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tmGoogle's chief legal officer David Drummond sent an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that a gag order on information regarding FISA requests be lifted. Microsoft and Facebook responded with public requests of their own and Twitter's general counsel posted his support of the request on Twitter. Google also told Wired that Google delivers information to the US government using secure FTP not special hardware or direct server access.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2041545/facebook-twitter-support-googles-call-for-transparency-in-surveillance-requests.html

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--http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/06/12/how-does-google-deliver-information-court-ordered-data-to-the-government-ftp-transfers-and-in-person/

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slNokia Lumia PureView who? Samsung announced its next Galaxy S4 handset which has a digital camera attached, but not just any ol camera.. The Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 10X optical zoom lens on the back, a 16 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor, Optical Image Stabiliser and a Xenon Flash. So basically Samsung is trying to out Nokia where Nokia shines best when it comes to cameras on phones. like low light photography and extra steady video). http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/12/galaxy-s4-zoom/

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iaIf you're squeamish - look away. You're about to see some graphic images of Google Glass torn apart. Star Simpson and Scott Torborg took apart a Google Glass device and found a 570mAh single cell lithium polymer battery. The duo also found that Glass wasn't that difficult to take a part and they managed to put it back together in working condition. http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/12/google-glass-teardown-battery-capacity/

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tmDon Mattrick President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft told Geoff Keighley from GameTrailers “Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity. It’s called Xbox 360.” Microsoft requires Xbox One to ping an Internet server once every 24 hours. Sony announced that the PS4 will not require an Internet connection.http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/06/12/microsoft-says-players-should-stick-with-360-if-they-cant-get-an-internet-connection-for-xbox-one/

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slAlmost three years after Palm sold to Hewlett-Packard, Palm's former chief executive Jon Rubinstein expressed regret about the deal, calling it "a waste." In an interview with Fierce Wireless, and asked if there was something he have done differently with WebOS, he said if he had known then what he knows now, it's very unlikely he would have agreed to the deal. "Talk about a waste," said Rubinstein. "If we had known they were just going to shut it down and never really give it a chance to flourish, what would have been the point of selling the company?"http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57588856-94/former-palm-ceo-jon-rubinstein-calls-sale-to-hp-a-waste/

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iaPandora has long claimed that the royalty rates it pays for music were far too high and that terrestrial radio has enjoyed preferential rates. So, Pandora just went out and bought KXMZ-FM, a terrestrial radio station in Rapid City, South Dakota. By purchasing one single radio station, Pandora should be able to qualify for lower rates. The cost savings to Pandora will be worth less than 1% of its revenue compared to its current rates. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57588837-93/pandora-to-buy-radio-station-to-piggyback-onto-cheaper-costs/

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tmYour husband's secret Gossip Girl addiction will no longer pollute your Netflix recommendations for hardcore horror films. Netflix Vice President of Product Innovation Todd Yellin confirmed at E3 that Netflix will launch separate profiles for people sharing one account this summer, giving each person customized recommendations.http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/11/netflix-will-launch-multiple-user-profiles-this-summer-to-keep-your-recommendations-pristine/

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sl3D TV programming may be dead in the water. ESPN, one of the first major programmers to embrace the 3D, plans to discontinue its specialized ESPN 3D channel by the end of the year. A spokesperson told the Verge, "Nobody knows more about sports in 3D than ESPN, and we will be ready to provide the service to fans if or when 3D does take off." Until then, the network in focused on another TV trend: 4K. http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/12/4422874/espn-3d-to-shut-down-by-end-of-2013

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tmPaul Miller, recently returned to the Internet, and has a feature on The Verge about the Virtuix Omni. The Omni is a virtual reality platform that attempts to allow you to run around while staying in one place. It consists of plastic crater-like base and a waist-high ring harness. The demo was paired with the Oculus Rift for full virtual awesomeness. The rig is very much a prototype but they hope to bring it to retail in 2014 for $499 or $599. Oh and speaking of the Oculus Rift, the 720p VR headset was showing off a 1080p version at E3, the first time they've demoed the kit at that resolution.http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/11/4419832/virtuix-omni-vr-hands-on-demo

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Eyes-on: Oculus Rift VR headset ramps up the resolutionhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2041464/eyes-on-oculus-rift-vr-headset-ramps-up-the-resolution.html

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iaA company called eyeSight says it's developed software that will allow people to control devices with gestures using existing standard cameras. A demo video provided by the company shows a person controlling Google Earth using a laptop with in air gestures recognized by that laptop's camera. The eyeSight platform is currently limited to a developer SDKhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/06/12/eyesight-gesture-control/

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tmJustice Dept. weighs Google's request to lift NSA gag orderhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57588845-38/justice-dept-weighs-googles-request-to-lift-nsa-gag-order/

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Google’s Real Secret Spy Program? Secure FTPhttp://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/google-uses-secure-ftp-to-feds/SOURCE

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Asking the U.S. government to allow Google to publish more national security request datahttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/asking-us-government-to-allow-google-to.htmlSOURCE

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Completely agree with @Google, @SenJeffMerkley & others—we'd like more NSL transparency and @Twitter supports efforts to make that happenhttps://twitter.com/amac/status/344534042454130691

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AG Eric Holder, DoJ considering request by Google Facebook and MS to discuss NSA eavesdropping
- Google chief legal office David Drummond sent open letter: "Google's numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google has nothing to hide."
- Microsoft: "government should take action to allow companies to provide additional transparency."
- Facebook general counsel Ted Ulyot: allow "companies to include information about the size and scope of national security requests we receive, and look forward to publishing a report that includes that information."
- Twitter GC Alex Macgillivray posted support for transparency
- 8 senators introduced legislation to declassify opinions from FISC
- Google told Wired: "When required to comply with these requests, we deliver that information to the U.S. government -- generally through secure FTP transfers and in person. The U.S. government does not have the ability to pull that data directly from our servers or network."

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iaXbox chief: we have a product for people who can't get online, it's called Xbox 360http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/12/don-mattrick-xbox-360-offline/

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@Tim_Stevens: It's with cocky rhetoric like this that Microsoft will lose this console generation, just like Sony lost the last: http://t.co/qkXefR7mxphttps://twitter.com/tim_stevens/status/344772242854510592

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19- an interview with Geoff Keighley, a journalist for GameTrailers, Xbox chief Don Mattrick was asked about the Xbox One's need to be connected online and said, "fortunately, we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity, it's called Xbox 360."
- he then explained the case of a particular offline gamer: MATTRICK: "Well, if you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device, I mean, seriously, when I read the blogs, and thought about who's really the most impacted, there was a person who said 'hey, I'm on a nuclear sub,' and I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've gotta imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection."

Q: does Mattrick have a point considering MS will support the 360 for years to come or does someone at MS need to muzzle its execs?

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slVoice-Activated Technology Is Called Safety Risk for Drivershttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/business/voice-activated-in-car-systems-are-called-risky.html?_r=0

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- new study says tools for hands-free internet connectedness takes driver's mind off road. “What we really have on our hands is a looming public safety crisis with the proliferation of these vehicles,” said Yolanda Cade, a spokeswoman for AAA, whose Foundation for Highway Safety released the study
- study notes that in certain cars, drivers can dictate e-mails or text messages. (with something like siri and bluetooth, many cars can do this)
- David Strayer, a neuroscientist at the University of Utah who for two decades has applied the principles of attention science to driver behavior, led the research: What makes the use of these speech-to-text systems so risky is that they create a significant cognitive distraction. The brain is so taxed interacting with the system that, even with hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, the driver’s reaction time and ability to process what’s happening on the road are impaired.
- talking on a phone while driving creates the same level of crash risk as someone with a 0.08 blood-alcohol level. reason for the heavy load created by the technology was not totally clear. One reason appears to be the amount of effort required to talk to the dashboard, which is greater than talking to a person, who can interrupt and ask for clarification.
- automakers aren't being held to any real standard. In April, the federal government recommended that automakers voluntarily limit the technology in their cars to keep drivers focused.
- - More than half of all new cars will integrate some type of voice recognition by 2019, according to the electronics consulting firm IMS Research. The auto companies argue these systems are safer because they are hands-free.
- technology in cars will get smarter, more robust. does gov need to officially intervene?

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iaSamsung officially announces Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP camera, 10x optical zoomhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/06/12/samsung-galaxy-s-4-zoom-announced/

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Samsung Just Killed Nokia’s ‘True PureView’ Windows Phone And It’s Not Even Unboxed Yethttp://techcrunch.com/2013/06/12/galaxy-s4-zoom/

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32- samsung officially announced the Samsung galaxy s4 zoom
- it's a 16MP point and shoot with a 10x optical zoom and optical image stabilization combined with what is essentially a Galaxy S4 mini.
- 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD slot) and a 1.9MP front facing camera.
- The Zoom has a feature called Zoom Ring that allows the user to activate an in-call photo sharing feature by twisting the zoom ring on the device and then capturing and sending an image to the caller via MMS — all without having to suspend the call
- President and CEO JK Shin is pleased by the union, calling it "truly the best of both worlds, without compromise," for people who want to capture high quality images and share them, but don't want to carry two devices.
- Engadget was told it will arrive in the UK this summer. pricing: the devicemwas already reviewed by a Russiam site that mentioned a July release and local pricing of around $618 - Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 Zoom will come to the US too, at some point in Q3 this year.

Q: do you think a device like this will catch on?
"If you’re going to ask consumers to lug around a bulky, heavy phone, might as well make it look as much like the camera they used to own as possible" Natasha Lomas at TechCrunch

- TechCrunch says this device already kills the upcoming Nokia PureView camera citing the Zoom's familiar camera form factor - do you agree?

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slPandora to buy radio station to piggyback onto cheaper costshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57588837-93/pandora-to-buy-radio-station-to-piggyback-onto-cheaper-costs/

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Why Pandora bought an FM radio stationhttp://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/304763-why-pandora-bought-an-fm-radio-station

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- Christopher Harrison, asst. general counsel at Pandora, explained in a post at thehill.com why Pandora bought KXMZ-FM, a terrestrial radio station broadcasting out of Rapid City, South Dakota.
- Pandora pays two royalty streams: sound recordings & publishing rights. By buying a terrestrial station, Pandora enjoys better rates.
- in 2012 a settlement between ASCAP (entity that reps publishers) and radio operators gave lower rates to Pandora competitors like iHeartRadio (owned by CC) because CC owns terrestrial radio stations. By buying a single radio station in South Dakota, Pandora can qualify for the lower rates.
- cnet notes: The preferential royalty rates are expected to snag savings worth less than 1 percent of its revenue versus the rates it is currently paying. Based on last year's top line, that equates to less than $5 million.
-harrison: in late 2012 a major publisher withdrew its new media rights from ASCAP, forcing Pandora to negotiate a direct agreement against a ticking clock. During negotiations, ASCAP and the publisher increased the pressure by refusing to provide Pandora the list of tracks that were being withdrawn, exposing Pandora to copyright infringement liability of up to $150,000 per work. At Pandora’s scale, such liability would be enormous. Faced with such potential liability, Pandora negotiated an agreement that resulted in increased rates. Shortly thereafter, additional major publishers took steps to withdraw their catalogs from ASCAP, again with respect to Pandora.
- Pandora also suing ASCAP for discrimination and anticompetitive tactics. It also lobbied Congress to pass an Internet Radio Fairness Act that would set up a panel of judges to set rates.
Harrison: "Certain powerful music incumbents see Internet radio as a threat to the status quo. Internet radio must be embraced -- not discriminated against."

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tmA link to the past: why Nintendo won't make smartphone gameshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/6/12/4422020/why-nintendo-wont-make-smartphone-games

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to WSJ: "If I was only concerned about managing Nintendo for this year and next year — and not about what the company would be like in 10 or 20 years — then I'd probably say that my point of view is nonsense. But if we think 20 years down the line, we may look back at the decision not to supply Nintendo games to smartphones and think that is the reason why the company is still here."
- "I understand the reality that there are some in the market who are more supportive of doing things differently than the way we are doing it. If you want to make short-term profits from the stock price, then I am a very bad president. But I don't think I'm so bad for maximizing the long-term value of Nintendo."
- "People will buy hardware just to buy a single game if the game is really compelling."
- 3DS: Animal Crossing, Super Mario Bros. selling in millions
Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD October 2013
Super Mario 3D World December 2013
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 2013
Wii Fit U delayed in December to "create new features"
Mario Kart 8 Spring 2014
Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS sometime in 2014

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Sony's position on used game is really astute, I think, because they realize that disc-based games will diminish over time in favor of downloaded games and online gaming. Even if they perceive some revenue loss due to used game trading and game sharing and rentals, they know that the loss will decrease over time as gaming moves away from discs.

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Hey TNT gang – Was listening to today's show and wanted to weigh in with my thoughts on the new Mac Pro. ​I'm a recording studio engineer in Glendale, CA, and our facility works exclusively on Mac Pros for our audio workstations. We have to use PCIe cards for the Avid Pro Tools HD audio system. Using outboard expansion cards connecting over Thunderbolt is something that a lot of people in my industry have been doing for close to a year now for using Pro Tools HD on MacBook Pros (especially for field recording).

​I appreciate it's small size and don't really care about the look – our 9 computers are up for refresh and we'll be buying them for the specs. For most professionals that aren't self employed, I assume this is probably the case (especially with the price tag it will probably carry). We say a lot that Apple designs for 80% of users, and I think this is a case where Apple is designing for 80% of pros. Not sure about the physical design, but the power behind it should impress. ​Thanks guys, love the show.

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