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Why Yahoo won't screw up Tumblr, Google Hangout deleted Google Voice, What Microsoft will announce Tuesday http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Dan Patterson, Reporter, SumAll
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tmAs expected, Yahoo announced the acquisition of Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Founder David Karp will stay on as CEO of Tumblr. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer promised not to screw up Tumblr which will continue to operate independently. Mayer also said Yahoo will benefit from Tumblr feeding content to Yahoo products and Tumblr will receive better ad-sales support from Yahoo.http://allthingsd.com/20130520/yahoo-buys-tumblr-and-promises-not-to-screw-it-up/

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slFinnish Startup Jolla (YO-Luh) has finally revealed details about its first phone. The phone runs the Sailfish OS version of Meego features a 4.5-inch display and a removable shell for the back half that can be linked to new desktop images and ringtones. The phone will sell for €399 or about $513 on pre-order. Jolla expects to ship the phone at year's end starting in Europe.http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/20/finnish-meego-startup-jolla-reveals-first-phone-hardware-with-customisable-shells-e399-price-tag-coming-at-years-end/

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tmThe New York Times reports attacks attributed to state-sponsored hackers from China against the US have begun to increase. Attacks had subsided after security company Mandiant posted a report in February attributing many of the intrusions to Unit 61398 of the Chinese Army. The People's Republic of China denies any involvement in the attacks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22594140

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slSony posted a new video promoting its PlayStation 4 game console. The video shows a blurry black box and extreme closeups of ports and vents, ending with a plug of Sony's E3 announcement on June 10th. Gee, Tom, what could be happening tomorrow that would prompt Sony to reveal more about the PS4 right now?

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/20/4348116/sony-finally-teases-playstation-4-hardware-says-youll-see-it-first-at

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tmMicrosoft announces the first details of its next generation game console tomorrow morning. Meanwhile The Verge reports its sources say a new redesign of the Xbox 360 dashboard will arrive this summer in beta to roll out to all users in august. The redesign will change the theme to smaller tiles similar to what is expected in Windows 8.1, eliminate the Microsoft pints system, and prepare users for the new console.http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/17/4340490/xbox-dashboard-update-beta-ui-changes-for-next-gen

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slPinterest has announced new pins for brands making it easier to click through for more info and to purchase items among other things. Three types of pins launched, for food, retail products, and movies. The new format will only work with items pinned from the launch partner sites, but the number of partners is expected to grow.

http://gigaom.com/2013/05/19/pinterest-takes-a-first-step-toward-working-with-big-brands/

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tmBarney Jones, a Google employee from 2004 to 2006, says he has material proof that Google’s London sales staff handled sales, despite claiming its Dublin HQ finalized all deals. Jones will hand over a reported 100,000 emails and documents to the British Revenue & Customs (HRMC) services. Google is being investigated for tax practices in the UK. Google first denied sales happened in its London offices then testified last week that some sales efforts were made in London but all deals were closed in Ireland.http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/19/former-google-exec-turns-whistleblower-on-companys-tax-avoidance-machinations-in-the-uk/

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slGoogle Hangouts functionality is great and all in that it unifies Google messaging but if you enable it in Gmail you do lose the ability to set your availability status and the ability to place or receive Google Voice calls from within Gmail. You can revert to the old GTalk for now if you want, until Hangouts supports calls. Google also updated its Google+ app for Android, adding new photo and location features, as well as related hashtags to the stream.http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/19/4346910/google-hangouts-upgrade-removes-host-google-voice-calls-gmail

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--http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/20/google-app-for-android-updated-with-new-photo-editing-features-related-hashtags-and-user-locations/

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tm18-year-old Eesha Khare (ker-AY) won one of two Young Scientist Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering fair in Phoenix for a device that can recharge a cell phone in 20-30 seconds. Khare developed a new kind of super capacitor for the device which she thinks could also speed up automobile charging. The award includes a $50,000 cash prize Khare intends to use to help pay for her college tuition at Harvard this autumn.http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/tech/whiz-kid/

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slThe Society for Information Display conference in Vancouver has lots of cool screens including a 55-inch curved OLED and a flexible and unbreakable 5-inch screen for mobile devices. Those of you awaiting the rollup screen, you are a bit closer.http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/19/lg-5-inch-flexible-oled/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Dan Patterson, Reporter, SumAll
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tmYahoo officially acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion, promises “not to screw it up”http://gigaom.com/2013/05/20/yahoo-officially-acquires-tumblr-for-1-1-billion/

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Marissa Mayer's Tumblr posthttp://marissamayr.tumblr.com/post/50902274591/im-delighted-to-announce-that-weve-reached-anSOURCE

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Official Tumblr blog posthttp://staff.tumblr.com/post/50902268806/newsSOURCE

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How to Spend a Billion-Plus on User-Generated Content, Google Editionhttp://allthingsd.com/20130519/how-to-spend-a-billion-plus-on-user-generated-content-google-edition/

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Wordpress founder claims users are abandoning Tumblr because of Yahoo dealhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/20/4347730/yahoo-tumblr-acquisition-wordpress-import-increase-matt-mullenweg

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First story Tom found on Tumblr this morning: Poop foamhttp://greenpeacesemester.tumblr.com/post/50721213402/mysterious-poop-foam-causes-explosions-on-hog-farms#SOURCE

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Yahoo-Tumblr: 7 ways to evaluate the unionhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57585221-93/yahoo-tumblr-7-ways-to-evaluate-the-union/

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Marissa Mayer: Some Tumblr users “may never come to Yahoo,” and that’s OKhttp://gigaom.com/2013/05/20/marissa-mayer-some-tumblr-users-may-never-come-to-yahoo-and-thats-ok/

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$1.1 billion cash
"Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators."
- 300 million uniques (Comscore says 124 mm)
- expected to grow Yahoo’s audience by 50 percent to more than a billion monthly visitors, and to grow traffic by approximately 20 percent.
- Mayer: "as we pull the Tumblr content into the Yahoo news feed and media experience," Mobile, personalization,
- Tumblr had revenue of $13 million and lost money in 2012
- Matt Mullenweg says that imports from Tumblr to WordPress rose from the typical rate of 400-600 per hour to over 72,000.
Q: What do you think the result of this acquisition will be for Yahoo? Tumblr?
Could Tumblr save Flickr?

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slGoogle Hangouts upgrade removes ability to host Google Voice calls on your computerhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/19/4346910/google-hangouts-upgrade-removes-host-google-voice-calls-gmail

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Google response to hangoutshttps://plus.google.com/106636280351174936240/posts/DG6h32BWaQW

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- if you upgrade the Google Talk service within Gmail to Hangouts (by selecting the "Try the new Hangouts" option in Talk's menu), you lose some significant features — namely the ability to set your availability status and, more importantly, the ability to place or receive Google Voice calls from within Gmail. Essentially, the new Hangouts removes the option to host a Google Voice call on your computer
- can't place or receive calls in Gmail once you have upgraded Talk to Hangouts. The only option for users is to initiate a call from the Google Voice web app, which will ring one of their connected phones before routing the call to the other party.
- you can revert back to the old Google Talk service in Gmail if you have already upgraded to Hangouts. This does restore the ability to host Google Voice calls on your computer without having to route the call to another phone before it connects.
q: why the change at all?

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tmXbox next: What to expect at Tuesday's Xbox reveal eventhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57585109-75/xbox-next-what-to-expect-at-tuesdays-xbox-reveal-event/

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New Xbox more than a game console for Microsofthttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/20/us-microsoft-xbox-idUSBRE94H07Z20130520

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Microsoft planning Xbox dashboard UI and tile changes in preparation for next-gen consolehttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/17/4340490/xbox-dashboard-update-beta-ui-changes-for-next-gen

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- E3 announcement is three weeks after this one
- Focus on non-gaming aspects, Bundle in Skype?, Internet TV service?
- Big Hard drive, faster processor, Blu-ray drive?
- Price release date, form factor?
- Always on connection?
- Verge: Xbox 360 dashboard update public beta June/July, phase out points
Q: What do you expect from Microsoft tomorrow morning?

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slPinterest takes a “first step” toward working with big brandshttp://gigaom.com/2013/05/19/pinterest-takes-a-first-step-toward-working-with-big-brands/

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Pinterest blog posthttp://blog.pinterest.com/post/50883178638/introducing-more-useful-pins

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- new pins for brands - product pins, recipe pins, movie pins. only works w launch parter sites: includes Anthropologie, eBay, Etsy, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Overstock, REI, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, Whole Foods, Real Simple
- also making the Pin It button available in 3rd party mobile apps, so you can pin on wherever you are! Etsy, Fotopedia, Jetsetter, Modcloth, Snapguide, TED, The North Face, and Zulily
- click on a food pin, it will now include the ingredient list and relevant information below the photo, auto-generated from the original site. Product photos will show where you can find the item for sale, and the movie pins will show information about the movie such as its rating, cast and release date.
- pinterest says it's not making money from these pin partnerships (yet)
- helps make pinning actionable, helps keep trail back to orig. product live if repinned many times

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tmNew software brings face detection to stores and streets for $40 a monthhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/20/4341388/imrsv-rolls-out-cheap-face-detection-software-cara?

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IMRSV makes Cara, cheap facial detection software for retail.
- Scan faces up to 25 feet away determine age, gender 93% accuracy
- installed in Reebok store on Fifth Avenue in New York City
- Advertising kiosks play tailored ads
- Montior audience reactions in live performances, see if drivers are looking at road
- Tracks people in aggregate not individually, does not store images
- $40 per camera install.
Q: Slippery slope or just the way of the data-filled world?

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slSeamless And GrubHub Confirm Merger, GrubHub Co-Founder Maloney To Be Combined Company’s CEOhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/05/20/seamless-and-grubhub-confirm-merger-grubhub-co-founder-maloney-to-be-combined-companys-ceo/

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- online food ordering services GrubHub and Seamless have officially confirmed that the two companies will merge into one
- GrubHub co-founder and CEO Matt Maloney will take the reins as the entity’s chief executive, while Seamless CEO Jonathan Zabusky is slated to become the company’s president.
- New York City-based Seamless was founded in 1999, while the Chicago-based GrubHub got its start in 2004.
- competitors: Delivery.com, ChowNow, Munchery (meals from local chefs), Campus Special, eat24 or the bigs of Europe, like Food Hero and Just-Eat.
- Research from Cornell University recently found, for example, that over 40 percent of adults in the U.S. have ordered food online, and 10 percent of restaurant orders now originate online

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RandomizerWe will narrow this down to one story, put your initials to the left of the story you like bestVIDEO

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British explorer Daniel Hughes makes first video call from Everest's peakhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/19/4346486/daniel-hughes-live-smartphone-video-call-everest

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Micfosoft's Xbox event tomorrow 5/21

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HP has earnings report tomorrow 5/21

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CM Summit starts tomorrow in NYC, runs through Wed the 22nd

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Sprint’s bid to acquire network operator Clearwire is up for a shareholder vote tomorrow as well, http://allthingsd.com/20130520/tuesdays-clearwire-vote-a-key-moment-for-sprint-but-wont-settle-things/

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Sony Entertainment Network online store will launch in Japan on May 29http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/20/sony-entertainment-network-online-store-will-launch-in-japan-on-may-29/

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Engadget is proud to be the home of the 2014 Best of CES Awardshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/05/20/engadget-2014-best-of-ces/

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On Friday's show you mentioned that Elle magazine was partnering with Google glass and wondered why? You did mention that it was probably just a content partner to pop up headlines. While you are probably right a more interesting possibility occurred to me. What if Google programmers partnered up with Elle fashion experts to make an ap that when you looked at someones clothes it would tell you label, designer, stores where you can purchase the same outfit and price. Not really something I would care about but I think there are probably people who would be interested in an ap like that. Probably not what they are working on but an interesting idea. Thanks for all your work on the show.

James
Columbus OH

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