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|We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.|
|We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse|
|News Fuse - Top 10||VIDEO|
|sl||Dell is going private! the $24.4 billion deal led by its founder Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake, and a buyer's consortium that includes Microsoft, will pay out shareholders 13.65 per share. Michael Dell will contribute his stake of roughly 14 percent toward the transaction, and will contribute additional cash through his private investment firm, MSD Capital. Silver Lake is expected to contribute about $1 billion in cash, while Microsoft will loan an additional $2 billion.||http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/dell-sets-23-8-billion-deal-to-go-private/|
|ia||Business Insider reports that Twitter has acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company. According to Business Insider's sources, this would be Twitter's biggest acquisition to date, but the site didn't have a solid dollar figure on the deal. Bluefin works with 40 US TV networks to give them details on social media responses during individual TV broadcasts.||http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-bluefin-labs-2013-2?op=1|
|sl||in an effort to help developers make as much money as possible from Appstore submissions, Amazon is launching ‘Amazon Coins,’ a new virtual currency that will allow Kindle Fire owners to purchase apps, games and make in-app purchases on their tablets when the service goes live in May. It'll be US only, at least to begin with, and will give customers two choices to buy apps or make purchases from within the app.||http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/02/05/amazon-launches-new-coins-virtual-currency-for-kindle-fire-app-purchases-coming-to-the-us-in-may/|
|ia||Bloomberg reports Facebook is working on a new app that will track the location of its users. The app would launch in mid-March and would let users find friends nearby. Facebook could use the app to sell ads based on where you've been and what you do.||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/facebook-is-said-to-create-mobile-location-tracking-app.html|
|sl||Out with mega, in with ultra! If you're HTC, anyway. The new camera sensor on its upcoming HTC M7 smartphone, will use what the company calls Ultrapixels, this is according to PocketLint. Previously rumored to be a 13-megapixel sensor, sources say the new camera will instead be made up of three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers combined to give a resulting single image.||http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/49674/htc-ditches-megapixels-for-ultrapixels-m7|
|ia||Microsoft's Windows Phone will launch in Africa. Who is Microsoft's launch buddy? Is it Nokia? Of course not. Microsoft is teaming up with Huawei (Wa-way) as a part of its 4Afrika Initiative. These phones are designed to "the most affordable Windows phone in Africa" according to Microsoft. The phone itself is a version of the Huawei (Wa-way) Ascend with a 4-inch screen and a 5MP camera.||http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21325535|
|sl||Consumer electronics review site GDGT, founded by Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas and former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block, is in late-stage acquisition talks with AOL, reports Techcrunch. Neither AOL nor Gdgt are commenting on the matter. In related news, about.me founders Tony Conrad and Ryan Frietas have announced they're spinning their service out of AOL and back into a startup! AOL acquired the service in December, 2010.||http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/04/aol-in-talks-to-buy-gdgt-the-consumer-electronics-review-site-founded-by-former-top-engadget-editors-sources/|
|about.me goes independent||http://blog.about.me/2013/02/05/about-me-goes-independent/|
|ia||The Evad3rs team has jailbroken iOS 6.0 and iOS 6.1 for every iOS device except the apple TV. The team posted on Twitter that they had over 270,000 active users on its website and overloaded servers. The jailbreak works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.||http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/04/jailbreaking-is-back-new-evasi0n-software-works-on-most-ios-6-06-1-devices-including-iphone-5/|
|sl||Samsung is committing to investments in new technology, with the launch of its new Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC), as well as a $100 million commitment to a new Samsung Catalyst Fund, to fund development of components and subsystems. That’s all alongside the $1 billion that Samsung is investing through its Venture Americas Fund and its existing R&D centers around the world. The new Innovation Center will be headquartered at Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley, and will be led by Samsung Electronics president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn.||http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/04/samsung-strategy-and-innovation-center/|
|ia||British chip designer ARM posted its fourth quarter earnings with a pre-tax profit of approximately $126M, which is a 16% increase compared to last year at the same time. ARM said it saw strong growth in Mali-based chips as well as the Cortex-A. The company's processor royalties also grew 21% year-on-year.||http://www.zdnet.com/arm-q4-beats-forecast-profit-up-by-16-percent-7000010813/|
|Introduce Guest||GUEST: Simon Dingle, technology guy, 22seven|
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|sl||Dell in $24 Billion Deal to Go Private||http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/dell-sets-23-8-billion-deal-to-go-private/|
|- Dell is going private in a $24.4B deal led by founder Michael Dell & investment firm Silver Lake. |
- Dell will contribute his almost 16% stake to the deal
- Under the terms of the deal, the buyers’ consortium, which also includes Microsoft, will pay about $13.65/share. 25% premium over Dell’s closing share price of $10.88 on Jan. 11, 2013, the last trading day before rumors of a possible going-private transaction were first published
- Dell will continue to lead the company as Chairman and CEO and keep big equity investment in Dell by contributing his shares of Dell to the new company, as well as making a substantial additional cash investment.
- Dell will continue to be headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.
- microsoft "loaning" dell 2B, but does not become part owner. is this like the nokia deal from 2011? is Microsoft trying to keep the third largest PC maker from straying into the Linux/ChromeOS/Android camps?
|Dell: Mr. Dell said: “I believe this transaction will open an exciting new chapter for Dell, our customers and team members. We can deliver immediate value to stockholders, while we continue the execution of our long-term strategy and focus on delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers as a private enterprise. Dell has made solid progress executing this strategy over the past four years, but we recognize that it will still take more time, investment and patience, and I believe our efforts will be better supported by partnering with Silver Lake in our shared vision. I am committed to this journey and I have put a substantial amount of my own capital at risk together with Silver Lake, a world-class investor with an outstanding reputation. We are committed to delivering an unmatched customer experience and excited to pursue the path ahead.”|
|sl||Why Twitter Is Buying Bluefin — And Why Bluefin Is Selling||http://allthingsd.com/20130204/why-twitter-is-buying-bluefin-and-why-bluefin-is-selling/|
|- biz insider sources say twitter buying Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company that was founded in 2008. |
- Bluefin Labs offers detailed reports about which brands are discussed most on social media. It can provide Twitter the ammo it needs to hook advertisers by showing who needs to spend money to up their social media status, and who needs to spend money to maintain their place at the top.
- makes sense. sunday's Super Bowl. With the help of a lengthy blackout, it was the most social event to ever air.
- secured a multi-year partnership with Nielsen in December to produce the first-ever social TV ratings.
|- ATD sources say twitter will spend around 70M for bluefin|
- Bluefin's boston HQ will become twitter office
- bluefin tried to create a full-fledged rival to Nielsen by starting out with social analytics, aimed at telling programmers and marketers what people were saying about them when they watched TV. Eventually they were supposed to add more verticals.
But ATD sources say that it has had trouble peddling its analytics services to big brands
|ia||OUYA Finds a Friend With Amazon||http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/02/05/ouya-finds-a-friend-with-amazon/|
|Ouya console will be sold at Best Buy, Target, and Gamestop for $99.99 in June||http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/5/3953686/ouya-retail-availability-and-price|
|- Ouya, the Android powered gaming console has lined up some big partners|
- You'll be able to buy the Ouya at Amazon, Gamestop, Target and Best Buy
- The Ouya costs $99, its controller costs $49 at retail, $30 at its site with $10 shipping
- Preorders will be accepted starting today, with retail availability in June 2013
- In all, there are more than 68,000 consoles on order, CEO Julie Uhrman said in an interview.
- Uhrman said she would try to get placement that would make the console more accessible for demos and get greater visibility in retail outlets.
- orders from the Ouya site will go out in April
Q: with a deal like this, is ouya a major player?
|ia||HTC M7 to ditch megapixels in favour of Ultrapixels||http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/49674/htc-ditches-megapixels-for-ultrapixels-m7|
|- Pocket-lint.com says HTC will use a new sensor on its M7 phone|
- HTC won't be marketing the camera as most do, instead opting to use a new term - Ultrapixels instead of megapixels
- The HTC camera will be made up of three 4.3MP sensor layers
- those will be combined to make a single image
- That should mean better color accuracy
Q: Can the "ultrapixel" camera be enough to make HTC to stand out?
|sl||Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location-Tracking App||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/facebook-is-said-to-create-mobile-location-tracking-app.html|
|- anon sources: FB working on app, possibly avail in March, is designed to help users find nearby friends and would run even when the program isn’t open. ala Find my Friends|
- tracking app could help Facebook sell ads based on users’ location/habits.
- Facebook already records the GPS coordinates of users when they post status updates or photos from their phones, or check in to a venue. With the new app, the company would go a step further by tracking user whereabouts in the “background” of Apple’s mobile operating system
|privacy concerns/battery life issues?|
|ia||Study: People don't use or understand digital wallets||http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57567491-93/study-people-dont-use-or-understand-digital-wallets/|
|- According to ComScore 51% of U.S. consumers are aware of digital payment providers other than PayPal|
- 12% have used applications such as Square Wallet or Google Wallet
- ComScore's data is from 1M U.S. consumers
- On brand awareness: 72% were aware of PayPal's digital wallet, 48% were aware of Google Wallet
- ComScore found that 93 percent of respondents said they would prefer to use a digital wallet that has to be unlocked before use
- just 57 percent were aware that this type of feature was available -- even after they reviewed each brand's website.
Q: Can digital wallets take off? Who can market this successfully?
|Randomizer||We will narrow this down to one story, put your initials to the left of the story you like best||VIDEO|
|A watched pot never boils, but it can charge your smartphone||http://gigaom.com/2013/02/05/a-watched-pot-never-boils-but-it-can-charge-your-smartphone/||VIDEO|
|- Say hello to the PowerPot|
- Boiling water in the PowerPot can charge any USB-powered device during a power outage or while camping.
- it turns heat into energy
- so if you've got a fire or propane or whatever, you'd be able to boil water AND charge your device, no special heat source necessary
- it costs $150
|Ouya preorders start today, retail availability in June||http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57567630-235/ouya-preorders-start-today-retail-availability-set-for-june/|
|128gb iPads now available in apple store. AT&T version of the 128GB iPad will ship in the same “1-3 business day” window. However, the Sprint and Verizon models will require some extra time, shipping in 3 to 5 days each|
|Yelp earnings tomorrow 2/6|
|Social Commerce Summit in NYC tomorrow 2/6||http://www.businessinsider.com/event/socialcommerce-2013|
|500 Startups demo day runs tomorrow through 2/7 in Mountain View, CA||http://plancast.com/p/evau|
|Lenovo ThinkPad Helix delayed until March or April||http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/4/3952586/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-suffers-delay|
|Hi TNT Crew,|
Michael in Yokohama here.
On Episode 683 Monday, you discussed that Twitter won the Super Bowl with the most advertising mentions with Facebook coming in second and Google+ not getting any mentions at all. There was a dig on Google+ being shutout with the overtone that it may not be deserving of its #2 worldwide Social Media status.
It sounds to me like you're criticizing Google+ for not being commercially exploitable enough. (Thank you Matt Cutts for all you do to keep Google that way.)
To me, I don't go to a social network to consume advertising. I go to Google+ in particular to interact with others with shared interests. The lack of brands in my stream is why I go there daily and check in on Facebook once in a Blue Moon.
|Hey TNT Crew,|
Great episode yesterday. I noticed on the segment about Samsung and Wacom partnering up, there was some confusion about the usecase of these stylus enabled tablets. Artistic and CAD use cases aside, I think anyone who has tried to use a tablet to take notes in class or at a meeting can attest how difficult it can be to annotate note or power points with just a finger. Not only that, but capacitive styli (sp?) have large surface areas which can make it difficult to write words in the margins.
Its very similar to writing with a fat marker. Active digitizers from Wacom such as those found in the galaxy note line make it very easy to write since it works exactly like a pen. It also blocks input from the rest of your hand while writing, which prevents unintended smudges.
People don't use these Wacom styli tablets to push buttons, they use them to write or annotate. This is why the larger devices tend to support the active digitizers. I think there is a huge untapped market of students and professionals who want to use the long battery life of their tablets for more than just watching youtube vidoes. They can become powerful productivity tools with something as simple as a active digitizer and stylus.
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