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US cracks down on 3D printed gun, Amazon building phone with 3D screen? Google scraps physical Wallet card http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Eric Olander, VP of FBNC Việt Nam (Vietnam's largest all business TV news network in Saigon)
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tmNokia took to its Nokia Conversations blog today to make the Lumia 928 for Verizon in the US official. It sports a 4.5-inch OLED screen, 8.7-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilisation (OIS), three high-amplitude audio mice, NFC, 32GB storage and of course LTE. The Windows Phone will go on sale May 16 for $99 on contract after a $50 rebate.http://www.zdnet.com/nokia-lumia-928-unveiled-headed-to-verizon-next-week-7000015217/

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slMicrosoft Windows 8 users will likely get iTunes store access! Yay! But not anytime soon. this is according to a recent interview Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft's Windows division, gave to CNN Money.
She said that by the holiday season the Microsoft will support the most popular apps in Apple's App Store in its own app store. Microsoft now has more than 60,000 apps available, and users have downloaded about 250 million of them. Just don't hold your breath for Apple's music and video app iTunes, Reller said.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57583866-75/no-itunes-for-microsoft-windows-8-devices-anytime-soon/

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iaAccording to AllThingsD, Google will revamp Google Wallet at Google I/O next week, however plans for a physical credit card have been nixed. The Google Wallet service is expected to feature updated offers, loyalty points programs, and rewards with more merchants. This would make Wallet have some of the same features as Apple's Passbook.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57583857-94/google-to-update-wallet-at-i-o-scraps-plans-for-physical-card/

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tmThe US Office of Defense Trade Controls sent a letter to Defense Distrubted requesting the plans for the 3D printed gun known as The Liberator be removed from public access. The State Department office believes the plans may violate International Traffic in Arms Regulation or ITAR. Wilson believes the plans qualify for a public domain exemption, but complied with the request. However the rest of the Internet may not be so so operative as torrents of the plans have made their way to the usual places.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22478310

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slYouTube announced it'll offer a pilot program for a ‘small group of partners’ to offer a subscription service that starts at $.99 a month. The program will expand from there.YouTube says that it has been building out its partner program since 2007, and that of the over 1M channels generating cash on YouTube, one of the most frequent requests has been ‘more flexibility in monetizing and distributing content’, which is what this new program is about.http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/09/youtube-introduces-subscription-channels-with-a-group-of-partners-starting-at-0-99mo-will-expand/

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iaFacebook is rolling out a non-major update to Facebook Home today, which is in line with Facebook's "new every four week" cycle. Facebook Home has been available for - you guessed it - four weeks and Facebook says that the launcher has been downloaded 1 million times from the Google Play store in that time. The launcher officially supports a small number of devices.http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2013/05/09/minor-facebook-home-update-incoming-today-as-it-hits-1m-downloads-in-its-first-4-weeks/

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tmThe Wall Street Journal reports Amazon is not only working on a phone, you knew that rumor already, now the sources familiar with the rumors close to the unnamed matter say the Amazon phone may have a glasses-free 3D display. And maybe eye-tracking control. And a puppy. But probably not a puppy. And in fact maybe none of it. WSJ warns that this may just be a push inside Amazon for lots of prototypes. http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/9/4316124/amazon-building-smartphone-with-a-3d-screen-says-wsj

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slThe next Nexus 7 tablet may get a bunch of upgrades at the same $199 price tag, so say KGI Securities analyst Mingchi Kuo, who believes that Google may unveil the upgraded tablet at its Google I/O conference next week. The upgrades include a faster Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor, a 1,920x1,200 7-inch display with narrower bezel, a 5-megapixel camera, wireless charging, and a body that's 7.5mm to 8.5mm thick. It expected to be lighter. The new Nexus 7 could be ready to ship in June or July, and Kuo believes Google and Asus could ship 5 million units in the second half of the year.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57583867-94/new-nexus-7-may-debut-at-google-i-o-with-same-$199-price-tag/?utm_source=feedly

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tmThe US Congress push to make unlocking a cell phone explicitly legal, may lead to a greater fix of the Digital Millennium Copyright act. The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 sponsored by Zoe Lofgren, Thomas Massie, Anna Eshoo, and Jared Polis not only addresses unlocking cell phones but also modifies the DMCA to make circumventing copy protection illegal only if done to "facilitate the infringement of a copyright." That would make ripping DVDs for your own use legal.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/members-of-congress-finally-introduce-serious-dmca-reform/

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iaAccording to the Wall Street Journal, ESPN has talked to at least one major wireless carrier to exclude its content from mobile data caps. One possibility is that ESPN would pay the carrier a subsidy, so users don't hit those caps. Alternatively, mobile carriers could get a cut of advertising revenue. The Journal says no deals are imminent and such a deal could could run into issues with telecom regulators. http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/9/4317136/espn-may-pay-carriers-to-sidestep-data-caps

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Eric Olander, VP of FBNC Việt Nam (Vietnam's largest all business TV news network in Saigon)
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tmUS government orders removal of Defcad 3D-gun designshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22478310

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Pirate Bay Takes Over Distribution of Censored 3D Printable Gunhttp://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-takes-over-distribution-of-censored-3d-printable-gun-130510/

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State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violationshttp://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/09/state-department-demands-takedown-of-3d-printable-gun-for-possible-export-control-violation/

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ITAR regulationshttp://www.pmddtc.state.gov/regulations_laws/itar_official.html

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Blue prints for "Liberator" downloaded from DefCad more than 100K in 2 days
- US Office of Defense Trade Controls: "removed from public access" until proper Commodity Jurisdiction can be determined. Treat as ITAR-controlled (Interantional Traffic in Arms Regulation)
- Defcad removed BUT plans on TPB
- STATE: it is unlawful to export any defense article or technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DDTC.
- Wilson: Defense Distributed is excluded from the ITAR regulations under an exemption for non-profit public domain releases of technical files
- ITAR 125.1a "Information which is in the public domain … is not subject to the controls of this subchapter" Licenses for the Export of Technical data
- Defense Distributed also got a license to manufacture and sell from BATF
- Wilson: “This is the conversation I want,” Wilson says. “Is this a workable regulatory regime? Can there be defense trade control in the era of the Internet and 3D printing?”

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iaAmazon building smartphone with a 3D screen, says WSJhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/9/4316124/amazon-building-smartphone-with-a-3d-screen-says-wsj

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- From the "It came from the WSJ" files.
- The WSJ says that Amazon is working on a bunch of devices
- Amazon is working on an audio-only streaming device: It'd use Wi-Fi and connect to what could be a music-subscription service
- WSJ says Amazon is working on two smartphones. One phone may have a 3D display. This phone would use retina-tracking tech and would allow a user to see 3D images without glasses. Users may be able to navigate content using their eyes
- Previous reports say Amazon is working on a set-top box
- The Journal says Amazon has goals of releasing some of these devices "in the coming months," but "some or all of the devices could be shelved because of performance, financial or other concerns."

Q: Will a 3D Amazon phone ever see the light of day?

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slGoogle to update Wallet at I/O, scraps plans for physical cardhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57583857-94/google-to-update-wallet-at-i-o-scraps-plans-for-physical-card/

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- scrapped plans included in recent memo that also included the news that Google Wallet head Osama Bedier was leaving the company.
- Google card had a black face adorned with the whimsical rainbow “W” of the Google Wallet logo, a standard magnetic stripe, and the usual raised numbers of a credit card embossed on it
- why physical? Google wants to know more about consumer purchases to advertise to them, CC info is often offline-level data
- Wallet slow to catch on. NFC technology requires certain phones and special readers to make transactions. Google introduced “cloud wallet” last year that accommodated existing credit and debit cards, but it could still go further toward mobile payments at the register without using NFC.
- sources say this won’t be integrated with another Google effort that’s similar, Google Now, which already includes support for mobile versions of United Airlines boarding passes and Fandango movie tickets
- sources: CEO Larry Page abruptly killed the card launch plan after he was displeased with a glitchy run-through demo last week.
will the physical card show up later this year?

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tmWhy The Onion Is Awesome for Publishing Details of Its Twitter Hackhttp://allthingsd.com/20130510/why-the-onion-is-awesome-for-publishing-details-of-its-twitter-hack/

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How the Syrian Electronic Army Hacked The Onionhttp://theonion.github.io/blog/2013/05/08/how-the-syrian-electronic-army-hacked-the-onion/

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Detailed account with screen shots
- Phished 1 account, sent phishing from that account
- Phised 2 accounts, one with social media access.
- IT discovered and sent company-wide email to change pswd
- Phished 2 more accounts by mimicking IT email
- IT Forced pswd reset
ONION IT recommends
- educate users
- isolate twitter accounts from normal org. email
- Use app like Hootsuite to allow multiple management rather than sharing a pswd
- Have alternate means of reaching users besides email

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IaNo iTunes for Windows 8 devices anytime soonhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57583866-75/no-itunes-for-microsoft-windows-8-devices-anytime-soon/

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Why Apple should develop Android apps http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-18438_7-57583495-82/why-apple-should-develop-android-apps/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=readMore

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- Tami Reller, CFO of MS's Windows division, told CNN Money that "You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon. iTunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying."
- iTunes works on the Desktop for Windows 8. Apple has also made Quicktime (last updated in Nov 2012) and Safari (discontinued) for Windows in the past.
- Meanwhile, David Carnoy at CNet argues that Apple should start developing Android apps specifically mentioning iBooks, iTunes and iCloud ports

Q: Do you think Apple should up their software efforts to include more non-Apple products?

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slMany Air Passengers Never Turn Off Electronics, Survey Findshttp://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/30-percent-of-passengers-accidentally-leave-a-device-on-during-flight/

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- In a study released on Thursday by two industry groups, the Airline Passenger Experience Association and the Consumer Electronics Association, as many as 30 percent of all passengers said they had accidentally left a device on during takeoff or landing. About 67 percent said they had never done this, always ensuring that their electronics were turned off. Four percent were unsure.
- another segment of the study, passengers were asked if they turn their devices to “off” when instructed to do so by the pilot. Although 59 percent of passengers said they do fully turn their electronics off, 21 percent said they often simply switch to “airplane mode,” which disables the main radios of a gadget. Five percent sometimes adhere to the rule. And others were either unsure or do not carry electronic devices on a plane.
- Last year, after months of pressure, the F.A.A. said it would begin a review of its policies on electronic devices in all phases of flight. But the agency does not have a time frame for announcing its findings or for possibly changing the rules.
- yesterday Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, sat down with Anthony R. Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of transportation, to discuss changing the F.A.A’s rule.
- McCaskill has been pressing the F.A.A. to reconsider the policy, threatened to do it legislatively if the agency does not change the rules
- McCaskill also sent a letter to Michael P. Huerta last year, acting administrator of the F.A.A., that said airline customers were “growing increasingly skeptical of prohibitions on the use of many electronic devices during the full duration of a flight.”
- nick bilton of NYT: travelers are told to turn off their iPads and Kindles for takeoff and landing, yet there is no proof that these devices affect a plane’s avionics. To add to the confusion, the F.A.A. permits passengers to use electric razors and audio recorders during all phases of flight, even though those give off more electronic emissions than tablets.

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14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillatorshttp://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/09/14-year-old-discovers-ipad-smart-cover-magnets-can-shut-off-pacemakers/

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Hi guys. Love the show and the TWiT network in general.

I had a thought earlier today about the hooplah surrounding the Glass pricing. I feel it might be more a case of temporarily pricing it out of range of consumers but giving those hardcore developers free chance to jump at it. Google has already stated this initial explorer model is intended for developers to develop applications for it and given the very few available out of the gate, it makes sense to keep it out of the hands of the everyday Joe as much as possible to mitigate the shortsighted 'No applications, doesn't do anything, it's going to fail' commentary.

I have a feeling this $1500 price tag is not the true price and will come down to a more reasonable few hundred (max) once Google is comfortable with releasing to the general public. I always see similar tactics with some app developers where rather than remove the app from the app store they raise the price to some outlandish cost to bar new customer access while keeping it available for existing customers.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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