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TITLE: The Google Reader of CountriesGUEST: Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor, The Mac Observer
LOWER THIRD URL: macobserver.com, @jgamet
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Google wants to help, for a fee, What is Dropbox scheming? Why Twitter is not the next newspaper http://live.twit.tv/

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This is Tech News Today for Tuesday November 5th, 2013

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Iyaz Akhtar -- I'm Jason Howell

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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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tmLet’s start off with Snow leaks. Snowden fallout? Crawl into the snow den? Anyway three leaks. Italy’s l’Espresso reports the UK’s GCHQ and US NSA, tap the Net from Britain’s Ayios Nikolaos intelligence station on Cyrpus. Cyprus is a hub of several fiber-optic undersea cables. Leak 2, from the UK’s Independent reports, probably not that surprisingly, that the GCHQ and NSA spy on the Net from diplomatic buildings, most interesting to Angela Merkel, in Berlin. And leak 3 is a follow-up. NSA Director Keith B. Alexander denied the NSA had access to Google or Yahoo servers, neatly skirting the question of taps on fiber. The Post responded with more details that the NSA does access Google and Yahoo’s internal data center communications. And that’s your Snowden leak roundup. Let it Snowden!http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2013/11/04/news/the-history-of-british-intelligence-operations-in-cyprus-1.139978

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Revealed: Britain's 'secret listening post in the heart of Berlin'http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/revealed-britains-secret-listening-post-in-the-heart-of-berlin-8921548.html

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How we know the NSA had access to internal Google and Yahoo cloud datahttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/11/04/how-we-know-the-nsa-had-access-to-internal-google-and-yahoo-cloud-data/

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slGoogle Helpouts, Hangout-like video chats where experts are matched with people looking to gain knowledge or level up a particular skill, has launched, and Google's calling it “real help from real people in real time.” Helpouts uses your Google+ identity, Wallets payment features, and Hangout’s video technology to service its marketplace of providers. Google has assembled a collection about 1 thousand brands, like Sephora for cosmetic tips, and individuals so that the serivce is up and running from day 1. http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/04/google-launches-helpouts-paid-video-chats-with-experts-to-address-whatever-is-bothering-you-right-now/

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iaThe Jeff Bezos biography titled "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" is the subject of a one-star review at Amazon.com. Normally, that wouldn't be news, but the review is written by Jeff Bezos' wife, MacKenzie Bezos, who says the book is full of inaccuracies. She also says the book ignores positive aspects about Amazon to build a more dramatic book. The author, Brad Stone, says he spoke to 300 people to create his work and said of the review " there are details of this story that only Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos can know. If they point to errors, I'll gladly correct them." Amazon VP of Global Communications Craig Berman gave a statement to TechCrunch and said "By beginning with 'Bezos said,' [Stone] obligates himself to get it right."http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/05/amazon-replies-to-authors-reply-to-amazon-founders-wifes-criticism-of-book-about-amazon/

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tmVerizon announced its own branded tablet called the Ellipsis 7. Specs are light but the 7-inch Android tablet has some kind of HD screen, LTE, a front-facing camera and goes on sale November 7th for $250. That’s right for $30 more than a Nexus 7 you can get a vaguely-specced Jelly Bean tablet probably made by FoxConn or Quanta that comes with RedBox pre-installed! http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5068830/verizon-wireless-branded-ellipsis-7-tablet-announced

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slNike's Nike+ Move app has launched, which takes advantage of the iPhone 5S's M7 motion coprocessor. Specifically, the app harnesses data from the M7 chip to "capture your every move," turning the information into "Nike Fuel," a unit of measurement the company uses to track daily activity levels. Nike Fuel is used in a range of products, including the Nike FuelBand SE wearable fitness tracker.http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/11/04/after-on-stage-showing-at-iphone-5s-debut-nike-move-app-goes-live

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iaApple's bringing jobs to Mesa, Arizona in the form of a manufacturing facility. The endeavor is in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, a mineral crystal specialist, and will make sapphire materials for Apple products. All in all, 2,000 jobs will be created - 700 in manufacturing and 1300 in construction. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/05/us-apple-manufacturing-idUSBRE9A401I20131105

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tmAcer chairman and CEO J. T. Wang announced he will step down from the post of CEO as of January 1st. Acer reported a net loss of $446 million in Q3 and plans to cut 7% of its global staff. Acer’s PC sales dropped 35%. The PC market is not rising as a whole, though Dell, HP and Lenovo all experience growth in the their most recent quarters.http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5068236/acer-ceo-resigns-amid-struggling-pc-sales

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slT-Mobile reported third-quarter subscriber growth that beat the street, its second straight quarter of growth after four years of customer losses. T-Mobile US, which is 74% owned by Deutsche Telekom AG, has been vocal in criticizing its bigger rivals in its marketing and positioning itself as more consumer-friendly. It added 648,000 net subscribers in the quarter, compared with the average expectation for 444,000 subscribers, according to seven analysts contacted by Reuters.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/05/us-tmobileus-earnings-idUSBRE9A40HY20131105

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tmA couple years ago HTC decided it had to make a Hero phone to get back on top. Since that didn’t work, now HTC says it will cut operating expenses by around 25% and focus on selling cheaper handsets. HTC confirmed a Q3 net loss of NT$3 billion, its first ever quarterly loss. How can they make more money while selling cheaper phones? Volume! CFO Chialin Chang told Reuters, ““We’re looking at broader products in this quarter… we aim for higher volume into 2014 that will give better profitability.”http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/05/htc-q4-expectations/

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iaAnd rounding out earnings-palooza - AOL reported its third quarter results. The good news: revenue was up thanks to better advertising sales. The bad news: earnings fell due to issues with AOL property Patch. AOL took a $19 million restructuring charge and a $25 million impairment charge on Patch. That made earnings per share for AOL only two cents. Without the charge, EPS would have been 55 cents. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/05/us-aol-results-idUSBRE9A40I520131105

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor, The Mac Observer
LOWER THIRD URL: macobserver.com, @jgamet

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Discussion Stories

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tmGoogle Launches Helpouts, Paid Video Chats With Experts To Address Whatever Is Bothering You Right Nowhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/04/google-launches-helpouts-paid-video-chats-with-experts-to-address-whatever-is-bothering-you-right-now/

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Google Helpouts Offer One-On-One Expert Helphttp://readwrite.com/2013/11/05/google-helpouts-offer-one-on-one-expert-help

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Google Helpoutshttps://helpouts.google.com/home

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Helpouts sign-uphttps://helpouts.google.com/pwelcome?authuser=0

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Google Helpouts - you pay an expert to help you over a hangout
- Not first by far but leverages Google’s video tech with big data backend for curation
- Uses G+ ID, Hangout video and wallet for payment
- At launch 1,000 brands including Sephora, Sears. Right now Google approves every provider, though anyone can sign up.
- Providers get alert on PC or text messages when needed (answer in 5 mins. or free)
- Price free to $150 any amount of minutes. Sessions can be scheduled or immediate
Q: ambitious but is it useful?

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iaFull-service selling app Sold shuts down as the team joins Dropboxhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/11/05/sold-app-shuts-team-joins-dropbox/

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Dropbox Snatches Up Sold, The Service That Simplifies Selling Online, To Help It Build A New Mystery Commerce Product
http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/04/dropbox-snatches-up-sold-the-service-that-simplifies-selling-online-to-help-it-build-a-new-mystery-ecommerce-product/

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- Dropbox acquired the nine person team behind Sold
- Sold made an iOS & Android app that helped people sell things. It included a pricing calculator that would determine the price of the item. Sold then handled the selling, the shipping, and the payment.
- TechCrunch reports that Sold's algorithms crawled top e-commerce sites to find a price and Sold said that its prices were 43% higher than that of Gazelle.
- The app & service will shut down as the team joins Dropbox
- Sold co-founder Tony DeVincenzi says the former Sold team will create a new team within Dropbox that will create a "a new Dropbox product."

Q: What kind of product do you think Dropbox is working on with the Sold team?
Dropbox Acquisitions:
- Mailbox
- Audiogalaxy
- Snapjoy: lets users aggregate, archive and view all of their digital photos from their cameras, phones and popular apps like Flickr, Instagram and Picasa, and then view them online or via an iOS app.
http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/19/dropbox-acquires-snapjoy-and-puts-photos-into-its-focus/

- Endorse, a shopping loyalty app (helped brands like Nabisco to make offers directly to customers that they could redeem at retail stores.) http://allthingsd.com/20130720/dropbox-acquires-shopping-loyalty-appmaker-endorse/

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slViddy Is Shooting For A Second Act As It Becomes Supernovahttp://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/11/viddy-is-shooting-for-a-second-act-as-it-becomes-supernova

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- Viddy had huge growth on the back of Facebook Open Graph, raised a ton of money — social traffic didn't last - series of executive departures, layoffs. smaller team now building products again.
- team of about 12 newly re-branded Supernova, still supporting the Viddy app. upload multiple videos from the camera roll, assemble them into creative vignette, has Viddy seeing higher engagement and retention rates over the last few months. September monthly active users were higher than in August, and October’s were about three times larger than they were six months earlier.
- slow motion video-sharing app called Epic. newest iPhones, the app will capture two seconds of video at 120 fps, and stretch that out to eight seconds of video at 30 frames per second. For older phones, it’ll do four seconds at 60 fps, slowing video down by about half.
other app: Clique allows users to participate in image-based messaging with their friends. users able to share images with one another. Others in the group can then build on those messages by adding stickers, scribbles, or text to them.the whole thing is anonymous. So you might know all the members of the group, but you won’t know who’s posted which message. guessing game
q: does either sound like game-changer, or just what a co. does while it's still a co?

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tmTwitter a news source? Not so muchhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57610808-93/twitter-a-news-source-not-so-much/

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Twitter News Consumers: Young, Mobile and Educatedhttp://www.journalism.org/2013/11/04/twitter-news-consumers-young-mobile-and-educated/

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Pew Research Center study
- 16% of US adults use Twitter (8% get news there)
- 30% of US adults get news on Facebook
- ~ half of Twitter news consumers are between 18 and 29 years old, 40 percent have at least a bachelor's degree, and 48 percent are likely to earn more than $75,000 a year.
- 85% of Twitter new consumers get news on mobile compared to 40% gen. pop.
- Twitter posts were analyzed for the information shared, sentiments expressed and ebb and flow of interest.
- Twitter sentiment often doesn’t match gen. pop.
Q: So is Twitter as news source a myth, or a plaything of the young smart and rich?

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iaStreamnation 2.0 lets you easily share ripped movies with friendshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5066444/streamnation-2-share-ripped-movies-tv-shows-with-friends-fair-use

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- StreamNation just updated its service to 2.0
- What StreamNation is: it lets you store your photos and videos online and share them with friends
- What sets it apart is that StreamNation invites you to upload your ripped videos
- The service is headed up by Jonathan Benassaya, who was also a co-founder of music streaming service Deezer
- When someone watches a video that you've uploaded, no one else can watch that video at the same time.
- Benassaya says they've "recreated physical borrowing in digital, with [the] same restrictions." He also says, there's no copy involved, so you're not distributing multiple copies.
- Streamnation even makes your ripped vids pretty by pulling in metadata and poster art
- $4/month, 100GB. $9.99 per month for 500GB of storage. $14/month for 1TB, $19 for unlimited

Q: Digital borrowing of movies - is this a viable business?

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slGoogle Search iOS app gets massive update w/ ‘OK Google’ handsfree voice search, notifications, reminders, much morehttp://9to5mac.com/2013/11/05/google-search-ios-app-gets-massive-update-w-notifications-reminders-new-cards-handsfree-voice-search-much-more/VIDEO

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- iOS app catching up to Android. iPhone 4S or later can say “OK Google” to begin a voice search, much like what users have been able to do with Google Now on Android devices
- 3.1.0 now includes notifications for upcoming events, flights and public transit. notifications for delayed flights, how long you have to catch the last train, upcoming appointment reminders. also set reminders within app
- users can now set reminders for when their favorite musicians, tv shows, actors or celebrities are releasing new content or appear in headlines. There are also new cards in the app that display info for movie and event tickets, boarding passes, reservation confirmation for rental cars, public transit and upcoming events.

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Recreate Live Events with Twitter and Instagramhttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/11/seen-is-real-life-instant-replay/

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India launches spacecraft to Marshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24729073

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Make a Computer Monitor That Only You Can See (thx Note2SCott)http://lifehacker.com/make-a-computer-monitor-that-only-you-can-see-1457209678

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From November 3 to November 9, Target is running an in-store promotion for its trade-in program that provides customers with a gift card worth at least $200 for any iPad, including low value first-generation models.http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/04/target-offering-200-gift-card-for-ipad-trade-in-including-first-generation/

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tomorrow Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored in SF

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Tech Policy summit in Napa, CA nov 6-7

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also 6-7, ad:tech in NYC

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Hey TNT crew
I'm not sure if anyone else caught on to this, but what if the Google Barge wasn't a barge at all? But instead what if it's the Google island/country that Page talked about at Google I/O:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/15/4334356/larry-page-wants-to-set-aside-a-part-of-the-world-for-experimentation

Think about it:
1. Its built by Google X
2. Entry is by invite only
3. Its being personally directed by Sergey Brin.
4. And its made of interchangeable shipping containers, i.e. new container for new experiments.

Sounds like a floating Google Island to me!
Love the show

Harysh
http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/15/4334356/larry-page-wants-to-set-aside-a-part-of-the-world-for-experimentation

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Thanks Jeff!http://macobserver.com

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