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US Gov and Tech Cos. swap more data, MS Office comes to iPhone, Your genes are not patentable http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Len Peralta, Internet Cartoonist
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tmThe long-rumoured Microsoft Office app for Apple's iOS finally arrived today with Excel, Word and PowerPoint support. It only comes in an iPhone version and requires an Office 365 subscription. All files must be in SkyDrive or SharePoint though it will do offline editing. You can buy an Office 365 subscription through the app meaning MS and Apple must have worked out their revenue sharing differences.http://allthingsd.com/20130614/microsoft-brings-office-365-to-apples-iphone/

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slThousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, & giving them sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, 4 people tell Bloomberg. These programs, whose participants are known as trusted partners, go much deeper than what was revealed by Edward Snowden, a computer technician who did work for the National Security Agency. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-14/u-s-agencies-said-to-swap-data-with-thousands-of-firms.html

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iaThe Wall Street Journal reports that due to their partial foreign ownership, T-Mobile and Verizon do not participate directly in the NSA's call metadata collection program. The Journal says that officials believe they can still capture information on 99% of U.S. phone traffic since they travel over networks owned by U.S. companies that do work with the NSA.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2042044/some-foreignbacked-us-phone-companies-reportedly-excluded-from-nsa-surveillance-program.html

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tmPando Daily's Michael Carney reports sources close to Hulu's sale negotiations say DirecTV has taken the lead. The sources described negotiations as being in very advanced stages and expect the deal to close before the end of the month. The acquisition price will reportedly be written with a "B". British pounds? Bahraini Dinar? Buyer's remorse? Who knows!http://pandodaily.com/2013/06/13/sources-directv-will-acquire-hulu-by-months-end-and-why-it-makes-sense/

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slEddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, on Thursday testified in district court in lower Manhattan that he had to convince Jobs to let him pursue an e-bookstore. Even before the iPad launched, Cue was certain Apple should have a bookstore for its iPhone and Macs, but Jobs believed those products weren't ideal for reading. "Steve said it's fine, go do this, but get the deals done in January so I can demo it on stage," Cue said.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57589254-37/steve-jobs-initially-didnt-want-an-ibookstore-eddy-cue-says/

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iaFilmmaker Jennifer Nelson has filed a lawsuit against Warner Music seeking to invalidate the company's copyright to the song "Happy Birthday to You." Nelson's argument is that the song is based on a public domain song called "Good Morning to All." The lawsuit wants "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain and asks for Warner to pay back the millions of dollars it's made in unlawful royalties. http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/14/4429412/happy-birthday-lawsuit-demands-warner-music-pay-back-royalites

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tmBMI, one of the company's that collects royalties for music publishers has filed a lawsuit against Pandora in New York federal court. Pandora acquired a radio station and argues it now should pay the more favorable rates that radio station owners like ClearChannel pay for their digital services like iheartradio. BMI called it a 'stunt' and will argue that terrestrial rates should not apply to Pandora's digital business.http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/14/bmi-sues-pandora/

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slThe Supreme Court said human genes isolated by scientists may not be patented. The court ruled unanimously in a dispute brought on by the ACLU against Myriad Genetics, weighing intellectual property associated with genes known to detect early signs of breast and ovarian cancer.http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/scotus-human-patents/

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tmFacebook announced it will stop showing sponsored results in its search tool starting in July. Facebook began showing sponsored results in search last August. Businesses will continue to be able to use mobile app install ads along with post link ads. So don't worry. You'll still see ads.http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/14/facebook-to-kill-off-sponsored-results/

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iaThe Financial Times reports that the antitrust watchdog of Brussels is looking into whether Google engaged in anti-competitive deals to further Android. Allegations include Google offering cut-price licensing and exclusive deals. Currently, this is an informal investigation (tie optional) and Brussels has been looking into Android for more than a year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10120414/Google-faces-investigation-over-exclusive-deals.html

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tmU.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firmshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-14/u-s-agencies-said-to-swap-data-with-thousands-of-firms.html

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Bloomberg: Microsoft gives US officials early warnings of software flaws to aid cyber espionagehttp://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/06/14/bloomberg-microsoft-gives-us-officials-early-warnings-of-software-flaws-to-aid-cyber-espionage/

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Yahoo reportedly fought court order before joining PRISMhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57589298-38/yahoo-reportedly-fought-court-order-before-joining-prism/

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Makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies
- NSA, CIA, FBI, US military
- equipment specs, software vulnerabilities etc in exch. 4 classified info
- Info may be used for infiltration
- Companies given docs indemnifying them from civil actions (This is what CISPA is about)
Microsoft
- info about bugs before fixes made public
Telcos
- Offshore data access outside purview of US courts
McAfee
- NSA, FBI, CIA get threat intelligence,"emerging new threats, cyber-attack patterns and vector activity, as well as analysis on the integrity of software, system vulnerabilities, and hacker group activity.” Michael Fey CTO McAfee
Google
- Sergey Brin allowed in briefing on China linking PLA to Gmail attack
Q: Is this worse or better than personal info? Does it make the US hypcritical over concerns with Huawei and ZTE equipment?

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iaOffice for iPhone: Microsoft delivers basic document editing, but no iPad version http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/14/4425968/microsoft-office-for-iphone-features-screenshots

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Microsoft brings Office to iPhones but limits its use
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57589267-37/microsoft-brings-office-to-iphones-but-limits-its-use/

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- Microsoft finally introduced Office for iPhone (not iPad)
- To use the app, you'll need an Office 365 subscription
- If you don't have one you can buy one year of $100
- The basic application consists of four sections to access recent documents, SkyDrive folders, document creation, and settings
- You can create Word, Excel docs, but not PowerPoint
- Editing doesn't follow the iOS norms - can't drag to highlight. You'll need to double click.
- Tom Warren found the Excel interface difficult to use on the iPhone's small screen
- All document changes will sync up to Microsoft's cloud service, and they're fully accessible from Office Web Apps and the Office 2013 desktop applications.
- "We don't view this as a standalone app," said Chris Schneider, a marketing manager in Microsoft's Office division.

Q: General opinion on offering such an app? No free access.

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slSupreme Court Strikes Down Patents on Human Geneshttp://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/scotus-human-patents/

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- The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled human genes isolated by scientists at Myriad Genetics may not be patented
- dispute concerned a 2009 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed First Amendment was at stake because the patents are so broad they kept scientists from examining and comparing the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (assowciated ith overian and breast cancer). The patents issued more than a decade ago covered any new scientific methods of looking at these human genes that might be developed by others. now invalidated
- Myriad found the location of a gene associated with increased risk of breast cancer and identified mutations of that gene that increase the risk,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court. (.pdf) He said isolated DNA is a “product of nature and not patent eligible.”
- Myriad may patent its tests, but other are not forbidden from performing their own, non-infringing tests of the genes at issue or of patenting their own tests. That is because the court found that manipulated or synthetic human DNA, in which “a lab technician creates something new” from the original DNA, is patent eligible.
ACLU attny: “Myriad did not invent the BRCA genes and should not control them. Because of this ruling, patients will have greater access to genetic testing and scientists can engage in research on these genes without fear of being sued.”
- previously, Women who feared they may be at an increased risk were barred from having anyone look at their BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes or interpret them except for the patent holder, which charged about $3,000 per test or more.

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tmMicrosoft to open 600 Windows Stores inside Best Buy and Future Shop locations in the US and Canada this summerhttp://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/06/13/microsoft-plans-to-build-600-windows-stores-inside-best-buy-and-future-shop-locations-in-us-and-canada/

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From Best Buy to Apple: The Transformation of Retailhttp://www.wired.com/business/2012/01/from-best-buy-to-apple-the-transformation-of-retail/

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Samsung Experience shop at Best Buyhttp://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Samsung-Experience-Shop/pcmcat297800050005.c?id=pcmcat297800050005

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"Windows Store" built inside 500 US Best Buys and 100 Canada Best Buy and Future Shops, June- September
- 1500- 2000 square feet
- 1,200 Microsoft-trained sales associates (about two per location)
--Samsung "Experience" mini-stores in 1400 Best Buys by early summer, staffed by Samsung employees
-- More than 600 of Best Buys have "Apple Shop" with specially trained "solution consultants"
Q: Is this the future of BIg Box retailers? Mini-malls?

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iaSmartphone Makers Pressed to Address Growing Theft Problem http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/smartphone-makers-pressed-to-address-growing-theft-problem/

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- NY's Attorney General and SF's district attorney announced an initiative to end smartphone theft asking the industry to develop tech to discourage theft
- It's called the "Secure Our Smartphones Initiative" and it includes officials from over a dozen states.
- “It is totally unacceptable that we have an epidemic of crime that we believe can be eliminated if the technological fixes that we believe are available are put into place,” said co-chair Eric Schneiderman
- The coalition is encouraging manufacturers to equip all smartphones with a “kill switch.”

Q: Would a "kill switch" really end smartphone theft?

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slBehind Every Neighborhood in New York, One Silicon Valley Startuphttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/nextdoor-new-york-partnership/

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- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce that his city is embracing Nextdoor, the San Francisco-based social network for neighbors, using Nextdoor to push notices into, and pull information back out of, some 1,800 individual neighborhoods across all five boroughs.
- Nextdoor is social network for physical neighbors based on verified addresses. Fully integrated with New York government departments, to be used by police, fire, utility, and other agencies. Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia anticipates the city will use the service to post information about power outages, construction notices, traffic accidents, and weather events like tropical storms, among many other potential use cases, bolstering municipal efficiency and citizen engagement.
- New York officials will be able to initiate discussions and read neighborhood responses to those discussions, but won’t be able to see discussions that are strictly between neighbors. The partnership with the city will also ensure there is a Nextdoor network available for every single one of the city’s neighborhoods
- Nextdoor putting between 8 and 11 “field organizers” in New York, its first hires outside of its Silicon Valley headquarters. The organizers, primarily drawn from the ranks of former political campaign workers
- NextDoor has municipal partnerships similar to its New York arrangement with 120 other cities, including Dallas, Denver, San Diego, and San Jose.
q: is a private co with no revenue the way to go for cities? privacy concerns?

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Foursquare’s Visual History Will Make You Check In Againhttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/06/foursquare-timemachine/

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Foursquare Time Machinehttps://foursquare.com/timemachine

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Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit next Monday the 17th, runs through Tuesday in Half Moon Bay, CAhttp://www.bloomberglink.com/event/nbt/

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Also on Monday: Aereo Is Coming To Atlanta: For Pre-Registered Users

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And on Monday Some Wikipedia users will start to see the new visual editor

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Nokia readies major smartphone camera reveal July 11http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6452_7-57589156/nokia-readies-major-smartphone-camera-reveal-july-11/

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