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Tim Cook says things, Marissa Mayer plans things, Blekko searches things differently http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Jim Louderback
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tmApple CEO Tim Cook chatted with All Things D's Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg yesterday evening saying things like "We make the best phone" and "We don't use tax gimmicks" while not saying much about Apple televisions or wearable tech. He did confirm that Jony Ive has been redesigning iOS and OS X and we'll see the result at WWDC on June 10. He also hinted they might loosen up the iOS APIs a bit for third party developers! But probably not for Facebook Home level stuff. Still...http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57586563-37/tim-cook-plays-coy-on-apple-tv-wearables-at-conference/

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slTaking Facebook Connect head-on, Amazon is launching its own login service to app developers and websites called..Login With Amazon. Use it for quick login credentials, and share parts of your profile through apps, games and sites. In trials with both Zappos and Woot, both Amazon properties claimed "significant" pickup from customers. The service is free to use and with 200 million registered Amason users, will probably be a big hit.http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/29/amazon-login-service-password/

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iaMicrosoft is introducing its Surface Pro to Japan. Starting on June 7th, Microsoft will sell a 128GB model for about $1000 and a new 256GB model for around $1200. Both Japanese Surface Pros will come preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 -- that software isn't preloaded on any other Surface Pros in the world. Japan will also get some unique covers for the Pro. The 256GB model will also be sold in other countries, but Microsoft didn't detail which ones and when. http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-adds-a-256-gb-surface-pro-to-its-line-up-7000016033/

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tmCuban newspaper Gaceta Oficial announced the government will allow limited public access to the Internet although home access will remain restricted in the country. 118 locations will allow web surfing for $4.50 an hour starting June 4. The BBC reports most Cubans get the Internet at work, at school, or in luxury hotels. The connections will be monitored closely.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22696637

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slFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook Home is only the beginning! On stage at the D11 Conference, she says the company will update the platform monthly, as promised, and that the company is committed to making the mobile phone more social. Review-wise, Sandberg says people seem to love it or hate it, but those who love it are already really big Facebook users, and even those who hate it still love its preview pane and chat heads. In other words, Facebook Home isn't going away anytime soon.http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/29/sheryl-sandberg-says-facebook-home-will-have-monthly-rollouts-just-at-the-start-of-making-the-phone-more-social/

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iaBecause someone demanded it, YouTube added a slow-mo feature to its YouTube Editor. Under the enhancements section, click the turtle icon so you can reduce the speed of your far-too-fast YouTube video. In a demo clip, YouTube showed that it can create super-smooth video that looks like it was shot with a high-speed camera.http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/28/youtube-now-lets-you-add-slow-motion-effect-to-your-videos/

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tmGameBeat reports Blizzard's much anticipated original MMO code named Titan will not come out anytime soon. The company reassigned 70 people front he team of 100 working on Titan, and is starting over. The expected publishing date has been delayed to 2016 according to the report. Blizzard has not confirmed any details about the project other than the fact that it exists.http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/28/blizzard-delays-unannounced-mmo-until-2016-resets-whole-project-exclusive/

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slNew apps like Mailbox that turn Gmail into something more design-y and intuitive, and the market is there in part because Gmail hasn't changed much since 2004. At least, until today, so it looks like those leaked screenshots were legit. Google now sorts your emails into up to five categories which appear organized in tabs across the top of your inbox: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.You can choose which of the five tabs you want displayed, but you can’t make custom tabs — although folders and labels can still be customized.http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/gmail-update/

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tmArs Technica's Dan Goodin reports that a Ruby on Rails security vulnerability the publication reported in January has been exploited. Security researcher Jeff Jarmoc posted that unlatched servers are being infected then forced to join an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel on the way to joining a botnet. Ruby on Rails users should make sure they're running versions 3.2.11, 3.1.10, 3.0.19, or 2.3.15 or later since they are immune to the attacks.http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/critical-ruby-on-rails-bug-exploited-in-wild-hacked-servers-join-botnet/

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iaIntel confirmed that it purchased ST-Ericsson's global navigation satellite system business. ST-Ericsson announced it sold that business on Tuesday, but didn't name the buyer. Intel will pick up tech related to GPS and GLONASS as well as 130 employees. The price of the deal wasn't disclosed. http://www.zdnet.com/intel-confirms-acquisition-of-st-ericssons-gps-business-7000015996/

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tmTim Cook plays coy on Apple TV, wearables at conferencehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57586563-37/tim-cook-plays-coy-on-apple-tv-wearables-at-conference/

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Cook: Apple may open select iOS APIs to third-party developershttp://appleinsider.com/articles/13/05/28/apple-to-open-ios-for-third-party-developers

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Tim Cook says Apple has 'no religious issue' against making apps for Androidhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/28/4374782/tim-cook-apple-has-no-religious-issue-against-making-android-apps/in/4139329

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Cook affirms my best case scenario on Apple wearable computinghttp://www.zdnet.com/cook-affirms-my-best-case-scenario-on-apple-wearable-computing-7000016030/

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Tim Cook appeared at D11 last night w/ Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher
- "We make the best phone, we don't make the most phones.""We don't use tax gimmicks."
- Confirmed Jony Ive has worked on an overhauled iOS
- iOS APIs could be opened to 3rd parties
- "On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you'll see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience."
"We think the customer pays us to make choices on their behalf. I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want," he said. "Do some want it? Yes."
- "To a general question of 'would Apple port an app from iOS to Android?'" he began, "We have no religious issue with doing that. If we thought it made sense for us to do that, we would do that."
Called wearables interesting. Doesn't think kids wear watches.

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iaMarissa Mayer Is Bringing Back the Internet Portal. Here’s Why http://www.wired.com/business/2013/05/marissa-mayer-makes-portals-fashionable/

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- Wired's Ryan Tate says Marissa Mayer is bringing back the Internet portal
- Tate says Mayer is broadening Yahoo's scope citing its acquisition of Tumblr, Summly and the multiple reports that Yahoo is back in the running to pick up Hulu
- Their common thread is expansion into new areas
- Tate makes the case that Google and Facebook have turned into portals
- Unlike those two businesses, Yahoo has to "cobble together information about you from various sources" like Flickr, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo search.
- Grabbing Tumblr gives Yahoo some data on the interests of young computer users

Q: Do you buy Tate's theory - is Yahoo trying to expand as a portal?

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slAlternative Search Engine Blekko Launches Major Redesign In Effort To Go Beyond The Usual 10 Blue Linkshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/05/29/alternative-search-engine-blekko-launches-major-redesign-to-go-beyond-the-usual-blue-links/

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- instead of 10-link list like search engine, blekko tries to group results by news, social, top results, similar categories.
- search for NBA playoffs got categories: "basketball, sports, sports betting". amanda bynes got "gossip, social, fashion"
- works better when search is not confused by multiple ppl, subjects
- expand any category for more results
- some color/font control, force https
- Blekko tags as well (think “wine /Napa”). The redesign was built on top of the same API that powers Blekko’s oddly-named tablet-optimized search app Izik (pronounced “Isaac”).
- company says that it currently serves a user base of about 12.5 million users who perform about 5 million searches per day.
q: are search results better with more breakdown or less? do we need this kind of context?

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tmAmazon announces new 'Login with Amazon' service for apps, games and websites (video)http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/29/amazon-login-service-password/

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Amazon has trusted sign-in on Zappos and W00t among others,
- Login with Amazon lets app developers (iOS, Android) and websites do the same thing
- OAuth 2.0 authorization framework,
- Lets Amazon pitch Payments and Product ads to sites that implement login
- Amazon joins Facebook, Twitter and Google as single sign-in providers
Q: Is this the solution to the password mess? Do you trust Amazon?

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slWikimedia launches ‘Nearby’ to surface Wikipedia articles based on location, and it wants your photos toohttp://thenextweb.com/media/2013/05/29/wikipedia-surfaces-articles-based-on-your-location-and-wants-you-to-add-photos-with-your-mobile-phone/

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- Wikimedia Foundation, non-profit behind Wikipedia, launched new "Nearby" page based on user's location, for mobile web version (opera next not supported)
- in January, the Wikimedia Foundation announced a new GeoData extension for MediaWiki, to provide a “structured way to store geo-coordinates for articles,” + developer API. w location coordinates you can look that up as its own category
- “We’d like to be able to show users a map of articles needing images near their location, so that they can easily take and upload photos of subjects around them missing an illustration,” says Max Semenik, a Wikimedia Foundation Software Engineer. "we hope that this simple tool can attract new editors to these articles, whether it is to update the information on the exhibits in a local museum, or simply to add a photo of a nearby park that is in severe need of a properly licensed lead image.”
- Wikipedia was enabled with photo uploads via the mobile Web back in March, though the bigger vision here isn’t necessarily restricted to locations ‘nearby’.
- Earlier this year, it announced 3 billion monthly mobile page views via the Web, and was aiming or for 4 billion by June.
q: is wikipedia the place to look for "news" nearby? is this where location-based photos make sense?

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iaSony’s Bread and Butter? It’s Not Electronics http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/business/global/sonys-bread-and-butter-its-not-electronics.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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- Analysts think Sony should make some major shifts in its business
- Daniel S. Loeb, an American investor and manager of the hedge fund Third Point, wants Sony to spin off to raise cash to bring new life to its electronics business.
- A new report from investing bank Jeffries says Sony needs to exit most electronics markets and electronics is Sony's Achille's heel. "In our view, it is worth zero."
- The Times says that Sony’s most successful business is selling insurance. No joke - it sells medical and auto insurance in Japan.
- In the past 10 years, Sony's financial arm earned over $9B. Its film and music divisions have made $7B. The electronics division has lost $8.5B
- On Wednesday, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said “Electronics has a future. And it is in Sony’s DNA. It is my mission to revive it.”

Q: Should Sony throw in the towel on electronics?

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tmFirst look at the Start Buttonhttp://winsupersite.com/windows-8/blue-start-experience-changes

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This Robot Learns to Pour Beer by Predicting Your Futurehttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/robot-learns-to-pour-beer-by-predicting-your-future/

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Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet to land in Japan on June 7http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57586589-75/microsofts-surface-pro-tablet-to-land-in-japan-on-june-7/

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HTC One, BlackBerry Q10 Launching Nationwide On T-Mobile Wednesday, June 5thhttp://www.tmonews.com/2013/05/htc-one-blackberry-q10-launching-nationwide-on-wednesday-june-5th/

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Hi TNT gang!

On yesterday's show, you wondered if Opera could increase their desktop marketshare against Chrome, IE, and the rest. I agree with the team that it's unlikely but there is one feature that gives Opera an edge: Off-Road mode.

Off-Road mode can significantly decrease your data usage. As anyone who writes checks to AT&T knows, this is a big deal. Whenever you are using cellular networks to browse the web - either on your phone or tablet directly or on your laptop tethered to your phone - Opera is actually saving you money. As an added benefit, pages load faster. Next time you are on a crappy hotel wifi network, try Opera in Off-Road mode.

From Opera's press release:

"Opera’s Off-Road mode, previously called Opera Turbo, now supports SPDY protocol and enables loading webpages faster, even in the toughest of network conditions."

Cheers!

Jonathan
http://business.opera.com/press/releases/desktop/2013-05-28

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