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Facebook phone finally for real, Google says fork you to WebKit browser, New law forces you to tell your Facebook password, http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Bonnie Cha, Senior reviewer, AllThingsD
LOWER THIRD URL: allthingsd.com, @BonnieSCha

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tmFacebook today announced a new launcher for Android called Facebook Home. Facebook Home takes over the home screen and integrates Facebook features like messenger the news feed and your contacts list.It also features a new messenger app called Chat Heads which uses FaceBook Messenger and SMS. The first phone to feature the new app will be the HTC First. The app will also come to other phones as well. The HTC First is available for pre-order today and ships along with the app on April 12.http://9to5google.com/2013/04/03/facebook-home-offers-a-fresh-take-on-android-ui-images/

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slSamsung has entered a deal with Best Buy to staff mini-stores inside the big ones to showcase and demonstrate its smartphones, tablets, televisions, and the like. According to Bloomberg, 500 of Samsung's new "Experience" shops will be opened by April 8, and will make up 460 square feet in Best Buy's larger stores. Stores will be staffed by Samsung employees in order to promote the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone and help consumers learn how to share content.http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-enters-the-us-retail-space-opens-stores-7000013509/

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iaGoogle announced it's forking WebKit and will start using a new rendering engine it calls Blink. Blink will be open-source and based on WebKit. Google said that it decided to move to Blink because the pace of innovation on WebKit has slowed down. Google's Justin Schuh on his personal Google+ page (not speaking for Google officially) says that he expects Chrome's security to increase with the move to Blink. http://www.zdnet.com/blink-google-forks-webkit-7000013484/

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tmBusinessWeek reports that the budget for Apple's new campus building has increased from less than $3 billion to $5 billion. That would make it more costly than the World Trade Center complex in New York, running about $15000 per square foot. The 26 existing building on the site will come down starting in June, pushing the move in date from 2015 to 2016. Investors, already antsy about Apple's position in the smartphone market are starting to question the wisdom of spending that much money on an office building.http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-04/apples-campus-2-shapes-up-as-an-investor-relations-nightmare

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slApple's iMessage chat service may not work that well, but at least its encryption keeps federal drug enforcement agents from eavesdropping on suspects' conversations, an internal Drug Enforcement Administration document obtained by Cnet reveals. The DEA's warning is the most detailed example to date of the tech issues police face when attempting to conduct court-authorized surveillance on non-traditional forms of communication.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57577887-38/apples-imessage-encryption-trips-up-feds-surveillance/

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iaT-Mobile seems to be doing well. For the first quarter of 2013, the company experienced a net gain of 579,000 customers. Its churn rate was at 1.9%, which is its best rate since 2008. T-Mobile now provides service for 34 million. T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that "These results display positive momentum." Unlike the big March 26th announcement, there was no swearing in his statement.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57577885-94/t-mobile-reports-gain-of-579000-customers-in-q1-2013/

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tmCiting recent threats and posturing by the government of North Korea, hackers have defaced the country's official Twitter and Flickr accounts. North Korean news and information Web site Uriminzokkiri.com has become unavailable, likely due to a DDoS attack.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57577904-83/anonymous-hacks-north-koreas-twitter-and-flickr-accounts/

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slThief, a contemporary reboot of the classic PC stealth game, got some love at GDC this week. The presentation and demos impressed folks, lighting and shadow techniques are taking advantage of next-generation hardware. But the gameplay seemed unfinished to some reviewers. Not that the Thief franchise return isn't welcome, but the modernization doesn't sit well, and as PC world puts it, comes off a bit unbelievable in a time when stealth-action games have been elevated past a visual detection via light and darkness.
http://www.psxextreme.com/ps4-news/259.html

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tmAfter apologizing that China didn't like its warranty policies, Apple has now taken further steps to ingratiate themselves with the People's Republic removing an app from the Chinese iTunes store. The app was an online bookstore and allowed access to 10 books, three of which are banned by the Chinese government. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-04/apple-pulls-bookstore-app-in-china-over-illegal-content-ft-says.html

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iaWhere there's a will, there's a Huawei. That was terrible. Moving on. Talking to the Wall Street Journal, Huawei VP Bob Cai says the company's wireless-network operations will see growth of at least 10% thanks to demand from Asia and Europe. Huawei has maintained good relationships with wireless carriers in Europe for some time now. The company is currently the number two telecom equipment supplier behind Ericsson. http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/03/huawei-says-security-concerns-will-hinder-u-s-growth-but-it-still-expects-traction-in-europe-and-asia/

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iaGoogle forks WebKit with new Blink rendering engine for Chrome and Opera
http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/3/4180260/google-forks-webkit-with-new-blink-rendering-engine-for-chrome

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Google parts ways with Apple over WebKit, launches Blink
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57577790-93/google-parts-ways-with-apple-over-webkit-launches-blink/

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Google Forks WebKit And Launches Blink, A New Rendering Engine That Will Soon Power Chrome And Chrome OS
http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/03/google-forks-webkit-and-launches-blink-its-own-rendering-engine-that-will-soon-power-chrome-and-chromeos/

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Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project
http://blog.chromium.org/2013/04/blink-rendering-engine-for-chromium.html

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Opera confirms it will follow Google and ditch WebKit for Blink, as part of its commitment to Chromiumhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/04/opera-confirms-it-will-follow-google-and-ditch-webkit-for-blink-as-part-of-its-commitment-to-chromium/

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Blink Developer FAQ
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- Google announced its forking WebKit and will start using a new open-source rendering engine called "Blink" which is based on WebKit.
- In a blogpost at The Chromium Blog, Google says that since Chromium "uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects."
- That's made innovation slow and Google wants to hasten the pace
- Google also says that "in the short term, Blink will bring little change for web developers." and that "having multiple rendering engines... will spur innovation."
- What about Opera? It announced it would use the Webkit rendering engine and drop its rendering engine known as "Presto" recently. According Opera's Bruce Lawson, Opera will contribute to Blink. Opera confirmed with TheNextWeb that Opera is going with the Chromium package -- which would mean that Opera is also moving to Blink

Q: What impact will this have on web development? What could this mean for Chrome OS?

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tmArthur Frommer gets Frommer brand back from Googlehttp://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Arthur-Frommer-gets-Frommer-brand-back-from-Google-4408127.php

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Arthur Frommer takes brand back from Google, will keep guidebooks goinghttp://www.engadget.com/2013/04/04/arthur-frommer-takes-back-brand-from-google-will-keep-guidebook/

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AP reports Arthur Frommer (83) has taken control of the "Frommer's" brand
- plans to continue publishing books and ebooks
- Google bought Frommer's from Wiley in 2012 ($22 million), reported last month that Google shut publishing down
- Arthur Frommer had sold his company to Simon & Shuster in 1977
- Google says: "we've spent the last several months integrating the travel content we acquired from Wiley into Google+ Local and our other Google services. We can confirm that we have returned the Frommer's brand to its founder and are licensing certain travel content to him."
Q: What the Frommer's was Google up to here?

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tmHuawei Says Security Concerns Will Hinder U.S. Growth, But It Still Expects Traction In Europe And Asiahttp://techcrunch.com/2013/04/03/huawei-says-security-concerns-will-hinder-u-s-growth-but-it-still-expects-traction-in-europe-and-asia/

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Huawei, 2nd to Ericsson in making telecom gear
- Bob Cai, the Chinese company’s vice president in charge of wireless-network marketing, told WSJ US growth hindered by security concerns, will gain ground in Europe and Asia.
- October: US Congressional report Huaei and ZTE “provision of equipment to U.S. critical infrastructure could undermine core U.S. national-security interests,”
- last week, Sprint Nextel and SoftBank pledged not to use gear from Huawei after they merge.
- Economy has hurt network providers: Ericsson’s 2012 group revenue was 227.78 billion Swedish kronor ($35.1 billion USD), almost flat when compared with its 2011 revenue of 226.92 billion kronor.
Q: IS Europe blind, or is the US paranoid?

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iaHuh? EA builds an app for sharing music and photos http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/03/huh-ea-builds-an-app-for-sharing-music-and-photos-exclusive/

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EA releases Vue, a photo sharing, song playing, slideshow making iOS app
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Vuehttp://vue.me/

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- Electronic Arts just built a social networking app for sharing music and photos
- The app is called Vue and is available for iPhone and iPad in Australia and Canada
- Vue lets users "share your life to music" (in PR Speak)
- What it really lets you do is find music from Rdio and Spotify for photo slideshows
- You can also add in text, location, and special effects to your slideshows and post it on Facebook.
- According to VentureBeat, Vue is the result of a "low-budget exploratory project that started with the EA Partners group."

Q: What do you make of Vue? Should game companies like EA look to diversify what they do?

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tmWashington Bill Would Allow Employers To Seek Workers’ Facebook Passwordshttp://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/04/03/washington-bill-would-allow-employers-to-seek-workers-facebook-passwords/#.UVyj2hpWXM0.facebook

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State of Washington law is meant to protect social network passwords
- are employers from asking for social media credentials during job interviews
- Business groups asked for an amendment in committee
- Employers could ask for social media passwords during company investigations
- All info not related to investigation would remain confidential
- California bill allows for a request in these cases but no compulsion
- the original bill would open an avenue for possible illegal activity by employees, such as divulging proprietary or consumer information to outsiders through social networks.
- Dave Maass of EFF: This amendment “says they have a right to enter your digital home,”
- University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo: "If you’re trying to investigate what happened and you suspect one of your employees, it seems like common sense you should be able to do this, however, there are legal mechanisms."
Q: Should workplaces be given law enforcement powers?

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slPurported “Facebook Home” leaks show an attractive-looking Android UIhttp://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/04/purported-facebook-home-leaks-show-an-attractive-looking-android-ui/

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Facebook Phone International, Bringing The Developing World Online Social-Firsthttp://techcrunch.com/2013/04/04/facebook-phone-international/

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- zuck up first. "today we're gonna tlk about fb phone, actually your android phone"
- IDC study, showing Facebook is by far the most-used third-party app on smartphones.
- phone designed for people first, not apps first
- comparing current smartphone UIs to Windows 3.1.
- imgs of phones w people icons
- "We're not building a phone and we're not building an operating system." "you don't need to fork android"
- homescreen is most important. FB homescreen is called HOME
- install Home on your Android phone and you'll see photos, status updates, and more. no swipes, no gestures,
- Home modifies both the homescreen and the lockscreen — you'll have content loaded in the background and displayed automatically on both.
- To get to your actual apps, you just need one swipe. You set your finger on your own face, and you swipe up to get to apps. Notifications come in from "people, not apps." They each have a person's face. You can collect up all the notifications together into a neat little stack and either swipe them away or store them.
- Messaging. "In today's app-centric world, messaging is treated like another app. So during the day you're switching between apps. We want to talk to people, not apps."
- "Chatheads."heads pop up on the upper right, and can tap on them, move them around, and stack them together. Tapping on them brings up your messaging. Chatheads work with both Facebook messages and SMS.
- Adam Mosseri, Director of Product showing demo. very gesture based. Long-press to zoom, or double-tap to Like. welcome screen area is called Cover Feed. Coverfeed is a giant, full-screen photo with small text at the top as a description. They automatically switch from one to the next. ""There's no Chrome here, no nav, it's all content based."
- Swipe up from the photo icon at the bottom and you get into your apps folder. It's easy enough to remove apps from that folder. but you can also go into the standard app tray as you would normally see on an Android.
- Joey Flynn, Product Designer, is here to talk about messaging and design on Facebook Home. chat heads. Chat Head shows your friend's profile picture. Just by tapping on it, the conversation pops up. "This is all happening right over the article I'm about to read." This way you're not leaving the app you're currently in.
- STRICT SCHED: Every month, Home will have more features and be offered on more devices. This update will happen once a month.
- ZUCK BACK 'this is the best version of FB". video demo. video shows a guy checking his Facebook Home on the plane. The people on his vacation are along with him in the plane, in the overhead compartment, in the food cart, etc.
- "We're just starting off with a few devices." Ready for download in the Play Store April 12th.

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Holy Crap, Is This Mark Zuckerberg’s Embarrassing Childhood Angelfire Website?http://gizmodo.com/5993535

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Netflix confirms May 26th launch date for new Arrested Development seasonhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/04/04/netflix-may-26th-launch-date-for-new-arrested-development/

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Preorders Start April 16
http://allthingsd.com/20130328/att-samsung-galaxy-s4-preorders-start-april-16/

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Regarding your comments on Amazon, or another Web retailers leveraging localized warehouses for use as showrooms, I just wanted to add that I would love to see them open "Business Prime" locations, focusing on demo tech items.

Recently I was shopping for an UltraBook with touch for WIN 8 use, or even a Chromebook. I wanted a change from OSX, but [I wanted an] ultra-potable. I'm within easy driving distance of three Best Buys and went hoping to try out some PC's.

Most online reviews seem to indicate many of the UltraBooks have issues with their keyboard feel or touchpads, that should be tried before buying (apologies to "Before You Buy"). And I wanted to play with WIN8.

The three locations had a grand total of one UltraBook with touchscreen on demo. And zero Chromebooks, an OS I also wanted to try before committing to. There were Surfaces, but I was looking for a real keyboard. They were more than willing to order whatever I wanted, but I did not want to buy anything sight unseen and risk having to try a return.

...so I ended up with a Macbook Air. Because there were dozens of them on demo at my local Apple Store.

- Allen

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