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Who will be the next Microsoft CEO? Samsung's crazy predictions, A personal Google map for every person http://live.twit.tv/

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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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tmReuters reports sources say Microsoft has narrowed its list of CEO candidates to about five people. ON the list to replace Steve Ballmer are Ford’s Alan “I’m not leaving Ford but I’m not going to explicitly rule out Microsoft” Mulally and the itinerant former Nokia CEO and even more formerly Microsoft VP Stephen Elop. Internal candidate include former Skype CEO Tony Bates and head of cloud and enterprise Satya Nadella. While the list is shorter now, Reuters insiders say the decision will still take a couple more months to make. So maybe no new CEO for Christmas.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-microsoft-ceo-idUSBRE9A500A20131106

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slMy crystal ball says that within about two years, Samsung will unveil phones and other devices with foldable displays. Actually Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun presented a slideshow in Seoul, Korea showing the company's display technology timeline for the next few years, which got picked up by blog site Sammy Hub. The recently introduced Galaxy Round is simply curved, but devices with bendable displays are due out in 2014, and foldable screens, to debut around the end of 2015.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57611048-94/samsung-eyes-phones-with-foldable-displays-in-2015/

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iaFor the first time, Apple published a report detailing how many government information requests it received. The U.S. government requested data between 1000 and 2000 times on 2000 to 3000 accounts. Apple disclosed data for 0 to 1000 of those accounts. These numbers may seem vague and that's why Apple will file an Amicus brief at the Ninth Circuit court to support a case for "greater transparency with respect to National Security Letters." The rest of the world asked Apple for information about 719 times. http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/05/apple-publishes-first-report-of-information-requests-files-with-u-s-government-for-more-transparency/

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tmEverybody’s getting Gigabit. We wish. Mississippi is though. 9 finalists for the rollout of C Spir’es gigabit service were announce Tuesday. That service will run $80 a month when it arrives. Meanwhile Los Angeles announced it will take bids for a company to rollout gigabit fiber to every citizen and business in the city. The winning bidder will get to provide free Internet access at 2-5Mbps, and pay at least three billion dollars to roll it out plus be required to resell access to competitors. Sweet deal!http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20131105/NEWS01/311050005/Hub-may-get-1-Gig-Internet

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LA Fiber proposalhttp://thenextweb.com/us/2013/11/06/los-angeles-isnt-waiting-for-google-it-plans-to-bring-fiber-to-all-its-residents-and-businesses/

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slEarly next year Google will start linking Google+ profile pictures to mobile phone numbers. Google accounts that have a verified phone number will be automatically opted in and linked to the associated Google+ account. So, anyone using Android to call, or receive a call, from a number linked to a Google+ account will see a profile image automatically without the need to have contact information stored.http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/6/5072210/google-links-phone-number-to-google-account-picture-android

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iaRemember remember the 5th of November 2013 because that's the day the price of bitcoin hit an all-time record high of $267.40 on Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange. The last record high for Bitcoin was back in April at $266, which was then followed by a huge crash in its value. The new record high is due in part to an increased demand for Bitcoin in China. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/11/05/bitcoin-price-reaches-a-record-high-for-the-first-time-since-april/

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tmEA announced the game Need for Speed Rivals will release early for the PS4 on Nov. 15 right along with the console. Originally both PS4 and Xbox versions were to launch on Nov. 22 with the release of the Xbox One. And so more advantages slip through Microsoft’s fingers.http://www.computerandvideogames.com/436680/need-for-speed-rivals-now-a-ps4-launch-title-in-us/

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slFollowing analysis of the company’s Taiwanese suppliers, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note that Apple sales in October rose by approximately 11 percent month-over-month, on the heels of new iPhone 5S, the iPad Air, and new Macs. White says "we believe this October will prove to be the strongest in the history of our Apple Barometer.” This sets Apple up for a first fiscal quarter of 2014, and traditionally its biggest quarter of the year.http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/06/apple-had-record-performance-in-october-analyst/

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tmActivision announced it has shipped $1 billion worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts to retail worldwide, as of the first day of public availability. That’s shipped not sold, so we’re waiting on the actual sell-through numbers. The last CoD, Black Ops II sold $1billion in 15 days. Ghosts will get a boost when the PS4 launches on Nov. 15 and of course Xbox One Nov. 22.http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/204158/Activision_ships_1B_worth_of_Call_of_Duty_Ghosts_to_retail.php

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iaAmazon started a new program called Amazon Source that will let independent bookstores sell Kindle devices and accessories. The program also gives those retailers a 10% cut on every ebook bought on those devices for two years. Amazon hopes to entice bookstores into giving the program a try by offering a "worry-free trial" that will allow retailers to return the first order they place through Amazon Source within six months if the program doesn't work out for them.http://allthingsd.com/20131106/amazon-to-let-independent-bookstores-sell-kindles-and-gives-them-a-cut-of-ebook-sales/

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iaExclusive: Microsoft narrows CEO shortlist; Mulally, Elop make the cuthttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-microsoft-ceo-idUSBRE9A500A20131106?irpc=932

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Microsoft's CEO short list: So flawed
http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-ceo-short-list-so-flawed-7000022883/

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- Reuters reports that MS has whittled down its CEO list from 40 to about a handful
- Top names still include Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Internally, MS is looking at Skype CEO Tony Bates (now head of MS business development), & Satya Nadella, head of MS cloud and enterprise
- Reuters couldn't scrounge up the other names
- MS didn't comment and a Ford rep said "Alan remains fully focused on continuing to make progress on our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation."

Q: The news is that the list has shortened - any surprises as to candidates?
Background on would-be MS heads:
- Mulally: in charge of Ford, didn't need a federal bailout
- Elop: ran MS business division before jumping to Nokia
- Bates: was CEO of Skype, which MS bought
- Nadell: executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services.

- Larry Dignan wrote a piece on why these leaked names are poor choices
- Mulalley: potential long leraning curve
- Elop: he didn't save Nokia, good luck w/MS
- Bates: interesting, but could Bates manage something as large as MS (thinks he's the best choice)
- Satya Nadella: interesting, but same issue as Bates - could he handle the huge MS

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tmSamsung’s Analyst Day: Custom ARM core, 560 PPI displays in 2014, and 4K phones in 2015http://www.androidbeat.com/2013/11/samsungs-analyst-day-custom-arm-core-560-ppi-displays-2014-4k-phones-2015/

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Samsung Murders Language With “Fonblet” Name, Promises Displays For Those With Superhuman Visionhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/06/samsung-murders-language-with-fonblet-name-promises-displays-for-those-with-superhuman-vision/

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Samsung eyes phones with foldable displays in 2015http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57611048-94/samsung-eyes-phones-with-foldable-displays-in-2015/

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Samsung presentation archivehttp://aod.teletogether.com/sec/20131106/eng_view.aspSOURCE

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Samsung analyst day in Seoul. 2nd ever, 1st in 8 years
- Exynos coming with Samsung 64-bit core designed by Samsung not ARM (similar to Apple and Qualcomm - ARM instruction set but not ARM core)
- 2014 will see AMOLEDs w/560ppi WQHD (2560 x 1440) and 2015 will bring 4K (3840 x 2106) smartphones
- Coined term ‘fonblet’ which appears to be a phablet with handwriting recognition?
- curved display, check, Bendable displays 2014 Foldable displays in two years

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slGoogle wants to build maps that customize themselves based on what they know about youhttp://gigaom.com/2013/11/05/google-wants-to-build-maps-that-customize-themselves-based-on-what-they-know-about-you/

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- speaking onstage at the GigaOM Roadmap conf in SF: Jonah Jones, a user experience designer at Google, & Bernhard Seefeld, a product manager for Google Maps.
- said past decade has been spent on digitizing all of the existing paper maps. now map designers can add more detail that customizes the experience based on location and other signals about a user.
- “When we combine the location with the other data we have, we can actually build a new map for every purpose or every location — a very specific map that no one has ever seen and won’t be there again because it was just created for this one purpose.”
- when users zoom out on a map, only some locations & businesses highlighted. Google used to choose which business or feature was more important. But by considering the locations a user has either checked into or searched for, Google could change or re-rank the labels so that users would see the ones that are most important to them.
- Google may not even need to show you a map — it may know that you are at the airport, and so it can show you flight times without even requiring you to search. Your location actually becomes almost like a search query
q: dynamic maps the future of mapping?

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tmBigger than Google Fiber: LA plans citywide gigabit for homes and businesseshttp://arstechnica.com/business/2013/11/bigger-than-google-fiber-la-plans-citywide-gigabit-for-homes-and-businesses/

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LA issuing RFP: "that would require fiber to be run to every residence, every business, and every government entity within the city limits of Los Angeles," - LA IT agency GM Steve Renker told AT
- Cost of $3 to $5 billion. All paid by vendor
- Free access 2-5 Mbps, paid access up to 1Gbps. WiFi in public areas
- Network would be required to sell wholesale access
- RFP favors companies who can operate cellular service and data hosting
- Google fiber wouldn’t fit because business access required
- Company gets return in city contract plus selling triple play etc.
Q: huh?

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iaValve Will Not Make Exclusive Games for SteamOShttp://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/04/valve-will-not-make-exclusive-games-for-steamos

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- Speaking to IGN, Valve’s Greg Coomer said, “you won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.”
- The same will apply to third-party titles
- Valve's Anna Sweet told IGN that Valve encourages third-party partners to put their games in as many places as possible, including other platforms
- She said it would go against Valve's "whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines.”
- Valve doesn't want to create artificial barriers according to Coomer
- He did note that small, independent studios who only have the resources to focus on one platform may inevitably make games that only run on SteamOS, “but that’s a very different thing.”

Q: Sounds very altruistic, but is this a bad business idea?

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slTV Discovery Startup i.TV Acquires GetGlue In Second-Screen App Mashuphttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/05/i-tv-getglue/

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- i.TV (video discovery serv. based in Provo, UT) has acquired GetGlue
- The acquisition not yet officially announced but TC reports it's all-stock deal. GetGlue raised $24M since being founded, had deal worth $70M fall through earlier this year.
- started as Foursquare-like check-ins to TV shows, users shared what they were watching socially. then pivoted to a TV discovery platform.
- Last year, GetGlue agreed to be acquired by social TV competitor Viggle, if Viggled could secure additional funding from outside investors. It didn't, deal died
- i.TV launched in 08, connects mobile and tablet users with TV and streaming content. had launched a few versions of an app that provided streaming video option info, & a remote control for traditional TV. made deals w Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post TV and AOL TV — to power navigation and discovery of videos on their apps. last year got deal to power video discovery for Nintendo’s Wii U
q: is second-screen tech doomed.. or ahead of its time?

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Fox News Blames Site Glitch on Production Problem, Not Hackhttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2426791,00.asp

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Cornell Researchers Help Robot Unlearn Stabby Motions With A Human Trainehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/05/cornell-researchers-help-robot-unlearn-stabby-motions-with-a-human-trainer/

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Nokia’s 6-inch Lumia 1520 coming to AT&T on November 15th for $199http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/6/5072078/nokia-lumia-1520-att-pricing-availability

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Groupon earnings tomorrow 7th

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Twitter's big IPO day tomorrow

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Hey Gang,

I was listening to the show the other day and Netflix was mentioned. Your guest, David Hewlett, mentioned that we have moved beyond waiting each week for a new episode of our favourite TV show. That got me thinking that a daily soap opera might be perfect for Netflix. They could easily publish a back catalogue of a cancelled soap, Guiding Light or As The World Turns, then start it up again publishing daily. Cost could be an issue but if the format was changed to a 30 minute show with fewer plot lines in the "webisode" style it could work.

In my mind this could draw a new audience to Netflix, and increase daily viewer ship since subscribers would want to tune in daily to get their fix they may either login early and watch another show or stay logged in to watch additional shows.

Thoughts?

Regards,

Scott from Canada without the "good Netflix"

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Hi TNT

Your discussion of Google Helpouts mentioned the fact that if you need to be available 5 minutes after being contacted. If that's the case, then this service isn't really intended for single user advice giver, but instead for large corporations that have many possible experts to answer your question.

I think this is probably going to end up being used as a replacement to all the websites that have a "click here to contact a live representative" -- Instead of maintaining the system yourself, your business can pay Google a fee, and have all the infrastructure for queue management and video management and small finance issues taken care of for you. All you need to provide is the call center workers with knowledge of your product.
The Beta product is the "anyone can help" - the money maker would be call centers.... the teens getting makeup advice from Sephora are beta-testing the real product, and giving Google real world examples of how well it works.

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Amber

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