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Aereo's big win over big networks, Tesla sales are electric, HBO says piracy is a compliment http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Denise Howell, TWiL,
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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Iyaz Akhtar -- I'm Jason Howell

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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.

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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmRussia has begun enforcing a new law allowing it to block Internet content deemed harmful to children. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are among companies asked to remove material under the law. Google removed an offending video but filed a lawsuit in Russian court contesting the removal. While the law narrowly attempts to control child porn and promotion of drug use and suicide, opponents worry it could lead to control of political speech.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/technology/russia-begins-selectively-blocking-internet-content.html?_r=0

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slIBM's Roadrunner is compiling off into the sunset. It was the first supercomputer to hit a sustained petaflop in operations per second. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, Roadrunner's home base throughout its five years of operational use, will officially decommission the big guy today and it's 12,960 IBM PowerXCell 8i and 6,480 AMD Opteron dual-core processors, nearly 114 terabytes of memory, and approximately 1.09 million terabytes of storage.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417271,00.asp

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iaNew data from analytics firm Kantar says Windows Phone is gaining marketshare. In the UK, Windows Phone is up from 6.2% to 6.7% in one months's time. In Italy, Windows Phone is now 13.1% of the market - last year in February, it was a paltry 5.4%. Microsoft's gain is BlackBerry and Symbian's loss. Android and iOS are still the top dogs around the globe. http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/01/windows-phone-sees-big-gain/

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tmApple's attempt to trademark the name 'iPad Mini' has been denied by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The trademark was deemed merely descriptive and did not create a unique meaning. The patent examiner did give Apple several ways to reapply and get the trademark, one of which was to show that the term iPad has become distinctive and to clarify that Apple was only asking for a trademark on the word Mini in relation to iPad.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21987831

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slThe Facebook Home event is just days away and the common thought is accouncement of the new "Facebook Phone" by HTC. Android Police say they've received system software specs on the device, and it sounds like Facebook Home will be a launcher replacement that runs on top of HTC's Sense 4.5 skin and Android 4.1.2 — not the recently-introduced Sense 5 that runs on the HTC One. Facebook Home may also run on phones besides the HTC device. some permissions within the software will let it run on HTC Sense, stock Android, and TouchWiz, is Android Police believes is a sign the app is destined for Google Play.http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/1/4170384/facebook-home-leak-android-homescreen-replacement

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iaThe Wall Street Journal reports that Aereo is in talks with AT&T and Dish to partner up. Aereo lets you watch broadcast television over the internet. The company also just scored a legal win against broadcasters. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Aereo, rejecting an appeal from TV networks. The networks claimed that Aereo infringes on their copyrights since Aereo doesn't have a license to transmit signals. The Court of Appeals says that the plaintiffs did not present a reason why renting an antenna from Aereo and receiving a signal over the internet is different than an individual setting up their own personal antenna. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57577195-93/aereo-said-to-be-talking-partnership-with-at-t-and-dish/

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Aereo wins major court battle against TV networkshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/4/1/4170312/aereo-wins-major-court-battle-against-tv-networks

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tmSaudi Arabia has threatened to block several Internet messaging services including WahtsApp, Viber and Skype. Saudi Arabian Communications and Information Technology Commission issued a statement it will take appropriate action if the services don't work to meet regulatory requirements. The Commission did not state specifically what requirements were not being met, but CNN reports the government wants to be able to monitor conversations on the apps. A recent political protest was partially organized through WhatsApp.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57577200-93/saudi-arabia-threatens-to-ban-skype-whatsapp-and-viber/

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slOver the last couple of weeks, Chinese consumers and media had loudly criticized Apple's lesser warranty coverage in the county -- specifically over refurbished replacement devices for faulty iPhone 4 and 4S -- compared to what apple provides in other countries. Now in an open letter addressed to Chinese consumers earlier today, CEO Tim Cook apologizes on behalf of his company and promises that "Apple's commitment and passion for China are no different than for other countries." and takes to heart China's "Three Guarantees" law (repair, refund and replace). http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/01/apple-china-warranty/

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tmBefore the season 3 premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones, HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo called piracy of the show a compliment. Game of Thrones tops revenue generation for HBO in DVD and International sales, but also was deemed the most illegally downloaded TV show of 2012. Lombardo said it didn't seem to impact DVD sales, and expressed concern that illegal downloaders weren't getting the best copies of the show. Lombardo did say that his company is still firmly anti-piracy.http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/31/hbo-thrones-piracy/

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iaNvidia announced a new series of mobile graphics cards - say hello to the GeForce 700M series. The 700M series is based on the Kepler architecture. On the software front, Nvidia's tweaked some drivers and is touting its GeForce Experience software which will let a user optimize all kinds of settings in games with one click. So if you don't know antialiasing from a hole in the ground, you could use Nvidia's GeForce Experience to optimize those settings based on your hardware. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6873/nvidias-geforce-700m-family-full-details-and-specs

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Denise Howell, TWiL,
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Discussion Stories

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iaTV Service Providers Held Talks With Aereo
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323501004578391023454905916-lMyQjAxMTAzMDMwMTEzNDEyWj.html

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- WSJ reports that Aereo is in talks with ATT and Dish
- So far, no agreements
- How it would work: ATT would sell broadband or wireless data subscriptions that came bundled with Aereo's video service
- Dish has said in the past it would like to offer smaller, cheaper packages of TV channels over the Internet
- Why would these companies work with Aereo - apparently it would reduce the fees TV distributors pay to retransmit
- WSJ says DirecTV looked into a partnership with Aereo in the past, but turned it down due to Aereo's legal issues

Q: What do you think the chances are a deal will happen?
- Aereo takes over the air broadcast TV signals and then streams it over the web for a fee. Available in NYC only right now.
- Pays Bloomberg TV to carry that channel
- Aereo currently being sued by CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox claiming copyright violations
- Aereo plans to reach 22 markets this eyar

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tmHBO: 'Game of Thrones' piracy is a complimenthttp://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/31/hbo-thrones-piracy/

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- GoT most illegal downloaded TV series 2012
- HBO programming President: Michael Lombardo: “I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts. The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.”
- GoT is the network's top money earner based on DVD and International sales.
- “One of my worries is about the copies [downloaders are] seeing. The production values of this show are so incredible. So I’m hoping that in the purloined different generation of cuts that the show is holding up.”
- “We … try to stop piracy when we see it happen, particularly on a systematic basis when people are selling pirated versions,” he said. But he also added, perhaps referring to casual individual-user downloading, “No, we haven’t sent out the Game of Thrones police.”
Q: Is this HBO 'getting it'?

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slTesla Model S axes 40 kWh battery option, surpasses sales goalshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/04/01/tesla-model-s-axes-40kwh-battery-option/

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- not sending 40 kWh battery pack option into production, lack of customer demand.
- if you ordered one you get a 60 kWh Model S with software restrictions on range. improved acceleration and a higher top speed + Supercharger hardware for free.
- surpassed its Q1 sales goal, having delivered 4,750 Model S vehicles on its planned 4,500. year-end goal is delivering 20,000 cars in 2013. Promised shareholders Q1 profits back in February, numbers look good
- announced "budget" model S for about $50k back in december 2011.
- is artificially throttling the battery a smart move? how long until someone jailbreaks restriction?

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slFacebook Is Taking On Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" Serieshttp://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/facebook-is-taking-on-reddits-ask-me-anything-series

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- last week FB intro'd threaded comments/replies for pages, profiles with 10k+ followers
- ABC News' Diane Sawyer/ Arrianna Huffington of HuffPo invited questions from users. feels a lot like a Reddit AMA
- Facebook's journalism program manager, Vadim Lavrusik says: "conversation threads are re-ordered by relevance to viewers, and may appear differently to each person based on their connections." This re-ordering system includes Likes as well as reports of spam, which feel very similar to up and downvotes.
- FB has big announcement later this week. bringing the celebs/brands back just in time?

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iaExclusive: Lenovo to design own chips
http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4410926/Lenovo-moving-into-chip-design-business

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Lenovo reportedly in talks to buy NEC's cellphone business
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/29/4159792/lenovo-reportedly-in-talks-to-buy-nec-cellphone-business

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- EE Times reports Lenovo is going to get into the chip design business
- Those chips would be destined for smartphones and tablets
- The EE Times says that Lenovo will expand its IC design team from 10 people to 100 by the middle of this year
- Lenovo's smartphones have used MediaTek processors, Samsung's Exynos 4, and even an Intel dual-core Atom chip
- Last week, there were reports that Lenovo was looking into buying NEC's cellphone business

Q: Could Lenovo become a serious smartphone company?

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tmLetting Down Our Guard With Web Privacyhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/technology/web-privacy-and-how-consumers-let-down-their-guard.html?

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- Article this weekend by Somini Sengupta in NYTimes about our mixed attitudes on privacy
- Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral economist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, our behavior is inconsistent with our expressed opinions on privacy
- 2011 study: getting SSN from picture posted online
- We don't always act in our own best interests. How we are asked affects what info we give
- Study where people would not give private info to get an extra $2 gift card over $10, but would give it to keep a $12 gift card.
- Study where people gave more private info when asked permission to publish it, and even more when asked permission to publish it age, birth country and sex.
- Another study private information more likely to be shared when distracted by another question before the info is actually given.
Q: Does this change your mind about the privacy tradeoff? Or is McNealy still right, privacy is dead?

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RandomizerWe will narrow this down to one story, put your initials to the left of the story you like bestVIDEO

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Let's gather all the April Fool's stuff here. Anything you want to mention, throw the link in.

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April Fools 2013: The Round-uphttp://www.slashgear.com/april-fools-2013-the-round-up-01275930/

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Round Up: All of Google’s jokes for April Fools 2013http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/03/31/round-up-all-of-googles-jokes-for-april-fools-2013-from-google-maps-treasure-hunting-to-youtube-closing/

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5 Brilliant April Fool’s Products We Hope Become Real
http://gizmodo.com/5993121/5-brilliant-april-fools-products-we-hope-become-real

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Linus Torvalds To Head Windows 9 Projecthttp://slashdot.org/story/13/04/01/1222252/linus-torvalds-to-head-windows-9-project

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The Pirate Bay Moves Servers to The United States, F*ck Yeah…
http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-moves-to-the-unites-states-fck-yeah-130401/

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SwiftKey Tilt brings full body text input, might make you look a fool (video)
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/50632/swiftkey-tilt-full-body-entry

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tomorrow 4/2 is twitter's developer event that the press isn't invited to

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I'm not sure how popular the official Unplug Day ("Sabbath Manifesto") is with tech geeks, but I bet it would be at least twice as popular if it were moved to April 1st, aka April Fool's Day. I have sworn off the Internet this day for years now, because I am tired of all the lame jokes that happen on this date. I am sure others like me would do the same if Unplug Day were moved.

What do you all think?


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I just wanted to share some information that I thought was interesting based on a comment regarding Best Buy on a recent show. The comment was something to the effect that maybe Best Buy would just end up as a place where vendors had their own stores for their products set up -- this stemmed from the conversation related to the "Samsung" section at Best Buy.

I thought this was interesting because I had just watched a documentary about Best Buy in China which described their successful model which involved them purchasing an existing Chinese electronics store and the concept is that vendors lease space in the store and that Best Buy then gets a percentage of their sales. In the documentary they indicated that on a good day Best Buy could receive $2 million. Who knows what retail business models will work in the future.

Thanks, Trena
San Antonio, TX

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Hi Tom -

I'm a Ph.D. Student in economics at WSU. Your comment about building replacement parts with 3D printers is directly related to one of my research projects that I've been working on since November (I'm presenting this paper at Western Economic Association International in June: http://bensresearch.com/downloads/Complexity.pdf).

Basically the idea is this: assuming the consumer is partially uninformed about the replacement part complexity (i.e. they don't take the printer or washing machine apart in the store) when they are buying a consumer durable good (e.g. printers, scanners, cameras, etc. -- basically anything expensive that lasts awhile), the manufacturer will respond by making the replacement parts increasingly more complicated to prevent people from making them with 3D printers (and as we know, when something gets more complicated it is also more likely to break). This effect is much worse when there are few firms in the industry.

Anyhow, I'm sure my paper is scary looking, but all I'm assuming to get those results is that:

* The firm is profit maximizing and they have a near monopoly in their
replacement part market (most firms of this type do)
* At least some percentage of consumers don't take the appliance apart in
the store to try to find out if the parts are complicated

Thanks!

Ben
http://bensresearch.com/downloads/Complexity.pdf

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