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Twitter music app rocks out, China invades Silicon Valley, Bing is number 1-- in malicious websites http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Darren Kitchen
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tmBy the time you hear this News Fuse, you may already have Twitter's new music app. Depending on which source familiar with the matter you believe Twitter will launch its new music app Friday, or sometime over the weekend at Coachella. BUT IT IS COMING! RYAN SEACREST SAYS SO. Thursday Twitter confirmed it acquired social music recommendation service "We Are hunted". The new Twitter Music app will supposedly make recommendations based on your Twitter account and allow you to listen to clips from services like Soundcloud and iTunes.http://allthingsd.com/20130411/twitters-new-music-app-launches-friday/

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slMt.Gox may have been down from a DDoS but venture capitalists are still hot for BitCoin. TechCrunch reports several VCs have funded small exploratory rounds ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars in seed money to a few million. But despite the volatility the opinion seems to be that BitCoin is worth pursuing.http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/11/bitcoin/

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iaWere you or a loved one falsely accused that your iPod Touch or iPhone had water damage and refused warrantied services from Apple? Then you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Wired says Apple's agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class action lawsuit for failing to honor warranties on the iPod Touch and iPhone. Apple had refused to repair devices if a white indicator in the device changed color - usually denoting water damage, which isn't covered by Apple's warranty. However, the indicator maker 3M says humidity could cause a false reading. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57579245-37/apple-reportedly-settles-iphone-warranty-suit-for-$53m/

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tmT-Mobile USA started selling the iPhone 5 today for $99 as part of its new plans that don't require a contract and separate the cost of the service from paying off the cost of the phone. In the UK, O2 announced "O2 Refresh" which will also separate service charges from monthly installments to pay off a phone. http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/12/t-mobile-begins-99-iphone-5-sales-sees-lines-at-retail-stores/

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--http://www.androidcentral.com/new-o2-refresh-plan-decouples-phone-and-service-plan-costs

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slVerizon just introduced a couple of new low-cost prepaid plans. For $35 per month you can get 500 anytime minutes, unlimited text and "mobile web." Why does Verizon say "mobile web?" Because the selection of phones are limited to non-smartphones like the LG Cosmos 2 and the ever-unknown Samsung Intensity 3. If you pay $50 per month you can get unlimited talk in addition to unlimited text and data. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57579264-94/verizon-unveils-$35-prepaid-mobile-phone-plan/

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iaThis next story is for a very select few - if you use Google services AND you plan to die, you might want to listen up. Google's introduced a new tool called the Inactive Account Manager, which will allow you to decide what happens to your account data if you do not access it for three months or more. The tool lets you pick trusted contacts who will gain access to your data after that set time period has passed. Google even lets you write a note to your trusted contacts so you can send an email from the great beyond. Additionally, you can have all of your account data deleted after a set number of months. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/google-releases-tool-to-deal-with-your-data-after-death/2013/04/11/463e09a4-a2d3-11e2-82bc-511538ae90a4_story.html

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tmWired reported yesterday that China's top search firm Baidu has hired their first researcher at a new R&D office in Cupertino, California. The new office will be devoted to researching "deep Learning" an approach to computing that mimics the human brain. Baidu also signed a partnership with Intel for research related to mobile apps. Intel will provide hardware to developers to test and port software to Baidu and Intel platforms.http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/04/baidu-research-lab/

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--http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/intel-sets-joint-lab-chinas-baidu-mobile-apps-216393

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slThe Panasonic ZT60 will be the last plasma TV from Panasonic. CNET reports Kiyoshi Okamoto, vice president of Panasonic Display confirmed that Panasonic's future R&D efforts will be channeled to OLED technology instead through a partnership with Sony.http://asia.cnet.com/panasonic-ceases-plasma-tv-development-62221120.htm

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tmEveryone's waiting for the cost of solid state storage to dip down below magnetic spinning disks, and IBM says it's finally there, at least in the server room, sort of. Big Blue made the case Thursday that when you take into account power, cooling, floor space and software costs, flash drives are now the cheaper way. coincidentally IBM also announced a new family of all-flash storage arrays. Sprint, Kroger and Thomson Reuters all backed IBM up saying they saw big improvements in access speeds, latency and database performance.http://www.informationweek.com/storage/systems/ibm-flash-storage-hits-tipping-point/240152747

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iaAccording to AV-Test, an independent testing lab, Bing delivers approximately five times as many malware infested website results compared to Google. AV-Test looked at over 40 million websites. Out of 10 million results, Google returned 272 malicious results. For Bing, 1,285 results out of 10 million were infected. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/310268-bing-delivers-five-times-as-many-malicious-websites-as-google

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slTwitter’s New Music App Launches This Weekendhttp://allthingsd.com/20130411/twitters-new-music-app-launches-friday/

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music.twitter.comhttps://music.twitter.com/

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- ATD says the app is launching today, but hears it might be over the weekend to coincide w Coachella
- suggests artists and tracks to users based on who you follow, who your friends follow. listen to clips of music inside the app via iTunes & SoundCloud; watch music videos provided by Vevo (owned by Universal Music and Sony.)
- placeholder at music.twitter.com is live but doesn't go anywhere once you sign in
- Twitter bought We Are Hunted last year, finally confirmed. WAH shuttering its service, team joining Twitter. founded in 2007. accounts will be shut down, but users can submit their email address or usernames to download their favorites.
- ryan seacrest tweeted that the service is great, and "real"
- Verge reporting Apple is expected to sign the largest record label perhaps as soon as next week, sources say. Warner Music is right behind.

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tm‘Chinese Google’ Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valleyhttp://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/04/baidu-research-lab/

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Neural Networks page at Stanford's Deep Learning Institutehttp://deeplearning.stanford.edu/wiki/index.php/Neural_NetworksSOURCE

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List of Deep Learning research groupshttp://deeplearning.net/deep-learning-research-groups-and-labs/SOURCE

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Baidu just hired first researcher for R&D office in Cupertino, California
- Institute of Deep Learning (IDL) has office in China as well
- "deep learning" - mimic neural networks
- Google recently hired Geoffrey Hinton, leader in Deep Learning research
- Voice recog. like Google's and Apple's Siri use Deep Learning
- Kai Yu, who leads Baidu’s speech- and image-recognition search team, made first hire
- Hoping to attract top talent and maybe see side projects ( like Baidu Eye for ex.)

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iaVerizon unveils $35 prepaid mobile phone planhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57579264-94/verizon-unveils-$35-prepaid-mobile-phone-plan/

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- Verizon's got a new prepaid plan
- $35 gets you 500 anytime minutes, unlimited text/picture messaging, unlimited mobile web. Go over the 500 minute allotment and you'll pay 25 cents per minute. Mobile to mobile calling not including
- Limited selection of phones LG Cosmos 2 (messaging phone), the Samsung Gusto 2 (flip phone), the Samsung Intensity 3 (another messaging phone), and the LG Extravert (messaging phone).

Q: Does this seem like a good step by Verizon or just a cruddy deal?
~dk "Prepaid $35 Monthly Plan and $50 Unlimited Monthly Plan includes unlimited Mobile Web and does not include full web browsing."

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sl‘Secretbook’ Lets You Encode Hidden Messages in Your Facebook Picshttp://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/04/secretbook/

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- chrome extension made by Oxford University computer science student and former Google intern Owen-Campbell Moore. share messages hidden in JPEG images uploaded to FB. The only way to unlock them is through a password you create. msgs restricted to 140 characters
- digital steganography — the practice of concealing messages inside computer files. Unlike cryptography, which uses ciphertext to encrypt messages, steganographic messages are simply hidden where no one would think to look.
- FB would garble msgs through recompression, so Campbell-Moore replicated FB’s recompression algorithm. When encoding a message, extension auto-compresses image, as Facebook would. Then it makes lots of “very slight” changes to add redundancy. “This minimizes the amount of change it will undergo when they do recompress it, keeping the damage to the secret message low,” he says.
- Since the extension runs through a web browser without a server connection, the users can’t be detected by network analysis. It’s also hard for Facebook to block or remove permissions, as the extension doesn’t rely on a Facebook API key.
- “A researcher could certainly build a simple system for detecting which images have secret messages hidden in them although they would first require access to all 300+ million photos being uploaded to Facebook every day,” Campbell-Moore says. “Which I suspect even the NSA doesn’t currently have, and performing detection on that scale would be very difficult.”

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iaBing Delivers Five Times as Many Malicious Websites as Googlehttp://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/310268-bing-delivers-five-times-as-many-malicious-websites-as-google

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- According to German independent testing lab AV-Test, Bing returned 5x as many malicious websites compared to Google
- The study looked at nearly 40 million websites provided by seven different search engines. 10M came from Google, 10M from Bing
- of the 40M sites, AV-Test found 5000 pieces of malware
- Google was the safest. Google returned a mere 272 malicious results in 10 million
- Bing returned 1285 out of 10M pages.

Q: Should Yahoo use this report as a way out of its partnership with MS?

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tmDarpa’s New Navigation Tool Is Smaller Than a Pennyhttp://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/04/darpa-navigation/

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Tiny DARPA chip has six-axis inertial guidance for military GPS backuphttp://www.engadget.com/2013/04/12/tiny-darpa-chip-has-six-axis-inertial-guidance/

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Darpa press release from Wednesdayhttp://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2013/04/10.aspx

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Announced Wednesday at U of M by Darpa researchers (part of Micro-PNT project.)
- TIMU (timing and inertial measurement unit) thin as a couple human hairs, 10mm^3 made of Silicon Dioxide
- contains a six axis IMU (three gyroscopes and three accelerometers) + master clock
- Gives you the three things you need to navigate - orientation, acceleration and time
- Inertial systems predate GPS but used to be refrigerator-sized
- Works in absence of GPS, not meant to replace it
- personnel tracking, handheld navigation, small diameter munitions and small airborne platforms.

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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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Iranian scientist claims to have invented 'time machine'http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9985757/Iranian-scientist-claims-to-have-invented-time-machine.html

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Iran: No, We Don’t Have a ‘Time Machine’http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/04/iran-no-we-dont-have-a-time-machine/#.UWgt1JBG-Qo.twitter

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on this day: Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space in 1961

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Sunday the 14th Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion (Rise of the Hutt Cartel) to launch

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D: Dive into Mobile starts monday the 15th, runs through Tues in NYChttp://allthingsd.com/conferences/dive-into-mobile/about/

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iaEmail

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Thanks for the show, I generally enjoy the balanced talk.

However, all of you were pretty dismissive of Bitcoin's use to buy actual things with. Starting only at the "physical goods" section of the bitcoin wiki (which is section 7 of 11 and skips the majority of business listings) there are hundreds of businesses taking bitcoins covering everything from video games to political donations or charity work to dentistry.

That doesn't count the thousands of people who use Bitcoin for person-to-person transactions (ala paypal or square) or the many businesses (especially restaurants) who accept Bitcoin but haven't bothered to get listed on the wiki.

I too have been working with Bitcoin since Feb 2011 after hearing it described on Security Now and have bought everything from coffee to jewelry for my wife; using Bitcoin as a currency. I have owned a total of over 300 coins and have actually used them instead of speculated with them, a point of pride for me because if it wasn't for people using their coins they would actually have no value.

Thanks again for the show,
Brian from Minnesota
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade#Material_.2F_Physical_Products

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Hey TNT People!

I recently started using the Key Ring App to manage all of my loyalty cards for various retailers and I love it. So what if Foursquare were to acquire them or integrate that same sort of feature into their app? Check-in and your loyalty card barcode is right there, maybe with other offers as it stands now. KeyRing already does this to a degree, but I could see Foursquare benefiting from it more as I'd always be sure to pop it open for the loyalty barcode.

Thanks again for all you guys do!



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