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coming up on tech news today, apple talks about its PRISM relationship, Samsung's going LTE-Advanced, and is Instagram getting vined? all that and more next...

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Iyaz Akhtar -- 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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slApple has spoken up about the US government’s PRISM program and revealed that between December 2012 and May 2013 the firm received 4,000-5,000 requests for user data from the government. Apple says the data isn’t limited to (Foreign Intelligence enquiries, though, and it includes requests for information to help find missing persons or solve crimes.http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/06/17/apple-says-it-received-4000-5000-data-requests-from-us-officials-in-last-6-months/

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iaOfficials from the National Security Agency say that it does not collect cellphone-location records. The agency says that while it is authorized to collect "geolocational" information about callers, it chooses not to. The NSA claims that the data doesn't provide enough value to justify the resources required to use it. http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323836504578549872755892406-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwNjExNDYyWj.html

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slFacebook is holding a mystery product event this thursday June 20th, and a source tells techcrunch that Facebook will update Instagram to let people also take and share short videos. if this is true, it would seem to be a response to the popularity of video-sharing services, namely Twitter’s Vine, but also Viddy, Cinemagram and Socialcam, which have all at one time or another been dubbed the “Instragram for video” apps.http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/17/source-instagram-will-get-video-on-june-20/

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iaResearchers over at the Darmstadt Technical University in Germany launched SiDiM, a new form of DRM for ebooks. SiDiM alters punctuation and words in the ebook so that each reader gets a unique version of the book. The researchers think this form of DRM is more consumer-friendly as it does not lock the book to a particular device or account. http://torrentfreak.com/new-drm-changes-text-of-ebooks-to-catch-pirates-130616/

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slSamsung plans to sell a new version of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone with data speeds twice that of what's currently capable, said JK Shin, Samsung's head of its mobile business. The phone will be sold in South Korea as early as this month. The new S4 will use LTE-Advanced 4G technology, an upgrade from conventional 4G called LTE, or long term evolution. LTE-Advanced offers data transmission at up to twice the normal 4G speed. The phones will be powered by Qualcomm chips.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/17/us-samsung-shin-idUSBRE95G05I20130617

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iaForget SATA SSDs, Samsung announced that it is mass-producing new PCIe solid-state drives meant for notebook computers. The Samsung XP941 SSD should be able to read 500GB of data in about six minutes - that's about 2.5x faster than the fastest SATA SSD. Samsung has already cut deals with several computer makers.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57589567-92/samsung-mass-producing-speedier-solid-state-drives/

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slThere's a new top supercomputer in the world and it's the Tianhe-2 from China. This supercomputer is capable of performing more than 33 quadrillion calculations per second. The Tianhe-2 uses 32,000 Xeon Processors with 48,000 Xeon Phi accelerator processors for a total of 3.12 million processor cores linked together.http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57589374-76/chinese-supercomputer-tops-the-charts-two-years-early/

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iaKotaku says it's got a picture of one of the upcoming iPhone game controllers from Logitech. The controller looks to be black plastic with a joypad on one side and buttons on the other with a large hole in the middle to house an iPhone 5. Game controller support is coming to iPhones with the release of iOS 7. http://kotaku.com/heres-a-look-at-one-of-the-iphones-new-game-controlle-513662469

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slSkype officially rolled out its Video Messaging feature. Now you can send messages to your friends on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, OS X, and Windows. The feature was released as a beta in February with limitations. Now that it's official, you can send unlimited messages for free. http://www.macstories.net/linked/skype-launches-video-messaging/

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iaNetflix and DreamWorks Animation are teaming up again. DreamWorks Animation will bring more than 300 hours of new content to Netflix's "Just for Kids" section. DreamWorks Animation will base these new shows on its existing movies. http://allthingsd.com/20130617/netflix-links-up-with-dreamworks-again-for-more-kids-shows/?mod=atd_homepage_carousel

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Lon Seidman, Co-Founder of the Independent Media Network, Writer for CTTechJunkie.com
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slApple explains how it handles government data requests — confirms FaceTime, iMessage chats are encrypted http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/17/apple-explains-how-it-handles-government-data-requests-confirms-facetime-imessage-chats-are-encrypted/

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Apple’s Commitment to Customer Privacyhttp://www.apple.com/apples-commitment-to-customer-privacy/

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- apple blog post: "We first heard of the government’s “Prism” program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order."
- says they asked permission from gov to report national security requests, & gov has allowed "some" of that data
- December 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4-5k requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9-10k accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters.
- most common request comes from police investigating robberies, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide.
- apple: "our Legal team conducts an evaluation of each request and, only if appropriate, we retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities. In fact, from time to time when we see inconsistencies or inaccuracies in a request, we will refuse to fulfill it."
- conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.
- Last week Microsoft said that for the six months ended December 31 2012, Microsoft received between 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders affecting between 31,000 and 32,000 consumer accounts from "US governmental entities".
- Facebook said that for the six months ending December 31 2012, the total number of user-data requests Facebook received from any and all government entities in the US (including local, state, and federal, and including criminal and national security-related requests) was between 9,000 and 10,000. It said the total number of Facebook user accounts for which data was requested pursuant to the entirety of those 9,000-10,000 requests was between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts.
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iaNetflix Lands Exclusive Deal for New DreamWorks Animation Original Serieshttp://variety.com/2013/digital/news/netflix-lands-exclusive-deal-for-new-dreamworks-animation-original-series-1200497640/

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Hola, Dora! Amazon Locks Up the Viacom Kids’ Shows Netflix Doesn’t Have Anymore.
http://allthingsd.com/20130604/hola-dora-amazon-locks-up-the-viacom-kids-shows-netflix-doesnt-have-anymore/

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- Netflix and Dreamworks Animation put together a deal to bring 300 hours of new programming for Netflix's Just for Kids section
- Variety says that DreamWorks Animation has been looking for ways to ramp up its internal TV biz and had been considering the launch of its own branded cable TV channel.
- DreamWorks Animation will have a branded section inside the "Just For Kids" section
- Shows will be based on its films, but didn't say which ones would be turned into shows
- Netflix is looking to replace some of the children's programming it had before
- Amazon wound up getting the rights to shows like Dora the Explorer and Spongebob

Q: What kind of impact will this have on Netflix subscriber numbers?

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slSource: Instagram Will Get Video On June 20http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/17/source-instagram-will-get-video-on-june-20/

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- fb having 6/20 event. invite sent via snail mail, says "a small team has been working on a big idea. join us for coffee and learn about a new product."
- three weeks ago Matthew Keys (former dep. editor of social meda for reuters) broke a story noting that video was being tested internally at FB. The videos would be between five and 10 seconds in length
- After Twitter debuted an Android version of Vine in the beginning of June, usage reached a tipping point: shares of Vines surpassed those of Instagram photos on Twitter
- fb pulled the inline IG photo cards on Twitter, to drive more traffic to ig.com.
- mashable previously reported fb could launch RSS feeds, allowing users to subscribe to and pull in online content from news organizations, blogs and videos to keep up with news. The coffee stain on the invite could represent the morning paper, and catching up on the daily news.
q: vine/short vids appear to be sticking. does IG have to allow vid? does it make sense to bake into already popular IG product, or will it diminish experience?

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iaIntroducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/introducing-project-loon.html

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Google's Project Loon uses big networked air balloons to fill internet black holes
http://www.zdnet.com/googles-project-loon-uses-big-networked-air-balloons-to-fill-internet-black-holes-7000016887/

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- On Friday, Google introduced the world to "Project Loon," which brings wireless Internet access using balloons.
- Google says that it believes "that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below."
- Google has already built a system that uses balloons to bring wireless speeds similar to 3G. The pilot program started in the Canterbury area of New Zealand w/ 50 testers trying to connect to the balloons.
- Google's still looking for partners
- Google says it hopes that the balloons could become an option for rural and remote areas
- This is part of Google X and it's one of the company's moonshot projects
- Technologically, the balloons paths are controlled using wind and solar power

Q: Brilliant? Insane? both?

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slISPs to include porn filters as standard in UK by 2014http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-06/14/parental-filtering-industry-standard

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- Parental filters for pornographic content will come as a default setting for all homes in the UK by the end of 2013, says David Cameron's special advisor on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood, Claire Perry MP.
- "[In the UK] we will have filters where if you do nothing, the parental filters will come pre-ticked," said Perry, speaking at a Westminster eForum on 14 June.
- not as strict as rumor the government would force ISPs to block access to pornographic content unless a consumer specifically requested it.
- ISP talktalk makes consumers make parental filter choices since March 2012. It recently began doing the same with existing customers, with 20,000 enabling filtering in the first week
- the UK government is pushing ahead with ensuring that all public Wi-Fi spots are free from adult content
- Culture Secretary Maria Miller recently summoned major tech firms and ISPs like Google and BT to a meeting on 17 June to discuss the policing of illegal content online, a separate issue to underage access to pornographic images.

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iaSkype video messaging officially launches on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android -- but not Windows Phonehttp://www.engadget.com/2013/06/17/skype-video-messaging-launches-free-unlimited/

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Skype Brings Free Video Messaging Out Of Preview, Redefines ‘Visual Voicemail’ http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/17/skype-brings-free-video-messaging-out-of-preview-redefines-visual-voicemail/

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- Skype announced its video messaging feature is now official
- It was a beta feature since February with a 20 message cap
- Now you'll be able to send unlimited messages on Windows 8, Mac, iOS, Android and BlackBerry
- Oddly, Windows Phone is not supported yet

Q: Do you think you'll end up using this feature? On the business side - what does it say about MS if the newest Skype feature doesn't support WP yet?

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O'Reily Velocity "web performance & operations" Conference tomorrow, 6/18http://velocityconf.com/velocity2013/public/content/home

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also tomorrow the 18th Huawei is hosting 'Beauty' event in London

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Digg's Google Reader replacement beta access opens on June 26th, friends and family on the 19thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/06/17/digg-rss-reader-june-26/

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Been listening to you shows and I am starting to think that with all of yahoo's acquisition this year the might be doing more that making a better services company maybe they are trying to make a yahoo operating system.

Summly - a mobile news app - news
Loki studios - mobile gaming - game center
Ghost bird mobile photography app - photo app
Rondee - video conferencing - FaceTime

Seems like a good start for a mobile operating system

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