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Amazon's gettting into comedy, tablet owners taking over the Internet, Who should be person of the year in tech? http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Nate Lanxon, Editor, wired.co.uk
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tmThe USPTO has rejected another of Apple's patents but the patent remains valid. Confused? The famous '915 patent from the Apple Samsung case, often called the "pinch to zoom" patent was reexamined and the initial finding was that prior art should have prevented Apple's patent from being granted. Apple can appeal before the patent is invalidated.http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/19/3785788/another-apple-patent-rejected-by-us-patent-office-but-its-not-invalid-yet

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slIn an effort to step up online privacy for children, Federal Trade Commission has unveiled new rules that require mobile apps and websites to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children. The new rules are the first major update to this type of federal law in 14 years and include things like collecting photographs and videos as well as deploying tracking tools, such as cookies.http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ftc-kids-privacy-20121220,0,5874119.story

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iaGoogle's sold off its Motorola Home division to - drumroll please - Arris, a company that specializes in broadband media tech. Arris gets the division for $2.05B in cash and $300M in newly issued stock, making Google a 15% owner of the company. On a conference call, Arris CEO Bob Stanzione said that Google has agreed to cap Arris' liability in Motorola Home's ongoing patent dispute with TiVo. http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/19/google-sweetened-motorola-deal-with-arris/

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tmThe European Union isn't just pickign on Google these days. Reuters reports Eu competition chief Joaquin Alumnia told them his office will issue a "statement of objections" against Samsung very soon. The European Commission has been investigating Samsung's patent practices since November 2011, particularly regarding standards essential patents..http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/20/us-eu-samsung-idUSBRE8BJ0JR20121220

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slIt's been an interesting year for Twitter and just in time for the holidays, we've got some executive musical chairs! CEO Dick Costolo tweeted yesterday that Ali Rowghani has been named chief operating officer of Twitter, and that Former Zynga treasurer Mike Gupta will take Rowghani’s CFO slot, which he has held for the past 2 years.http://allthingsd.com/20121219/twitter-shifts-top-brass-with-new-coo-and-cfo-appointments/

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iaTexas is about to get a little soul - that's right, I'm doing the pun again- Seoul-based Samsung will invest $3.9B in Texas after receiving approval from the state. Samsung is putting that money to renovate and expand its Austin chipmaking plant to handle the increasing demand for its chips in mobile devices.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57560195-92/samsung-takes-step-forward-in-$3.9b-chip-effort-in-texas/

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tmThe UK's 4G spectrum auction is a sort of wireless gold rush set to start in 2013. Today UK regulator Ofcom announced the companies who will bid on the chunks of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz LTE spectrum. The usual suspects of O2, EE, and Three will be joined by BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum ventures, HKT and MLL.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/20/ofcom-announces-uk-4g-auction-bidders/

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slVideo game publisher THQ has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is looking for a buyer. The company is best known for the "Saint's Row" franchise and World Wrestling Entertainment licensed games, and is working with private investment firm Clearlake Capital Group, which has agreed to a $60-million "stalking horse" bid for THQ's U.S. assets. Valued at $2 billion in 2007, THQ's market value at the end of trading Tuesday was around $11.3 million.http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-thq-bankruptcy-20121219,0,156382.story?track=rss

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tmMakerBot has pulled a collection of blueprints for gun parts from its Thigiverse 3D printing sharing site. MakerBot's terms of service prohibit users from uploading content that contributes to the creation of weapons. Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed which operates the "Wiki Weapon" project, reportedly will create a new site for "hosting 3D-printable gun files.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20797207

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iaIf you were worried about robots replacing you, there's a new threat and it's potatoes! Boeing is flying 20,000 pounds of potatoes in U.S. airspace to improve inflight WiFi. The sacks of potatoes are used to simulate humans. Not only are potatoes delicious, but according to Boeing they replicate the way human passengers absorb and reflect electronic signals. The test also has a puntacular name - the "Synthetic Personnell Using Dielectric Substitution" - that's right, SPUDS!http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-boeing-potatos-122012,0,365866.story

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Wireless phone charging in cars planned by Toyotahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20798958

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Google Now Highlights Its Indoor Street View Imagery On Search Results Pageshttp://techcrunch.com/2012/12/19/google-now-highlights-its-indoor-street-view-imagery-on-search-results-pages/

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Tumblr launches its long-awaited app for iPadhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/12/19/3786308/tumblr-for-ipad

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Facebook starts rolling out new privacy settings, making it easier to control what data is publichttp://thenextweb.com/facebook/2012/12/20/facebook-starts-rolling-out-new-privacy-settings-making-it-easier-to-control-what-data-is-public/

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tmAnother Apple patent rejected by US Patent Office, but its fate is far from certainhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/12/19/3785788/another-apple-patent-rejected-by-us-patent-office-but-its-not-invalid-yet

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Apple faces 'pinch-to-zoom' patent review in UShttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20795146

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Patent Office to Review Apple’s Document-Scrolling Patenthttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/12/apple-patent-under-review/

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A 2011 law made it easier to challenge Apple's patentshttp://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/12/20/apple-patent-rejected-samsung/

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US Patent 7844915 - Application programming interfaces for scrolling operationshttp://www.google.com/patents?id=2MbdAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4#v=onepage&q&f=falseSOURCE

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USPTO issued prelimiary ruling that the '915 (pinch-to-zoom) patent should not have been awarded
- "application programming interfaces for scrolling operations". "scroll vs. gesture"
- Patent office determined the 21 specific methodologies had already been granted to previous applicants (only claim 8 was used in Samsung trial)
- Did not realise this when granted in November 2010
- patent remains valid for now, Apple may appeal (probably will)
- last week multi-touch patent (949) reexamined, October "rubber-banding" patent (381) reexamined
- 89% of patents subject re-examination survive accoriding to assistant professor Brian Love (Santa Clara Law) to Wired
- Samsung alerted Judge Lucy Koh of the reexamination in a court filing
Q: If the patent office can't even keep this stuff straight, how should companies?
Leahy-Smith American Invents Act passed last year
For a filing fee of $17,750, anybody can anonymously demand that the Patent Office initiate a post-grant review on any invalidity ground

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slTwitter Shuffles Top Brass With New COO and CFO Appointmentshttp://allthingsd.com/20121219/twitter-shifts-top-brass-with-new-coo-and-cfo-appointments/

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- Ali Rowghani has been named chief operating officer of Twitterr. shifting into the role that CEO Dick Costolo once held only a few years ago. previously of Pixar for 9 years. CFO 4.5 years. came to Twitter in 2010 as CFO as well
- the quiet, behind-the-scenes body man to Twitter CEO Costolo, taking on far more operational responsibilities than that of typical CFOs. Rowghani has had his hand in many important areas of the business, including contributing to ideas around Twitter’s Promoted Suite of ad products, a key component of the company’s monetization efforts.
Former Zynga treasurer Mike Gupta takes Rowghani’s CFO slot. Gupta spent a little more than a year in the role at Zynga, and was previously a high-ranking exec at Yahoo, where he played an instrumental part in Yahoo’s search and online partnership deals with Microsoft.
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VP of Growth Othman Laraki announced his departure from the company via tweet on Wednesday evening. Laraki was responsible for growing Twitter’s user base over the past year, which the company seems to have achieved; on Wednesday, Twitter announced it had reached the 200 million active user mark. 

- twitter now at 1500 employees. got a lot of folks upset this year, but wisely ended on positive note w downloadable tweet history.

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iaMotorola Home Finds A New Home At Arris. Google Sells Broadband Unit For $2.35B To Double Down On Mobilehttp://techcrunch.com/2012/12/19/motorola-home-finds-a-new-home-at-arris-google-sells-broadband-unit-for-2-35b-to-double-down-on-mobile/

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Google Sweetened Motorola Deal With Arris By Promising To Cap Liability In TiVo’s Billion Dollar+ Patent Claimhttp://techcrunch.com/2012/12/19/google-sweetened-motorola-deal-with-arris/

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- Google sold off Motorola Home, the broadband unit of Motorola Mobility to Arris, a broadband media company
- Arris pays $2.05B in cash and $300M in new Arris shares
- Google stays in the game by owning 15.7% of Arris
- This year: Google's cut jobs at Moto (4k jobs, ~20% of employees), sold off manufacturing operations in China & Brazil, sold off Motorola Home.

Q: Google is moving quickly and steadily with its Moto division - is it stripping down parts before swallowing Motorola or will the remainder stay independent?
- Arris CEO said Google has actually agreed to cap Arris’ liability in the TiVo patent case to “a very small number.”

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slForrester: 84% Of U.S. Adults Now Use The Web Daily, 50% Own Smartphones, Tablet Ownership Doubled To 19% In 2012http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/19/forrester-84-of-u-s-adults-now-use-the-web-daily-50-own-smartphones-tablet-ownership-doubled-to-19-in-2012/

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- annual "state of consumers and technology" report. survey data from nearly 60,000 consumers in the U.S. and Canada
overall online adoption rate in the U.S. has stabilized at 79%, same as last year. That’s the percentage of U.S. adults that go online at least monthly. Adults that go online daily: In 2011, that was 78% of U.S. adults, and in 2012, Forrester reports that 84% now go online at least once per day. why? growing smartphone and tablet penetration. Forrester found that about half of U.S. online adults now own a smartphone and two-thirds even own multiple connected devices. Tablet adoption doubled since 2011 and is now at 19%.
- 43% of consumers now connect to the web with their TVs. Forrester says most users rely on their game consoles to do so (42% from xbox, ps3, etc), while connected TVs (19%) and Internet-connected set-top boxes like the Roku or Apple TV are only being used by 14%.
- The 18-to-23-year-old crowd most active on social networks, About 70% of these Gen Zers, Forrester says, “visit social networking sites daily” and 85% visit Facebook at least once a month. Gen Y (24-32) is more likely to own a tablet (about 25%) and smartphone (72%) and Gen Xers (33-46) are most likely to spend their money by shopping online (average $561 in last 3 months compared to an average of $449 for all U.S. shoppers).

Once you get to the Boomers (47-67) and the so-called “Golden Generation” (68+), technology adoption obviously lags quite a bit. Older online adults, for example, are more likely to use desktop computers at home and are less likely to own tablets and smartphones. Still, even among this group, tablet adoption has doubled to 14% since 2011.

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iaAmazon Looks For Its “Seinfeld”, And Asks For Your Helphttp://allthingsd.com/20121220/amazon-looks-for-its-seinfeld-and-asks-for-your-help/

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- Amazon is working on its original programming line up
- Its ordered six sitcom pilots
- Amazon will post the produced pilots online, and “viewer feedback will help determine” which ones actually get picked up.
- AllThingsD says some of the shows were rejected by regular TV Networks (but points out that Fox rejected the Sopranos before HBO picked it up)

Let's take a look at three of the show concepts and see if any should make it
- Alpha House, about “four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC.” Written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, who also made the vastly underappreciated “Tanner ’88” for HBO.

- Browsers, “a musical comedy set in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their first jobs at a news website,” from former “Daily Show” head writer David Javerbaum.

- Dark Minions, an animated series “about two slackers just trying to make a paycheck working an intergalactic warship,” from “Big Bang Theory” co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie.

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tmYahoo!'s Mayer, Apple's Cook 'Person of the Year' finalistshttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/18/yahoo_mayer_and_apple_cook_on_on_time_magazine_person_of_the_year_shortlist/

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Runner-Up: Tim Cook, the Technologisthttp://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/runner-up-tim-cook-the-technologist/

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Tim Cook named runner-up as Time's Whatever of the Year (sometimes planet, sometimes computer, sometimes person) yesterday morning
- Higgs Boson made the list of finalists along with Marissa Mayer
Q: Who is your tech person/place/thing of the year?

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NASA Finishes Testing Prototype Z-1 Space Suithttp://www.tested.com/science/space/452369-nasa-finishes-testing-prototype-z-1-space-suit/

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Steam for Linux gets one step closer as Valve opens beta to publichttp://www.theverge.com/2012/12/20/3787316/valve-opens-steam-for-linux-beta-to-public

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NFL announces Super Bowl XLVII will be streamed live by CBShttp://www.engadget.com/2012/12/20/nfl-cbs-super-bowl-xlvii-live-stream/

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Samsung Galaxy S III 'Premium Suite' upgrade arrives in the UK todayhttp://www.engadget.com/2012/12/20/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-premium-suite-upgrade-arrives-in-the-uk-today/

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tomorrow Anonymous Wikileaks alternative TYLER goes live

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iaEmail

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Hey TNT crew,

I think the appeal of snap chat is the thought of people growing up now do not have a way to erase their past online. Anything they do can follow them for the rest of their lives. A product that lets kids be "young and dumb" and limits the long term impact on future college and job acceptance is a very desireable thing.

Thanks for the show,

Mark from Minneapolis

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Hi Tom and Team,

In your discussion yesterday [651], there appeared to be a little skepticism whether Amazon could launch a solid competitor in the smart phone space.

The price points on quite compelling Android phones is plummeting. Just look at the Coolpad Quattro 4 being sold every day at MetroPCS for $79. No mail in rebates, no contracts, has a large 4" screen and is running on the LTE network. It is a solid work horse and we have been selling them like hotcakes at the store I work at in Orange County CA. If MetroPCS can do it surely Amazon can.

Love the show.

Roger

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Hey gang, I work at staples and we put in a Amazon locker. A place for people to pick up same day and next day orders. What I find funny is the stores locker has a first name "Barnes". Also I live just outside the Washington dc area Northern Virginia. Love. The show keep it up gang.

Travis J Alvarado
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