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tmMicrosoft released new versions of Office today led by Home Premium 365. For $10 a month or $100 a year, customers can get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 Windows or Mac computers along with 20GB of SkyDrive space and 60 minutes of Skype calls. Non-subscription versions run from $140 up to $400. Office University 365 sells to students for $80 for a 4-year term that includes two computers. Office 365 for Business will come February 27 for $150 a year.http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/01/29/microsoft-releases-office-365-home-premium-a-consumer-focused-edition-of-its-cloud-productivity-suite-for-100year/

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slYesterday we passed along a rumor from 9to5Mac that Apple would begin offering its fourth-generation iPad with double the storage capacity. And today, Apple made it official!
The 128-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad will cost $799, while a cellular version will sit at $929. The new iPads will be available on Feb. 5.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57566376-37/apple-ipad-jumps-to-128gb-starting-at-$799/

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iaAccording to AdAge, YouTube is working to launch paid subscriptions for channels. AdAge says that the first paid channels could cost somewhere around $1 to $5 per month and could roll out as soon as Q2 of this year. Reportedly, YouTube has reached out to channel providers to create pay channels. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57566424-93/youtube-to-try-out-paid-channel-subscriptions-says-adage/

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tmGoogle Maps is filling in the details for North Korea thanks to the contributions of citizen cartographers in Google Map Maker. Previously Google's North Korea map only showed empty space and the location of Pyongyang. As more proven accurate contributions are made, Google will update the map.http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/28/google-posts-newly-detailed-north-korea-maps/

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slHTC's holding a press conference in New York City on February 19th to unveil its latest device. No other details have been sent to the press, but presumably it'll be centered on its upcoming flagship Android phone, code-named “M7,”, rumored to have impressive specs like a 4.7-inch full-HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. http://bgr.com/2013/01/29/htc-m7-release-date-press-conference-310750/

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iaOpenTable announced it is acquiring Foodspotting for $10 million. If you're unfamiliar with Foodspotting, it lets users search for restaurants or types of dishes and then presents the users with photos from those restarants. How will the service be integrated? The CEO of OpenTable says that when you book a place using OpenTable, you could see photos of entrees from the Foodspotting catalog in your confirmation email. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/opentable-to-acquire-foodspotting-for-10-million/

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tmWhatsApp is popular with the young dating set and with privacy regulators. A joint Canadian-Dutch probe concluded that the mobile messaging service breached privacy laws in both countries. While messages sent in WhatsApp disappear after viewing, it was the apps required access to a user's entire address book that ran afoul of privacy laws. WhatsApp has addressed many of the concerns but could face sanctions of regulators are not eventually satisfied.http://www.zdnet.com/whatsapp-still-breaching-privacy-laws-canadian-dutch-probe-7000010452/

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slCrashlytics, a crash reporting platform, is merging with Twitter, but will continue to work on its own product.. Crashlytics builds a tool that allows developers to get detailed reports on issues with apps and what exactly was causing crashes or bugs. Their dashboards on the web and in the Mac app allows for detailed analysis and reporting of crashes so that developers can tackle the problems more efficiently. Crashlytics is already built into iOS apps like Twitter, Vine, Yelp, TaskRabbit and Kayak. http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2013/01/28/crash-reporting-firm-crashlytics-merges-with-twitter-continues-developing-product/

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tmYahoo had some good news in their Q4 earnings report, how good depends on who you are. Yahoo reported revenue of $1.22 billion – excluding traffic acquisition costs – and earnings per share of $0.32, on a non-GAAP basis. That beat analysts expectations of $1.21 billion and earnings per share $0.28. Display ad revenue was down while search revenue was up. It's not bad news but not overwhelming evidence of a turnaround yet. Yahoo stock started the day up but leveled off quickly.http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/28/despite-declining-display-revenue-yahoo-beats-street-with-non-gaap-eps-0-32/?

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iaThe World Trade Organization has given Antigua and Barbuda approval to host its own sites that ignore U.S. intellectual property rights. The U.S. previously labelled the move "government-authorized piracy." The dispute between the United States and the Carribean nation is over U.S. efforts to shut down online gambling operations originating from Antigua and Barbuda.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/world-trade-organization-approves-new-site-full-of-pirated-material-from-us/

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tmOffice 2013 available now: Microsoft ditches DVDs in push for cloud subscriptionshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/1/29/3927866/office-2013-pricing-office-365-subscriptions-available-now

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Microsoft's Office 2013 Is Software for the Cloudhttp://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-29/microsofts-old-software-comes-with-a-new-image

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Microsoft’s Cloud-Friendly Office 365 Launcheshttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/01/microsoft-office-365-launch/

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Office 365 Home Premium and University launched
$10 a month or $100 a year ($80 for 4-year University) 5 installs MAc or PC, first month free
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
- 20 GB Sky Drive, 60 minutes Skype calls
- Office Home & Student 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) $140 Home and Business costs $220, Office Professional 2013 $400
- No DVDs, only product codes for download
- Subscription gives free access to upgrades, Office.com with non-nstall access to apps
- Office 365 for businesses won’t be available until February 27. $150 a year
Q: All the right things, will it prevent migration to Dropbox and Quickoffice?

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iaAcer Sees Success in Chrome; Windows Fails to Drive Saleshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-27/acer-sees-success-in-chrome-pcs-as-windows-fails-to-drive-sales.html

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HP's first Chromebook revealed in leaked spec sheet
http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/28/3924524/hp-first-chromebook-revealed-in-leaked-spec-sheet

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- Acer says its Chromebooks accounted for 5 to 10 of Acer's US shipments since their release in November
- Acer President Jim Wong says that the ratio is expected to be sustainable in the long term and that Acer is looking at offering Chrome books in other developed markets
- Wong called Windows 8 "not successful"
- While Chrome has no license fee, Acer had to spend more money on marketing and promotions, offsetting the cost savings.
- Acer won't build any RT machines

- Meanwhile a PDF of an HP Chromebook leaked with an embargo date of Feb 17th

Q: Is this a backlash for MS getting into hardware?

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slApple iPad jumps to 128GB, starting at $799http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57566376-37/apple-ipad-jumps-to-128gb-starting-at-$799/

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- 9to5 Mac right on the money. 128 gb, 799 wifi, 929 cellular.
- apple press release not that exciting. macworld happening now, but doubt apple cares about that timing.
- andy inahtko on twitter: I think the 128 gig iPad is mostly here to appeal to vertical markets (like medical imaging) that transact huge data
q: have we effectively erased spring product cycle? tom said yesterday apple may not care about them anymore

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tmDespite declining display unit, Yahoo beats with Q4 non-GAAP EPS of $0.32, revenue of $1.22 billionhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/28/despite-declining-display-revenue-yahoo-beats-street-with-non-gaap-eps-0-32/?

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Yahoo Q4 subtext: 'Marissa Mayer effect' starts to show uphttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57566246-93/yahoo-q4-subtext-marissa-mayer-effect-starts-to-show-up/

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Marissa Mayer’s 3 Goals for Yahoo: A Better UI, Bigger International Reach And Broader Demographicshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/01/28/marissa-mayer-details-her-3-goals-for-yahoo-more-users-bigger-international-reach-and-broader-demographics/

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Same old Yahoo: why better earnings don’t equal a turnaroundhttp://paidcontent.org/2013/01/29/same-old-yahoo-why-better-earnings-dont-equal-a-turnaround/SHOW CHART

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"Revenue $1.22 billion - expected $1.21 billion
EPS $0.32 -- expected $0.28
- Display ads fell 3% -- search revenue rose 4%
- Emphasized better employee retention and morale
- employees identified around 385 “annoyances or barriers”
- M&A: acquisitions of Pinterest-style news startup, Snip.it last week, video chat startup OnTheAir in December and Stamped in October.
- Identified 12 assets they want to make a ""digital daily habit"" Flickr and Mail mobile apps first step
- Opportunities: “search, display, mobile and video,”
- Challenges: “Increasing usage, growing our international presence and appealing to a broader demographic of users — roughly in that order of priority.”
- Jeff John Roberts points out Yahoo has become a small fish (show chart)
Q: Two full Quarters. What do we think of CEO Mayer?"

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slRdio launches free music streaming internationally, unlimited listening for 6 months in 15 countrieshttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/29/rdio-launches-its-free-music-streaming-service-giving-listeners-access-to-18-million-songs-for-up-to-six-months/

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- 6 months free in just launched countries - UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
- desktop/web only, not mobile
- after 6 mo. period, Rdio says pricing may vary by country. In the US, Rdio Web is unlimited web streaming for $4.99/month. Rdio Unlimited is $9.99/month and offers unlimited Web and mobile streaming, along with wireless syncing to listen when offline.
- brazil and germany noticably absent. rdio vaguely says that timeliness of features and offers is sometimes determined by its partners.
- spotify is the big intnl. co in streaming space, beta testing browser-based music app.
do we think excluding mobile is the right way to hook ppl?

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iaYouTube Set to Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring
http://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-set-introduce-paid-subscriptions-spring/239437/

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- AdAge says YouTube is prepping tp launch paid subscriptions for individual channels
- YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access.
- Cost would be around $1 to $5/month.
- YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows.
- AdAge sources say that YT could introduce the paid channels as early as Q2 of this year
- Partners will also have the option to include ads in their pay channels, but its unclear what form those will take.

Q: What kind of experience would you expect/want from a paid YT channel? No ads?
YouTube already offers pay-per-view content like movies and television shows

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Navy Wants Odor-Sniffing Robot Swarms to Haul Bombs on Shipshttp://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/01/navy-swarms/

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the leader robot will be controlled by a human who guides it along and dispenses the chemical pheromone, with follower robots picking it up, analyzing it and following along like army ants. That should help take some of the load off the aviation ordnance crews known as Red Shirts.

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BlackBerry 10 launch event tomorrow - we will cover live 7 am PT on twit

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Facebook earnings tomorrow

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EA earnings tomorrow

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Windows Phone 7.8 reportedly arriving for AT&T Lumia 900 owners

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The obvious fix for Barnes and Noble is to drop DRM from their ebooks. The way things are now they are the also-ran in Amazon's game. Their hardware isn't enough better or cheaper than Amazon's, and they can only dream of matching the eBook selection from amazon. They aren't different enough to win. But what if they became known as the hassle-free source for ebooks that you could easily read anywhere, on any device (even a kindle)?

I know I have been burned by DRM enough that I refuse to buy music, movies, and especially ebooks with DRM ever again. It would take guts to drop the DRM, but you don't have to look any further than amazon to find an example of how much of a difference it could make. The only attractive feature of amazon's mp3 store for a long time was that it offered legitimate music purchases free of the hassle that DRM brings.

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