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Intel earnings mean cheaper Windows tablets, Can Goolge Play catch iOS App Store? Mayer's next step to Yahoo success http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Marshall Kirkpatrick, CEO and Co-Founder, Little Bird
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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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tmMicrosoft reached a patent-licensing agreement with Hon Hai the parent company of Foxconn, makers of most of the tech you carry around with you in your pocket. The agreement protects Foxconn from being sued over devices it makes that run Android or ChromeOS. Microsoft says it now has agreements with manufacturers of half the world's Android devices. Google continues to insist the devices do not violate Microsoft's patents.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57579970-75/microsoft-inks-patent-protection-deal-with-foxconn-parent/

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slIntel announced fiscal Q1 earnings yesterday, meeting expectations on revenue with $12.6 billion for the quarter, and missing earnings per share at $0.40 due to a declining PC market, according to Bloomberg's analyst concensus. According to research firm IDC, Windows 8 is much to blame for the decline. Sales were down 13.9% for PCs, not including tablets or hybrids. Intel's PC group revenue alone totaled only $8 billion, down almost 6% year over year. Intel said in a statement that a decline in overall revenue of 7% was what it expected after a holiday season.http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/16/intels-q1-2013-meets-revenue-expectations-at-12-6b-misses-on-eps-at-0-40-as-pc-market-slows/

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iaI've been gone for a couple of days, so let's get back to serious tech business - porn! The Chinese National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications has told Apple and 197 other websites to remove content it deemed obscene. Apple will have to remove content that is accessible from its App Store, but there aren't any details as to what material was classified as obscene. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-17/apple-ordered-to-remove-obscene-content-from-china-store.html

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tmThe tech sector may finally get one thing it wants from the US Government. More H1-B Visas. A bipartisan group of senators released highlights of a proposed immigration bill, backed by President Barack Obama, that seeks to reform the immigration system and nearly doubles the quota for H-1B visas for skilled workers.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/17/us-usa-immigration-tech-idUSBRE93F1DL20130417

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slThe American Civial Liberties Union has filed a request for investigation and complaint for injunctive relief against against AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile. Why? Because the majority of phones that the carriers sell run Google's Android OS, but rarely receive software updates, a practice the ACLU says violates provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act barring deceptive and unfair business practices, since the carriers don't disclose that not providing updates in a timely manner puts customers at greater risk of hacking attacks. The filing asks that customers be allowed to terminate contracts that cover a phone that's no longer eligible to receive updates.http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/04/wireless-carriers-deceptive-and-unfair/

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iaThe revived version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Privacy Act (CISPA) is now facing a veto threat from the White House. In a statement, the Obama administration said that it wants "additional improvements, and if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill." The statement also voices a number of concerns including companies are offered a "broad scope of liability limitations" and that citizens should have a "right to know that corporations will be held accountable... for failing to safeguard personal information adequately."http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/obama-threatens-cispa-veto-sponsor-calls-opponents-basement-dwelling-14-year-olds/

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tmThe Amazon Android app store is coming to your country. Probably. Developers can now submit apps for sale in 200 additional countries including South Africa, Brazil and India. It's quite a jump from the current 7 nations. The Amazon App store is central to the Kindle Fire and downloadable as an alternative on most Android devices.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2035400/amazons-android-appstore-to-become-available-in-200-more-countries.html

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slUnited States Google Play Store users, say hello to Sherpa, a voice digital assistant that launched ts Spanish-language Android app in October and is Google Play top app in Spain and Latin America. Sherpa now also understands English, and currently uses Google’s speech API to translate commands into a kind of meta-language, and then it parses meaning and intent from the resulting string of concepts. Sherpa also has a PayPal deal, uses Twitter’s API, and pulls info from LinkedIn profiles and Wikipedia entries.http://gigaom.com/2013/04/17/spains-siri-challenger-sherpa-learns-english-arrives-in-the-u-s/

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tmThe first product of the Nokia exodus will finally see the light of day in May. When Nokia left the MeeGo OS alliance, many Nokians left with it to create Meego phones. Jolla (YO-luh), makers of the Sailfish UI for Meego announced it will show off it's first handset next month and kick off a pre-sales campaign for folks who wish to register to buy the phone. Sales of the phone are still expected in the second half of 2013, according TechCrunch.http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/17/jolla-to-show-first-phone-in-may/

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iaYahoo's released its latest financial information. Let's check the scoreboard - $1.14 billion in revenue, beating the $1.1B expected by analysts. Profits were over $390M; last year at the same time, profits were only $286M. On the downside, display revenue and search revenue were down compared to last year. BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis said "Display was a relative disaster." Yahoo's stock price took a hit after reporting its financial data. http://articles.marketwatch.com/2013-04-16/industries/38579699_1_yahoo-japan-yahoos-ability-alibaba

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Marshall Kirkpatrick, CEO and Co-Founder, Little Bird
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iaWindows 8 touch devices to drop to $200, says Intel CEO http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57579935-92/windows-8-touch-devices-to-drop-to-$200-says-intel-ceo/

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Chromebooks grab only 0.02% market share
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/381214/chromebooks-grab-only-0-02-market-share

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- Intel CEO Paul Otellini says that when its Bay Trail chip hits, you'll see prices for touch-enabled ultrathin notebooks "as low as $200"
- Otellini made the comment while speaking on the company's Q1 earnings call
- Bay Trail is a redesign of the Atom architecture
- Haswell-based ultrabooks should hit as low as $500

Q: Would pricing Windows devices at $200 revitalize the PC business? Would it help Win8 gain general acceptance?
- For the week of 8 April to 14 April, Chromebooks grabbed only 0.023% of worldwide browsing according to Net Applications
- which acc'g to PC Pro puts Chromebooks on par with WinRT devices

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slApp Annie: Google Play app revenue grew 90% in Q1 2013, but Apple’s App Store still saw 2.6 times more saleshttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/17/app-annie-google-play-app-revenue-grew-90-in-q1-2013-but-apples-app-store-still-saw-2-6-times-more-sales/

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Android Co-founder: Android Originally Meant for Camerashttp://www.tomshardware.com/news/Android-Andy-Rubin-Smart-Cameras-Android-Datacenter-Linux,22070.html MENTION

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- AppAnnie Index report: Q4 2012: Apple’s Apple Store 4x sales of Google Play. Q1 2013 2.6x.
- Google Play has reached close to 90% of the App Store’s downloads in Q1 2013, but iOS still leads in revenue
- games are biggest rev driver in US, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea. In Q1 2013 was 80% of revenue in Google Play and 70% in the App Store.
- iOS: Photo & Video apps are #3, Education apps #4 worldwide
- Google Play: Social now in top 5 category
- top 5 Google Play countries (by download): US, South Korea, India, Russia, and Japan. top 5 iOS: US, China, the UK, Japan, and France.
- Andy Rubin at Japan New Economy Summit in Tokyo: original "ambitious" projection by Google aimed for a 9% smartphone market share in North America and Europe by 2010. Android saturation actually grew to 72-percent as of 2012
- originally designed as a camera OS. "smart cameras" would connect to a PC. PC would link to an "Android Datacenter" that allowed users to store photos in the cloud. Google purchased Android in 2005, expanded the OS for mobile handsets."We decided digital cameras wasn't actually a big enough market," said Rubin. "I was worried about Microsoft and I was worried about Symbian. I wasn't worried about iPhone yet."

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tmYahoo’s Q1 2013 revenue of $1.14 billion doesn’t excite, but its $0.35 in EPS beats expectationshttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/16/yahoo-smashes-q1-expectations-with-revenue-of-1-14b-earnings-per-share-of-0-35/

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Yahoo's Marissa Mayer tries to trigger chain reactionhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57579938-93/yahoos-marissa-mayer-tries-to-trigger-chain-reaction/

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$1.14 billion revenue, EPS $0.35 ($0.38 non-GAAP)
-expected $1.1 billion, EPS $0.25
- Display revenue $455 million, search $425 million, down yoy
- Mayer: "getting the company growing at a rate we would like to will take several years."
- Mayer executing "sprints', First sprint was reinvigorating company culture, employee satisfaction and retention
- "Companies with the best talent win, and it's clear we are back in the game," tripled resumes, attrition rate halved, 14% of new hires were boomerangs
- Next sprint is "building beautiful products"
- Yahoo will have more frequent, smaller product changes across the portfolio.
- Mayer took over as President and CEO On July 16, 2012

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slFacebook Is Said to Hire Apple Maps Executive Amid Mobile Pushhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-16/facebook-said-to-hire-apple-maps-executive-amid-mobile-push.html

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- Bloomberg reports Richard Williamson, the manager who had led Apple’s mapping efforts, has joined FB's mobile software group, according to people with knowledge of the hire. Williamson hired by Steve Jobs but fired in Nov after Apple Maps backlash
- other former apple employees: Greg Novick, a former iPhone manager who helped develop the device’s touch interface; Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, software designers who joined when Facebook acquired their company Push Pop Press; and software engineers Scott Goodson, Tim Omernick and Chris Tremblay.
- fb also hired loren brichter, tweetie creator, pull to refresher creator, letterpress creator. also worked at apple.
- nest labs, square employ former apple employees
- is this FB knowing how to use talented ppl better than apple? better management?

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tmTiny lithium-ion battery recharges 1000x faster than rival tech, could shrink mobile deviceshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/04/17/researchers-devise-fast-and-powerful-microbattery/

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Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicshttp://news.illinois.edu/news/13/0416microbatteries_WilliamKing.html

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U of I Prof. William P. King led team to make new lithium ion micro battery
- research published in April 16 Nature Communications with author grad student James Pikul
- High energy (release charge fast) and high power (store a lot)
- For instance: could supposedly jumpstart a car and still recharge a phone
- recharges 1000x faster than competing tech
- footprint of a few millimeters
- estimated to make devices 30x smaller broadcast radio signal 30x farther
- next step: integrating with other electronic components and low-cost manufacturing

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iaMotorola Plans Stock Android Phones, Sized 'Just Right' http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417822,00.asp

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Motorola design chief: stock Android phones, cross-carrier brands coming later this year
http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/16/motorola-stock-android-cross-carrier-phones-this-year/

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- Motorola design chief Jim Wicks spoke to PCMag and explained a lot about the company's future products

On the software side:
- Wicks says Motorola will "embrace Android" and it "will be the unadulterated version of Android."
- Wicks says that Motorola phones will be as bloatware-free as possible

Hardware:
- Wicks says that Motorola is working on a phone size that is "just right" and that current phones are exceeding that sweet spot.
- Scratch resistance and drop resistance will also be key.
Strategy:
- Motorola will try to get one brand across multiple carriers.
- Wicks says that various Google business units are turning to Motorola for advice on things Motorola has expertise in and vice versa
- The first Google-influenced Moto phones will appear in the second half of this year

Q: Does all of this make Motorola sound like it could be a real powerhouse in the smartphone market again?

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Woman Buys Old Nintendo Game For $7.99. Turns Out It's Worth $15,000.http://kotaku.com/holy-grail-of-rare-video-games-found-in-a-goodwill-fo-473730982

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Big earnings day tomorrow: IBM, MSFT, GOOG, VZ, NOK

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Samsung confirms Galaxy S4 coming to all 7 US carriers: T-Mobile from April 24, Sprint from April 27http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/04/17/samsung-confirms-that-the-galaxy-s4-will-launch-with-all-7-carriers-in-the-us-this-month/

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Hey guys, a quick comment Google's proposal to the EU, and Allen's reaction.

He mentioned that this was comparable to "making Budweiser include a can of Miller Light in every 24 pack", and went on to say it wouldn't help.

I agree with the comparison, but not with the quick dismissal: if you get a sample of a competitor's product, you might like it and switch. The challenge then falls on said competitor, who needs to create a compelling product (or a delicious beverage) to win customers over, which does seem fair.

Not only do I believe it would help in a monopolistic situation, but I also think it wouldn't be fair to ask much more... Would we ask of Google to randomly send people to Bing's search results for one in four queries?
I don't see many reasonable options beyond the "free sample" one they're proposing...

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Hey guys Marlon "theGuyfromTrinidad" and I can use the Caribbean example to kind of explain whats the big deal with Whats app and strangely it has a lit bit to do with Blackberry. A few years ago blackberry made some key deals with the phone companies here offering lower cost blackberry devices on pay as you go plans. The phone companies also offered blackberry messenger only services.

With the influx of Android and iPhones into the market many persons switched but still wanted the same BBM type services and Whats app was one of the stock apps on Blackberry phones and so it began to be used first in conjunction with BBM and now many persons use it almost exclusively. Whats App's power was it was cross platform, much more user friendly than BBM (no sending of your pin) and had many of the same features of BBM,(group messaging, pictures etc)

Also the fact that it is free on Android for the first year has sucked in a lot of persons who gladly pay to keep it because it is so convenient. Also as Sarah pointed out on Friday and I can confirm, young people use chat clients like Whats app and BBM on their phone more than Facebook, because they can send pictures, group message, send broadcast messages and it doesn't matter what phone they have from a cheap android phone to an iPhone it just works.

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