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Why Apple made peace with HTC, Samsung sticks it to Apple, YouTube cancels the 40 percent http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Declan McCullagh, Chief political correspondent
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tmApple and HTC surprised folks this weekend by declaring patent peace between the two companies. The two have been fighint patent battles since 2010, but now have agreed on a 10-year cross-licensing deal. The terms were confidential, but Analyst Shaw Wu reports his sources say HTC will pay between 8-10 dollars per Android handset.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57548302-37/apple-to-generate-up-to-$280-million-a-year-in-htc-deal-analyst-says/

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slRIM president and ceo Thorsten Heins announced in a press release that the BlackBerry 10 Launch event is happening January 30, 2013. The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world, along with BB10 phone details. http://blogs.blackberry.com/2012/11/blackberry-10-launch-event/

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iaDigitimes says that Apple is already working on the next iPhone, the iPhone 5. The site says that Apple ought to have trial production started in December with production at full steam ahead starting up in Q1 of 2013. The reason? The yield rates for iPhone 5 is low, so Apple's accelerated the certification process for the next phone instead. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-starting-production-on-iphone-5s-report-says/2012/11/12/ebdf1cda-2cc8-11e2-a99d-5c4203af7b7a_story.html

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tmSteve Ballmer told French newspaper La Parisien that sales of the Microsoft Surface "are starting modestly" due to the restricted availability online and in Microsoft Stores. Ballmer took the opportunity to extoll the virtues of the Surface Pro running Windows 8 which should be out after the first tof the year.http://www.neowin.net/news/steve-ballmer-first-surface-sales-are-modest-hypes-windows-8-pro-version

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slSamsung has raised the price of the mobile processors the company supplies to Apple by 20%. Korea's Chosun Ilbo reported Monday, citing a person familiar with negotiations between the two. According to the report, Apple buys all APs used for production of iPhone and iPad from Samsung Electronics with the volume estimated to be 130 million units last year and more than 200 million units this year, with a contract through 2014.http://www.marketwatch.com/story/samsung-hits-apple-with-20-price-hike-report-2012-11-11

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iaTomorrow "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" launches and USAToday reports that the game will have an impact - on productivity. USAToday interviewed some bosses and found that they expect a number of employees to take the day off and others to have unplanned absences. "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" hits stores at midnight. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2012/11/11/call-of-duty-sick-days/1694633/

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tmYouTube is getting ready to decide which of its partner channels it will renew and which will be set free. All Things D reports YouTube estimates it will fund around 40% of the 160 channels it launched last year. Channels that don't receive a second round may continue on YouTube and keep more of their ad revenue.http://allthingsd.com/20121111/changing-channels-youtube-starts-renewing-some-but-not-all-of-its-programming-deals/

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slAfter the Gabon government shut down kim dotcom's Me.ga domain idea, Mega holding site is now live at New Zealand-based domain Mega.co.nz. A statement by Dotcom on twitter read "New Zealand will be the home of our new website: Mega.co.nz – Powered by legality and protected by the law." At this point the site only offers an email sign-up to keep up on news of the launch, plus links and information for hosting partners, developers seeking APIs and financial investors.http://thenextweb.com/au/2012/11/12/kim-dotcoms-me-ga-domain-plans-scuppered-megaupload-goes-live-at-mega-co-nz/

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tmNVidia and AMD both announced new high-performance graphics chips for supercomputers today. Nvidia Nvidia unveiled the Kepler 2 K20 and K20X cards. The K20X powers the new king of Supercomputers, Titan, a 20-petaflop supercomputer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. AMD announced the FirePro SM10000 GPU, which targets high-performance computers and servers in virtualized environments.http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9233499/Nvidia_AMD_release_graphics_processors_for_supercomputing

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iaHere we go, hardware news from Valve! Gabe Newell told 4chan that the company is already beta testing its hardware. Newell said there are three different controller prototypes being tried out. Pictures of the devices have yet to leak - but this is the Internet. Expect to see pics eventually. http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/12/valve-hardware-beta-details/

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tmWhy Apple and HTC settled their patent litigationhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/11/10/3629516/why-apple-and-htc-settled-their-patent-litigation

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Apple to generate up to $280 million a year in HTC deal, analyst sayshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57548302-37/apple-to-generate-up-to-$280-million-a-year-in-htc-deal-analyst-says/

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Apple-HTC ten-year license deal shows Android patent peace is achievablehttp://www.fosspatents.com/2012/11/apple-htc-ten-year-license-deal-shows.html

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Apple and HTC reach a sudden patent peace, but at what cost?http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/apple-and-htc-reach-patent-peace-but-at-what-cost/

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Apple and HTC 10-year confidential deal for current and future licenses. First Apple license to Android maker.
- HTC lost at ITC late 2011 (did workaround), HTC's complaint against Apple failed
- August 29 Chairwoman Cher Wang said that HTC was "really not" going to settle
- HTC pays Microsoft $5 per Android handset in licensing, Shaw Wu said in a note to researchers today that he has spoken with industry sources who told him that Apple will generate about $6 to $8 in licensing fees for each smartphone HTC ships in 2013.
- HTC received some patents from Google and bought company S3 Graphics. to beef up its portfolio
- recently reported a dramatic 79 percent downturn in year-over-year profits
- Nilay Patel points out, Apple may not always succeed like they did against Samsung, HTC a smaller fish, HTC doesn't have time or money to fight, HTC won't have to work around things like slide-to-unlock, HTC may be shifting to Windows Phone
- Are the smart wars settling down, or is HTC going to be its first victim?
, Apple settled with Nokia, and Microsoft settled with Barnes & Noble.

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slSamsung reportedly raising iPhone and iPad processor prices by a fifthhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/11/12/3634500/samsung-iphone-ipad-processor-price-rise

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- Korea's Chosun.com says Samsung has increased the price of manufacturing Apple's application processor by almost 20%. and that it's the first time Samsung has sought to increase pricing on the processors that go inside Apple's mobile devices. Apple has no choice but to accept to keep up with demand
- A6 mobile processors are custom designed by Apple but built by Samsung. apple getting RAM and flash storage from other companies but Samsung is tops in prod. volume.
WHY? the verge says maybe significant $4B investment Samsung made in retooling its plant in Austin, Texas, the very same that builds Apple's processors led to need for $$? or writing on the wall that AAPL can eventually move away from Samsung, so squeeze on price now?

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iaChanging Channels: YouTube Will Pull the Plug on at Least 60 Percent of Its Programming Dealshttp://allthingsd.com/20121111/changing-channels-youtube-starts-renewing-some-but-not-all-of-its-programming-deals/

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YouTube Preps Big New Round of Content Investments
http://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-preps-big-round-content-investments/238248/

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- YouTube is funding a new round of its channels
- YT will give a second round of funding to 30%-40% of its original partners. That means a cut at least 60%
- Those channel makers getting additional funding will be notified in the next few weeks according to AdAge
- Channels that don't get new deals will still be on YouTube (not kicked off)

Jamie Byrne, YouTube’s director of content strategy, says the site is most concerned about engagement — primarily the total “watch time” a channel has generated — and cost — how efficient programmers have been with their programming budget.

Q: Should YouTube be reinvesting in its original partners or is a cut like this (kind of like TV) the way to go for content?

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tmSteve Ballmer: first Surface sales are "modest"; hypes Windows 8 Pro versionhttp://www.neowin.net/news/steve-ballmer-first-surface-sales-are-modest-hypes-windows-8-pro-version

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Microsoft Surface Sales “Starting Modestly”, Says Ballmer; Won’t Give Exact Sales Figureshttp://techcrunch.com/2012/11/12/microsoft-surface-sales-starting-modestly-says-ballmer-wont-give-exact-sales-figures/

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Ballmer told French newspaper LeParisien that sales of the Surface “are starting modestly” because of limited availability (online and MS stores)
- Asked about supply shortages of Surface, Ballmer told Le Parisien: “It’s a good sign,” adding that the company will “fix this problem quickly”
- Said Windows 8 Pro Surface will be "unique" and "equipped with a new Intel processor with a higher screen resolution."

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iaReport: Apple begins iPhone 5S, iPad, Apple TV pre-production for early 2013http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/21316/report-apple-begins-iphone-5s-ipad-4-apple-tv-pre-production-early-2013Rumor Mill

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Apple starting production on iPhone 5S, report sayshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-starting-production-on-iphone-5s-report-says/2012/11/12/ebdf1cda-2cc8-11e2-a99d-5c4203af7b7a_story.html

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- Digitimes says Apple's working on the next iPhone already; the 5s would ramp up production in Q1 2013
- Digitimes also says Apple's got a new iPad coming in the second quarter of 2013
- The iPad would be released a quarter later than the iPhone 5s

Q: Do you think Apple's going to bump up its production schedules with faster updates or is this just another rumor?
“Facing low yield rates in the production of iPhone 5, Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components for the iPhone 5S,” Digitimes claims, citing the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

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slThe Information Age:N. Korean Stylehttp://thediplomat.com/2012/11/11/the-information-age-north-korean-style/

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- author: Scott Thomas Bruce is the Project Manager for the Partnership for Nuclear Security at CRDF Global and an Associate at the Nautilus Institute and the East-West Center.
- govt. allowing up to 1M cell phones in country for 1st time. avail to 5% of population, highest caste/wealth.
- Koryolink cell phone system. members can call other members of the Koryolink network, but no intnl calls. State sponsored intranet in NK called Kwangmyong, restricted to elites in NK with good social standing. The intranet has message boards, chat, and state sponsored media; encouraged among university students, technical experts and scientists.
- daily state-sponsored texts come in via phones. Intranet activity on discussion boards, closely monitored by NK state security department. network can be shut down by the state.
- 1M phones- state will have to choose which calls to monitor, probably focusing on foreigners and senior government and military officials. calling remote areas of the country allows info to flow in news ways. IT in order to acquire scientific information from abroad to support development in North Korea is ok, state-screened of course.
WHY? some IT tools will increase foreign investment in NK, help economy be more efficient. Cell phones and the intranet will help communication b/t Pyongyang and remote parts of NK. limited use of cell phones will encourage investment from China and overseas. lack of cell phones a huge challenge for investors dealing with North Korea.

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Antivirus pioneer John McAfee reportedly accused of murderhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57548458-83/antivirus-pioneer-john-mcafee-reportedly-accused-of-murder/

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Stanford self-healing plastic responds to touch, keeps prosthetics and touchscreens in one piecehttp://www.engadget.com/2012/11/12/stanford-self-healing-plastic-responds-to-touch/

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Microsoft's Sharepoint Conf starts today-15th in LV - focus on sharepoint and social collaboration in enterprisehttp://www.mssharepointconference.com/Pages/default.aspx

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IE 10 for Windows 7 preview coming tomorrow, no word on final release

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Arrives tomorrow 11/13

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LG Nexus 4 hits O2 UK, also tomorrow

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Nexus 10 available starting at $399, also tomorrow

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Nintendo has announced plans to host a Wii U launch event at its official Nintendo World Store in New York City 6pm Eastern on November 17, at the Nintendo World at Rockefeller Plazahttp://www.computerandvideogames.com/377879/reggie-fils-aime-to-attend-wii-u-launch-event-at-nintendo-world-nyc/

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Verizon confirms Droid DNA on its Droid Does portal, promises 'unboxing' on November 19th - carrier's promising an internet unboxing through its Google+ pagehttp://www.engadget.com/2012/11/11/verizon-droid-dna-portal/

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I am an old timer. During the Vietnam war, I was in the military involved in things that necessitated that I have a top secret crypto clearance. It was drummed into us over and over again that the intelligence gathering "capabilities" that we were privy to, were in most cases more valuable than the actual information gathered. To say it another way, the source is to be protected at all costs.

Flash to the present. The methodology and techniques uses by the SEALS if compromised could jeopardize many missions downstream from the leak.

So did the SEAL team know that they should have kept their mouths shut? Based on my experience, unequivocally yes. Are the reprimands docked pay justified? Absolutely.

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