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T-Mobile shouts "Death to subsidies", FCC tells FAA to let them use iPad during takeoff, Netflix's naughty Facebook post http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Darren Kitchen
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday June 21 2013

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Iyaz Akhtar -- I'm Darren Kitchen -- 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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tmUS District Judge Lucy Koh really doesn't want to deal with Samsung and Apple's lawyers anymore. During a court hearing Thursday, Judge Koh told lawyers "I think it's time for global peace." Samsung is asking for a re-trial, possibly Judge Koh's worst nightmare, while Apple is asking that the $1billion award it would receive be increased. Judge Koh indicated she might revise the award amount down but made no other indications how she would rule.http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_APPLE_SAMSUNG_TRIAL

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sl If you run a small businesses with 10 or fewer employees and love the Google Apps productivity suite because it's free... well, let's hope you really love it because it's now gonna cost you $50 per year, the same rate as larger businesses. In a blog post today, Google explained the move is meant to focus on the quality of the business experience, large or small. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57557708-93/google-ends-small-biz-free-ride-on-google-apps/

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iaT-Mobile's shaking up its business model. Starting next year, T-Mobile will stop subsidizing phones. If you're afraid of sticker shock on the price of a phone, T-Mobile will let you pay for your device on an installment plan. The company will also move to its "Value Plan" system which means lower cost monthly plans. http://www.informationweek.com/byte/personal-tech/smart-phones/t-mobile-ending-phone-subsidies-a-victor/240144021

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dkCalifornia's attorney general has sued Delta Air Lines for not including a privacy policy in Delta's mobile app. The suit filed in the Superior Court of San Francisco is the first test of the state's Online Privacy Protection Act of 2004. If found guilty, Delta could face a fine of $2,500 for each download. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2018966/california-sues-delta-airlines-over-app-privacy-policy.html

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tmNetflix is in trouble for something Reed Hastings said on Facebook. Back in July, Hastings bragged about the number of hours of content Netflix users were watching. The SEC says this is a material notice and should have been disclosed properly under SEC rules. Netflix received a Wells notice indicating a recommendation that the full Securities and Exchange Commission take action.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20638038

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slThe latest Call of Duty and Halo sequels sold like hotcakes, but weren't enough to prevent an 11% drop in annual US video game sales, that's according to research firm NPD that analysts sales figures for November, which does not include digital downloads. That's the month the Wii U launched, and Assassin's Creed went on sale, but overall, it was a quiet month compared to November 2011 when Uncharted 3, Skyrim, Lego Harry Potter 5-7 and Modern Warfare 3 all went live.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20638318

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iaFCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has written a letter to the FAA urging the agency to "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers and other portable devices." The FAA is currently reevaluating its policies on when electronic devices must be turned off during a flight. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57557696-94/fcc-chief-urges-faa-to-allow-more-in-flight-use-of-devices/

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dkMore from FCC chairman Julius Genachowski - he announced that the major four wireless carriers in the U.S. will accept texts to 911 by May 15, 2014. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will start deploying this ability in 2013 before its nationwide launch in 2014. The carriers will accept photos and videos as well as texts. http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/7/3738928/fcc-911-texting-emergency-verizon-att-sprint-t-mobile

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tmAMD just reduced its order of silicon wafers from Globalfoundries from $500 million to $115 million. Whille this helps AMD avoid inventory suprluses and write-downs, it also means it has to pay Globalfoundries a $320 million penalty for the short notice. AMD still saves $65 million.http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/07/amd-cuts-silicon-orders-suffers-consequences/

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slThe Wall Street Journal reports Google's finishing up its auction of Motorola's set-top box business, as it continues downsizing the hardware unit, and a lot of anonymous people are familiar with the matter. Two people involved in the process said they expected bids to be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, and another source said they could reach $2.5 billion. Google has reportedly indicated it could help finance a deal as well. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2012/12/bids-for-googles-motorola-set-top-box.html

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iaT-Mobile CEO confirms the iPhone and the death of phone subsidieshttp://gigaom.com/mobile/t-mobile-ceo-confirms-the-iphone-and-the-death-of-phone-subsidies/

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T-Mobile Announces iPhone, Value Plan Deals
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412948,00.asp

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- T-Mobile confirmed it's getting the iPhone. The bigger news: the company is eliminating all device subsidies in 2013.
- If you want your phone to run on T-Mobile, you'll have to buy it outright (installment plans will be available)
- T-Mobile will shift entirely to its unsubsidized Value Plans, which offer customers far cheaper rates for voice and particular data.
- According to T-Mobile, 80 percent of its activations in the last quarter were for value plans, which leads it to believe there’s a huge demand for this kind of a model.
- Unlocked, unsubsidized iPhone 5 = $650 to $850
- T-Mobile CEO Jon Legere implied T-Mobile could finance the device (charge $99, then charge a fee per month over 20 months)
- If you want to upgrade before your phone is fully paid off, you get a trade-in value towards a new unit.

Q: What do you think of T-Mobile's move to drop subsidies?
"You may pay $99 for the most iconic device in the world, and then you may get 20 months worth of, call it $15-20 a month [on the device installment plan]. It's very cheap out of pocket, very low. And at any point if you want to come back and trade in that phone, we will give you residual value, let you trade in that phone and stay on the contract service you have." - Jon Legere

- Sprint, famously, pre-purchased $15.5 billion worth of iPhones and committeed subsidies to them, which means Sprint won't turn a profit on the phones from 2011 all the way until 2015.

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tmFCC tells FAA to 'boost US competitiveness,' allow greater use of in-flight deviceshttp://www.engadget.com/2012/12/07/fcc-tells-faa-to-allow-more-electronics-aircraft/

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FCC to FAA: Allow 'greater use' of electronic devices during flightshttp://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/271565-fcc-chairman-to-faa-allow-greater-use-of-electronic-devices-during-flights

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FCC chair criticizes rule against using tablets during takeoffhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/12/fcc-chair-criticizes-rule-against-using-tablets-during-takeoff/

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter to FAA Chairman Michael Huerta
- "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during takeoff.
- Genachowski "pledged to work with the FAA, airlines, and manufacturers" on the FAA's review of the current rules.
- FAA announced a study group in August to review electronic device policies
- Pilots have iPads in cockpit, Passengers allowed to use WiFi at cruising altitude
Q: Should the FCC keep it's nose out of flight safety, or is this evidence that the ban has little to no basis?
"This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski writes. "They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."

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slScalpers Lay Seige to iPad Mini in Beijinghttp://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/12/07/scalpers-lay-seige-to-ipad-mini-launch-in-beijing/

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- no huge crowds today at iPad Mini launch in Beijing
- scalpers out in droves, even though apple clamping down on too many scalp purchases
- Apple now requires Chinese customers to participate in an online lottery one day in advance to buy the wifi-version of the iPad Mini at its 7 retail stores in China. If selected, limited to two iPad Minis each and must bring photo ID
- scalpers have bad rap- iPhone 4S launch in January caused a riot - state-run Xinhua news agency blamed rival groups of scalpers vying to buy up as much of the stores limited supplies of the device as possible.
- you can tell who the scalpers are. they're outside the store with stacks of ipad minis for sale.
- wsj reporter being physically harrassed for recording the scene. an apple employee said of the incident, we can't protect you outside the store.
- analysts divided on mini launch or whimper:
- Mark Newman, a senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein, said global reception of the iPad Mini has been modest and Chinese consumers might be lukewarm to the new device due to the availability of similar but cheaper products from competitors. he says “We believe the mass market is more interested in specs rather than brand–similar to what we’ve seen for smartphones in China.”
- David Wolf, chief executive of marketing consulting firm Wolf Group Asia, said the device is appealing to consumers in China who either can’t afford the full-sized iPad or want something more portable. “Apple is going to make the iPad technology available to a market that either couldn’t afford it or couldn’t fit it into their lives.”

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tmFor Netflix and the SEC, a Facebook Share Should Be Public Enoughhttp://allthingsd.com/20121207/for-netflix-and-the-sec-sometimes-even-sharing-on-facebook-isnt-public-enough/

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Reed Hastings, Netflix, Get SEC Wells Noticehttp://www.thestreet.com/story/11786347/1/reed-hastings-netflix-get-sec-wells-notice.html

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Reed Hastings Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/reed1960SOURCE

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Form 8K for Netflix regarding the SEC Wells Noticehttp://biz.yahoo.com/e/121206/nflx8-k.htmlSOURCE

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Selective Disclosure and Insider Tradinghttp://www.sec.gov/rules/final/33-7881.htmSOURCE

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Securities Exchange Acthttp://www.sec.gov/about/laws/sea34.pdfSOURCE

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Reed Hastings posted that monthly viewing figures had passed one billion hours in June for the first time.
- SEC says violated Regulation Fair Disclosure, Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act and Rules 13a-11 and 13a-15.
- Rule 13a-11 requires issuers to file current reports (Form 8-K), 13a-15 requires disclosure controls
- SEC issued a Wells Notice - staff will recommend that the full commission ask either for a cease-and-desist action and/or a civil injunction
- Hastings wrote on Facebook: "We think posting to over 200,000 people is very public, especially because many of my subscribers are reporters and bloggers."
- Disputes that the viewing hours was 'material information' though stock went from $67.85 day before to $81.72 3 days later - says stock rise could be attributed to positive Citigroup research report the evening before
SEC Section 13(a)
(1) an issuer, or person acting on its behalf,

(2) discloses material nonpublic information,

(3) to certain enumerated persons (in general, securities market professionals or holders of the issuer's securities who may well trade on the basis of the information),

(4) the issuer must make public disclosure of that same information:

(a) simultaneously (for intentional disclosures), or

(b) promptly (for non-intentional disclosures).

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iaGoogle ends small-biz free ride on Google Appshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57557708-93/google-ends-small-biz-free-ride-on-google-apps/

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Changes to Google Apps for businesseshttp://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/12/changes-to-google-apps-for-businesses.html

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The changes:
- Google will no longer offer Google Apps for Businesses for free
- Companies of all sizes will sign up for Google's premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime.
- Pricing is still $50 per user, per year.
- Google explanation: user experience hasn't been quite right. Businesses outgrow the basic version and consumers have to wait to get new features while Google makes them business ready

Q: Will this move drive future small businesses away or will they just use Google anyway?
Stays the same:
- Existing free users of Google Apps will get to continue to get the services for free
- Google Apps for Education will be available as a free service for schools and universities.
- Before 2011, only businesses with more than 50 employees were charged for the suite of services.

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slPinterest Cuts Off Spammers (Hey Instagram, Hope You’re Next)http://allthingsd.com/20121206/pinterest-cuts-off-spammers-hey-instagram-hope-youre-next/

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- pinterest is slashing spam accounts. rampant issue on network. take a pic of a bogus product, link to spam site
- always spam reporting, but saved up a bunch to kill at once.
- Pinterest engineering lead Jon Jenkins noted that larger follower drops will likely only happen to a small minority of accounts that are on popular user lists or have bought fake followers. All Pinterest users “will have just as many valid followers as today, but they will just lose a bunch of cruft,” Jenkins said. More than 99 percent of accounts will lose fewer than 10 followers in the cleanse.
- instagram spam is awful. also noticed foursquare spam is bad when i'm reading a lot of tips in unfamiliar places.

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New online 27-inch iMac orders now ship in Januaryhttp://appleinsider.com/articles/12/12/07/new-online-27-inch-imac-orders-now-ship-in-january

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Nintendo starts Selling Wii U in Japan tomorrow 12/8

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tomorrow the iPhone 5 hits South Korea and a slew of other countries

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