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Honestly good news for Blackberry, The real damage of the Spamhaus war, Sony shows a little more PS4 http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
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tmReally, and I'm not kidding you, or being sarcastic, or even charitable. Good news for BlackBerry. Blackberry reported 22 cents earings per share on $2.7 billion in revenue beating consensus expectations of a loss of 28 cents a share on $2.8 billion in revenue. BlackBerry also sold 6 million phones, 1 million of them the new Z10s. Former RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has announced that he will step down as Vice Chair and Director of the companyhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/blackberry-posts-promising-q4-results-after-bb10-launch-eps-of-0-22-revenue-of-2-7b-1m-z10s-shipped/

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slCyberBunker, which we explained yesterday was accused of backing a DDoS attack against anti-spam site Spamhaus, had its own website knocked offline, though CyberBunker spokesman Kamphuis claimed that his company isn't responsible for the DDoS attacks that were first launched last week against Spamhaus, instead pointing to an internet collective going by Stophaus.com. he says "Spamhaus pretends to be spam fighters, but effectively they're just a censorship organization which worked itself into a position where they can just look at a website and shut it down."http://www.informationweek.com/security/attacks/ddos-spam-feud-backfires-bulletproof-cyb/240151895

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This week's internet attack took down critical network facility in Londonhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/3/28/4156570/Dutch-spamhaus-DDoS-took-down-london-internet-exchange

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iaAt the Game Developers Choice Awards, the game "Journey" grabbed 6 of 11 awards. Journey is a PS3 downloadable game made by a studio named "thatgamecompany" and is the first independent title to win the "Game of the Year" award. Much to my surprise, the game "Journey" is not a power ballad band sim, but is about a guy in a desert traveling. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/journey-an-indie-video-game-wins-top-prizes/

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tmGoogle officially opened its same day delivery shopping service called Google Shopping Express. Users can sign up for a free six-month trial of the service in San Francisco and on the peninsula from San Mateo to San Jose. A limited number of users will be selected fro the trial and can only get delivery from participating retailers including Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle, Toys“R”Us, Office Depot, Blue Bottle Coffee, Raley’s Nob Hill Foods, and Palo Alto Toy & Sport.http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/google-starts-testing-google-shopping-express-today-in-sf-free-delivery-at-target-walgreens-staples-and-more/

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slAdults are the biggest texting-while-driving problem in the USA, even though they know it's wrong. Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it's wrong but still do it. Six in 10 say they weren't doing it three years ago. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/28/adults-worse-than-teens-about-texting-behind-wheel/2026331/

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iaEgypt says it's arrested three men who were found cutting an undersea internet cable belonging to Telecom Egypt. The three were found on a fishing boat off of the city of Alexandria. So far, no statements as to why this group attempted to cut the cable. If those three guys are watching, as a retired attorney, I'd suggest not saying you were just trying to cut the cord. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21963100

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tmThe US isn't kidding around when it comes to blocking Chinese manufacturers. First, ZDNet reports the US may only approve the merger of Softbank and Sprint of the companies agree to stop using gear from Huawei and ZTE. Also, on Tuesday the President signed The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, which prohibits the Commerce and Justice departments, NASA and the National Science Foundation from buying any IT systems “produced, manufactured or assembled” by any organisation which is “owned, operated or subsidised” by China.http://www.zdnet.com/china-remains-of-concern-in-sprint-softbank-deal-7000013231/

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slGoogle Maps is expanding with real-time transit information for New York, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. In New York City for example, subway riders can check Google News to locate their next train. Google added live departure times for seven lines; it didn't specify which ones, but a quick look at Google Maps showed information for most major lines. In Salt Lake City, Google added real-time departure information about buses and trams in the region. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417138,00.asp

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tmAmy Chozick of the New York Times reports Sue Gardner said she will step down as executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation which runs Wikipedia among several other sites. Gardner told the Times she will leave in 6 months after Wikimedia chooses a successor. Gardner says she worries about the broader conditions of a free and open Internet and wants to advocate more directly for it. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/a-driving-force-behind-wikipedia-to-step-down/

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iaHead of MS PR Frank Shaw published a blogpost touting Windows Phone saying "Windows Phone has reached 10 percent market share in a number of countries, and according to IDC’s latest report, has shipped more than Blackberry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven." The New York Times read that to mean that Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in seven countries and contacted IDC to find out which were the lucky seven. They were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine. The seventh "country" is really an area - a group of countries from central and eastern Europe. However, the blogpost could be read to mean "seven markets" - which would mean Shaw is technically correct - the best kind of correct. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/where-in-the-world-are-windows-phones-outselling-iphones/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
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tmBlackBerry Posts Promising Q4 Results After BB10 Launch: EPS Of $0.22, Revenue Of $2.7B, ~1M Z10s Shippedhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/blackberry-posts-promising-q4-results-after-bb10-launch-eps-of-0-22-revenue-of-2-7b-1m-z10s-shipped/

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BlackBerry Posts Surprise Quarterly Profit, Ships One Million Z10shttp://allthingsd.com/20130328/blackberry-posts-surprise-quarterly-profit-sells-1-million-z10s/

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BlackBerry: BB10 is stealing customers away from rivalshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57576750-94/blackberry-bb10-is-stealing-customers-away-from-rivals/

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- EPS .22 $2.7 billion revenue, adjusted net income of $114
- Forecast? LOSS of .28 EPS on $2.8 billion revenue
- Year ago .80 EPS $4.6 billion revenue
- Expecting break-even next quarter
- Shipped 1 Million Z10s out of 6 million phones, 55% Z10s switching from other OS acc. to Thorsten Heins (likely Symbian)
- Subs down slightly from 79 million in December to 76 million, affected by lack of low cost option, Q10 may help there
- Former RIM co-CEO and Vice Chair Mike Lazaridis is retiring on May 1 to focus on Quantum Valley Investments
Q: Certainly not out of the woods yet, but not bad. What's the way forward for Blackberry here?

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slThat Internet War Apocalypse Is a Liehttp://gizmodo.com/5992652

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This week's internet attack took down critical network facility in Londonhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/3/28/4156570/Dutch-spamhaus-DDoS-took-down-london-internet-exchange

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DDoS Spam Feud Backfires: 'Bulletproof' CyberBunker Bustedhttp://www.informationweek.com/security/attacks/ddos-spam-feud-backfires-bulletproof-cyb/240151895

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Spamhaus attacks expose huge open DNS server dangershttp://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237951/Spamhaus_attacks_expose_huge_open_DNS_server_dangers

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- Gizmodo's Sam Biddle - Spamhaus vs. Cyberbunker are indeed fighting, but no evidence of huge attack
- no evidence of Netflix outage, tho reported by both NYT & WSJ
- no dips/spikes on Internet Traffic Report, which monitors state of net
- began last week, why didn't we hear about it then?
- says Spamhaus & CloudFlare, the anti-DDoS firm Spamhaus hired ward off the attack, are the only ones crying meltdown
- two global internet monitoring companies, NTT & Renesys, told Biddle they see no global effects. - amazon cloud hosting ran smoothly
- verge is reporting real damage - London Internet Exchange (LINX), a fiber-equipped exchange point that moves data between different parts of the network. It's legally designated as critical infrastructure, so the government sees keeping it running as a matter of national security. typically LINX peaks out at 1.6 terabits per second, but if you look at the graph below, you can see their self-monitored traffic line crater for hours in the middle of the day. never happened before
PROBLEM IS DNS CONFIG: Spamhaus attacks involved traffic volumes that reached 300Gbps, 3x what we've seen before.
- DNS servers look up and resolve domain names to matching IPs. If DNS server lacks domain info in its database or cache, it queries other nearby DNS servers- should be config'd to look up only within domain or IP range. millions of open DNS resolvers respond to queries from outside, then anyone on the Internet can use an open DNS server to handle genuine or malicious queries.
- Spamhaus attack sent queries with a spoofed source address to tens of thousands of open DNS resolvers, made it apper to originate from spamhaus, got forwarded to spamhaus, traffic multiplied
- The Open DNS Resolver Project estimates 27M active DNS servers that are open resolvers. About 25M of those pose a significant threat

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iaPlayStation 4 lead looked at x86 chips in 2007, wants polished games on day onehttp://www.engadget.com/2013/03/27/playstation-4-lead-looked-at-x86-chips-in-2007/

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Sony dives deep into the PS4’s hardware power, controller features at GDC http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/03/sony-dives-deep-into-the-ps4s-hardware-power-controller-features-at-gdc/

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- In an interview with Gamasutra Mark Cerny, PS4 lead architect, says that Sony's been working on the PS4 since 2007 (a year after the PS3 launched)
- He saw that there were "some issues" with getting the most out of the PS3 Cell processor
- That's why the PS4 moved to a new system with unified memory and an 8-core x86 processor
- "The biggest thing was that we didn't want the hardware to be a puzzle that programmers would be needing to solve to make quality titles," says Cerny.
At the Game Developers Conference
- Sony gave some details on its new DualShock 4 controller. It drops analog face buttons and the d-pad in favor of digital
- The new PS4 Eye uses two cameras and has an 85 degree field of view, uses a four-mic array, and its own three-axis accelerometer

Q: How are these pieces of info shaping your image of the PS4?

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tmWalmart to tap in-store customers to deliver to your home?http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57576747-93/walmart-to-tap-in-store-customers-to-deliver-to-your-home/

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Exclusive: Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-retail-walmart-delivery-idUSBRE92R03820130328

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Google launches same-day delivery in San Francisco Bay Areahttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-google-deliveryservice-idUSBRE92R0FN20130328

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Wal-Mart CEO Joel Anderson told Reuters about brainstorming an idea to have in-store shoppers agree to deliver products to online orderers
- 25 stores do delivery. Currently uses FedEx, or its own trucks in 5 cities (WalMart To Go - same day)
- Idea is 1-2 years away
- Similar to Zipments which allows people to bid on courier jobs
- RELATED: Google opened up Shopping Express Thursday morning in SF and the Peninsula
- 6 months free same day delivery from Target, Office Depot Inc, Staples Inc and Toys 'R' Us Inc and smaller, local firms such as Blue Bottle Coffee and Palo Alto Toy & Sport.
- Ebay has had it in SF for a year, Amazon been toying it with it for years
Q: Do we really want same-day that bad? Would we trust it to be crowdsourced?

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iaNetflix Taps “Matrix” Makers for New Series http://allthingsd.com/20130327/netflix-taps-matrix-makers-for-new-series/

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Amazon Studios Greenlights ‘Betas’, Another Comedy Show About Silicon Valley
http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/27/amazon-studios-greenlights-betas-another-comedy-show-about-silicon-valley/

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- Netflix announced a new show called "Sense8" with the vague description of "a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted”
- 10 episodes to launch in 2014
- The show is being produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski, creators of the Matrix and the team behind V for Vendetta and Speed Racer. It's the Wachowskis first TV project
- J. Michael Straczynski will be the showrunner. Straczynski's worked on a number of high profile projects like Thor and Babylon5

- Amazon's announced its newest show called "Betas" which is about “four computer geeks and their quest for nerd fame”.
- Michael Lehmann will direct - he directed "Heathers"
- Ed Begley Jr.'s the biggest star attached.

Q: Amazon's working on six comedies, Netflix has a pipeline of a couple of dramas and a couple of comedies. Both are making children's shows. Is there a right way to do set up an original programming catalog? What sounds like the better show?

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slHow Strong Social Ties Hinder the Spread of Rumourshttp://www.technologyreview.com/view/512951/how-strong-social-ties-hinder-the-spread-of-rumours/

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- Marton Karsai & team & Northeastern University in Boston looked at over 600M time-stamped mobile calls between 6M people over 6 months in unnamed European country.
- looked in detail at the way an individual’s connections–that person’s egonet–evolved over time. time-ordering reveals important characteristics about social interactions
- simulated this behaviour by creating a network of artificial agents that make connections with each other, then examined how rumours spread through networks to study the role that strong and weak ties play as the network changes over time. strong ties tend to hinder the spread of rumours because they confine information to a group that largely communicates with each other.
- weak ties promote the spread of rumours, strong ties tend to hinder it. BUT this result only emerges when the time-varying nature of the network becomes visible.
- sociologist Mark Granovetter published a paper in 1973 called “The strength of weak ties” - info mostly spreads through society between ppl with weak connections rather than strong ties. asked ppl how they got their job, most came from acquaintances

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Surface Pro to launch in China on April 2nd, first market outside US and Canadahttp://www.theverge.com/2013/3/28/4156104/surface-pro-china-launch-april-2nd

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Hey guys,

I think you might have missed a point in your T Mobile discussions...

The problem is that the current situation skews everyone's vision: when there are no contract-less plans, everyone pays for the subsidized phone every month, even when they don't need to. And when you wouldn't need to, after two years, you can't get a plan where you don't pay for the phone anyway, so you might as well get a new phone and keep paying the high subsidized price.

If phone costs and communication plans are clearly separated, the customer has options... This is what happened in France when Free Mobile did last year what TMobile announced for you guys (which I think they were heavily influenced by):
- These plans are significantly cheaper than their "phone subsidized" counterparts.
- The competition has to respond with contract-less plans of their own, so the overall average plan is impacted throughout the industry.
- People have an incentive to keep using their perfectly functional 4S/S3 (if they are unlocked). Manufacturers might sell less phones overall.
- Paying full price for a phone and be "free" 12 to 18 months later might be interesting to tech enthusiasts as well.
Etc etc.

I'm rambling a bit, but I felt this change could have heavier and more far reaching consequences than those you initially discussed... :)

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