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The real reason Sinofsky left Micrososft, Yahoo about to go all Gmail, Jawbone tries again not to suck at fitness http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Derek Colanduno, Co-Host: Skepticality (Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine)
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tmMicrosoft announced thet Steven Sinofsky head of ridiulously long explanatory blog posts as well as the Windows and Windows Live Division will leave the company immediately. Head of Windows Planning, Julie Larson-Green will take over lead of the Windows engineering side while Division CFO Tami Reller will take on businessa and marketing strategy for Windows.

http://allthingsd.com/20121112/breaking-windows-head-steven-sinofsky-to-leave-microsoft/

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slThey're watching you!!!! Government surveillance of citizens' lives is rising sharply around the world, according to Google's latest report handing off user data to official agencies. In the 1st half of 2012, authorities worldwide made 20,939 requests for access to personal data from Google users, including search results, access to Gmail accounts and removal of YouTube videos. Requests are rising steeply... from a low of 12,539 in 2009, when Google first published its Transparency Report.http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/13/google-transparency-report-government-requests-data

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iaIt's a bird, it's a plane, nope. It's a lawsuit going to trial. The battle between Motorola and Microsoft is underway in federal court. At issue in the case is standards-based patents owned by Motorola related to H.264 video and Wi-Fi. Microsoft initiated the suit saying Motorola violated promises it made to license the patents at fair and resonable rates. Motorola wants about $4 billion per year, Microsoft says it'll glady pay $1.21 Million a year. The trial ought to sort out that number. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/courts-will-decide-how-much-patent-cash-motorola-gets-from-microsof/

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tm67-year-old John McAfee, founder of the security company McAfee is on the run from police in Belize on suspicion of murder of his neighbor, 52-year-old Gregory Faull. Police found Faull floating in his pool, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Wired's Joshua Davis spoke with McAfee who is concerned that whomever shot Faull was actually after McAfee. He plans to remain in the country in hiding. Wired plans to publish a story about McAfee in the January issue of the mgazine.http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/11/threatlevel_1112_mcafee/

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slThe Nexus 4 went on sale in Europe today and it's selling, selling like hotcakes, in fact, it sold out within minutes! Both versions of Nexus 4 are now listed as ‘coming soon’ on the Play Store in the U.K., and the 32GB version of the Nexus 10 tablet is also no longer in stock. Many users are also complaining Play Store errors prevented them from bagging their intended Nexus. Google said it has nothing to share on Nexus sales figures at this time.http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/13/googles-nexus-4-smartphone-sells-out-in-u-k-within-hours-of-going-on-sale-32gb-nexus-10-tablet-also-out-of-stock/

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Google Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 Go On Sale In The U.S. Online Play Storehttp://techcrunch.com/2012/11/13/google-nexus-4-and-nexus-10-go-on-sale-in-the-u-s-online-play-store/

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iaThere's a new competitor in the wearable fitness gadget race, but it's an old one. Say hello to the new Jawbone Up. It'll track your fitness and sleep patterns. Unlike the first generation Up, Jawbone says that the new version has been toughened up extensively so it won't fall apart like the original did. http://www.zdnet.com/jawbone-announces-new-up-fitness-band-hopefully-fixing-all-the-problems-7000007323/

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tmMany of you are still playing Call of Duty Black Opps II after picking it up at midnight, but the higher-stakes game is which franchise will break the most records for sales. Microsoft reports Halo 4 sold $220 million worth of games in its first 24 hours after launch on Nov. 6. That's bigger than the biggest movie launch of all time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Let the games begin!http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/12/halo-4-sold-220m-in-its-first-24-hours/

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slText messaging volume in the U.S. has declined for the first time ever, according to a new research report by Chetan Sharma which looked at mobile data in the 3rd quarter of this year. Sharma attributed the declines to "the rise of IP messaging" and the fact that "operators have been slow to evolve their strategies in the segment." Apple's iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Pair, all those non-SMS chatting options, are cutting into carriers' bottom lines.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57548745-235/omg-text-messaging-in-decline-for-the-first-time/

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tmGoogle announced a new feature that allow YouTube videos to be pushed from an Android device to a Google TV. yes Google TV has its own YouTube app, but the idea is to use your Android device like a remote. The video isn't actually streamed from the device like Apple AirPlay, but found by Google TV and streamed directly from there.http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/google-announces-airplay-like-feature-for-google-tv-and-android/

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iaCan your processor ever have too many cores? Intel's released its first 60-core processor called the Phi. It's more like a GPU and less like a CPU. If you're wondering when you'll get a chance to play with the Phi, you'll have to wait unless you're Stephen Hawking. That's right, Stephen Hawking and the Cosmos Lab at the University of Cambridge will have early access to the processor in their SGI supercomputer. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57548761-92/intels-60-core-chip-ships-elites-like-hawking-get-it-first/

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tmSteven Sinofsky, Windows president, leaving Microsoft effective immediatelyhttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/steven-sinofsky-windows-president-leaving-microsoft-effective-immediatelySEGMENT GUEST:
Paul Thurrott
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Microsoft Announces Leadership Change: Sinofsky Out!http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/microsoft-announces-leadership-change-sinofsky-out

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Sinofsky's departure from Microsoft: Politics or products to blame?http://www.zdnet.com/sinofskys-departure-from-microsoft-politics-or-products-to-blame-7000007297/

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In the Sinofsky Departure, Bill Gates Sided With the Other Steve (Ballmer) at Microsofthttp://allthingsd.com/20121113/in-the-sinofsky-departure-bill-gates-sided-with-the-other-steve-ballmer-at-microsoft/

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Meet Julie Larson-Green, the new head of Windowshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57548760-75/meet-julie-larson-green-the-new-head-of-windows/

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Steven Sinofsky President of Windows and Windows Live left Microsoft last night
-"growing tension" between Sinofsky and other executives "not a team player"
- Reportedly Gates backed Ballmer in the departure.
-Previous departures of J Allard, Robbie Bach, Stephen Elop and Ray Ozzie
- Ballmer cited need for “more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings.” in press release. IN proxy statement MS wrote: ""For 2013, the focus of awards under the Plan will shift from performance ofseparate business groups to a combination of business group and company-wide performance. "
- In internal email cited need to cooperate across groups three times
Sinfosky started at MS 1989 Software development engineer
- In his internal email "It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company. I am beyond grateful." -- "The brevity of this announcement is simply a feature." -- "this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read"
- Julie Larson-Green Windows Engineering, Tami Reller, (fmr marketing head, Windows unit CFO) on business and marketing strategy.
Head of Windows Planning alongside Jon DeVaan and Grant George led Windows development and test. Triumvirate reported to Sinofsky.
Thurott: Sources claim she’s neither engineer nor product visionary, and wonder if this isn’t a temporary, transitional assignment.

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slAnother Square Copycat: Bank of America Launches Mobile Paymentshttp://allthingsd.com/20121112/another-square-copycat-bank-of-america-launches-mobile-payments/

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- Bank of America’s Merchant Services launching Mobile Pay on Demand on 12/3, a service that allows small business owners to accept customer payments over a cellphone.
- “I hate to come out with a commodity product, but every bank should have one,” said Trevor Rubel, the EVP of Bank of America’s Strategy and Emerging Products.
- Bofa says it has potential customers already, two million small-to-mid-sized businesses that don’t use its payment terminals
- next-day access to funds, and customer service reps available by phone.
- retailers will be the merchant of record, "joe's applesauce" on my credit card statement instead of Bank of America’s or some other provider.
- if sign up by EOY, receive a 1-year sub to bofa deals marketing platform, normally $200. allows business owners create Web site w Groupon-like offers, coupons or loyalty programs. syndicated across Facebook, Twitter, or 8coupons.com. When offers are redeemed, BofA will charge merchants small fees.
Square: $8B in annual payments
- The card reader (rectangular) will be free, and payments will cost 2.7% per swiped transaction. (square is 2.75). free iOS and Android apps.
Groupon’s card reader 1.8% plus 15 cents fee (although it also requires merchants to be active daily deal providers).

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iaAlong With New Homepage, Yahoo Also Set to Launch a “Gmail-Like” Email Reboot to Slow Gmail Gains
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- AllThingsD reports that Yahoo's going to overhaul Yahoo Mail
- Sources say it's a cleaner "more Gmail-like" look
- The goal of the redesign is to better compete with Gmail
- Sources said the latest iteration of Yahoo Mail will be released in early December, just after the new homepage is rolled out widely.

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iaJawbone launches updated Up fitness gadget
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First Look at Jawbone’s All New Up Fitness Tracking Bracelethttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/first-look-at-relaunched-jawbone-up/

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- There's a brand new Jawbone Up
- The UP lets you track movement, sleep, and nutrition.
- It'll cost $130
- The first version of the Up was met with mixed feedback. Lots of problems with wear and tear
- Jawbone told CNET that the second generation Up is designed to withstand 24/7 usage
- The company came up with an internal rugged standard higher than some military standards
- Jawbone says it identified two critical flaws that it has subsequently fixed. The first was improper bonding, which casued water issues.
- There was also a secondary issue related to pliancy and flexibility, which its also fixed.
- Available in black right now, eventually other color options
- No Android app yet, iOS only

Q: Are you going to give the second Up a second chance?

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slGogo announces faster 9.8Mbps in-flight Wi-Fi coming to 25 planes today, 'hundreds' by end of 2013http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/12/3635566/gogo-atg-4-in-flight-wi-fi-announcement

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- Gogo will today begin offering faster in-flight Wi-Fi to 25 planes from US Airways, Delta, and Virgin, expanding to additional aircraft from United p.s. and American Airlines in 2013.
- existing ATG-3 framework tops out out at a 3.1Mbps, inadequate when shared between dozens (or hundreds) of passengers. and is down a lot.
- new framework is ATG-4 — powered by EV-DO Rev. B. cellular technology — should improve experience.
- in sept customers noticed Gogo was charging $10 per hour on flight from NY to SF. $60 for a flight??? Gogo Unlimited and the Traveler Pass — remain at their previous $39.95 and $34.95 price-points.
Gogo representative told VentureBeat that "we are experimenting with different pricing on various flights" and that "we want pricing to reflect demand on any given route."

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tmApple fires up its version of Google’s ’20% time’, giving some employees 2 weeks for special projectshttp://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/11/12/apple-fires-up-its-version-of-googles-20-time-giving-some-employees-2-weeks-for-special-projects/

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Apple's Tim Cook beefing up employee perks, personal project timehttp://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/11/apples-tim-cook-beefing-up-employee-perks-personal-project-time/

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New Apple program "Blue Sky" gives employees 2 weeks out of normal schedule for special projects
- Jessica Lessin at WSJ reports "keep employees from taking their leave of the company so quickly"
- Frequently being compared to Google 20% Time.
Q: Indicative of a change of culture at Apple? Good or bad?

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Oxford English Dictionary picks GIF and Omnishambles as words of the yearhttp://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2012/11/oxford-english-dictionary-picks-gif-and-omnishambles-words-year

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Defrag Con happening tomorrow in Broomfield, COhttp://www.defragcon.com/2012/

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T-Mobile will carry the HTC 8X & 8S starting tomorrow 11/14

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HTC's One X+ and One VX set to arrive on AT&T 11/16http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/12/htcs-one-x-and-one-vx-set-to-arrive-on-atandt-november-16th/

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PlayStation Vita launches PS Plus service on November 19th, free for existing PS3 subscribers (video)http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/13/playstation-vita-ps-plus-20th-november-launch/

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Hi TNT crew. Yesterday you had an e-mail describing an idea for a way to select different credit card rewards programs for different purchases. There is actually a just recently released product that does this: the Dynamics ePlate card. It allows the user to choose between two rewards programs by pressing a physical button on the face of the card at the time of the purchase. The two rewards programs can also be swapped out for others from an ever-growing list at any time from a smartphone or computer.
The website for the company is http://dynamicsinc.com

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