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Facebook breaks the Web, Sony PS4 won't be about hardware? and the battle of the Cloud Drives begins http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Darren Kitchen
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tmMicrosoft updated SkyDrive today to include document editing for non-Microsoft account holders. Microsoft's Omar Shahine posted the details on the INside Sky Drive blog and noted that the service now stores more than one billion Office documents.http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/8/3967344/skydrive-update-document-editing-without-microsoft-account

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slA glitch with the company's Facebook Connect program blocked access to many websites last night, but only for about 30 minutes. there was an easy fix - sign out of Facebook. not that that's a really good fix. Speaking to The Next Web, Facebook blamed a "bug" that briefly directed those signed in to Facebook to Facebook.com. "The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual," said the company.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415231,00.asp

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iaAmazon just received a patent that covers a method to sell used e-books, music, apps and other "digital objects." The method would work by cutting off the seller's access to the original content once a buyer paid. This would allow for a transfer of files similar to the way lending Kindle books currently works. http://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/amazon-used-e-book-patent/

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dkHP issued some new rules to its Chinese suppliers employing students and temporary agency workers. HP is now requiring all work to be voluntary and that students and temporary workers must be free to leave as long as they give reasonable notice. Previously, student workers and temps were ordered by administrators to these positions. Student workers are common in China as a way to deal with increased demand in factory labor.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/business/global/hewlett-packard-joins-push-to-limit-use-of-student-labor-in-china.html

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tmEngadget notes Japan's Nikkei has a source at Sony claiming the next PlayStation won't emphasize upgraded hardware. Does that mean we won't get an 8-core AMD64 CPU? Who knows? But Sony apparently will focus on promoting the next PlayStation as a home entertainment nerve center with the ability to connect and share with mobile devices. The Telegraph reports Asahi Shimbun is quoting the next PlayStation will sell for more than 40,000 yen about US$433.http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/08/sony-ps4-main-selling-point-new-playing-options/

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--http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/playstation/9857210/PlayStation-4-pricing-rumours-emerge.html

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slThe Justice Department has reached a settlement with Macmillan, the last of five large publishers to come to an agreement after being accused of conspiring with Apple to raise e-book retail prices.The settlement should lead to lower prices for Macmillan's e-books, an official said. Litigation with Apple continues, with a trial scheduled to begin in June.http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/08/us/macmillan-e-book-pricing/index.html

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iaEd Bott wrote a piece on ZDnet examining the Surface Pro's storage. Contrary to previous reports, the 128GB Surface Pro gives the user about 89.7GB of free space. Bott then compared that to the MacBook Air with its 128GB drive, which gives the user 92.2GB of space. Bott contends that this kerfuffle over the Surface Pro's storage is unfounded. If you want specifics, check out Bott's piece - plenty of math. http://www.zdnet.com/surface-pro-versus-macbook-air-whos-being-dishonest-with-storage-space-7000011009/

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dkOn Thursday, Intel confirmed the findings of Kristian Kielhofner who discovered the "packet of death" that was knocking out Intel's 82574L network controller that handles Ethernet. Intel assigned blame to the firmware shipped with motherboards made by Lex CompuTech. It seems Lex had used the wrong version of EEPROM software for the controller. Kielhofner said it took 150 hours of work to track down the bug.http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/02/packet-of-death

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tm4chan creator Chris Poole (aka “moot”), has launched DrawQuest: an iPad app that encourages daily creativity.DrawQuest offers daily drawing challenges, called “quests.” Poole says it's not a game. He said, "Everything about DrawQuest — from our simple drawing tools to the ability to star and play back drawings — was designed to foster a community of budding creators. http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/02/08/4chan-creator-launches-drawquest-a-charming-ipad-app-that-helps-you-explore-your-creative-side/

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slAOL managed a 4% gain in sales last quarter, the first sign of revenue growth in the past eight years. AOL took in revenue of $599 million, rising from $576 million in the year-ago quarter and beating analyst estimates of $573 million. AOL says its global advertising is working, and grew by 13% from a year ago. It's not all good news though, subscription sales dropped by 10%, while the average monthly churn rate was 1.8%.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57568342-93/aol-revenue-rises-for-first-time-in-eight-years/

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tmFacebook Breaks The Web: Error With Widgets Causes Sites To Disappearhttp://marketingland.com/facebook-breaks-the-web-error-with-widgets-causes-sites-to-disappear-32925

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In One Fell Swoop, Facebook Glitch Deep-Sixes the Webhttp://allthingsd.com/20130207/in-one-fell-swoop-apparent-facebook-glitch-deep-sixes-the-web/

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Apparent Facebook Widget Snafu Brings Down Siteshttp://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/02/facebook-widget-snafu/

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Websites down Thursday because of Facebook Connect, MSNBC, Hulu, HuffPo, New Yorker, Salon
- Logged in to Facebook upon load redirect to Facebook error page "AN error occurred please try again later"
- Pages had Facebook Connect or Like widgets
- Even going back to the pages redirected your to he error again
- Facebook fixed it in 15-20 minutes
Q: Simple issue, but should any site allow third parties that much power over their page?

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iaSony: PS4's main selling point will be 'new playing options, not improved hardware specs'http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/08/sony-ps4-main-selling-point-new-playing-options/

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PlayStation 4 pricing rumours emergehttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/playstation/9857210/PlayStation-4-pricing-rumours-emerge.html

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- According to Nikkei Sony will push the new console as a home entertainment "nerve center," with a focus on the hardware's ability to connect and share to mobile devices
- Edge-online has previously reported of a dedicated share button on the new controllers
- Deemphasizing the hardware specs
- Pricing rumors also popping up, price exceeds 40k yen, that's roughly $430
- WSJ reported that Sony will reveal the next PS in its Feb 20th event

Q: Does a $430 nerve center sound like what Sony needs?

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slLinkedIn crushes Q4 expectations with revenue of $303.6M, EPS of $0.35 as it passes 200 million usershttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/02/07/linkedin-crushes-q4-expectations-with-revenue-of-303-6m-eps-of-0-35-as-it-crosses-the-200-million-users/

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- Q4 revenue of $303.6M, and earnings per share of $0.35 - Analysts had expected revenue of $280M, and earnings per share of $0.19.
- was trading up close to 10% on the after-hours market last night
- in a call with investors and analysts, CEO Jeff Weiner says "One of the things that we're increasingly focused on in 2013 is going to be the opportunity to support content marketing."
- LinkedIn Today aggregates and features top news items (FB news feed). LinkedIn Influencers/experts like Richard Branson give exclusive content to LinkedIn. Weiner said the service has made 200 professional biz celebs "influencers", says they're crucial to LinkedIn hitting 9.8B page-views in Q4 (doesn't even factor in mobile #s)
- LinkedIn wants to keep you engaged w business content you won't find elsewhere -- from businesses and pros. if ppl spend more time reading linkedin, the co. can get clients to list more jobs and spend more on ads.
new money-maker: new ad unit called "sponsored content." With sponsored content, companies can pay to promote their whitepapers and best-practice documents to a select group of the brand's followers. The ad unit, still in early testing, is like a professional twist on Facebook's Sponsored Stories.
- will raise prices for its software tools for HR professionals—for job listings and LinkedIn recruiter.
- 27% of LinkedIn's unique visiting members came through mobile apps, which are its fastest-growing consumer experience. And nearly 20% of job views and 30 percent of job viewers came from mobile.

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slSkyDrive updated to support Office document editing without a Microsoft accounthttp://www.theverge.com/2013/2/8/3967344/skydrive-update-document-editing-without-microsoft-account

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A billion Office documents on SkyDrive, now with easier collaboration

http://blogs.windows.com/skydrive/b/skydrive/archive/2013/02/08/a-billion-office-documents-on-skydrive-now-with-easier-collaboration.aspx

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- windows blog: our customers are now storing over a billion Office documents on SkyDrive!
- new feature in Office Web Apps, live now
- You can share a document with other users who don't have a Microsoft account, then they can edit the doc and save anonymously.
- MS says it made the inclusion after receiving feedback from users, particularly students, frustrated w others who don't all use MS. used to be you had to sign up for acct to edit
- as a doc creator -- you can still invite people via email and you can force them to sign in via the "require user to sign-in" check box.

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iaGoogle Drive now highlights third-party apps alongside docs, spreadsheets, and presentationshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/2/8/3967422/google-drive-now-highlights-third-party-apps-alongside-docs

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Google Drive’s Create menu now lets you add and access third-party, Drive-enabled appshttp://thenextweb.com/google/2013/02/08/google-drives-create-menu-now-lets-you-add-and-access-third-party-drive-enabled-apps/

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- Google updated Google Drive
- When you hit the Create, there's an option that says "Connect more apps."
- Clicking that option shows you a catalog of apps you can connect to Drive. Presentation is similar to the Chrome Web Store
- These apps were already available in the Chrome store, but this looks to be easier discovery with apps that integrate with Drive (not just Chrome)
- By default you'll have "Docs in Google Drive" installed
- Apps include HelloFax, WeVideo (a video editor), Zoho Writer, OpenOffice Document Reader and some music players.

Q: Will this get people to see/use Google Drive more like cloud storage instead of a rebranded Google Docs?

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tmAmazon Wants to Get Into the Used E-Book Business — Or Bury Ithttp://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/amazon-used-e-book-patent/

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USPTO 8364595 - Secondary market for digital objects http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8364595.PN.&OS=PN/8364595&RS=PN/8364595SOURCE

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Wired's Marcus Wohlsen article
- January 29, Amazon received patent "Secondary market for digital objects - Rights would be removed and object deleted from seller
- Limited number of "resales"
- Gives Amazon total control over resales, can cut their own authors in not he royalties
- Could possibly cut in publishers and make more money?
- Mike Shatzkin, consultant, believes its possible Amazon just wants to keep this process off the market.
- ReDigi supposedly moves used digital content bit by bit from a seller's computer before the new owner can access it
Q: How stupid are these ideas?

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Astronauts Will Tackle Your Questions In A Google+ Hangout From The International Space Stationhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/02/08/astronauts-will-tackle-your-questions-in-a-google-hangout-from-the-international-space-station/

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Today is Cyberspace Independence day. In 1996 John Perry Barlowe posted the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspacehttps://projects.eff.org/~barlow/Declaration-Final.html

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Nexus 7 WiFi + 3G model goes on sale in Japan tomorrow February 9th

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also tomorrow Surface Pro sales begin in the US and Canada, starting at $899

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monday the 11th all things d's d:dive into media event begins, runs through tuesday in orange county, ca

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SimCity hosting another closed beta on February 16http://www.slashgear.com/simcity-hosting-another-closed-beta-on-february-16-08268605/

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Good morning

On the show yesterday you mentioned paying for content by screen size or by resolution. I'd like to make the point that we already do that. iTunes, Amazon Instant, and Vudu, among others all sell and rent content in both SD and HD formats. The HD format is always at least a dollar more than the SD videos.

I often rent a movie in HD from Amazon on my original Kindle Fire then watch it from my X-Box because the Fire won't play HD and I can't pay for the content from my X-Box.

Love the show,

andrew

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Hey Ya'll,

I just wanted to comment on the excuse we often make about devices with teeny storage (ala Microsoft Surface's marketing hard drive numbers vs real world) - That we can just use the "cloud" to fill in the gap for most of our storage needs. I get that, but as a consultant residing in NYC this dependence on an internet connection is just not an option the vast majority of the time.

Seeing that my "office" is essentially either mostly underground or in a plane/train/taxi cab with spotty wireless service the assumption that I'll be more productive is just wrong and mean.

My point is we need to update our wireless infrastructure BIG time in order to fully enjoy the conveniences this technology offers and before we can start giving a pass to companies who sacrifice storage for say resolution - storage is waaay more import IMHO.

- Keith

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