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Mozilla puts out some phones, AT&T sucks up some spectrum, Steve Ballmer consolidates his POWER http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Brian Dunning, Science writer
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tmMozilla has announced two developer handsets meant to test the FirefoxOS mobile operating system. Geeksphone and Telefonica have partnered to produce the phones called the Keon and the Peak. The Keon should be available in February and has pretty limited specs. The Peak has better specs but no availability was announced. Prices have not been set yet for either phone.http://www.zdnet.com/keon-and-peak-first-firefox-os-handsets-revealed-7000010125/

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slAT&T has signed an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network (ATNI) to acquire its U.S. retail wireless operations for $780 million in cash. In the deal, AT&T will acquire wireless properties, licenses, network assets, retail stores -- which operates under the Alltel brand in the U.S. and AT&T will receive 585,000 subscribers.http://www.zdnet.com/at-and-t-acquires-spectrum-assets-from-atlantic-tele-network-7000010127/

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iaVerizon just posted its 4th quarter numbers. The company suffered a loss of $4.22 billion. Last year the company lost $2 billion. This latest loss is attributed to costs due to Superstorm Sandy and a change in valuation of its pension liabilities. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57564808-94/verizon-q4-loss-doubles-pushed-by-sandy-pension-costs/

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tmOn the heels of LG's announcement that the Optimus G will come to 50 more markets worldwide, comes news that the Optimus G Pro will come to Japan's NTT Docomo in late April. The G Pro is a 5-inch 1080p beast with a 3,000 mAh battery 1.7 GHz Snapdragon processor 2 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera. http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/22/lgs-5-inch-1080p-optimus-g-pro-confirmed-on-japanese-carriers-website/

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slDish Network is closing down roughly 300 Blockbuster stores in the coming weeks and laying off 3,000 employees. The company says the closures cover underperforming outlets or those that are nearing the end of their leases, will still leave 500 Blockbuster stores in the U.S. Douglas County-based Dish acquired the video-rental chain out of bankruptcy for $320 million in 2011. http://business-news.thestreet.com/denver-post/story/dish-close-300-blockbuster-stores/1

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iaAmazon just expanded its in-app purchasing system for games. First available on Android and the Kindle Fire, Amazon's in-app purchasing system will be available on the PC, Mac and the web. Amazon takes a 30% cut, but its hook is in-app purchases can show up on Amazon's recommendation services and best seller lists. http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/22/3903100/amazon-in-app-purchasing-mac-pc-web

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tmApple nudged out Android in the US in Q4 2012 according to the Kantar Worldpanel ComTech numbers. The iPhone made up 51.2% of US sales while Android accounted for 44.8%. Windows Phone snagged third place with 2.8%. The iPhone also grabbed 2/3 of Japan. Android was number 1 in worldwide sales however though its growth is finally stabilizing. Windows Phone showed improvement to 5.(% of sales in Europe including 13.9% of Italy.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57565106-37/iphone-wins-51-percent-of-u.s-smartphone-sales-says-report/

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slAMD has hired two senior engineers who come from both Qualcomm and Apple. Charles Matar, with expertise in low-power and embedded chip design will join from Qualcomm as AMD's new vice president of SoC Development, while Wayne Meretsky, formerly of Apple, was named vice president of software IP development. AMD still derives around 80 percent of its revenue from PCs, but that market is slowing down. Safe to say both hires will be involved in the next-gen of AMD.http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/22/amd-hires-chip-experts-from-qualcomm-and-apple-aims-to-move-bey/

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tmReports have been buzzing about the idea of Dell taking itself private and now CNBC reports Microsoft may be there to help. Microsoft reportedly is having conversations with Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake about putting somewhere from one to three billion dollars into Dell. CNBC says the participants hope to reach a deal by the end of the week.http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/22/3903546/microsoft-in-talks-to-invest-up-to-3-billion-to-help-dell-go-private

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iaScientists at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo have developed a pair of prototype glasses that confuse facial recognition software. The glasses work by emitting infrared light which does not allow facial recognition software to work properly. The light does not affect the wearer's vision, but adds noise to photos.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21143017

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tmAnnouncing the Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone!https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/01/announcing-the-firefox-os-developer-preview-phone/

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Geeksphone FirefoxOS pagehttp://www.geeksphone.com/SOURCE

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Mozilla reveals Firefox OS Developer Preview Phonehttp://www.engadget.com/2013/01/22/firefox-os-developer-phone/

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Mozilla announces Keon and Peak FirefoxOS developer preview phoneshttp://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/01/22/mozilla-announces-its-first-firefox-os-developer-preview-phone-hint-its-orange/

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Mozilla Firefox OS smartphones could be launched in Japanhttp://www.unwiredview.com/2013/01/21/mozilla-firefox-os-smartphones-could-be-launched-in-japan/

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Mozilla with Geeksphone and Telefonica - 3G phones
Keon - 1GHz S1, 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, 3.5-inch HVGA display, MicroSD, 3 mpxl cam
(arrive next month)
Peak - 1.2GHz S4, 4.3-inch qHD IPS, 8mpxl cam (2 front)
- TCL and ZTE working on first consumer devices -- Expected Brazil 2013 on Vivo (Telefonica)
KDDI says theyt may sell the phones in Japan

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slAT&T acquires spectrum, assets from Atlantic Tele-Networkhttp://www.zdnet.com/at-and-t-acquires-spectrum-assets-from-atlantic-tele-network-7000010127/

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- ATT's earnings report is in 2 days, news to make shareholders feel better - buying US wireless division of Atlantic Tele-Network (ATNI) for $780M in cash.
- includes wireless properties, licenses, network assets, retail stores -- which operates under the Alltel brand in the U.S.
- AT&T will also receive 585,000 subscribers.
- AT&T gets spectrum too -- in the 700 MHz, 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, which should expand existing network nicely
- ATNI covers 4.6M people, particularly those in rural areas of Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.
- ATNI operates a small CDMA network for subscribers in its markets, but this will not be compatible with AT&T's GSM network. ATT says integration costs for the CDMA network conversion will not result in a significant dilution to the firm's earnings per share or cash flow

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iaRumor roundup: Samsung Galaxy S4 (IV)http://asia.cnet.com/rumor-roundup-samsung-galaxy-s4-iv-62220207.htm

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumors Point To April Launch
http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/22/latest-galaxy-s-iv-rumors-point-to-april-launch/

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumors
- The Galaxy S4 will have an unbreakable screen - would use the foldable display unveiled at CES.
- There will be 1080p: 5-inch 1080p display
- Octa-core processor?
- How about a 13-megapixel camera?
- The name: the number four being unlucky (it sounds like "death" in Chinese and Japanese while sounding like "kill" in Korean).

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slYahoo Sending “Welcome (Back)” Packages To Former Employees, Trying To Get Them To Come Backhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/01/21/just-want-you-back-for-good/

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- tc notes a tweet from ex-yahoo employee tom coates showing welcome job kit, with "back" added in sharpie
- On the packet inside is a bunch of copy about how much has changed since the new Marissa Mayer regime, and how Yahoo wants to talk about “big opportunities.”
- alexia tsotsis at tc says she hears quite a few former Yahoos have been on the receiving end, with at least one person moving back to the company because of it.
- yahoo reportedly having hard time recruiting. phone calls, emails go unanswered. but... snail mail?
- would any of us be flattered by this, or is it just pathetic?

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iaFormer Microsoft executive says CEO Ballmer culls internal rivals to retain power
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/22/us-microsoft-book-idUSBRE90L04320130122

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New book sheds light on MS leadership
- Joachim Kempin wrote a book called 'Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft's "secret power broker" breaks his silence'
- Kempin worked at MS from 1983 to 2002 oversaw the sales of Windows software to computer makers for part of that time.
- He says that Ballmer purposefully ousted any executives with take the CEO position
- Kempin says he saw it with Richard Belluzzo who helped launch the Xbox and became COO, but left after 14 months
- List of people who have left with Ballmer as CEO: Kempin, Ray Ozzie, Stephen Elop, Steven Sinofsky

Q: Kempin says that MS needs someone who is 35-40 years old at the top, what do you think?

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tmCuba opens one lane of Internet superhighway—inboundhttp://arstechnica.com/business/2013/01/cuba-opens-one-lane-of-internet-superhighway-inbound/

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Telefonica: 'No Involvement' With Cuba Cablehttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/report-cuba-undersea-fiber-optic-cable-18275058

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Earlier this month Cuba opened it's undersea cable to the Internet, getting a lot of write-ups this week
- "Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America -1" (ALBA-1) -subterranean fiber-optic link through Venezuela, installed 2007 by Alcatel-Lucent
- Used for government. Cubans had $6 an hour satellite Internet
- Route-monitor Renesys says inbound traffic routed to Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S. A. (ETECSA)
Q: Does the Internet actually push countries to open up?

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3D printed house to emergehttp://boingboing.net/2013/01/21/3d-printed-house-to-emerge.html

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Apple earnings tomorrow

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Surface Pro sales begin on February 9th in the US and Canada, starting at $899http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/22/3902662/surface-pro-available-in-the-us-and-canada-on-february-9th-from-899

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BlackBerry World renamed 'BlackBerry Live' scheduled for May 14-16.....happens to overlap with Google I/O (May 15-17)http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/21/3901106/rim-renames-blackberry-world-blackberry-live

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I was listening to episode 670 where you talked about Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner and, from my perspective you buried the lead, portability!

Allow me to explain:
My mom, who has all of my late father's slides going back to the 1940s, lives out of state. My wife's family all lives in India. I recently invested in a hand scanner to scan pictures while visiting my wife's family and will use it on family photographs when I visit my family as well.

A PORTABLE negative/slide scanner would be a great way to capture old family photos without having to lug around a huge scanner. I will still use the negative/slide scanner I purchased a few years ago while here at home to scan my old pictures but this scanner may be the answer for scanning negatives/slides when visiting family.

Love the show.


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