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BlackBerry changes its mind. Again. IBM threatens Twitter, Gas stations that scan your face http://live.twit.tv/

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tmBlackBerry has concluded its sale and the buyer is nobody. Instead the company will borrow $1 billion from investors led by former would-be purchaser Fairfax Financial who will chip in $250 million. Thorsten Heins will step down as CEO and board member. Former SyBase CEO John Chen will take over as executive chairman of the board and interim CEO. Fairfax had until today to finalize its bid to buy BlackBerry. Fairfax chief Prem Watsa will now return to BlackBerry’s board as a lead director.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/04/blackberry-abandons-fairfax-deal-heins-out/

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slWell into its initial public offering roadshow, Twitter has issued another update to its S-1 today: the company was recently issued a letter from IBM alleging that Twitter infringes on “at least three U.S. patents” held by IBM, “inviting us to negotiate a business resolution of the allegations.” Twitter has also raised its IPO estimate to $23-25 per share, up from the previous $17-20 — which is a sign of Twitter’s confidence that it’s expecting a strong turnout when it lists, despite potential patent wars.
http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/04/ibm-claims-twitter-infringes-on-at-least-3-of-its-patents-according-to-twitters-latest-s-1-update/

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iaThe FAA relaxed its rules on when you can use electronics on airplanes, so Amazon is throwing everyone a deal. Amazon is offering a one-day only "Thank You, FAA" sale today. If you buy a Kindle on November 4th, you'll get 15% off if you use the promo code "ThnksFAA" at checkout. The offer applies to the Kindle, the Kindle Fire HD and the Fire HDX.http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/11/04/amazon-thanks-faa-with-by-putting-kindles-on-sale/3431505/

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tmGoogle Glass, still an experimental piece of hardware don’t forget, has taken a step towards user-friendliness. Instead of having to visit a Google office to get in-person instruction on using the device, new Glass owners invited in by friends can have the glasses shipped to them but will still be invited to a Google + hangout to take them through the setup process and get a little lesson in the history of Glass.http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/04/google-glass-personal-hangouts/

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slYou know what improves the capacity and efficiency of hard drives? Helium! Western Digital has announced that its HGST subsidiary has begun shipping the new 6-terabyte Ultrastar He6 hard drive, a model that seals the spinning disk platters inside a hermetic chamber filled with helium instead of air. Helium has just one-seventh the density of air, so it reduces the turbulence caused by spinning disks and the heads that constantly move above them to read and write data. That translates to lower power consumption and less waste heat in the data centers that use these drives. How much less? Western Digital said the power used per terabyte drops 49 percent.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57610621-92/western-digital-enlists-helium-for-6tb-energy-efficient-drives/

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iaApple's lost a top iOS engineer. Henry Lamiraux is retiring from his position as iOS Engineering Vice President. Lamiraux was in charge of developing the apps that come with iOS. He was with Apple since 1990.http://www.tuaw.com/2013/11/04/senior-ios-engineering-vp-henri-lamiraux-leaves-apple/

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tmWindows Phone is more popular than iOS in Italy according to July-September numbers from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Microsoft’s share is made up almost entirely by Nokia phones and has risen to 9.2% of sales in Europe’s five major markets of UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Research firm Counterpoint kept the good news flowing for Nokia as the manufacturer passed Motorola to take 4th place in worldwide smartphone shipments for the third quarter at 4.4%. Apple and Samsung are neck and neck at the top with about 34% each followed by LG at 8.6%.http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/11/02/report-nokia-now-fourth-largest-smartphone-brand-us/

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Report: Windows Phone overtakes iOS in Italy and makes progress in Europehttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/11/04/report-windows-phone-overtakes-ios-in-italy-and-makes-progress-in-europe/

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slSamsung has agreed to license Nokia patents for five more years, and has agreed to pay Nokia additional compensation starting Jan. 1, according to a statement from Nokia today. The amount will be settled in a binding arbitration expected to be concluded in 2015. The previous agreement was set to close at the end of this year. After agreeing to sell its handset division to Microsoft back in September, Nokia's largest business going foward is network equipment, and generating licensing income from its patents.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-04/samsung-extends-licensing-pact-with-nokia-for-five-years.html

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tmThe US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a class action suit against Facebook. The company has agreed to pay $9.5 million in the suit which alleged the defunct “Beacon” ad service violated users’ privacy rights. Four members of the class disagreed with the settlement and appealed to the supreme court. The court’s decision not to hear the case means the settlement is now final.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/04/us-usa-court-facebook-idUSBRE9A30LM20131104

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iaPictures of Valve's prototype Steam Machines have hit the internet. What does it look like? A small black rectangular pizza box PC with a big circle on one side of the front along with two USB ports. Another picture shows the Steam box in white. These prototypes were built using off the shelf computer parts. So, the final product will probably look a little different. The Steam Machines are expected to be shown off at CES in January.http://www.computerandvideogames.com/436604/first-steam-machine-prototype-pictures-released/

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tmBlackBerry-Fairfax takeover dies; Thorsten Heins outhttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/blackberry-fairfax-deal-dies-thorsten-heins-out/article15240310/?click=tglobe

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BlackBerry Scraps Bid to Find Buyer, Replaces CEO Thorsten Heins, Gets $1 Billion Investmenthttp://allthingsd.com/20131104/blackberry-scraps-bid-to-find-buyer-to-replace-ceo-thorsten-heins-canadian-paper-says/

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BlackBerry Takeover Bid Collapses; CEO Heins Oustedhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-04/blackberry-takeover-bid-collapses-ceo-is-ousted.html

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BlackBerry CEO steps down as company secures $1 billion funding from investorshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/11/4/5064278/blackberry-ceo-steps-down-as-company-secures-1-billion-funding-from

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What makes Sybase worth nearly $6 billion to SAP?http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/060210-sybase-sap-chen.html

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BlackBerry no longer for sale, will raise $1 billion in convertible notes
- Fairfax had until today to make good on letter of intent - will contribute 250 million to fund raising
- Thorsten Heins replaced as CEO John Chen (formerly Sybase) will become executive chairman of board and interim CEO
- David Kerr and Heins will step down from board. Prem Watsa (Fairfax) rejoins board as lead director and Chair of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee.
- All expected in 2-4 weeks
John Chen in 2010 InfoWorld interview about turnaround of SyBase
“And that's why we invest in messaging; that's why we invest in how to channel content. That's why we invest in how you manage devices; that's why we invest in all the encrypting of that information that goes over the airwaves. And that's why we invest in analytics, and that's how it ties back to what our core strength has been.” Q: So now what?

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slIBM Claims Twitter Infringes On At Least 3 Of Its Patents, According To Twitter’s Latest S-1 Updatehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/04/ibm-claims-twitter-infringes-on-at-least-3-of-its-patents-according-to-twitters-latest-s-1-update/

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Twitter revises IPO price; pegs $23-25 per sharehttp://www.zdnet.com/twitter-revises-ipo-price-pegs-23-25-per-share-7000022781/

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- another update to its S-1 today: Twitter issued with a letter from IBM alleging that Twitter infringes on “at least three U.S. patents” held by IBM, “inviting us to negotiate a business resolution of the allegations.”
- patents in question: U.S. Patent No. 6,957,224: Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators; U.S. Patent No. 7,072,849: Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service; and U.S. Patent No. 7,099,862: Programmatic discovery of common contacts.
- Twitter ready to defend itself. “We believe we have meritorious defenses to IBM’s allegations, although there can be no assurance that we will be successful in defending against these allegations or reaching a business resolution that is satisfactory to us,” the company writes.
- “Many companies in these industries, including many of our competitors, have substantially larger patent and intellectual property portfolios than we do, which could make us a target for litigation as we may not be able to assert counterclaims against parties that sue us for patent, or other intellectual property infringement,” it writes
- also raised its IPO estimate to $23-25 per share, up from the previous $17-20 — a sign of confidence when it lists. still expects to offer 70 million in shares.

q: just a little IPO warfare? or troubling for Twitter partners/devs down the road?

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iaTesco petrol stations use face-scan tech to target adshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24803378

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Tesco's scanning your face
- Tesco will target ads for people buying gas at its stations using face-scanning
- So if you're getting gas at a Tesco, a camera will be on you which will then be used to identify your gender and approximate age
- Once that's figured out, you'll see an ad targeted to you
- Tesco says it will rollout this system at all 450 of its locations
- Tesco says "No data or images are collected or stored and the system does not use eyeball scanners or facial-recognition technology" The length of someone's hair could be used to figure out gender

Q: Is face-scanning for targeted advertising going too far?

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slReport: Windows Phone overtakes iOS in Italy and makes progress in Europehttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/11/04/report-windows-phone-overtakes-ios-in-italy-and-makes-progress-in-europe/

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- latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing data for the three months ending in September 2013, Windows Phone has overtaken iOS in Italy and now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across five major European markets – the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
- Windows Phone’s progress is driven “almost entirely” by Nokia sales — as it continues to progress rapidly in Europe. For the last three months ending in August, Windows Phone-based devices accounted for 9.2 percent of smartphone sales in the same five markets.
- Nokia has also been showing signs of growth in emerging markets, in particular Latin America. Given that Nokia has dominated in Latin America for many years, and the majority of consumers in the region still own a Nokia featurephone, Kantar says that “upgrading to an entry level Lumia is a logical next step.”
In the UK, Windows Phone-based devices make up 11.4 percent of the market, though Android remains top dog with 58.4 percent while Apple’s iOS has dipped by 1.0 percentage point to 27 percent. However, Kantar notes though that Apple’s share is expected to bounce back “strongly” over the Christmas season due to its new iPhones.
- different story in china: Android devices account for a staggering 81.1 percent of the Chinese market, up 14.6 percentage points from last year — and domestic smartphone makers make up 44 percent of sales in the three months to September 2013, compared with 30 percent a year earlier
q: beginning of win phone surge, thx to nokia?

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tmAmazon to launch first original TV series Alpha House and Betas on Instant Video, starting November 15http://thenextweb.com/media/2013/11/04/amazon-launch-first-original-tv-series-alpha-house-betas-instant-video-later-month/

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Press releasehttp://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1871791&highlight=

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Nov. 15 - Alpha House “four misfit US senators who rent a house together in Washington DC,” (written by Garry Trudeau produced Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter and stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos)

Nov. 22 - “ Betas, a show about four friends who want to launch a new mobile social networking app in Silicon Valley” (written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard stars Joe Dinicol, Karan Soni, Jon Daly, Charlie Saxton, and Maya Erskine directed and produced by Michael Lehmann produced by Alan Freedland, Alan Cohen and Michael London)

Pilots have been up for free viewing since May

Release schedule: 1st three eps free on Amazon Instant Video. Remainder released weekly on Prime Instant Video.
Q: How does this compare to Netflix strategy?

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iaNetflix starts testing 4K videos, wants to launch Ultra HD next yearhttp://gigaom.com/2013/11/01/netflix-starts-testing-4k-videos-wants-to-launch-ultra-hd-next-year/

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- Netflix is testing 4K video in its streaming service
- The company added a total of seven videos and consists of footage that Netflix regularly uses for internal tests
- A Netflix spokesperson says the company "hopes to launch Ultra HD next year"
- That statement echos what Reed Hastings said on the company's most recent earnings call that Netflix wants to be “one of the big suppliers of 4k next year.”

Q: can Netflix's eventual adoption of 4K actually spur 4K TV sales?

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America should have two time-zoneshttp://boingboing.net/2013/11/02/america-should-have-two-time-z.html

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Google Rejects Microsoft DMCA Takedown Notice for Gmail.comhttp://torrentfreak.com/gmail-stays-up-as-google-rejects-microsoft-dmca-takedown-notice-131102/

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Robot will beat you at Rock Paper Scissors even faster nowhttp://boingboing.net/2013/11/04/robot-will-beat-you-at-rock-pa.html

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Katy Perry passes Justin Bieber as most popular person on Twitterhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/11/3/5061834/katy-perry-passes-justin-bieber-as-most-popular-person-on-twitter

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AOL earnings tomorrow

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Motorola Teases Moto G Launch for November 13http://allthingsd.com/20131104/motorola-teases-moto-g-launch-for-nov-13/

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Nintendo Wii Mini headed to the US by mid-November priced at $99.99http://www.joystiq.com/2013/11/04/wii-mini-arriving-in-us-with-packed-in-mario-kart-wii/

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Ingress, Google’s augmented reality game, will be open to all Android users from December 14http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/11/04/ingress-googles-augmented-reality-game-will-open-android-users-december-14/

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On Tuesday's episode 871, Tom was wondering why anyone used travel agents anymore. We use the aggregators to find the lowest price, then print it out and take it in to our travel agency. They have always matched the price, and what is more valuable, is one phone number to call. If you have ever tried to solve a problem on your own with a hotel, airline, or resort, it can sometimes take hours if you get resolution at all. When a travel agency, that could potentially be representing thousands of recommendations makes the call, things get sorted out in minutes. At least, that has been our experience. Keep up the great work!

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