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tmYou can now leave video messages for people on Skype. Skype is rolling out video messaging today to its iOS, Android, and Mac apps in the US, UK, and a few other countries. Messages are limited to 3 minutes. The service will eventually come to Windows as well, but no word on when.http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/15/skype-officially-rolls-out-video-messaging-windows-live-messenger-transition-starts-in-april/

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slAlleged screenshots of the OS powering a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch have surfaced online. Today SlashGear obtained screenshots from a Korean message board. Featured prominently in one leaked screen are the words “Samsung Galaxy Altius.” ,but they don't look like they're from a smartphone OS. These screenshots carried a 500×500 resolution and suggest a black and white LCD display. Looks like a watch to me. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/02/15/is-samsung-developing-a-companion-smartwatch-for-galaxy-s-iv/

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iaThe battle between NY Times writer John Broder and Tesla continues. Broder has written a response to Elon Musk's rebuttal of Broder's original NYT piece. The original piece said the Tesla Model S could not make a drive from Washington D.C. to Boston. Musk accused Broder of sabotaging the test drive. Broder's newest piece says his driving and charging habits were done with express directions from people working at Tesla. Oh, and CNN has thrown their hat into this circus, too. A CNN reporter took the same drive from D.C. to Boston with plenty of power left over. http://www.thestreet.com/story/11843337/1/new-york-times-fires-back-at-tesla.html

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Test drive: DC to Boston in a Tesla Model Shttp://money.cnn.com/2013/02/15/autos/tesla-model-s/

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tmFacebook is now free to force Germans to use their real names on its social network. The Administrative Court of Schleswig granted Facebook’s request for “suspensive effect” against a ruling, made by Schleswig-Holstein’s Data Protection Commissioner. The court ruled that since Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland, only Irish data protection laws apply.http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/15/facebook-wins-court-challenge-in-germany-against-its-real-names-policy/

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slNintendo has already cut its forecasts for the Wii U after sales failed to meet expectations. So how bad was it? The NPD group has released its report for January video game retail sales and is isn't providing specific hardware numbers but a source tells Gamasutra that the Wii U sold "well under" 100,000 units.http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/15/3990934/npd-january-2013-sales-figures-wii-u

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iaOpera announced it's buying Skyfire Labs in a deal that could be worth as much as $155 million. You might have heard of Skyfire before, they make a browser that allowed you to watch Flash videos on iOS. Skyfire as a company is a mobile video optimization specialist that reduces the size of video and other media by up to 60%. Looks like Skyfire ought to be a piece of Opera's Turbo mode in the near future. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/02/15/opera-buys-skyfire-labs-a-mobile-video-optimization-specialist-and-fellow-browser-maker/

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tmMicrosoft might as well take 2.5 billion dollars out to the dumpster behind its Redmond offices and burn it according to Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt. Those are not at all his words actually. Holt made the more reasonable claim that if Microsoft were to make its badly-kept-secret Office for iOS product available for $60, the company would make about $2.5 billion off it even after Apple took its cut. Still, BURN IT BALLMER BURN IT!http://www.zdnet.com/analyst-microsoft-losing-2-5b-a-year-on-office-for-ios-delay-7000011371/

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slHTCSource reported a week ago that HTC would start selling the HTC M7 in Europe on March 8th, with a price tag of of €649.99 (roughly $880). Today, HTCsource says a trusted source says the U.S launch of the HTC One (M7) is set for March 22nd on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint with 32GB of internal storage, starting at $199.99 with a two year contract. http://htcsource.com/2013/02/exclusive-htc-one-m7-u-s-retail-availability-and-price-revealed/

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tmWant to play Portal, TF2, Half Life and CounterStrike on your Ubuntu Machine. Well now you can. Valve officially launched its Steam client for Linux. And knowing how Linux users like free and cheap stuff, they have a sale. 50 of the almost 60 Linux titles are now 50 percent to 75 percent off until 10:00AM PST on Thursday, February 21.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21471974

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iaPresident Obama is asking for "smarter patent laws" and says that the 2011 "efforts at patent reform only went halfway to the point where they need to go." The patent laws would address the growing bunch of litigious non-practicing entities. In other words, patent law has to deal with those dang patent trolls. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-obama-patent-idUSBRE91E03320130215

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slSkype Video Messages launches for Mac, iPhone, and Androidhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/2/15/3991770/skype-video-messages-mac-ios-android-hands-on

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Skype calls now equivalent to one-third of global phone traffichttp://arstechnica.com/business/2013/02/skype-calls-now-equivalent-to-one-third-of-global-phone-traffic/

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- new skype video msg service rolling out this week. iOS, Android, and Mac. Designed for online and offline messaging, Video Messages lets Skype users send up to three minutes of video to each other. Although it won't initially be available for Windows users, those using the Skype for Windows or Skype for Windows Phone will receive the messages with a link to view them online.
- video will be delivered in the chat part of Skype. The Mac client is very much the same, but there's an optional to download the video messages you receive (MP4 format)
- US & UK users only at first
- New research (PDF) from TeleGeography, a telecom market analysis firm, shows that worldwide Skype usage is now equivalent to over one-third of all international phone traffic—a record level.
- international telephone traffic grew 5 percent in 2012, to 490 billion minutes.” At the same time, “cross-border Skype-to-Skype voice and video traffic grew 44 percent in 2012, to 167 billion minutes. This increase of nearly 51 billion minutes is more than twice that achieved by all international carriers in the world, combined.”

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tmValve opens Linux video game storehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21471974

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Valve releases Steam for Linux client, celebrates with week-long sale of 50 Linux titles at 50% to 75% offhttp://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/02/14/valve-releases-steam-for-linux-client-celebrates-with-week-long-sale-of-50-linux-titles-at-50-to-75-off/

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Steam for Linux Now Availablehttp://www.valvesoftware.com/news/SOURCE

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Steam client downloadable from Ubuntu Software Center
- Valve just laid off about 10% of its staff Gabew Newell said "We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here."
-50 Linux titles are now 50 percent to 75 percent off until 10:00AM PST on Thursday, February 21.
- Almost 60 games in store including TF2, Half-Life, Counter-Strike 1.6, and Counter-Strike: Source. Also Amnesia, FTL, Serious Sam 3 and World of Goo.
- David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical, said in a statement. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”
Q: Will Canonical get its wish?

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iaFacebook Seeking Sales Boost Lets Users Tout Friend Posts
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-14/facebook-unveils-tool-for-users-to-promote-friends-posts.html

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Facebook: Now Pay to Promote Your Friends' Posts
http://mashable.com/2013/02/14/facebook-pay-promote-friends-posts/

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- Facebook is rolling out a new feature right now
- If you pay $7, you can promote your friends' posts
- This is an expansion to FB's service that lets you promote your own posts for the same amount of money
- FB gave an example case where you'd use the feature: if your friend was running a marathon for charity and has posted that, you can help by promoting that post to all of your friends
- The tool for promoting friends’ posts will be gradually introduced globally and won't be available to people with more than 5,000 friends and followers

Q: Would you pay to promote your friends' FB status? Who is this feature for?

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slNew York Times Fires Back At Teslahttp://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/that-tesla-data-what-it-says-and-what-it-doesnt/

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- NYT's John Broder has fired back at Tesla. Argues whether Tesla "ran out" of juice or not, it physically shut down
- says at critical time when passing charging station, car didn't alert him, nobody from Tesla alerted him
- says he got on phone during his drive with tesla personnel a dozen times, some info for maximizing battery life contracticted others
- about the parking lot donuts: "I was in fact driving around the Milford service plaza on Interstate 95, in the dark, trying to find the unlighted and poorly marked Tesla Supercharger. He did not share that data, which Tesla has now posted online, with me at the time."
- in defense he's a electric car hater:"Since 2009, I have been the Washington bureau reporter responsible for coverage of energy, environment and climate change. I have written numerous articles about the auto industry and several vehicle reviews for the Automobiles pages."
very he said she said story. but tesla's stock took a hit after original article was written. and some have accused elon musk of bullying a reporter. does tesla have a PR problem?

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tmAnalyst: Microsoft losing $2.5B a year on Office for iOS delayhttp://www.zdnet.com/analyst-microsoft-losing-2-5b-a-year-on-office-for-ios-delay-7000011371/

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Morgan-Stanley Analyst Adam Holt estimates $2.5 billion
-1/2 what Office earns, which is 1/5 of company quarterly revenue
- Open secret MS has iOS and Android versions in development
- Holt: $60 for Office 1/3 iPd users buy
- Apple makes 30% of all that money
- Could use subscription model or HTML5 versions to circumvent app store
Q: Is this what Microsoft needs?

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iaWii U sales collapse with 'well under' 100,000 sold in Januaryhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/2/15/3990934/npd-january-2013-sales-figures-wii-u

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January sales show continued rough tides for the Wii U
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/186734/January_sales_show_continued_rough_tides_for_the_Wii_U.php#.UR5WhVpAQWz

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NPD Numbers for January: Xbox 360 Up, Wii U Down
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/122149-NPD-Numbers-for-January-Xbox-360-Up-Wii-U-Down

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- NPD released some video game data, says video game retail sales were up 9% compared to last year.
- However, NPD considered January 2013 a "leap month" and included a 5th week of data from December
- If the data was normalized to check 4-week periods, retail video game sales would be down 13% instead of up 9% acc'g to NPD
- Specific hardware numbers not in the NPD data

- A Gamasutra source says the Wii U sold well under 100,000 units (Nintendo said it sold 460k units in December). Gamasutra estimates sales to be between 45k and 59k units
- MS announced it sold 281k Xbox 360s in January 2013. That's the 25th consecutive month the Xbox 360 has been the best selling console. 76M consoles sold worldwide
- Sony says its shipped 77M PS3s

Q: The whole video game market is in a slump looking at the normalized data. Is Nintendo just in a bad market right now or is the Wii U a loser?

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Meteor explodes over Russia, injuring hundredshttp://arstechnica.com/science/2013/02/meteor-explodes-over-russia-injuring-hundreds/VIDEOhttp://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/

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Watch: Incredible dashboard footage of the Russian meteor strikehttp://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/02/15/watch-insane-dashboard-footage-of-the-russian-meteor-strike/

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SimCity hosting another closed beta tomorrow 2/16

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Nintendo merging handheld and console divisions this weekend

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Messenger’s Skype transition will commence April 8th, won’t wrap until the end of that monthhttp://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/02/15/messengers-skpe/

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I'm watching today's podcast, your talking about HP making an Android phone because they're all out of options due to WebOS not working. What about if they made a Windows Phone? They used to make really great Windows Phones back when Blackberries were really popular.

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Dear TNT Crew,

I was watching Thursday's episode with your discussion of public / government Internet service in Georgia with great interest, as I have lived with government Internet for the last six years.

I was lucky enough to help construct the County wide Internet network in Cambria County Pennsylvania. The network delivers Internet to paying subscribers using 5.8ghz point to multi-point radios, and can give users anywhere between 6 and 15 mb/s. It also delivered free Internet to police, fire, and Ems stations in the county for backup emergency communications.

Today, the customer base is shrinking because the more traditional telco's responded to the competition and pushed out services faster. For example, We deployed a tower with 150 customers ready to go, by the time the construction was done, Verizon had DLS in that town, something they didn't ever want to do prior to the announcement of construction.

These sorts if networks drive competition at the very least.

Thank you all for the work you put in. You are our nightly ritual after a long day of work.

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