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Yahoo buying failed startups, More stores to sell Chromebooks, LG is BACK baby! http://live.twit.tv/

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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday June 21 2013

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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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tmWhat Huawei calls the world's slimmest Android smartphone launched today, the Ascend P6 in pink, black and white versions. Unveiled in London at Huawei's Beauty event, the 6.18mm thick phone features a 4.7-inch screen, 8-megapixel front camera, 2,000 mAh battery and can record and playback 1080p video. It also has Android 4.2.2. with Huawei's Emotion UI. The P6 will sell for €449 in China later this month, Western Europe in July and other markets soon to follow.http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/18/huawei-launches-the-ascend-p6-a-ridiculously-thin-android-smartphone-with-high-end-specs-to-match/

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slYesterday we heard Apple's version of its participation in the NSA spying program PRISM, and today's it's Yahoo's turn. The company says over the past six months it’s received between 12,000 and 13,000 data requests, which includes ordinary law enforcement requests and secret FISA orders. CEO Melissa Mayer writes that "like all companies, Yahoo! cannot lawfully break out FISA request numbers at this time… however, we strongly urge the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue." http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/17/4440480/yahoo-reveals-data-request-numbers-urges-for-openness-on-fisa

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iaFiftyThree, the company behind the very popular iPad app Paper, just landed $15 million from investors led by Andreessen Horowitz. CEO Georg Petschnigg told GigaOm that he foresees expanding to an entire suite of software, services and hardware. FiftyThree's 22-person team is made up of folks with experience on the Xbox and the tech unicorn known as the Microsoft Courier. Petschnigg didn't give specifics as to what kind of hardware to expect from FiftyThree. http://gigaom.com/2013/06/18/paper-ipad-app-gets-15m-to-add-more-productivity-software-services-and-hardware/

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tmAdobe just released the latest version of its Creative Cloud programs, including Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The subscription service is the only way to get the latest versions and Adobe is enticing new subs by offering 60% off for 12 months to CS6 owners and 40% off for CS3 to CS5.5 owners. Adobe may be considering an overall price drop as well if a survey sent to current subscribers is an indicator.http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/18/adobe-creative-cloud-apps-now-available/

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slOculus VR is staying indie, for now. The virtual reality headste company raised $16 million in Series A venture capital, with a couple new board members. The money will be used to expand the firm, hire more employees, and allow the team to focus on its goals, says its CEO Brenden Iribe. He says "For a few hundred dollars, students will be able to do virtual surgery in an almost realistic environment."http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/17/4439608/oculus-series-a-funding-15-million

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iaAMD announced an upcoming processor based on the ARM architecture. It's called "Seattle" and it's an eight-core 64-bit processor meant for servers. The first versions of Seattle will be produced in the first quarter of next year with commercial quantities scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/18/4440926/amd-arm-seattle-server-chip-announcement

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tmAT&T and Goal Zero will put 25 free Street Charge stations in a handful locations around NYC. Fort Green Park gets the first one on June 18th, followed by Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, and points beyond. Each station will stay where it is for three or four weeks before moving on to a new location. The solar-powered poles have six connectors, one 30-pin iPhone, one lightning iPhone, one micro-USB connector, and three female USB connectors, for those with their own cables.http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/06/att-will-rescue-your-dying-phone-with-a-solar-power-charging-station/

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slTexas Gov. Rick Perry has signed HB 2268, a bill that shields Texas residents from snooping by state and local law enforcement without a warrant, and now includes email. This is the first state to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), written in 1986, that says federal law enforcement agencies are only required to get a warrant to access recent e-mails before they are opened by the recipient. Now, at least in Texas, opened and unopened email is treated the same.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/06/texas-becomes-first-state-to-require-warrant-for-e-mail-snooping/

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tmGoogle announced the ChromeBook will begin showing up in more retail locations than just Amazon and Best Buy soon. The number of outlets will jump from 2000 stores to 6600 with new chains carrying the laptops in the US, UK, Netherlands, Australia, France and Sweden. Wal-Mart alone will add 2800 stores carrying the 16GB Acer Chromebook for $199.http://androidcommunity.com/google-chromebook-to-expand-its-retail-outlet-base-20130617/

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iaNVidia announced that CUDA 5.5 is out of private beta and is now a public release candidate. This version of CUDA brings ARM support for the first time, which means it will natively support GPU-accelerated computing on ARM-based systems. This could also help make NVidia a bigger player in the super computer arena as now an ARM-based computer could be powered by NVidia processors, unlike the common pairing of x86 processors and an NVidia Tesla GPU.http://www.anandtech.com/show/7080/nvidia-isc-2013-cuda-55-more

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iaNext: Yahoo Also Eyeing Automated Video App Maker Qwiki in $50 Million Dealhttp://allthingsd.com/20130618/next-yahoo-also-eyeing-automated-video-app-maker-qwiki-in-50-million-deal/

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Marissa Mayer Wants To Buy Two Failed Startups This Morning http://www.businessinsider.com/marissa-mayer-wants-to-buy-two-failed-startups-this-morning-2013-6

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- AllThingsD reports that Yahoo is looking to buy video app Qwiki for a price of about $50M
- The Qwiki app for iOS lets users turn photos, music, and vids into short edited videos automatically
- AllThingD says that the negotiations are in advanced stages.
- One of the Qwiki co-founders is Louis Monier, the founder of AltaVista (they used to do awesome search)
- There's also an update on Yahoo trying to acquire contacts app maker, Xobni. AllThingsD says Yahoo is offering $30 to $40M for the company.

Q: What do you make of Yahoo's potential acquisition-spree?
Venture Capitalist and investment partner at GRP Partners Mark Suster wrote a blogpost arguing that acqui-hires hurt morale at the acquiring company. And people at the acquiring company are being told a message - and that is to quit and come back when you sell your company.

Q: Does that theory ring true to you?

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tmGoogle Chromebook to expand its retail outlet basehttp://androidcommunity.com/google-chromebook-to-expand-its-retail-outlet-base-20130617/

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Chromebooks: coming to more stores near youhttp://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2013/06/chromebooks-coming-to-more-stores-near.html

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Triple retail outlets with Chromebooks from 2,000 to 6600
- Wal-Mart and Staples (Office Depot, Office Max, Fry’s, TigerDirect and more) added to Best Buy and Amazon
- In UK, coming to Tesco, Mediamrket and Saturn in Netherlands
- Australia, France and Sweden, you’ll see Chomebooks popping up in FNAC stores, Elgiganten stores, JB Hi-Fi, and Harvey Norman outlets.
Q: Are Chromebooks really all that popular?

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slLG phone to sport always-on voice commands in 2014 -- reporthttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57589786-94/lg-phone-to-sport-always-on-voice-commands-in-2014-report/

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LG's 1 Million Optimus G Pro Sales in Four Months is a Personal Besthttp://hothardware.com/News/LGs-1-Million-Optimus-G-Pro-Sales-in-Four-Months-is-a-Personal-Best/

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- LG will launch in 2014, will allow users to speak commands without needing to touch the screen first, Gotta Be Mobile is reporting on Tuesday, citing three people who claim to have knowledge of LG's plans.The technology will also allow for a broader range of commands than those available now.
- to take advantage of that technology, LG's device will run the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor -- a chip designed with always-on voice command functionality.
- users to activate the feature by simply saying hello to the device. The chip is capable of learning the device owner's voice to ensure others can't call out commands and access information.
- No other LG phone has ascended to 1 million sales faster than the Optimus G Pro. LG also set a personal record for 500,000 handset sales, taking just 40 days to reach the halfway mark (en route to 1 million). The Optimus G Pro is now averaging 8,000 sales per day.

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tmWhy Oddworld Is Coming To Every Platform Except Xboxhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/06/16/why-oddworld-is-coming-to-every-platform-except-xbox/

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Right now, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty isn't coming to Xbox One or Xbox 360http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-13-right-now-oddworld-new-n-tasty-isnt-coming-to-xbox-one-or-xbox-360

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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty from Oddworld Inhabitants PS3, PS4, WiiU, Windows, Mac, Linux.
- Oddworld Lorne Lanning told Eurogamer: Have a license for Xbox but need a publisher
- “Why do we need a publisher when we self-finance our games, we build our own IP, we manage our own IP and we’ve turned nearly two million units online as indie publishers sold – not free downloads? Why? What’s wrong with us?”
- Microsoft's games boss Phil Spencer told Eurogamer, MS open to idea of self-publishing but not a 'plan of record now.'
Q: Is a strong indie gaming community an advantage for Sony?

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slMaker of 'Candy Crush Saga' Plans IPOhttp://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323566804578553292301803254-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwODExNDgyWj.html

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- Midasplayer International Holding Co.(AKA "King"), the publisher of online and mobile games has hired banks (J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Credit Suisse Group AG, and Bank of America Corp.) to pursue a U.S. initial public offering, according to people familiar with the move.
- "Candy Crush Saga," launched on Facebook in April 2012 and involves matching up columns and rows of candy items. It is the most popular app on Facebook, with an estimated 15.4M average daily users as of the most recent figures, according to AppData. also has iOS and Android apps
- London-based King goes back to 2003, when its founders started a gaming website called Midasplayer.com, which featured games such as 8-Ball Pool that were primarily played on its website and other web portals.
- Zynga story isn't shaking out well, shared down 70% since 2011 IPO
- is this another ill-fated fad? does King have a chance in public market?

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iaFacebook’s Zuckerberg Meets Samsung to Discuss Partnerships http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-18/facebook-s-zuckerberg-meets-samsung-executives-amid-mobile-push.html

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Zuckerberg And Samsung Meet, Raising Questions About Facebook's Future Mobile Plans http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/18/zuckerberg-and-samsung-meet-raising-questions-about-facebooks-future-mobile-plans/

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- Bloomberg reports that Mark Zuckerberg visited with Samsung to discuss potential partnerships according to the head of Samsung's handset division
- The partnership would help Facebook boost advertising sales from mobile devices
- Zuckerberg met with Samsung President Shin Jong Kyun and also discussed the state of IT industry.
- FB doesn't have any official comment about this trip

- FB mobile advertising: $0 in 2011, $470M in 2012, expected to make $2B in 2013 acc'g to research firm eMarketer. Google pulled in $4.6B in mobile advertising in 2012.

Q: Do you expect to see something come to fruition between FB and Samsung?

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GigaOM Structure Event in SF starting tomorrow, June 19-20. focuses on business IT architecture & infrastructure http://event.gigaom.com/structure/

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Elon Musk: Tesla to demo battery swap technology on Thursdayhttp://gigaom.com/2013/06/18/elon-musk-tesla-to-demo-battery-swap-tech-on-thursday-night/

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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives June 21st for $399, $199 with phone http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/18/att-samsung-galaxy-note-8-release/

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Just finished listening to the podcast today. They are many reason that Skype Messages are a great idea but here is mine. Imagine being in the military like I am and deployed for half the year like I am. Think about needing to get a message to the wife or kids. Which do you think they would prefer, a voice message or to catch a glimpse of that husband or wife that's been out of their life for some time.

Its just as great on the opposite side. Imagine receiving a Skype message from your teenager showing you that awesome report card and saying to you "love you dad.". You can't beat that except for stepping off that plane and seeing your family charging to plow you down.

Anyway love the show guys.



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I think the best way people can understand and accept the Office 360 app for iPhone, is that it's just like the HBO Go App :) If you already pay for this service, then you can use/ access these services on your mobile devices by logging into the paid subscription or service. That is all....End communication.

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