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So many 'whys' answered on today's show. Why Facebook got Instagram, Twitter's cutting off APIs, and US hates 4G http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Patrick Beja
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Monday November 19 2012

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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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News Fuse - Top 10VIDEO

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tmSony continued the process of taking over the former joint venture with Ericsson by announcing the headquarters will move from Lund, Sweden, to Tokyo. Sony Mobile also announced it will lay off 1,000 employees, about 15 percent of its staff, by March 2014. But hey, Sweden's nice right? I'm sure they can find jobs there... with Ericsson?http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57498845-94/sony-mobile-to-move-hq-to-tokyo-cut-1000-workers/

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slMicrosoft is changing its corporate logo for the first time in a quarter century! Yep, the logo we've come to know and love since 1987 is getting an update, with official unveiling at Microsoft's 23rd store, opening today in Boston. It will also appear at the Seattle and Bellevue Microsoft stores, as well as on the microsoft.com home page. The new logo is designed to "signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness," said Jeff Hansen, Microsoft's general manager of brand strategy.http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2018972097_microsoftlogo23.html

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iaLG’s mass producing lots and lots of displays with in-cell technology - that’s the one that embeds touch sensors in the display instead of requiring a separate layer. So why is this news? Oh, because LG supplies Apple with displays and people think those new LG displays are coming to the unannounced next iPhone due to the timing.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-23/lg-display-starts-touch-screens-output-before-new-iphone.html

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tmBy the time you hear this Instagram may already be Facebook's. More than four months since the announcement of the proposed acquistion, the FTC in the US and the OFT in the UK have both now approved the deal. Instagram gets the shaft a bit, as the IPO of Facebook stock and the subsequent decline int he value means the value of the purchase price has dropped from around $1 billion to around $750 million.http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/22/3261314/facebook-instagram-purchase-ftc-approval

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slHP has reported quarterly losses of $8.9B- the worst in its 73-year history—and CEO Meg Whitman warned that the news might continue through a multi-year turnaround. HP reported revenue of $29.7B, down 5% from the $31.2B from the same period in 2011, and saw sales declines in all of its core business units except Software, which saw revenue grow 18%, bolstered by its acquisition of Autonomy, completed last October.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408813,00.asp

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iaZynga’s General Manager of Cityville Alan Patmore is leaving Zynga for Kixeye as VP of Product. Kixeye is also a gaming company that looks like a different animal compared to Zynga - its games include War Commander, Battle Pirates and Backyard Monsters. Zynga also recently lost its COO, John Schappert who departed after 15 months on the job.http://allthingsd.com/20120823/zyngas-cityville-loses-mayor-to-kixeye/?refcat=news

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tmYou know who doesn't want LTE? USA. Or at least almost half of the folks who live there. Investment firm Piper Jaffray surveyed 3,000 folks and found 47 % don't feel they need 4G LTE and 26% feel all 4G network technologies are the same. 55% of those surveyed said they are considering buying the next iPhone, 44% said they'd choose Verizon, 29% said AT&T.http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/08/22/47_of_us_consumers_feel_they_dont_need_4g_lte.html

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slElectronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has released government documents showing that license plate readers, which include precise GPS location, date, and timestamps, in addition to the plate in question, are shared with an auto insurance umbrella organization. The documents include a memorandum of understanding from 2005 between the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the United States Customs and Border Protection agency. The NICB says insurance companies are members of the organization but don't automatically gain access to the LPR data, and that only authorized "Special Investigations Units" personnel from NICB member companies have access to such data "for theft prevention activities."http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/08/license-plates-scanned-at-border-data-shared-with-car-insurance-group/

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tmSeptember 5th is the mother of all announcement days, including new phones from Nokia running the next version of Windows Phone. According to The Verge's Tom Warren, sources say Nokia will reveal two phones, one code named Phi, will be a hero phone, successor to the Lumia 800 and 900. And the other code-named Arrow will be its plucky sidekick, learnign the business and questioning the hero's ideals and motivations while providing invaluable assistance... it's a mid-range phone.http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/23/3259828/nokia-arrow-phi-lumia-windows-phone

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iaSure, location services are great when you’re outdoors, but what about when you’re lost indoors? Nokia, Samsung, Sony and a number of other companies are teaming up to standardize technology used for indoor location services. Their super-team is called the In-Location Alliance and they’re going to start with Wi-Fi standards and Bluetooth 4.0. The alliance is 22 companies strong, but Apple and Google aren’t a part of the group. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/23/in_location_alliance_launched/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Patrick Beja
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Discussion Stories

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tmWhy The OFT And FTC Let Facebook Buy Instagram: FB Camera Is Tiny, IG Makes No Money, And Googlehttp://techcrunch.com/2012/08/22/ftc-facebook-instagram/

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Four months later - Facebook allowed to buy Instagram getting approval from Office of Fair Trading and US FTC
Why OFT approved the deal
- Camera+, Hipstamatic, Camera Awesome and other apps are killing Facebook
- "Instagram does not generate any revenue" AND "one third party told the OFT that it does not consider that Instagram provides significant marketing opportunities."
- Google's ad business is kicking Facebook's butt, Google + is competition and Google runs the app store for Android.
QUESTION: Good rationales, or stupid rationales but right result, or this shouldn't be allowed?
QUESTION: Best guess for what's next for Instagram?

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slTumblr becomes next property after Instagram to have Twitter friend-finding privileges revoked http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2012/08/22/tumblr-becomes-next-property-instagram-twitter-friend-finding-privileges-revoked/

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The Twitter Hit Listhttp://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbuchanan/the-twitter-hit-list

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Storify is a good example??https://twitter.com/rsarver/status/236249021176487936

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- last month find friends stripped from Instagram, Twitter's response to outcry: “We understand that there’s great value associated with Twitter’s follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram.” LinkedIn came first.
- FB bought Instagram, FTC approved it, maybe Twitter doesn't want to be a big part of a FB property. LinkedIn offered no value to Twitter
- about 24 hours ago Matt Buchanan at Buzzfeed predicted Tumblr was next. around 5 ET her noticed find friends for Twitter was missing from Tumblr
- they're cutting off access to "media companies"... big, competing services.
- is Flipboard next?
TUMBLR: "To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to “Find Twitter Friends” on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70 million blogs and 30 billion posts as one of Twitter’s first partners. While we’re delighted by the response to our integrations with Facebook and Gmail, we are truly disappointed by Twitter’s decision."
- marco arment, formerly of Tumblr, now of Instapaper, tweets: If Twitter cuts off Instapaper’s “find friends” access, I’ll probably remove all Twitter functionality. It’ll hurt, but it’ll feel right.

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ia47% of US consumers feel they don't need 4G LTEhttp://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/08/22/47_of_us_consumers_feel_they_dont_need_4g_lte.html

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ITIF Says U.S. Broadband is Making Progress despite Conclusions in '706 Report'http://www.equities.com/news/headline-story?dt=2012-08-23&val=408360&cat=tech

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- Piper Jaffray survey of 3000 individuals says that nearly 47% say they don’t need 4G
- The survey asked “Which 4G Wireless is, in your opinion, better?”
- 4G 12.4%, 4G LTE 15.1%, while 25.7% say “They’re all the same.”

- Of those who did have an opinion, Verizon Wireless was deemed by most to have the best 4G network, followed by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
"While Verizon appears to be the winner here, the fact that most customers don't have an opinion about the best 4G network is also good news for the remaining carriers," Larsen wrote.


Broadband
- FCC 706 report: says we're not making reasonable progress toward bringing broadband networking to all Americans.
- Information Technology and Innovation Foundation responded saying the conclusion is erroneous
- The ITIF thinks the FCC should look at wired and wireless solutions together when looking at broadband instead of looking at them as two competing services.
- Does this survey just cement what we already know? "4G" is meaningless?
- If 4G technologies were married to the term "broadband" would that change people's perceptions?

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tmHewlett-Packard Sales Slump Tests CEO Whitmanhttp://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-22/hp-cuts-full-year-forecast-as-pc-and-data-center-revenue-stall

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Does HP’s quarterly loss show the strength and variety of the datacenter market?http://www.zdnet.com/does-hps-quarterly-loss-show-the-strength-and-variety-of-the-datacenter-market-7000003073/

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What's really going on at HP? It's not about tablets anymore.
- Bad Economy -Declines inPC revenue, Enterprise servers, Business critical systems and storage
- Dismantling acquisitions of EDS ($9.2 billion write-down) and Palm, wrote down $8 billion for enterprise services
- Networking revenue up 6%

What's CEO Whitman doing?
- Spending more on R&D (securit, cloud computiong, Data analysis)
- Revamping PC, printer and enterprise services units
- Marketing a Windows 8 tablet to businesses (maybe not until 2013)
- Laying off 115,000 workers by end of October, spending money on software and saving the rest

Conclusions
- Squeezed by Apple & Lenovo on one side and IBM, WiPro and Tata on the other
- David Chernicoff at ZDnet points out datacenter market growing but companies choosing smaller, more flexible and innovative companies

QUESTION: What should Ms. Whitman do?

HP will discuss 2013 at analyst meeting in October

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iaGoogle Building Privacy Red Teamhttp://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/google-building-privacy-red-team-082212

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- Google’s building a privacy “red team,” who will try to find and resolve privacy risks in Google’s products
- Google just recently settled a privacy issue with the FTC in a $22.5M fine
- Posted ads for a data privacy engineer. The job description says that the engineer “will work as member of our Privacy Red Team to independently identify, research, and help resolve potential privacy risks across all of our products, services, and business processes in place today.”
- ThreatPost blog says that “red teams” are common to check security, but Google’s move may be unique in that it takes on privacy risks

- Genuine Google effort or just a PR move?

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slUnintimidated By Apple, Nintendo’s Boss Says The World Still Needs Dedicated Gaming Handheldshttp://kotaku.com/5936557/unintimidated-by-apple-nintendos-boss-says-the-world-still-needs-dedicated-gaming-handhelds

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- Kotaku spoke to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata for 45 minutes, via translation
- ON OWN HARDWARE: "I think that if we are able to provide experiences on handheld devices that consumers cannot get on another device, then we will continue creating software and hardware going forward, and if it comes to a point when we're not able to do that, I think, yeah, you will see portable handheld gaming devices go the way of the Dodo, I guess."
- Iwata read 3DS sales figures to Kotaku reporter Steven Totilo off of a MacBook Air, which was plugged into a white iPhone. Doesn't seem afraid of brand. (at gaming trade shows, they don't use Sony TVs)
- says he doesn't think it's non-sensical to want to game on device you're already carrying,
ON CHALLENGES VS. MOBILE: "It's just like in the day of the GBA our challenge was to provide experiences you could not have on a cellphone at that time. In the same way, we have to look at the Nintendo 3DS and other platforms in our future as being able to do the same thing in terms of what smartphones can provide as well."
- does not think handheld gaming market is shrinking ( the 3DS had sold 10.5 million physical games in its first 14 months, more than the DS had sold in the same period of time.)
- WHY NINTENDO TITLES ARE DIFFERENT "I think within games you have two needs that people fill. One is the time-filler need. The other is that it's a very important time for me and I want to have a rich experience. Those are two separate needs, I think."

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Finally, Facebook Speeds Up Its iOS Apphttp://allthingsd.com/20120823/finally-facebook-speeds-up-its-ios-app/

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RandomizerWe will narrow this down to one story during prepVIDEO

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‘Big moment’ as Mars rover Curiosity actually roves for first time in short test drivehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/curiosity-rover-wheels-around-mars-in-first-short-test-drive-on-red-planet/2012/08/22/5b769804-ecb7-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html

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Tomorrow, Friday August 25th marks one year for Tim Cook as CEO of Applehttp://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/08/one-year-down-many-to-go-5-things-apple-has-done-since-tim-cook-took-over/

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INCOMINGVIDEO

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Email

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My Amazon Cloud subscription will expire? I just got this message
from Amazon. What kind of crap is that? They are certainly not
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On August 26, 2012 your Amazon Cloud promotional subscription will
expire. - steve c

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