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Is Facebook's Mobile strategy a winner? Did China hack the New York Times? Why Apple is the biggest threat to Valve's Steam. http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Justin Robert Young
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday June 21 2013

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tmThe New York Times issued a report yesterday claiming they had been hacked over the course of several months by agents attempting to get into the email accounts of two employees involved in the coverage of China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Security firm Mandiant traced the attack to 9/13 and stated the pattern was consistent with attacks attributed to the Chinese Military. China called the accusation "irresponsible" and 'groundless.'http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/technology/chinese-hackers-infiltrate-new-york-times-computers.html

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slFacebook's fourth-quarter earnings are in, and Wall Street likes it! Get it? Likes it? Adjusted earnings per share were 17 cents and revenue grew 40% from a year earlier, to $1.59 billion. The people number is good too,1.06 billion monthly active users, 618 million daily active users, up 25% since last year. On mobile, Facebook grew monthly actives to 680 million people, an increase of 57 percent year-over-year, and here's an interesting stat: mobile daily active users actually beat web daily active usrs for the first time.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57566661-93/facebook-beats-wall-street-estimates-mobile-gets-traction/

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iaAccording to IDC, Apple's losing some ground in the tablet space. In Q4 of 2012, the iPad is still the top tablet in the world with 43.6% of the market. Last year at the same time, the iPad had over 50%. Samsung is the #2 player with 15.1% of the market. IDC estimates that Amazon has shipped 6 million tablets in the quarter which puts it in third place with 11.5%. http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/01/31/apples-ipad-dropped-to-43-6-tablet-share-in-q4-samsung-took-second-with-15-1-and-amazon-settled-for-11-5/

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tmMicrosoft, the company that brought us some of the worst examples of non-standards compliance in Web browsers, has had a change of heart. The company launched a new site called modern.ie to promote the use of standard HTML5 and eliminate browser detection in favor of code that works on all browsers. Microsoft is also promoting feature detection. The move may have just a tad bit of selfishness in it, as IE10 is expected to suffer quite a bit from browser detection assuming things about it that aren't true anymore.http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/microsoft-continues-html5-push-with-modern-ie-compatibility-initiative/

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slHow's that Surface RT tablet selling? According to iSuppli, not that well. Shipments of the Surface RT were about 1.25 million, but sales out of the channel "were significantly lower, maybe on the order of 55 to 60 percent of that figure, with high return rates. iSuppli notes that similar percentages are common with new Android devices, but that in Microsoft's case there may be a halt in production in the first quarter because Microsoft is still trying to sell off inventory.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57566759-75/microsoft-surface-sales-well-below-shipments-says-isuppli/

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iaValve's Gabe Newell gave a talk at the University of Texas' LBJ School of PUblic Affairs. He said that the upcoming Steam Box's biggest competition isn't from dedicated game consoles, but is from Apple. Newell says Apple has "a relatively obvious pathway towards entering the living room with their platform." Newell said that if no other PC platform will make the jump to the living room, Valve will be happy to. http://www.polygon.com/2013/1/30/3934112/gabe-newell-steam-boxs-biggest-threat-isnt-consoles-its-apple

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tmReuters reports corporate records show Huawei had close ties to Hong Kong firm Skycom, which Reuters reports tried to sell embargoes HP equipment to Iran's top mobile carrier. Huawei's CFO Cathy Meng, is the daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei and served on the board of Skycom from February 2008 to April 2009. Reuters found numerous financial and other links over the past decade between Huawei, Meng and Skycom.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/31/us-huawei-skycom-idUSBRE90U0CC20130131

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slMega-search.me is a new site that indexes files on Kim Dotcom's brand new cloud-storage site. Mega.co.nz Now of course Mega promises 50GB of free, encrypted storage to users, completely legally. This new site, Mega-search.me, lets users post links to files with the decryption key in the URL. Clicking on the link takes you to Mega, where users can download the file to their computers or Mega accounts, and relies entirely on users to crowdsource their goods. Lawyers, start your engines!http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/01/wait-for-it-select-files-from-mega-now-indexed-on-third-party-site/

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tmBeginning March 1, Apple will cease selling the Mac Pro in Europe. Is it a sign of the long-feared demise of the Mac Pro? Probably not. 9to5 Mac reports that new regulations on electronics sales in Europe go into place Macrh 1 causing the cessation. Mac Pros already on shelves can continue to be sold but no new shipments can be made. Tim Cook promised an update to Mac Pros later in 2013, so its possible Mac Pros could return to Europe. http://9to5mac.com/2013/01/31/apple-to-discontinue-mac-pro-in-europe-in-march-over-new-product-certification-standards/

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iaSenators Kelly Ayotte (A-yacht) and Dean Heller want to make sure that email and other internet-only services remain tax free forever. Those services are currently without tax thanks to the 1998 Internet Tax Free Act, but that Act is set to expire in November 2014. The two senators are proposing to extend it indefinitely. http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/280225-senators-look-to-extend-ban-on-internet-taxes

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tmFacebook beats expectations on strong mobile usage with $1.59B in Q4 revenue, non-GAAP EPS of $0.17http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2013/01/30/mobile-strength-helps-facebook-beats-the-street-with-1-59b-in-q4-revenue-and-non-gaap-eps-of-0-17/

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Facebook’s $1.6 billion quarter in charts: how and where it makes moneyhttp://qz.com/49317/facebooks-1-6-billion-quarter-in-charts-how-and-where-it-makes-money/

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Facebook shares sag as investors, analysts question futurehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57566842-93/facebook-shares-sag-as-investors-analysts-question-future/

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Milestones: Facebook is a mobile company now. Are you?http://gigaom.com/2013/01/30/milestones-facebook-is-a-mobile-company-now-are-you/

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Facebook’s mobile ad revenue made up 23% of its total ad revenue in Q4, worth $305 millionhttp://thenextweb.com/facebook/2013/01/30/facebook-mobile-ad-revenue-q4-2013/

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revenues of $1.585 billion (expected $1.53) EPS $0.17 ($0.15 expected) ,
- 23% revenue from mobile, up from 14% last quarter
- 1.056 billion active users, majority outside US, about half revenue from US & Canada
- 680 million mobile active users, up 57 percent year over year. (1st time more mobile than desktop users)
- Citi analyst Neil Doshi had to say:with plans to invest heavily in the biz in 2013, and little expected contribution from new initiatives like Gifts or Graph Search, we don't see any near-term catalysts for the stock.
- Some analysts say mobile cannibalizin desktop revenue, others say it's a growth area
- Plan to move beyond just updating existing mobile apps: Zuck: “Now we’re there. We moved fast and ship new versions of our apps on regular monthly schedules. Now the next thing we’re going to do is build really good mobile-first expierences.”
- Also "And we’re not going to build a phone."

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slWhoa: Tablet shipments now more than half that of the PChttp://gigaom.com/2013/01/31/whoa-tablet-shipments-now-more-than-half-that-of-the-pc/

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IDC: Apple’s iPad dropped to 43.6% tablet share in Q4, Samsung took second with 15.1%, Amazon third with 11.5%http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/01/31/apples-ipad-dropped-to-43-6-tablet-share-in-q4-samsung-took-second-with-15-1-and-amazon-settled-for-11-5/

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- IDC estimates that 52.5 million tablets shipped in the final quarter of 2012. That compares to 89.8 million personal computers shipped during the same quarter, again courtesy of IDC.
- tablet market grew 75.3 percent year-on-year (up from 29.9 million units in 2011′s fourth quarter) and increased 74.3 percent from the previous quarter’s total of 30.1 million units
- apple at 43.6% market share (down from 46.4 percent the previous quarter), samsung 15.1% (263 percent year-on-year growth), amazon 11.5%, asus 5.8 (maker of nexus 7, down from 7.8)., barnes & noble 1.9
gigaom story notes Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Sony all missing from the top 5. notably, microsoft too. if you lump together the shipments of PCs and tablets — admittedly a stretch, but bear with me — you get a telling number: About a third of these devices don’t run Windows; they’re using iOS or Android.
- Shipments of the Surface RT device, which debuted last quarter, into the channel were about 1.25 million, but sales out of the channel "were significantly lower, maybe on the order of 55 to 60 percent of that figure," said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at iSuppli, citing the market research firm's estimates.
- are legacy OS/companies dead?

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tmChinese hackers attacked New York Times computers for four monthshttp://arstechnica.com/security/2013/01/chinese-hackers-attacked-new-york-times-computers-for-four-months/

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Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Monthshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/technology/chinese-hackers-infiltrate-new-york-times-computers.html

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China calls The New York Times’ claims of hacking ‘groundless’ while Symantec says antivirus ‘is not enough’http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/31/china-calls-the-new-york-times-claims-of-hacking-groundless-while-symantec-says-antivirus-is-not-enough/

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NYTimes internal network attacked by Chinese hackers
- Reporter covering Chinese Prime Minitser Wen Jiabao family, email infiltrated
- All NYT employee passwords stolen
- Sources for Wen story not obtained, no customer data stolen
- Security firm Mandiant attack consistent with Chinese Military
- Story published 10/25, ATT notified NYT suspicious network activity
- 45 different custom malware code (Symantec identified 1 of the 45 pieces of code)
- Began attack 9/13, used University botnets (North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin and New Mexico, small cos. ISPS), IP switching to obscure source, spear phishing to install malware in NYT network, grabbed Windows network domain controller's user directory and password tables, cracked passwords with rainbow tables and created custom programs to infiltrate mail server and search email and docs
- Targeted Shanghai bureau chief, David Barboza, who wrote story , and Jim Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, former Beijing bureau chief.
- Backdoors closed, botnet blocked and passwords now changed
Q: US and Israel attack Iran, Russia attacks Georgia, China attacks US -- All hinges on botnets and spear phishing. Willw e ever get serious about security?
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing: To arbitrarily assert and to conclude without hard evidence that China participated in such hacking attacks is totally irresponsible. China is also a victim of hacking attacks. Chinese laws clearly forbid hacking attacks, and we hope relevant parties takes a responsible attitude on this issue.”

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iaGabe Newell: Steam Box's biggest threat isn't consoles, it's Applehttp://www.polygon.com/2013/1/30/3934112/gabe-newell-steam-boxs-biggest-threat-isnt-consoles-its-apple

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Valve's Gabe Newell gave a lecture at University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs.
- He says the biggest danger facing the success of Steam Box or other PCs trying to get into the living room isn't game concolses, it's Apple
- "I think that there's a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed down living room platform emerging — I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily."
- Newell says that if PC platforms want to get into the living room, they have to sell the strengths of the hardware like customizable from factor and increased hard drive space
- He says if no one else is willing to do that, Valve is happy to

Q: Traditionally, computers have wowed people with specs. Does that matter as much when it comes to the living room?

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slLyft expands to LA after interim agreement with California regulators to support its legal operationhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/30/lyft-cpuc-interim-agreement-and-expansion-to-los-angeles/

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- Last November, Lyft was issued a cease and desist letter from the California Public Utility Commission and fined $20,000 for operating unlicensed charter-party businesses. Lyft opposed the citation, said it was peer-to-peer ridesharing platform& shouldn’t be regulated because it doesn’t own cars or hire drivers.
- signed an interim agreement w CPUC that supports its legal right to operate. regulators still discussing next steps in legislation, this is a milestone for the company as it helps pave the way for its pink mustached vehicles to expand — and it’s wasting no time with its next stop. Starting January 31, Lyft will be operating in its second city: Los Angeles.
- already has over 100 LA-based community drivers approved to begin picking up passengers. Service will begin January 31 at 7am PST and made available seven days a week. Drivers will begin serving trips originating in Santa Monica, Venice, and areas west of the 405 freeway. In the coming weeks, Lyft will expand east to the I-5 to service those riders in West Hollywood, Downtown LA, and Silverlake.

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iaDropbox moves beyond simple file management with social photo sharing, albums, and document previewshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/1/30/3933144/dropbox-unveils-social-photo-sharing-easier-photo-management-and

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Dropbox adding features to its web app over the coming months
- Quick preview function allows you to view a PDF, Doc, Docx, and Powerpoint files with a pop-up window
Photo management:
- Dropbox will take all your photos from all your folders and make them available in a single view
- It's not moving files, but just giving you one place to look at your images
- From there you can post them to Twitter, Facebook or email them
- You can create shareable virtual albums. If you move a file, the virtual album still can find the file

- Chris Beckmann product manager for dropbox says he wants users stop thinking of things as "files" but as "content."

Q: With so many cloud storage services, do these moves differentiate Dropbox enough? Do you expect competitors to offer similar services?

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Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) directing WoW moviehttp://i.massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/31/duncan-jones-to-helm-live-action-wow-film/

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Stickam closes down todayhttp://blog.stickam.com/post/41909003713/stickamclosing

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Windows 8 $40 upgrade deal ends todayhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57566855-75/windows-8-$40-upgrade-deal-ends-today/

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Microsoft to launch Surface Pro at Best Buy New York on February 8http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-to-launch-surface-pro-at-best-buy-new-york-on-february-8-7000010583/

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Grand Theft Auto 5 launches Sept. 17
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It was suggested in Tuesday’s show that the Nook could be saved by making their books DRM-free. The Kobo has been DRM-free from the start and the prices almost always match those of the iBookstore and B&N.

I am a Kindle reader myself (most of my family use the Kobo), but with a simple tool like Calibre I can convert to any format needed including .mobi. DRM-free has possibly put the Kobo on top in certain markets, but based on how little you guys mention it I doubt it has hit the US market very hard.

So DRM-free has not made them big, why would it be any different for the Nook? Also if Kobo can get away with DRM-free books from the same publishers as everyone else, why would B&N not be able to?

Love the show.

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This is a GREAT option for large families as users can install basically anything and everything they want or need with multiple licenses. Though meant for IT shops and businesses for "testing" purposes, I've been able to install the latest version of MS Windows and MS Office on all of my PC's in my house (currently 6, but at one time as many as 10) without encountering any licensing issues.

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