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tmT-Mobile announced today that its fast LTE service is now live in Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, KS; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA and Washington D.C. They hope to cover 90% of the top 25 markets by the end of the year. The company also announced the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5 are all coming tot he network for $99 down. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 arrives not he network May 1.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57576096-94/t-mobiles-uncarrier-event-join-us-at-8-a.m-pt-today-live-blog/

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slChina's official newspaper, People's Daily, criticized Apple for what it called an "empty and self-praising" response to an earlier report by China's national television broadcaster CCTV, which alleged that Apple treats Chinese consumers differently than it does customers in other countries and with poor warranty policies. Over the weekend, Apple posted a message on its Chinese website that said it provides a 90-day warranty on repairs - same as in the US - which is longer than the 30 days mandated by law in China. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22868036/chinas-government-backed-media-bashes-apple

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iaToday, Facebook's officially launching threaded replies on Facebook Pages. Page admins can opt into the the feature right now. Stating July 10th, the replies feature will be on by default. The most active comments will float to the top and the threads will be re-ordered for each viewer depending on their connections. http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/25/4146246/facebook-enables-replies-pages-will-be-default-july-10

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tmThe Language Council of Sweden has dropped the ogooglebar from its list of official new Swedish words. The term translated to Ungoogleable and meant something "that you can't find on the web with the use of a search engine" Google complained about the generalization of its brand and the Council decided it wasn't worth wasting its time on dealing with the complaint.http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/26/4148062/google-forces-sweden-to-drop-word-ungoogleable

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slThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching a new trademark clearinghouse today as a way for trademark owners to protect their intellectual property as the organization makes way for hundreds of new generic top-level domains. Trademark owners can register their marks before a new TLD is launched and protect their trademarks if other companies try to register a website using their trademarks. isn't free, The annual fee ranges between US$95 and $150.http://www.itworld.com/it-management/349665/icanns-trademark-clearinghouse-launch-tuesday

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iaThe analysts agree that Apple will report its income this quarter was lower than last year at the same time. This would be the first time Apple would report such news since 2003. While revenues are projected to be a record high, it's Apple's declining gross margins on products like iPads and Macs that is causing income to be lower. http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/24/apple-negative-income-growth/

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tmThe Economic Times of India reports Apple plans to triple its exclusive stores to around 200 by 2015. Three anonymous franchisees have been asked to scale up operations. Apple also plans to expand its presence in multi-brand stores, they said. Samsung has dominated smartphone sales in INdia. Last November Apple began selling phones direct to consumers instead of exclusively through mobile carriers.http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/apple-plans-to-scale-up-presence-in-india-to-triple-exclusive-stores-to-200-by-2015/articleshow/19204356.cms

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slReddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is calling out his "fellow geeks" in a new blog post for the crude responses, death threats, and DDOS attacks following the Adria Richards debacle, which involved her calling out two men for innapropriate behavior at a conference. Ohanian says free speech must be used responsibly, and that while the open nature of the internet allowed those contrary voices to stand out, "i don't believe it represents the majority of us."http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/25/4146078/reddit-co-founder-alexis-ohanian-calls-out-fellow-geeks

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tmMicrosoft has started updating its Windows 8 Mail, Calendar and People apps. The updates are available in the Windows Store. Mail updates include flagging, junk mail, and folder support. Calendar gets a new weekly view and an inline time view, but loses integration with Google Calendar.http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/25/4146964/windows-8-mail-calendar-people-updates-now-available

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iaGoogle is now offering the "Nik Collection" which is a bundle of six plugins for Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop for $150. The plugins were originally created by Nik Software, a company that Google acquired - Nik Software also made Snapseed. The plugins include a variety of tools to let you work with HDR, color correction, and reduce noise. Google is also offering a free 15-day free trial. http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/25/google-launches-nik-collection-a-149-bundle-of-nik-softwares-plugins-for-photoshop-lightroom-and-aparture/

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tmT-Mobile finally gets the iPhonehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57576319-94/t-mobile-finally-gets-the-iphone/

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T-Mobile announces first LTE marketshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/03/26/t-mobile-announces-first-lte-markets/

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T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere ranted and raved about carrier plans
- LTE in seven markets in total. Now, subscribers in Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, KS; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA and Washington D.C. 10-20 Mbps down 8-12 up
- LTE in 90% of top 25 markets. 200 million people covered by the end of the year, 100 million by midyear. Voice over LTE as well apparently. "HD Voice"
- HTC One ($99), Samsung Galaxy S4 May 1, Galaxy Note II and BlackBerry Z10 ($99)
- iPhone 5 on Friday, April 12. The new iPhone 5 will be available for a $99.99 down payment. (iPhone 4 and 4S as well)
- iPhone 5 will work on 1900 MHz, AWS and LTE
- New plans as described previously, $50 for a line $10 for additional lines, $10 for 2GB of '4G' data, $20 for unlimited '4G' (though tethering is limited to 2.5GB). Best phones additional $20 per month.
- If you leave T-Mobile before spaying off phone, you owe the balance, but there's a 'fair market credit' for trade-ins.
- Phones are NOT unlocked if you're paying them off still.

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iaBlackBerry has 'exciting' flagship phone planned for holidays http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57575704-94/blackberry-has-exciting-flagship-phone-planned-for-holidays/

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You’re Doing It Wrong, BlackBerryhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/03/25/sigh/

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BlackBerry Looking for Better Buzz When Z10 Hits T-Mobile, Verizonhttp://allthingsd.com/20130326/blackberry-looking-for-better-buzz-when-z10-hits-t-mobile-verizon/

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- Thorstein Heins is so excited about BlackBerry's future, that he can't hide it.
- Talking to CNet, Heins says he's "very excited about" another flagship smartphone that may hit during the holidays.
- "It takes BlackBerry 10 to another level in terms of the user experience."
- In the near future, Heins says to expect the Q10 2-3 months after the Z10. (The Q10 is the one with the QWERTY keyboard).
- The Z10 launches tomorrow in ATT stores in the U.S. The VZ version launches on the 28th. First launched on Jan 31 in the UK, Canada got the device on Feb 5th

- Goldman and Citigroup looked at Z10′s launch. It found that there was “shockingly low support by AT&T with extremely limited signage and more signage for Samsung and Apple products.” There's also a lack of marketing support at Best Buy and RadioShack.

Q: Could BlackBerry get hit with the Osborne Effect by a statement like this?

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slEvernote Inks Deal With Deutsche Telekomhttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416996,00.asp

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- Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, says introduction of Google Keep helps him... says since Keep launched, downloads and usage are up enough for him to notice.
- evernote 5 just hit google play store - revamped camera interface. You can now take several images and add them all to a note in one shot. new feature for premium members that exposes the contents of uploaded documents to the search.
- new partnership with Germany's Deutsche Telekom - 60M mobile, broadband, fixed-line customers get Evernote Premium until Sept 25, 2014 - 18 months of free premium service.
- normally $52/year to access offline notebooks, supersized uploads, added security, etc
- New customers must request the Premium update online or via the latest version of the Android app; those who already have the upgraded service can extend it for a year
- other Evernote partners: NTT Docomo in Japan, Orange France, KT in Korea, & Taiwan Mobile
- Evernote came to several european countries this year

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tmApple's first quarter of negative income growth since 2003http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/24/apple-negative-income-growth/

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Apple's March Quarter Madnesshttp://www.postsateventide.com/2013/03/apples-march-quarter-madness.html

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Analysts expect Q2 for Apple to show the first income decline (yoy) in a decade
- Thomson Financial consensus $10.18 EPS down from $12.30
- Also expected to announce record revenue of $41 to $43 billion. But still slowest rate of quarterly revenue growth in the company's recent past.
- Apple's ability to apply the fixed costs of iPhone 4 series production over a much larger number of units sold.
- Gross margin (revenue into profit) Lower ((peaked 47.37% last year, this spring expected 37.5% to 38.5%))
- Fall quarter gross margins (launch of IP5) look identical to Fall 2011 (IP4)
- Post from Robert Leitao, founder of Braeburn Group argues that increase in costs with the shifting product release cycles caused a blip that won't be repeated soon.
- Need to add NTT Docomo and CHina Mobile and they'll be fine. A new Mac Pro wouldn't hurt ASP and boost revenue a bit.

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iaMicrosoft's MixShape uses big data and clever visuals to craft the perfect Spotify playlist
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/25/4147120/microsofts-mixshape-uses-big-data-to-craft-perfect-spotify-playlisthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5bKcT9r3RY

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- There's a new music tool called MixShape available at mixshape.ie
- It's a partnership of Microsoft, Spotify and The Echo Nest
- What it does: You tell MixShape what kind of mood you want for your playlist (Work, Exercise, Party). Then you put in a link from one of your spotify playlists. Mixshape analyzes your playlist. Then it will reorder and substitute tracks in your Spotify playlists to match a particular mood.
- Your new playlist is shown to you in an animated visual so you can see how the songs flow together.
- You can edit your playlist by redefining the line/shape of your mix
- Music can be saved as a Spotify playlist or share it to twitter, facebook or email

Q: Is this something you'd use? Would a service that helps you curate your playlists get you to use a service like Spotify more?
- The tool maxes out at 300 songs
- MixShape is optimized for IE and for Win8 touch, but it works fine on Chrome on a Mac. Mixshapes can be pinned to Win8's start screen

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slStocksy aims to bring the soul back into stock photographyhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57576184-93/stocksy-aims-to-bring-the-soul-back-into-stock-photography/

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- Bruce Livingstone, founder of the iStockphoto, sold to Getty Imgs in 2006 for $50M. he was fired in 2009
- different model. no venture capital, no exit strategy, photogs get 50% rev, + photogs split the profits left over at the end of each year
- says photog royalties were declining, too much competition, bad quality
- 220 photographers on board today, currently uploading about 1,000 images a day, with images priced between $10 and $100. plans to grow to 500 photogs, no huge scale
- planning vector-based art, but no video
- photographers discovered Getty had licensed their images to Google for use on its online services like Google Docs and Google Slides- photog sean locke got vocal about it, got booted of iStock
- publicly traded competitor Shutterstock is planning a premium photo collection called Offset. Livingstone was scornful of the stock-art industry's premium push. "They're moving stuff that was in regular collections into premium collections and jacking up the price," he said. Stocksy is aiming for the high end of the market, but "we're kind of reducing the price again."

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Tesla's Elon Musk tweets about big announcement for Thursdayhttp://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-57576206-48/teslas-elon-musk-tweets-about-big-announcement-for-thursday/

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Twitter Holding A Mobile-Focused Platform Event April 2 To Discuss “Exciting New Features,” No Press Allowedhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/03/25/twitter-holding-a-mobile-focused-platform-event-april-2-to-discuss-exciting-new-features-no-press-allowed/

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Chromebook Pixel with LTE to ship by April 8thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/03/25/chromebook-pixel-with-lte-to-ship-by-april-8th/

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Long time fan, followed Tom over from BOL. Anyways, I was thinking about this whole deal with trying to pass laws against using Google Glass while driving. While I understand the concern about distracted driving, with modern cars i.e. BMWs, we're seeing the slow creep of HUDs displayed onto the front windshield. Why not have a "car mode" for Google Glass where it ties into only the car via Bluetooth and displays information like speed, how much gas you have left, and if you're using GPS, when your next turn is. I'm sure the developers for Google Glass apps can build it so it's subtle and no more distracting than a dash...and a GPS...and a stereo, and whatever else you have running. Just a thought.

- Rob from Orlando

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