10/25/5027662/bioshock-infinite-burial-at-sea-release-date

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