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TITLE: NSA eats your fiberGUEST: Tom Krazit, News Editor, GigaOM
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NSA outrages Google with fiber tap, Smartphones allowed during takeoff and landing, Sprint promises 1Gbps wireless http://live.twit.tv/

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tmThe Washington Post reported another Edward Snowden leak yesterday, describing project MUSCULAR, a joint operation of the US's NSA and UK's GCHQ. The project allegedly taps fiber optic cable's between data centers for Google and Yahoo. If ture, this would allow the spies to see almost all data used by the two services, as they sync data centers across four continents. It also has the advantage of being outside the US, therefore not subject to laws prohibiting domestic surveillance. Meanwhile if you were wondering what Snwoden's doing for Vodka money in Russia these days, his lawyer announced he starts work in November for a major Russian website that remains unnamed. Somebody'll leak it though I'm sure.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html

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Ex-NSA man Edward Snowden gets web job in Russiahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24757426

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iaIDC reports that the iPad is the #1 tablet in the world, but its market share is now 29.6% in Q3 of this year. In Q3 of 2012, Apple had a whopping 40.2%. Samsung is still #2 with 20.4% of the world's stage. Rounding out the top three is the Transformer-loving Asus with 7.4%.http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/10/30/idc-apples-ipad-fell-29-6-tablet-share-q3-2013-samsung-took-second-20-4-asus-third-7-4/

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tmAT&T's efforts to gain more marketshare Europe by acquiring local telecoms could be affected by recent leaks of NSA surveillance data, European officials tell The Wall Street Journal. AT&T is implicated along with Sprint and Verizon in the government's data collection: the FISA Amendments Act allows the NSA to request all phone metadata records from the companies. "We'd need to have a concrete discussion to make sure that European data wouldn't be leaving Europe," one official tells the Journal.http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5050164/nsa-surveillance-revelations-hobble-at-ts-attempts-at-a-european

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iaPandora is now available on Google's Chromecast dongle. An update to Pandora's Android and iOS mobile apps will now include a "Cast" button, which will allow for one-touch streaming to the TV. Pandora users can stream to Chromecast from Android smartphones and tablets as well as iPhones, but not yet iPads. The company says iPad support is coming soon.http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5047346/pandora-brings-its-personalized-streaming-radio-to-chromecast

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tmThe US FAA annoucned today it will allow use of portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing, as long as they are in airplane mode. Airlines have to submit a plan to comply with the new regulations, so don't expect to be able to do this right away, but the FAA expects most implementations to be in place by the end of the year. There are also a few models of airplanes not proved to be tolerant of devices and in low visibility conditions you may be asked to turn off your device. Delta hopes ot have its plan in place and ready by November 1.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/31/new-faa-guidelines-permit-more-device-use-all-the-way-from-take-off-to-landing/

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iaFacebook reported its quarterly financials and 49% of its advertising revenue came from mobile usage; that's an increase of 8% from the last quarter. Facebook's total advertising revenue was $1.8 billion. Facebook’s desktop advertising revenue fell $26 million from the second to third quarter. Looks like that little social network is going to make it. http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/30/facebooks-desktop-ad-revenues-fell-26m-in-q3-as-its-mobile-ad-revenue-surged-226m/

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tmSteam's active accounts rose 30% over the last year to 65 million according to Valve. One contributing factor is Valve's most popular game DOTA 2 with more than 500,000 daily peak concurrent players. In comparison, Xbox Live has reported 48 million accounts while Sony's PlayStation Network claims 110 million. http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/30/5045830/steam-65-million-active-accounts-6-million-concurrent-users

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iaSprint has introduced Sprint Spark, an enhanced LTE service it says will deliver "unprecedented speeds" to its cellphone users. The company demoed the service running at 1Gbps, but the company says customers can expect "50-60 Megabits per second (Mbps) peak speeds today with increasing speed potential over time." The first Spark-supported phones, Samsung's Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 mini and LG's G2, will be available on Sprint's network on November 8th. http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/30/sprint-spark-enhanced-lte/?ncid=rss_truncated

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tmCisco announced Wednesday it is open-sourcing its H.264 video codec implementation and released a plugin that allows third-party developers to use H.264 without paying any licensing costs. GigaOm reports Mozilla will add H.264 to the Firefox browser in the first half of 2014. The Internet Engineering Task Force is meeting in Vancouver next week to decide on a default codec for WebRTC, the standard that allows video communication over the INternet without special software. Google has been pushing it's VP8 codec for the standard. Cisco has invested a lot of money in sofwtare and hardware that relies on H.264 and would like it to last until H.265, VP9 or Daala take over, which is many years down the road.http://gigaom.com/2013/10/30/mozilla-will-add-h-264-to-firefox-as-cisco-makes-eleventh-hour-push-for-webrtcs-future/?t=t

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iaRemember that wacky Hyperloop rail system that Elon Musk proposed? Well according to a new company called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a prototype of the Hyperloop will be ready by 2015. The company published a two year timeline of the project. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies also announced partnerships with a number of companies including Ansys, which created some of the first software simulations of the Hyperloop.http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/startup-sets-sights-rapid-transit-hyperloop-prototype-2015-8C11502210

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Tom Krazit, News Editor, GigaOM
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tmNSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents sayhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html

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How the NSA May Be Tapping Yahoo’s and Google’s Fiber Optic Cableshttp://allthingsd.com/20131030/how-the-nsa-may-be-tapping-yahoos-and-googles-fiber-optic-cables/

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Google page about data center securityhttp://www.google.com/apps/intl/en-GB/trust/security.html

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Washington Post reports NSA & GCHQ project MUSCULAR
- taps fiber links Google and Yahoo use to sync data centers across 4 continents
- Buffer holds 3-5 days traffic, decodes data formats, filters for selects
- sends data to Fort Meade, MD.
- Arik Hesseldahl points out fiber has to be regenerated every 50 miles, USS Jimmy Carter outfitted for intelligence colection on undersea cables
"- “NSA applies Attorney General-approved processes to protect the privacy of U.S. persons — minimizing the likelihood of their information in our targeting, collection, processing, exploitation, retention, and dissemination,”

- NSA also denies operation under Executive Order 12333 which describes limits over collection of data on US citizens overseas
- Google's David Drummond: “We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform,”
- Yahoo spokeswoman: “We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.”"

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iaSprint introduces Spark enhanced LTE, promises unprecedented speed, futuristic app support
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Sprint intros first phones to tap its trio of 4G LTE network frequencies
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Sprint's Dan Hesse confirms unlimited data isn't going anywhere after Spark rollouthttp://www.engadget.com/2013/10/30/sprints-dan-hesse-confirms-unlimited-data-isnt-going-anywhere/

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- Sprint introduced Sprint Spark, its LTE service that Sprint says will give "unprecedented speeds"
- Sprint showed off the the service running at 1Gbps and says customers can expect 50-60Mbps peak speeds today with "increasing speed potential over time."
- How Spark works: it needs devices that can switch between Sprint's 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz cellular bands
- Rollout begins today with limited availability in NY, LA, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa
- Sprint says it will hit 100 cities by 2016
- The phones: Sprint will sell the $199 Samsung Galaxy Mega, $99 Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini and $199 LG G2 next week
- the two Samsung phones will have tri-band support soon after launch with a software update. The LG G2 will get tri-band functionality in early 2014
- Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data even after Spark rolls out

Q: Crazy fast wireless speeds promised and unlimited data. Can this get Sprint to topple either ATT or Verizon?

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slNew FAA Guidelines Permit More Device Use, All The Way From Take-Off To Landinghttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/31/new-faa-guidelines-permit-more-device-use-all-the-way-from-take-off-to-landing/

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FAA announcementhttp://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=15254&cid=TW189

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- changes will differ depending on each airline, depend on types of planes and how things are run at each different carrier, but FAA anticipates that most will allow passengers to use their gadgets “in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.”
- ok: e-book readers, play games and watch videos on devices, and can hold gadgets during both take-off and landing, or else stow them in the seatback pocket.
- gadgets need to be in Airplane Mode or have cell service turned off during both landing and taxi/take-off,
- use Wi-Fi during your flight and continue to use Bluetooth accessories connected to your phone.
FAA: Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline. Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED. Current PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety assessment, gets FAA approval, and changes its PED policy.
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tmFuture Internet aims to sever links with servershttp://phys.org/news/2013-10-future-internet-aims-sever-links.html

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Pursuit websitehttp://www.fp7-pursuit.eu/PursuitWeb/

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EU-funded project named 'Pursuit' eliminates the need for servers
- sort of an Internet-wide peer-to-peer approach
- no more server crashes, faster and more efficient, better control of private info
- won the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) award after successfully demonstrating applications
- Instead of URLs we'd use URIs, every time you download content you also republish it
- You control access to data so even if published cannot be accessed

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iaMicrosoft Bing tests ‘Hero’ ads in Windows 8.1 search results, jousting with Google http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-testing-hero-ads-windows-81-search-results-google/

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Meet Bing’s New “Hero Ads”http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2013/10/30/bing-hero-adsIMAGES

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- Microsoft is unveiling "Hero Ads!"
- Bing is piloting a new type of ad in Bing Smart Search in Windows 8.1.
- When you conduct a brand search in Windows 8.1, you'll be greeted with large photos and custom links created by an advertiser instead of a list of search results
- So for example, search for Land Rover and you'll see a huge picture of a Land Rover provided by the company with options to request a quote or schedule a test drive
- Bing is testing the ads with a bunch of companies like Land Rover, Jaguar, Home Depot, and Radio Shack.
- During the pilot, the ads will be shown to a subset of people searching for the specific names of the companies or brands on Windows 8.1.
- Forty-four percent of Windows 8.1 searchers in the U.S. who type the specific search terms will see the new ads.
- Searchers will still be able to scroll to the right for additional search results.
- No word if this is headed to Bing on the web

Q: Hero ads: good idea or bad idea? More importantly: do you think it would help MS get more of the search market?
Microsoft has about 18 percent of the U.S. search market on its own, according to comScore data, and just under 30 percent when counting the search results that the company serves for Yahoo under their partnership. Google search market share in the U.S. is about 67 percent.

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slApple Looking Into Practical Solar Charging For Notebooks, iOS Deviceshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/31/apple-looking-into-practical-solar-charging-for-notebooks-ios-devices/

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- A new patent application published by the USPTO this week shows Apple filed originally in 2012 for solar power
- power management array for accepting both power adapter and solar power direct from gathering devices or traditional mains-based chargers. So you could plug in your MagSafe or iPad/iPod adapter, or alternatively hook a MacBook or other piece of hardware directly to a solar panel with a simple cord. There’s also a means for accepting both inputs at the same time, according to the patent, for a power balance that would likely charge your device quicker but with more economical use of juice from the grid.
- key to this patent is that the system described is both composed of readily available power management techniques achievable with existing hardware, and; able to be built using componentry that takes up very little space, making it theoretically possible to integrate it into existing device designs without much modification.
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Virgin America Makes the Best Airline Safety Video Everhttp://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/virgin-america-safety-video/VIDEO

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11 adorable pictures of little Katie Todd dressing up as Doctor Who actor for Halloweenhttp://metro.co.uk/2013/10/31/doctor-who-50th-anniversary-katie-todd-dresses-up-as-all-11-time-lords-for-halloween-2013-4168614/

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Generate arbitrary Star Wars animated GIFs from any of the movie dialoghttp://boingboing.net/2013/10/30/generate-arbitrary-star-wars-a.html

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Photoshop Fail, People's Republic of China editionhttp://boingboing.net/2013/10/31/photoshop-fail-peoples-repu.html

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One aspect of Google possibly bringing out a smart watch based on Google Now that I didn’t hear discussed and I think is a reason why Google may have a leg up over the competition is voice recognition.

Remember that Google Now is voice activated (like Siri) and you can do lots of things through voice commands. Imagine how much nicer that will be if you don’t even have to pull your phone out. You could just tap your smart watch and speak into it to send a text or email, add a note to self, ask it what song is playing or what glossaphobia is.

Google will be able to more tightly integrate this voice recognition on your watch connected to Google Now on your phone than the competitors. I’m sure they are already working on more voice commands for Google Glass. The watch would then just be a variation on Google Glass, that you wear on your wrist instead of your face.

Just something I realized this morning while pulling my phone out of my pocke to add a note to self using voice recognition.

-- Dale in Indy

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