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Microsoft Xbox announcement coming soon, Google Fiber coming to Austin, Sony brings 4KTV price down. http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Ewen Rankin, Editor of British Tech Network
LOWER THIRD URL: britishtechnetwork.com, @ewenrankin

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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday June 21 2013

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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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tmThe Verge reports MoDaCo.com has leaked a pre-release version of FaceBook Home, the new app for Android that takes over your home and lock screen and integrates Facebook. Facebook announced the app would only work on five phones. MoDaCo says it works on a wide range of devices including the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 tablet, by simply allowing "install from unknown sources" in the settings.http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/8/4196034/facebook-home-beta-download-nexus-4-leak

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slTelecom equipment maker Ericsson has announced it's acquiring Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software that allows operators to deliver television over the Internet. rumors about this started the end of last month by Bloomberg. Microsoft took to its blog as well, and says the acquisition “mutually beneficial and strategically aligned for both parties”.http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/8/4196336/microsoft-mediaroom-iptv-sale-ericsson

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iaHTC reported some financials and things aren't so great for the company. Its profit was down 98% compared to last year - yikes. The company was hit hard due to the delayed launch of its new flagship phone, the HTC One. HTC's net profit was about $2.8 million, which is its lowest quarterly net profit since 2006. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57578378-94/htc-profits-smacked-by-delayed-launch-of-htc-one/

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tmPaul Thurott and The Verge agree, Microsoft will announce details of its next game console on May 21, in advance of E3, which isn't until June 11. Thurott said the event was originally scheduled for April 24 but was moved. The Verge reports the event will be small with the first details announced, reserving the big unveil for E3. And Paul also added he hears the console will be around $500 with a $300 annual Xbox Live subscription and must be Internet connected to use.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57578387-75/microsoft-may-announce-next-xbox-on-may-21/

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slLive in California? Drive a lot? You can now be pulled over for using your GPS while driving. The state's current ban on texting while driving has been expanded, via an appellate court. California v. Spriggs argued that the ”distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.”http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/06/california-court-bans-checking-smartphone-maps-while-driving/

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iaThe US Patent and Trademark Office withdrew some of its concerns over Apple's trademark application for the iPad Mini. Originally, the USPTO issued a statement saying that the word "mini" may not be subject to trademark as it is merely descriptive. The new position by the office is that Apple would be required to display a disclaimer when it uses the word mini that says "No claim is made to the exclusive right to use 'MINI' apart from the mark as shown." If Apple doesn't do that, the USPTO may refuse to register the entire mark. http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/08/uspto-retracts-objections-to-apples-ipad-mini-trademark-application

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tmFriday evening Google announced they would make an announcement in conjunction with the city of Austin, Texas on Tuesday at 11 AM Central. KVUE-TV and VentureBeat both reported the announcement would in fact be Google Fiber Internet coming to the live music capital of the world. Engadget reported a reader spotted a post on the Google Fiber blog at 3 AM ET Saturday morning titled "Google Fiber's Next Stop: Austin, Texas" with dummy text. The post has since disappeared.http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/05/google-fiber-austin-rumor/

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slSony's got pricing and a release date for its new 4K LED televisions, and now the company has announced more details about its 4K FMP-X1 media player at NAB 2013. The device looks like what Sony showed off at CES 2013, and will become available sometime this summer for $699. The FMP-X1 will be bundled with 10 films, including Bad Teacher, the remake of The Karate Kid, Taxi Driver.http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/7/4194290/sony-fmp-x1-4k-media-player

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tmArs Technica's Nate Anderson reports that an ISp seems to be injecting its own ads onto every Web page it serves to its subscribers. Robert Silvie and PhD student Zack Henkel both describe discovering code in pages accessed with a connection from CMA Communications that routed ads from a service called R66T. After Anderson contacted CMA, their terms of service changed on April 4 to described a digital layer of information provided by R66T and requiring users to waive their right to sue. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/how-a-banner-ad-for-hs-ok/#p3n

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iaAccording to Digital Trends, Google is currently in negotiation to buy WhatsApp for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 billion. The talks started four or five weeks ago and apparently, WhatsApp is "playing hardball" with Google looking to get even more money than Google's offering. WhatsApp is a messaging app that lets its users send text, audio, video, and images to each other. http://news.cnet.com/8301-32973_3-57578375-296/google-in-talks-to-acquire-whatsapp-for-nearly-$1-billion-report/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Ewen Rankin, Editor of British Tech Network
LOWER THIRD URL: britishtechnetwork.com, @ewenrankin

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slMicrosoft plans to focus on Xbox for TV, sells Mediaroom IPTV business to Ericssonhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/4/8/4196336/microsoft-mediaroom-iptv-sale-ericsson

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- Ericsson has agreed to acquire Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software that allows operators to deliver television over the Internet,
- last month Rumors about an impending deal were reported by Bloomberg
- MS said the deal allows it to fully focus on its consumer TV strategy with Xbox- trying to build a "Cloud TV" platform for Xbox
- Mediaroom powers 22M set-top boxes in 11M subscriber households, will make Ericsson the leading provider of IPTV and multi-screen solutions with a market share of over 25%, and puts it in a lead position for ‘TV Anywhere’ consumption.
- acquisition is expected to close during the second half of 2013
- Mediaroom is used by television service providers like AT&T U-verse, Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain, Telefónica and Swisscom.
- The Verge has learned that MS has pushed their Xbox event back to May. Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.
- MS issued apology for tweets posted by Adam Orth, MS Studios Creative Director, about having always-on connections and #dealwithit: reminding people that "this person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft" and it apologized, stating "we are very sorry if this offended anyone." Even more curiously, doesn't deny always-on, nstead saying that this is not "how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers."

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tmGoogle publishes – then removes – a post stating that Fiber will launch in Austin, Texas nexthttp://thenextweb.com/google/2013/04/06/google-publishes-and-then-removes-a-post-stating-that-fiber-will-be-heading-to-austin-texas-next/

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Google Fiber coming to Austinhttp://www.kvue.com/news/Google-Fiber-coming-to-Austin-201695291.html

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Friday evening Google sent out invites to an announcement in Austin Tuesday morning 11 AM Central.
- “a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city.”
- VentureBeat and KVUE-TV reported it would be Google Fiber
- Engadget reported a post entitled ‘Google Fiber’s next stop: Austin, Texas’ was live on the Fiber site at 3am
- author listed as ‘SoAndSo’ from the ‘SoAndSo Team’
Q: So why Austin?

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iaSony announces $699 FMP-X1 4K media player for summer release, 4K downloads slip to fallhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/4/7/4194290/sony-fmp-x1-4k-media-player

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Sony 4K movie service will work with PS4, require 100GB-plus downloads
http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/28/4040932/sony-4k-movie-service-will-work-with-ps4-require-100gb-plus-downloads

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RED's $1,450 Redray player challenges Sony for control of 4K in the living room
http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/1/3713386/red-redray-player-1450-preorder-4k-video

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World's First 4K TV Channel Goes Live
http://mashable.com/2013/01/14/first-4k-channel/

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- Sony announced pricing for some gadgets it showed of at CES
- There's a 55-inch 4K TV that will run you $6000
- 65-inch model will cost $7000
- Both will be available online and retail on Apr 21st
- Sony also announced its 4K Media Player, the FMP-X1 which will run you $700 and comes bundled with 10 movies, available sometime in the summer
- Its 4K movie service won't launch until the fall. The service will feature movies from Sony Pictures and "other notable production houses." apart from that, there's no mention as to the size of the catalog.
- Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux told The Verge back in February that the 4K service would work with the PS4

Q: What is the point of the FMP-X1 player? Could a bundle of movies make it worth the price? Shouldn't this bundle of flicks just be in the tv?
- Movies: Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That’s My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).

Other ways to get 4K content:
- Redray Player $1,450 plays 4K video from an internal 1TB hard drive. The Redray only supports 4K video that's encoded in the company's proprietary new RED format.
- the World's first 4K TV channel went live in Europe back in January. Eutelsat, a French-based satellite provider, has just begun broadcasting in 4K on a demo channel.

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slH.P. Shakes Up the Serverhttp://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/h-p-shakes-up-the-server/

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- HP planning to commercially release a new kind of server. server uses low-power Intel chips. H.P. says it uses 89% less energy and is 80% smaller than today’s typical server. It is also said to cost 23% as much overall.
- HP announced this 16 months ago, called it Project Moonshot. CEO Meg Whitman has talked about it as a major source of new growth many times since then.
- partnering with many chip suppliers. Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials, Texas Instruments and Calxeda, which makes low-power chips normally used in mobile phones, all at an event in New York where H.P. showed off the machine.
- H.P. says it'll make new versions of this one every three to six months, rather than yearly cycle
- servers are shaped like cartridges that snap into an enclosure. servers will have different performance characteristics, and customers with large data centers can mix and match servers
- Forty-five of the cartridges fit into an enclosure, and anywhere from 10 to 40 enclosures can be fit into a standard server rack.
- David Donatelli, GM of HP's server/storage/networking biz, says co. sold more than $12 billion of older servers in 2012, said he did not think the old models would go away soon. Sales in volume of the new versions may not even occur until 2014, he said. But he was clear that a change was under way.

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iaGoogle in talks to acquire WhatsApp for nearly $1 billion -- reporthttp://news.cnet.com/8301-32973_3-57578375-296/google-in-talks-to-acquire-whatsapp-for-nearly-$1-billion-report/

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Rumor: Google negotiating $1 billion acquisition of WhatsApphttp://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/google-acquiring-whatsapp/

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WhatsApp fee structurehttp://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/general/23014681

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- According to Digital Trends, Google is trying to acquire WhatsApp for about $1 billion
- WhatsApp is a messaging app for mobile that lets its users send text messages, images, video, audio to each other
- The app is available on Android, iOS, Blackberry and WP
- Digital Trends says that WhatsApp processed 18 billion messages on New Years Eve 2012 alone
- WhatsApp fees: For iPhone there is only a one-time charge, when you first download the app. For all other phone types , WhatsApp is free to download and try for the first year. After which, you have the option of subscribing to an additional year of service for $0.99 USD.

- Google already has a number of messaging options including Google Voice, Google Talk, Google Messenger, and Google Hangouts

Q: What would Google need with another communications app?
- WhatsApp uses a customized version of XMPP
- Google Talk also uses XMPP

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tmPeter Chernin Wants Hulu, Toohttp://allthingsd.com/20130405/peter-chernin-wants-hulu-too/

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Exclusive: Former News Corp President Chernin bids $500 million for Huluhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-hulu-chernin-idUSBRE9340YD20130405

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Hulu seeks buyers, gets $500 million bid from former News Corp presidenthttp://arstechnica.com/business/2013/04/hulu-seeks-buyers-gets-500-million-bid-from-former-news-corp-president/

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Peter Chernin former COO NewsCorp reportedly offering to buy Hulu
- Reuters reports Chernin Holding Group offered $500 million (ATD source says that is low)
- Hulu reportedly wants $2 billion
- Bid hinges on licensing rights plus $300 million debt
- Chernin architected Hulu while at NewsCorp. Also Providence Equity backs him, they sold their Hulu stake last year ($200 million both ways)
- Chernin has mused publicly about an online competitor for HBO
Q: How to bridge the gap between $500 million and $2 billion? Could Chernin+Hulu beat Netflix to the HBO-beating punch?

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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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Liquid Robotics launches new generation of wave glider ocean robotshttp://venturebeat.com/2013/04/08/liquid-robotics-launches-new-generation-of-wave-glider-ocean-robots/

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Wave Glider SV3 with solar powered propulsion

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Starting on Monday, April 8th, sites across the web join in a week of action, led by the Internet Defense League (the same groups that helped lead the fight against SOPA), to fix the CFAA.

http://www.fixthecfaa.com/

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ad:tech starts tomorrow, runs through wed in SFhttp://na.ad-tech.com/sf/

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Black Rock Shooter: The Game heads to PSN on April 23rdhttp://www.slashgear.com/black-rock-shooter-the-game-heads-to-psn-on-april-23rd-07276779/

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Namco Bandai has revealed, through the game’s official website, that June 25 will be the official release date of the 3DS game Project X Zone.
- a strategy RPG crossover developed by Monolith Soft that brings together characters from Namco Bandai’s stable of games as well as those from Sega and Capcom.
http://www.warpzoned.com/2013/04/project-x-zone-crosses-over-to-america-on-june-25/

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Facebook Home's potential tracking seems familiar to this callerhttps://archive.org/details/B4c6da73d60dbde41e889e58a922a43828092dd41

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iaEmail

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Hi TNT Crew,

I was listening to Friday's episode where you discussed game companies requiring internet access to play games such as Sim City as well as the speculation that the new Xbox might require it. The issue I have not heard anyone discuss that really bothers me is the question of how long a game will be supported. Maybe I am missing something, but what if the unthinkable happens and EA goes out of business, for one example.

Or, does a game company decide to shut down servers to save money when only a handful of people are playing in some number of years they consider a "reasonable" lifetime?

Is there some kind of fail-safe to this kind of internet copy protection that I am not aware of?


Love the show!

Tony, from Albany, OR

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