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Nokia takes a shot at iOS maps, HP accuses Autonomy of fraud, ESPN goes live on Xbox http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: David Pierce, Reviews Editor, The Verge
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tmReuters reports HTC CEO Peter Chou told reporters the company is happy with its patent settlement with Apple. Chou also called estimates that HTC will pay Apple $6-$8 per phone "baseless and very very wrong." The CEO would not comment on a specific number.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-htc-apple-idUSBRE8AJ0DZ20121120

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iaIt's here! No, really - Nokia's maps app for iOS called "Here" is now available. Reviews on the App Store are far from good with the app garnering 2.5 stars out of 5. The Verge found some of the directions nonsensical. But, hey, it's free, right? http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/20/3670220/nokia-here-maps-iphone-ipad-hands-on

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tmHP reported mixed earnings, beating expectations in earnings per share but missing it's sales expectations. The company also announced it will take an "impairment charge" of $8.8 billion, $5 billion of which will be for what it calls "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure faiures" used by the company Autonomy to inflate its value. HP acquired Autonomy while Leo Apotheker was still CEO. Apotheker told the WSJ he was “both stunned and disappointed” to learn of Autonomy’s alleged accounting improprieties. Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has flatly rejected the allegations according to Reuters.http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/20/3670386/hp-q3-2012-financial-results-autonomy-fraud-allegation

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iaEmail privacy? You don't need that. A new Senate bill would allow a whole bunch of regulatory agencies access to your emails without a warrant. The agencies would need a subpoena. Oh yeah, "emergency" situations would have different rules which would allow an agency to access emails without a warrant or later court review. If your email was accessed, you'd get a notification within 10 business days, but that can be postponed by up to 360 days. The bill is up for a vote next week. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/

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tmChristopher Poole, aka Moot, the founder of 4Chan, has sent a letter to a startup at the website moot.it asking the startup to change its name. Poole's lawyer claims a protectable right of publoicity to use the name Moot in online discussions. Poole has gone by the nickname since 2003. Moot.it has not yet launched but says it will include forums and comments re-imagined.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/4chan-founder-sics-lawyers-on-startup-for-using-the-name-moot/

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iaThe user @NYTOnIt regularly mocks New York Times headlines, but that account was suspended. The reason? The Times says that the Twitter account violates the NYT's trademark - the account avatar uses the NYT's "T" with what looks like a hat placed on the top of it. The account is now back up, but with a generic egg avatar for now. http://allthingsd.com/20121120/tease-us-all-you-like-says-the-new-york-times-but-hands-off-our-font/

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tmThe photo- and video-sharing site and app Color officially announced it will shut down as of Dec. 31. According to legal paperwork obtained by TechCrunch, Adam Witherspoon, is filing a lawsuit against Color and co-founder Bill Nguyen alleging misdeeds and "intentional infliction of emotional distress." Color has not responded to the allegations http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412335,00.asp

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iaGoogle's working on an open alternative to AirPlay says Google product manager Timbo Drayson speaking to GigaOm. Timbo says the goal is to "move the whole industry forward." Most curious about the new protocol would be two-way communications between devices. So maybe in the future your Google TV could beam content to your Android device. http://gigaom.com/video/google-open-airplay-alternative/

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tmGoogle's lobbying efforts must be paying off. In a letter to Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibotwitz, Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren of California said they believe agency action against Google would be “unwarranted, unwise and likely have negative implications for our nation’s economy.” The FTC has been investigating antitrust allegations agasint Google.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/reps-eshoo-lofgren-caution-ftc-on-google-probe-thecircuit/2012/11/19/a33c9d0c-3274-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_blog.html

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iaDeadline Hollywood says TVGuide.com is on the verge of being sold off for about $20 million. AllThingsD says that the buyer could be Yahoo. The deal is not yet finalized as Yahoo is looking to see if TVGuide would make sense in its overall strategy.http://allthingsd.com/20121119/yahoo-is-among-those-mulling-a-tvguide-com-bid-for-about-20-million/

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iaNokia's Here Maps out now for iOS, the wait for a true Google Maps replacement continueshttp://www.theverge.com/2012/11/20/3670220/nokia-here-maps-iphone-ipad-hands-on

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- Nokia's Here maps are now available for iOS (both iPad and iPhone ready)

App Store Reviews:
- Reviews on the app store: 2.5 stars, 62/157 ratings are 1 star, 47 are 5 star
- "Absolute garbage" others say "The best Maps for iOS"

Hands on impressions:
- Can save a map area (downloads for offline availability)
- Map text looks fuzzy
- Load audio for walking directions, not driving

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tmHP reports $8.8 billion 'impairment charge' due to allegedly fraudulent Autonomy accountinghttp://www.theverge.com/2012/11/20/3670386/hp-q3-2012-financial-results-autonomy-fraud-allegation

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HP Beats Street Amid Sales Declines, Takes $8.8 Billion Chargehttp://allthingsd.com/20121120/hp-beats-street-amid-sales-declines-takes-8-8-billion-charge/

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What Exactly Happened at Autonomy?http://allthingsd.com/20121120/what-exactly-happened-at-autonomy/

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- $5 billion to clean up Autonomy. That’s the British software firm HP acquired for nearly $12 billion in cash and debt under prior CEO Léo Apotheker and CSO Bill Veghte.
-$8 billion charge recorded in August for the write-down in Goodwill on EDS.
- HP said the charge had to do with “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy that occurred prior to HP’s acquisition of Autonomy and the associated impact of those improprieties, failures and misrepresentations on the expected future financial performance of the Autonomy business over the long-term.”
- According to Whitman, Autonomy's financials were externally audited twice, by Deloitte and KPMG, and neither of the auditors found any irregularities.
HP claims
- Autonoomy sold hardware at a loss, but booked them as high-margin sales, booking a portion of the cost as marketing
- Sold software to value-add resellers with no end users, inflating revenue
- Long-term hosting deals were converted to short-term licensing deals boosting subscription revenue numbers that should have been deferred
- HP CFO Cathie Lesjak said: Autonomy was able to boost its gross margins, a key measurement of profitability. Where Autonomy had been reporting gross margins in the neighborhood of 40 percent to 45 percent, Lesjak said a more realistic gross margin at Autonomy going forward is in the 28 percent to 30 percent range.

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tmSenate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrantshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/

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Patrick Leahy, Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee introduced Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act in May 2011
- Required search warrants for private electronic communications and ;locations of mobile devices.
- Exception already allowed police to peruse historical whereabouts based on cell phone movements, without a warrant.
- New rewrite allows 22 agencies ( NLRB, OSHA, SEC or FTC) to access e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant.
- Scheduled for a vote next week
- Bill needed to update 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act
- Law enforcement agencies (DoJ, Sherrigffs, DAs) objected to the requirement for a warrant.
- U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police needed a search warrant for GPS tracking of vehicles. Lower courts have ruled the same for cell phones and email

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iaLive ESPN programming now available with Xbox WatchESPN app (video demo)http://www.geekwire.com/2012/watchespn-xbox/VIDEO (1:11 in)

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All ESPN Programming now available on Xbox LIVEhttp://majornelson.com/2012/11/19/all-espn-programming-now-available-on-xbox-live/

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- New WatchESPN app for Xbox 360
- The app now provides content from all of ESPN's networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater, through to subscribers of Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold subscription service ($60 per year).
- Before you coundn't get streams of regular shows like SportsCenter

- Also requires having a video subscription from Comcast Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV and Midcontinent Communications.
- Video demo at GeekWire shows off the power of the app. You can watch two things at once, live ticker on the bottom of the screen
- DVR like functionality (GW couldn't get it to work though). GW found a 10s delay compared to live TV

Q: General impressions of the app/would you choose to watch on your Xbox over your cable box instead?

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iaGoogle wants to take on Apple with an open AirPlay alternativehttp://gigaom.com/video/google-open-airplay-alternative/

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- Google introduced airplay-like video beaming from Android to Google TV devices last week, but Google product manager Timbo Drayson told GigaOm that this is just the first step.
- "We really want to move the whole industry forward."
- The new protocol makes it possible for data to flow in both directions, Drayson explained, which would enable developers to build second-screen experiences that correspond to what’s happening on live TV as well.
- Also on the roadmap: beaming content from your laptop to your TV screen.

Q: There are competing preexisting standards and tech out there (DLNA, Miracast), can a Google implementation survive?

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tmQuantum cryptography done on standard broadband fibrehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13940928

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Quantum Cryptography: As Awesome As It Is Pointlesshttp://www.wired.com/politics/security/commentary/securitymatters/2008/10/securitymatters_1016

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Stanford’s quantum entanglement device brings us one step closer to quantum cryptographyhttp://www.extremetech.com/extreme/140739-stanfords-quantum-entanglement-device-brings-us-one-step-closer-to-quantum-cryptography

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Quantum Cryptography Can Mix With Data Traffic, Say Cambridge Boffinshttp://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/quantum-cryptography-security-toshib-99641citation- not necessary for screenshots

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Quantum Key Distribution encodes keys in pulses of light based on th epolarisation of photons.
- Once a photon has been observed its state changes. Eavesdroppers are always known.
- Previously faint QKD pulses required dedicated fiber
- Andrew Shields of Toshiba's Cambridge Research Laboratory and his colleagues developed way to send QKD over regular fiber

- Detector sensitive for 100 millionths of a microsecond, Gate opens for a tenth of a billionth of a second at just the time the QKD photons arrive
- standard fibre, regular data at 1Gbps. secure key rate of over 500kbps for 50km of fibre
- Close to being out of the lab, at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds according to Shields
- Related: Stanford researchers making advances in entanglement using a quantum dot array
- Controversy over effectiveness. Bruce Schneier among others argues QKD solves the wrong problem. Encryption is not the weak point

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A Major Milestone in the Journey of Brain Controlled Computer Cursors!http://www.geniusinsight.com/2012/11/a-major-milestone-in-brain-controlled-computer-cursors/

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Happy birthday, Windows! Microsoft released the first version of Windows back on this day in 1985!

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Tomorrow is the Xbox 360's birthday. The aging game console will be 7 years old tomorrow.

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Hi guys

Tout you might be interested in a story currently breaking (well, since 7pm AU time). Australia's first attempt at a Black Friday style sale has failed in the worst possible way.

Core website failure 1 minute before sale start. Still down at 9pm. Other retailer sites down.

Maybe worth looking into and seeing how bad some people do web infrastructure scalability down here. Quite embarrassing really :( we got more memes out of it though :)

Long time listener/watcher - love your work!!

Cheers,
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Hello TNT gang:
I enjoy your web show all the way from Abu Dhabi, UAE. I have something to share with you about something that Tom Merritt talked about in one of the past shows about "Google smart cars in which we press a bottom, and it takes me to a predestine location". Well, there is a small experimental city near my housing complex called Masdar City, right next to the airport, where everything is either solar, wind, and thermal powered, and the only mode of transportation is electric GPS-guided cars. The goal is to extend that transportation system to the whole area by 2030. Check it out in www.masdarcity.ae for more details. Tom, your dream will be soon a reality. Keep up the great work.

Sincerely,
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Hello, TNT Crew,

Listening to your discussion on Apple's reported inclusion of Siri and Maps into builds for OS X 10.9, I feel you miss a critical point in that adding these features -- along with the broader integration of iOS with OS X -- is simply Apple preparing to offer LTE capability for their Air and Pro MacBook lines.

Siri and Maps are systems which both depend on, and increase, the benefit of ubiquitous connectivity. I've been surprised that the MacBook Air hasn't already offered a mobile data option, but the trajectory of the OS really makes me feel that this is eminent.

Anyway, love the show!

--Ryan D.

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