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What's Amazon cooking up? Facebook forces Android on employees, Post PC era gets Post-PC-ier. http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Darren Kitchen
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Monday November 19 2012

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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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tmThe Apple - Samsung patent case has a decision... in Korea. I know, it's hard to keep track of all the Apple-Samsung patent cases. But in KOREA, Apple has been found to violate two of Samsung's WiFi patents and Samsung found to violate Apple's bounce-back patent. Samsung was not found to be copying Apple's design. Under the ruling, Apple must stop selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 in South Korea, while Samsung must stop selling 12 products including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-23/apple-samsung-infringed-each-other-s-patents-seoul-court-says

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slAmazon's set a press conference for September 6th, and sources say it's a "big announcement". New Kindle Fire, anyone? Rumors have also started that Amazon is building a smartphone with Foxconn. In any case, we at TNT will be on the story, and we're gonna do it live! http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/08/23/amazon-hold-press-conference-september-6th-santa-monica/

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iaSo let’s talk about the non-existant next iPhone and iPad mini. John Gruber posted his idea that it would make more sense for Apple to introduce the products at two separate events. The iPhone in September and the iPad mini at Apple’s usual music event. Well known Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple [DAL-RIM-PLE] wrote a response to Gruber’s theory saying “Oh that Gruber is a smart fellow.” People are taking this to mean that Gruber’s theory may be on the nose.http://www.macrumors.com/2012/08/23/jim-dalrymple-hints-at-two-separate-apple-media-events-for-new-iphone-and-ipad-mini/

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dkBad news if you’re Joel Tenenbaum, a federal court in Massachusetts upheld a $675,000 damages award against Tenenbaum. He was accused of illegally downloading 31 songs and distributing them, which got him sued by music labels. The Judge presiding over the case said that “a rational appraisal of the evidence before the jury… supports the damages award.”http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57499519-38/court-affirms-$675000-penalty-in-music-downloading-case/

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tmYesterday Facebook released a new iOS app that got everybody talking about how much faster it is now that it's written in native code. Brian Chen at the New York Times reports Facebook is now making its developers use Android phones in order to help them better overhaul the app for that platform.http://www.informationweek.com/development/mobility/facebook-takes-mobile-app-native-for-spe/240006155

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slThe FCC has approved Verizon’s $3.9B dollar acquisition of 4G spectrum from a consortium of cable operators, another hurdle down for Verizon to build the LTE network it always wanted. The deal still has to pass a federal judge, but since the US Department of Justice lifted all of its objections to the deal last week, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House. http://gigaom.com/2012/08/23/verizon-cable-cartel-gets-fccs-unanimous-approval/

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iaThe International Telecommunication Union approved NHK’s 8K Ultra High-Definition TV standard. The standard, which NHK calls Super Hi-Vision, means a resolution of 7680 x 4320 with framerates of 120 fps. If that resolution didn’t mean anything to you - think of it this way: it’s over 33 megapixels, with 16 times the amount of pixels in a 1080p HDTV.http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/24/3264652/8k-ultra-high-definition-tv-specification-approved

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dkKodak is in dire straits. The company announced it’s selling its film, photo kiosk, and commercial scanner businesses. After the sale of these businesses and its digital imaging patents, Kodak plans to focus on printing products and commercial packaging as a part of its reorganization plan. http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/24/3264414/kodak-sell-film-scanner-kiosk-divisions

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tmThe Associated Press reports that the 8 judges of South Korea's contitutional court court rule unanimously against a 2007 law that required Internet commenters use their real names. The court stated it found no evidence the law helped decrease libel or the spread of false information, but that the law did discourage people from voicing dissent for fear of punishment. Security breaches that leaked personal data also contributed to the decision.http://news.yahoo.com/skorean-court-ends-law-requiring-real-names-online-092538858--finance.html

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slLG's keeping pace with Qualcomm with a teaser site (in korean) for its next LTE smartphone. Promising a 2nd-gen quad-core experience, the new device will promises better power management and graphics performance thanks to the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset inside. The site has room for five more videos, which should give us more of an idea of what to expect than FCC filings alone. http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/24/lg-teases-its-new-quad-core-superphone-snapdragon-s4-pro-is-awe/

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tmAmazon to hold press conference on September 6th in Santa Monicahttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/08/23/amazon-hold-press-conference-september-6th-santa-monica/

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OK Amazon, in Santa Monica 10:30 AM Pacific September 6th
- Phone?
-Kindle Fire?
- Robot?
- Movie studio?
- Television?

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slFacebook Reorients Itself for a Small-Screen Worldhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/technology/facebook-rewrites-its-code-for-a-small-screen-world.html

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Facebook Really Wants to Be a Mobile-First Companyhttp://news.yahoo.com/facebook-really-wants-mobile-first-company-135531210.html

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- "We have basically retooled and focused the company around mobile," Mike Schroepfer, vice president for engineering of Facebook told NYT "It’s been a huge change."
TIDBITS FROM NYT ARTICLE ON FB GOING MOBILE:
1. Facebook mobile engineering army. conversion process of its programmers into phone app engineers. training sessions of 20 ppl every week how to program for iOS and Android. Facebook had converted 100 of its over 700 engineers into phone app makers.
2. Everything mobile. new stuff gets mobile and regular version double the work, knowledge of both phones and computers.
3. Forced Android use. Yesterday, iOS users got faster native app-- no Android version. To prep its employees for the large Android overhaul, FB forcing employees to use Android, - former Facebook employees told Business Insider: "Facebook management realizes its Android app is subpar—and believes that the only way employees will take fixing it seriously is if they have to deal with its issues day in, day out,"
- still monetizing mobile slowly, though growth is quick

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iaPC growth slowing, and Windows 8 won't fix that soon, says IDChttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57499556-92/pc-growth-slowing-and-windows-8-wont-fix-that-soon-says-idc/

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- IDC says that it expects 0.9% growth in the PC market worldwide this year (367M PCs to ship)
- second consecutive year of growth below 2%
- slowness in Asia and mature markets -- the report said consumers are "considering spending on other products like media tablets and smartphones" while waiting for Windows 8.

So won’t Win8 mean gangbuster sales?
- Windows 8 "faces some initial hurdles; chief of which is that buyers must acclimate themselves to an operating system that is a dramatic departure from existing PC paradigms. The PC ecosystem faces some work to properly educate the market," wrote Jay Chou, an IDC analyst.

Next year may be better thanks to new ultrabooks and Win8
- Is the PC waning in light of powerful phones and tablets?
- Will Win8 bring in growth next year?

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slInstagram Traffic Up 38 Percent In July, Tumblr Surpasses MySpace [ComScore]http://marketingland.com/instagram-traffic-up-38-percent-tumblr-surpasses-myspace-19695

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- ComScore’s July 2012 Top 50: 38% traffic gain for Instagram between June and July, uniques rose from 16.5M to 22.7M. Instagram just outside the Top 50 at No. 56.
- In late July, Instagram announced that its community had surpassed 80M users and nearly four billion photos shared.
- Tumblr surpassed MySpace! Tumblr’s July traffic at 26.9M uniques, ahead of MySpace’s 26.8M. In June, MySpace was at 29.3M uniques and Tumblr was at 25.5M. If MySpace continues to decline at the same rate, it should be out of the top 50 when comScore issues its next report for August traffic.Tumblr debuted in comScore’s top 50 in April and has continued to grow each month since then.
- Google remained the most popular property with its collection of sites seeing more than 190 million uniques during July.
- Thanks to the Olympics, Comcast-NBCUniversal cracked the top 10 during July — the only new entry in the top 10.

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iaMicrosoft's Election 2012 hub on Xbox Live heralds the interactive TV futurehttp://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/8/23/3263278/election-2012-hub-xbox-live-microsoft-interactive-tv-pollingTechlection

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- Microsoft introduced its Election 2012 hub on Xbox Live, goes live on August 27th in the US only
- What is it? Interactive television with a live polling system. It gathers impressions from Xbox Live users as they watch broadcasts

How it works:
- Xbox Live will broadcast the presidential debates
- People watching on Xbox Live can use their controllers or Kinect sensors to give a thumbs up or thumbs down as a debate progresses, and YouGov will compile that data to provide a real-time graph of Xbox Live users' impressions of each candidate.

- What MS wants you to think of it: It’s the future. Jose Pinero, Sr. Dir. of Marketing and PR, told Polygon that the hub will “show the world what interactive TV can be.”

- Partnership with Rock the Vote to provide Xbox Live users with registration information
- can something like an Xbox make inroads to make television, inherently passive, something interactive?

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tmApple's Tim Cook notches first year as CEOhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57499572-37/apples-tim-cook-notches-first-year-as-ceo/

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One year in: What we’ve learned about CEO Tim Cookhttp://gigaom.com/apple/one-year-in-what-weve-learned-about-ceo-tim-cook/

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10 things we'd like to see Tim Cook do in his next year at Applehttp://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/08/10-things-wed-like-to-see-tim-cook-do-in-his-next-year-at-apple/

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One year down, many to go: 5 things Apple has done since Tim Cook took overhttp://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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Tech News Today from August 24, 2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3k13f5Ujxw&t=38m50sVIDEO 38:51

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On August 24 2011, Apple put out an announcement that Tim Cook was taking over as CEO and Steve Jobs was moving to the role of Chairman.

Things changed under Cook
- Began a charitable donation matching program
- Apple began issuing dividends (17 years)
- Tone of ads (Genius, Siri Celebrities)

Things you probably forgot happened under Tim Cook
- GigaOm points out 1 week in promoted 22-year employee Eddy Cue to SVP Internet Services
- Hired John Browett of UK's Dixon's to take over retail
- Apple continues to fight DoJ antitrust complaint over eBook sales. Fighting the settlment publishers made too.

Challenges Cook faced
- FoxConn controversy
- Environmental policies (we're out of EPEAT, no we're back in EPEAT)
- Retail store cutbacks then no cutbacks
- Samsung patent trial - revealing a lot, a big gamble
- Negotiating deals with TV industry

Things Apple achieved under Cook
- Most valuable publicly-traded US company Stock at $670
What would we like to see Apple do next under Tim Cook's leadership?
- Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica has 10 things based on chats with their staff, what's yours?

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RandomizerWe will narrow this down to one story during prepVIDEO

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What if Microsoft's new logo style was applied to other famous brands?http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/24/3265046/microsoft-logo-style-applied-to-other-brands

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Amazon throwing press conference September 6thhttp://www.engadget.com/2012/08/23/amazon-throwing-press-conference-september-6th/

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VM World starts Monday the 27th, runs through the 30th in SFhttp://www.vmworld.com/index.jspa

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US presidential campaign trail winds its way to Xbox Live on August 27th with Election 2012 Hubhttp://www.engadget.com/2012/08/24/us-presidential-elections-2012-hub-xbox-live/

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Dear TNT,

Your discussion today regarding the interview with Nintendo big wig Satoru Iwata reminded me a great deal of the kind of posturing that went on with Sega in the early Dreamcast days. Back then, Sega assured their fans that they were going to remain both a software and hardware developer; and we saw how that ended up.
When Mr. Iwata says that 'real' gamers still want dedicated hand held devices I can't help but think what he's really saying is: "if you want to play Mario, Pokemon and Zelda games, you better stick with us and support us." In my opinion, Nintendo's exclusivity with these properties are the only strong suit they have left at this point.
Time will tell, but I won't be surprised if in the future we see people playing Nintendo licensed games on other company's hardware.

Love the show,

Rob Houghton

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Hello TNT Show!

In response to your segment about people being underwhelmed with 4G.

I'm a savvy guy, I've only had iPhones, and I don't feel like I'm missing anything. Websites load plenty fast, and I have no problem streaming video.

My impression of 4G so far hasn't been too inspiring after seeing several of my co workers various android devices. I usually charge my phone every other day, they are constantly worried about making it through a single day (and sometimes they don't). The phones that claim to have "solved" the battery issue feel like bricks and they tend to run hot.

I am more than willing to wait for technology to advance before getting 4G. Maybe that will be September? ;)


Love the show!

Rob in Phoenix

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