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Should you fear the new Skype vulnerability? Facebook's magic stock recoveryIs AMD for sale or not? http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Stephen Shankland, Senior writer, CNET News
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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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tmThe Next Web reported on a security hole in Skype that's been discussed on some Russian forums for the past two months. The vulnerability allows anyone who knowsthe email address associated with a Skype account to reset the password and take over the account. The Next Web alerted Skype to the issue several hours before publishing the story, and Skype has suspended password resets while they investigate.http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2012/11/14/security-hole-allows-anyone-to-hijack-your-skype-account-using-only-your-email-address/

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slGoogle TV's getting another update! The platform is rolling out voice navigation and an updated content-discovery interface! “When we first did Google TV, it felt more like a computer,” Google TV product manager Rishi Chandara told Wired. “It shouldn’t have. The magic doesn’t come from a complex UI. It comes from the user trying to do something and it happening really quickly. We’re trying to make it as simple and easy as possible to access content.”http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/google-tv-voice-search-update/

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iaDid you think widespread patent peace would start with the HTC-Apple patent settlement? Don't you worry. A Samsung executive said that the company "had no intention" on following HTC's lead - meaning no peace with Apple. Meanwhile, Samsung has publicly denied raising prices on its processors made for Apple telling a Korean newspaper that the prices were agreed upon at the beginning of each year and aren't easily changed. The lawyer in me says that statement means the hike is for next year.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5imjiInPjKc5iS6t0bRuV3lCiBouQ

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Samsung reportedly denies iPhone and iPad processor price hikehttp://www.theverge.com/2012/11/14/3644716/samsung-iphone-ipad-processor-price-rise-denial-hankyoreh

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tmGartner's numbers for worldwide mobile device sales confirm Samsung and Android as the world leaders. Samsung had 22.9% of the phone market in the third quarter followed by a falling Nokia share of 19.2 and a new number 3 in Apple at 5.5. 72.4% of phones sold run Android followed by 13.9% running iOS and RIM rising to third at 5.3%, buoyed by Symbian's plummet from 2nd to 5th.http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/14/gartner-samsung-widens-its-lead-over-apple-in-smartphones-in-q33-but-overall-sales-of-mobile-handsets-down-3/

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slRIM's busy with the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry 10 smartphones scheduled to hit retail shelves "not too long after" the planned January 30 launch event., but not too busy to also roll out BBM 7! the new open beta of Blackberry Messenger includes free Wi-Fi calling between all BBM users. The solution could help users to save on voice minutes — so long as they have Wi-Fi available. Just don't expect this feature to work on cellular networks any time soon, RIM says there are "no plans currently for that capability."http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/14/3642060/blackberry-messenger-7-beta-voice-calls-wi-fi

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BlackBerry 10 handset to come in Febhttp://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/rim-promises-blackberry-10-handsets-shor/240134927

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iaThe fiber! it's alive! Google Fiber went live in Kansas City on Tuesday. The service offers 1Gbps for $70 per month. Real life tests show speeds consistently at 600 to 700Mbps on a wired network. One Google Fiber user complained that he'd get spoiled with Google's network and other networks would seem too slow. Boo hoo for you gigabit boy.http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/11/google-fiber-is-live-in-kansas-city-real-world-speeds-at-700-mbps/

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tmA $250 million class-action lawsuit has been filed against U.S. pizza chain Papa John's for allegedly sending illegal text messages.
The plaintiffs alledge Papa John's sent a total of 500,000 unwanted messages in early 2010. Some customers complained they received more than 15 texts in a row, sometimes during the night, according Donald Heyrich, an attorney representing the class.
http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/13/technology/mobile/papa-johns/

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slMicrosoft's Andy Lees, who was moved out of running the Windows phone division less than a year ago, is now head of corporate development and strategy at microsoft! Lees has been working on"a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8" for the past 11 months, will now report directly to Microsoft CFO Peter Klein rather than Steve Ballmer. http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/13/3642374/andy-lees-head-corporate-development-strategy-microsoft

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tmReuters reported yesterday that chip-maker AMD hired JPMorgan & Chase to explore a potentialsale. AMD issued a press release denying the report saying they believe in the strategy the company is pursuing. The statement said, "AMD is not actively pursuing a sale of the company or significant assets at this time.” Actively? Maybe they're lazily pursuing it then?
http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/13/reuters-says-amd-is-looking-for-a-buyer-but-chip-maker-denies-it-is-up-for-sale/

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iaThere's a big opportunity in maps on iOS and Nokia wants to take advantage of it. Nokia will release a maps app and it's called "Here." The app will be free and will offer offline support. That's not all - Nokia is also working to bring its maps to Android and is forming a partnership with Mozilla for its Firefox OS. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/nokia-here-maps-iphone/

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tmGoogle TV adding Voice Search and PrimeTime guide in upcoming updatehttp://www.theverge.com/2012/11/14/3644006/google-tv-update-voice-search-quick-guide

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Google: We're making Google TV easier to use. Really!http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57549432-93/google-were-making-google-tv-easier-to-use-really/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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-Voice search with natural language that uses Google's KNowledge graph: "Pixar movies" "Movies with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale"
- New on-screen guide called "PrimeTime" dynamically learns favorite shows and channels, shows you on-demand options for currently playing programs (like movies)
- New sharing from mobile devices
- Coming first to LG TVs then to other second-generation Google TV producs in the coming months
- First-gen Google TV boxes get new guide and YouTube sharing only

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slNokia to Offer Its Maps for iPhones and Android Phoneshttp://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/nokia-here-maps-iphone/

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- in coming weeks Nokia to release a maps app called Here in app store, free. will also release toolkit for programmers to make Nokia-powered mapping apps for Android phones. Partnering with Mozilla to develop location features for its new operating system, called Firefox OS.
- Nokia maps supposed to set Lumia phones apart, but sales sluggish
- CEO Steven Elop says they need users. but mass adoption most important, but Lumia phones have City Lens that enables users to point the camera at real-world objects and see data overlaid on top of them on the screen.
- race to beat google on ios. how long does nokia need to convert ppl? what would it take to replace google maps on android?

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iaMicrosoft's former Windows Phone chief shifted to head of corporate development and strategy
http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/13/3642374/andy-lees-head-corporate-development-strategy-microsoft

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Microsoft Says Lees to Head Corporate Development, Strategy
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-13/microsoft-says-andy-lees-to-head-corporate-development-strategy

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- Former Windows Phone head Andy Lees has a new job. He's the VP in charge of corporate strategy and development
- he will oversee the corporate development team headed by Marc Brown and the corporate strategy group led by Charlie Songhurst.
- Lees will reports to CFO Peter Klein now as opposed to CEO Steve Ballmer.
- Andy Lees originally oversaw Windows Phone and the Kin devices, but has since been working closely on a deal with Barnes & Noble to bring a reader app to Windows 8
- His job in these past months has been described as “a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8.”

Q: Does the move look reactionary or does this point towards a power struggle (re: Sinfosky out)?

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iaReuters says AMD is looking for a buyer, but chip maker denies it is up for salehttp://venturebeat.com/2012/11/13/reuters-says-amd-is-looking-for-a-buyer-but-chip-maker-denies-it-is-up-for-sale/

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Exclusive: AMD hires bank to explore options - sources
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/13/us-amd-jpmorgan-idUSBRE8AC14Z20121113

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- Reuters reported Advanced Micro Devices hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a sale
- Sources told Reuters on Tuesday that an outright sale of the company is not a priority, and other options for AMD could include a sale of its portfolio of patents.
- AMD said in an email to Reuters, "AMD is not actively pursuing a sale of the company or significant assets at this time."
- Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Samsung Electronics, Intel Corp and even Facebook Inc have been suggested by Wall Street analysts

Q: If the rumor were true, what company should buy AMD? Apple? Intel? Nvidia?

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slFacebook Shares Pops 10.22 Percent In The Wake Of Biggest Lockup Expiration, Irrational Changes Are Overhttp://techcrunch.com/2012/11/14/facebook-biggest-lockup-expiration/

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Mark Cuban: Facebook is driving away brands staring with mine
http://readwrite.com/2012/11/13/mark-cuban-facebooks-sponsored-posts-are-driving-away-brands

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- big lockout expiration is over - 773M shares now avail to sell off. Facebook stock up today - 21.91,10.22% climbing. It represents a 5B market capitalization gain.
- the number of shares being borrowed — a proxy for short selling — has dropped by almost 40% this month, and sits at the lowest level since June, according to SunGard Financial Systems’ Astec Analytics unit, which tracks short-selling data.
- why short sell? Investors who want to short stock borrow shares and then sell them, betting that the price of the shares will fall and that they buy them back at a lower price
-504 million shares held by Mark Zuckerberg are eligible, but he declared that he wouldn’t sell them.
- what does it mean? 1) the stock has bottomed out, investors think it'll stop falling. 2) investors don't want to sell
- Yesterday, Facebook hired Zynga CFO David Wehner as VP of Corporate Finance & Business Planning. The company revised its forecast for next earnings as well.
- mark cuban says the Mavs & other investment co. are moving off FB. he told readwrite: "The big negative for Facebook is that we will no longer push for likes or subscribers because we can't reach them all. Why would we invest in extending our Facebook audience size if we have to pay to reach them? That's crazy. says tumblr, new myspace, instagram, twitter are more attractive. "The right price is to charge an upfront fee for brands. In the current system there is complete uncertainty on the cost. And even worse, at least for our size brands, you have to deal with the pricing for each posting, which is a time waster."

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tmSkype password reset vulnerabilityhttp://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2012/11/14/security-hole-allows-anyone-to-hijack-your-skype-account-using-only-your-email-address/?fromcat=all

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Skype IDs hijackable by ANY FOOL who knows your email addresshttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/14/skype_disables_password_reset_bug/

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Skype bloghttp://heartbeat.skype.com/2012/11/security_issue.html

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Enter known email address, Skype will alert that email address already taken
- Create account anyway, do password reset and obtain password reset token sent to Skype app itself
- Change password
- Only way to protect yourself would be use unknown email address
- Skype "temporarilty disabled password reset"
TNW discoverd discussion of Vulnerability and alerted Skype several hours before posting story

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iaEmail

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Regarding Yahoo Mail trying to be like Gmail. This may be good, however one of the biggest problems Yahoo faces (that Google has licked) is spam.

Google's pretty good with dealing with spam messages, most if mine go to Spam folder, when two or three slip through to my Inbox.

One bad thing [about Gmail is] is you may have multiple folders/labels, but only one actual message ever, so i have to constantly have to "think" before deleting a message from Sent Items or Air-mail folder, knowing that it will be deleted from all folders.

With Yahoo (or any other service) your mail is safe if deleted from one folder.

However, Yahoo needs to do a spring clean in spam before they start improving the GUI, or anything else.

This is a top priority, and locking down their system with 2-factor authentication.

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While the caller mentioned that rewards programs could be better utilized if you could program them with Google Wallet, the idea of how these programs work is wrong. The reason these programs exist is because the merchant accepting the card is actually paying more to accept the card.

In the background, rewards cards go through a higher interchange rate than a standard credit card. On top of that, most processing ISOs set up their merchants so that rewards cards fall in to some of the most expensive rate categories, making more money for the ISO. They do this because they can. That may sound dismissive, but that's the reality of the credit card processing world. Unless you're with the extreme minority of honest ISOs, you are being screwed on your rates.

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