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Facebook fights back against Yahoo, RIM's plan for success, and FLYING FREAKING CARS http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Jason Hiner, EIC, TechRepublic
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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 --- This is the show where we kick around the tech news of the day along with you and try to make sense of it all.

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tm/iaBreaking: Facebook Smacks at Yahoo With Patent Claims in Counter-Lawsuit
http://allthingsd.com/20120403/breaking-facebook-smacks-at-yahoo-with-patent-claims-of-its-own/PATENT WARS

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Facebook Accuses Yahoo of Infringing on Patents
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/facebook-accuses-yahoo-of-infringing-on-patents/

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Here are the 10 patents Facebook is suing Yahoo with

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/here-are-the-10-patents-facebook-is-suing-yahoo-with/11383

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EU Opens Patent Abuse Investigation Into Motorola

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402529,00.asp

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RIM Accused of Infringing Six Patents
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-03/rim-accused-of-infringing-patents-on-blackberry-chips

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- A bit of a Patent War combo package today
- Facebook filed its answer to the Yahoo patent suit and is counter-suing Yahoo over 10 of its own patents
- 10 patents that FB says Yahoo uses on Flickr, Yahoo's home page,
- Several patents relate to the way ads are displayed and would affect a number of Yahoo pages incl. Yahoo SPorts, My Yahoo, Yahoo Finance, News, Shopping and others.
- FB says that Yahoo has violated patents that cover 80% of it 2011 revenue (80% is the amount of revenue ads brought in to Yahoo) [p13 of filing]

- Facebook said in its filing that it is asking the court to find Yahoo’s patents invalid and is demanding damages and the payment of its legal fees.

- Yahoo's response: A Yahoo representative said in a statement: “We have only just received Facebook’s answer and counterclaims, but on their face we believe they are without merit and nothing more than a cynical attempt to distract from the weakness of its defense.”
- Over in Europe Motorola is the subject of a patent abuse investigation after Apple and Microsoft complained. Both Apple and MS said that Moto was suing them over essential patents instead of negotiating a licensing deal under FRAND principles.

- RIM is also the subject of a patent suit. NXP Semiconductor is suing RIM over six patents that would affect the BB Torch, PlayBook, Curve and Bold.

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tmBlackBerry Mobile Fusion integrates RIM, iOS and Android device managementhttp://www.engadget.com/2012/04/03/blackberry-mobile-fusion-ios-android/

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BlackBerry maker touts developer support
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-57408670-266/blackberry-maker-touts-developer-support/

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- RIM launched BlackBerry Mobile Fusion today. The new enterprise management tool will support not only BlackBerry devices and PlayBook tablets, but also Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, through the Universal Device Service.
- Business customers will be able to use Mobile Fusion to configure devices with email and calendar access, create groups, establish security policies, manage lost phones, detect rooting and jailbreaking, and even control roaming to help curb pricey fees.
- RIM is offering the service with a free 60-day trial
- RIM is also touting its Developers. Q4 21 percent increase in new BlackBerry smartphone apps. 240 percent increase in the number of apps created for its Playbook tablet.
- more than 70,000 smartphone apps in its App World store. And it has 15,000 apps made for the tablet.
- at the company's BlackBerry Jam in Orlando next month, it will be giving out thousands of test devices to developers

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iaAmazon Tests In-App Purchases to Challenge Apple, Google
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-03/amazon-tests-in-app-purchase-service-to-challenge-apple-google

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More Developments For Amazon’s In-App Payment System For Appstore, But More Work Needed
http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/03/report-amazon-moves-one-step-closer-to-its-own-in-app-payment-system-for-appstore/

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AmazonWireless Exits Beta, Now Offers Price-Matching Guarantee, $25 Worth Of Free Mobile Appshttp://techcrunch.com/2012/04/03/amazonwireless-exits-beta-now-offers-price-matching-guarantee-25-worth-of-free-mobile-apps/sidenote

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- Bloomberg reports Amazon is working on in-app purchases
- would allow both subscriptions and purchases of indiv. items w/in apps
- Bloomberg cites Maria Ly, co-founder of Skimble Inc, which sells fitness programs. The app is a part of Amazon's pilot program and that's been going on for a month
- Amz did not comment
- Ly told Bloomberg that Amazon would charge a 30% commission (same as it does for apps sales)
- Ly talked about attacking the Kindle Fire (but Amazon Appstore runs on all kinds of Android devices)
- Techcrunch: noted that Bango, a mobile payment company counts Amazon as one of its clients. TC suggests Amz might use carrier billing on handsets, and a different setup for its WiFi only FireThe Flurry report that found the Amazon Appstore generates 3x more revenue than Google Play also found that top-ranked apps generate the majority of their revenue from in-app purchases.

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iaFacebook friends compete to lower energy usehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57408570-76/facebook-friends-compete-to-lower-energy-use/

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- Opower's social energy Facebook app launched today
- It brings gamification to energy efficiency
- Opower has 16 partners in the US that will feed energy data right into the app to see a total kilowatt-hour usage
- social.opower.com to get to the FB app.
- When you login, you'll see data about the top 20% of US homes and the average home and you can invite friends to compete
- Similar to Mint with a "Ways to Save" tab
- PG&E has a Spring Energy Savings Challenge - I think you'd win a badge or something.

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slFlying car gets closer to reality with test flight, introduction to customers at New York showhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/business/flying-car-gets-closer-to-reality-with-test-flight-introduction-to-customers-at-new-york-show/2012/04/02/gIQATrrVrS_story.html?tid=pm_business_pop

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Yet Another Flying Car - But This One Might Actually Take Offhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewstibbe/2012/04/03/yet-another-flying-car-but-this-one-might-actually-take-off/

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Terrafugia's street-legal prototype flying car makes maiden flighthttp://www.theverge.com/2012/4/2/2920910/terrafugias-street-legal-prototype-flying-car-makes-maiden-flight

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- prototype flying car from Terrafugia called the Transition completed its first flight. 2-seater, 4 wheels, foldable wings so it can drive like a car. Last month, it flew at 1,400 feet for 8 min.
- 100 ppl have put $10k deposit on a model. Expected cost: $279k. Terrafugia introduces the Transition to the public later this week at the New York Auto Show.
- limitations: car needs runway to fly, can't hover out of gridlock. 70 mph on the road, 115 in the air. has a 23-gallon tank of automotive fuel, burns 5 gph in the air. 35 mpg on the road.
- use special tires and glass that are lighter than normal automotive ones, to make it easier for the vehicle to fly, approved by govt. Transition exempted from the requirement to come w electronic stability control, which would add about 6lb. Transition undergoing automotive crash tests to ensure it meets federal safety standards.
- Federal Aviation Administration created standards for light sport aircraft 5 yrs ago: size/speed/licensing. Transition owner would need to pass a test & complete 20 hours of flying time. not that much.
- Terrafugia working on flying cars since 2006, pushed back the launch once. Last summer delayed 2011 deliveries, cited design challenges & problems with parts suppliers.

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tmInstagram for Android now available

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/3/2922607/instagram-for-android-available-in-google-play-store

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Hands On: Instagram for Android
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/hands-on-instagram-for-android/

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A detailed side-by-side comparison of Instagram for Android and iPhonehttp://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/04/03/a-detailed-side-by-side-comparison-of-instagram-for-android-and-iphone/

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iPhone Users Disgusted by Android Instagram

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/iphone-users-disgusted-by-android-instagram

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- It happend: Instagram is now available for Android
- Teased at SXSW, it's available now at the Google Play store
- Instagram says it has over 430k Android users on its waiting list (started a week and a half ago)
- Android app has the same filters (except Tilt-shift acc'g to Eileen)
- Looks like the iOS app otherwise, but doesn't add any Android-only features
- Instagram has reached extreme popularity with iPhone photographers, garnering more than 30 million registered users and 1 billion photo uploads with the iOS app alone.

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tmTired of all that swearing in YouTube comments? Then Arizona House Bill 2549 is for you. An amendment tot he bill would criminalize the use of "obscene, lewd, or profane language" through any digital communication, if done with the intent to "terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend." It aims to combat cyberbullying but opponents fear it could chill free speech. Governor Jan Brewer has yet to sign the bill.
http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/3/2922030/arizona-bill-2549-amendment-censorship-harassment

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slWhat's up at the ye olde rumor mill? Well, it's yet another Apple rumor. TV Tokyo talked to a Foxconn factory worker who said the company will hire 18,000 people to handle the June release of the iPhone 5. The original interview was in Chinese, translated to Japanese for the TV show and then English by a blog. So take that with a big giant grain of salt.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402524,00.aspRUMOR MILL

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iaWhether you're Kim Dotcom or just a former Megaupload customer who wants his cat videos back, the MPAA opposes you. Megaupload's lawyer Ira Rothken said the company needs the servers to defend itself in court, but the MPAA opposes allowing former MegaUpload users to retrieve their data from the servers if that means pirated movies may be circulated again. Carpathia Hosting which has the servers just wants someone else to pay for the upkeep or let them wipe the servers clean.http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57408322-261/mpaa-to-court-dont-give-megaupload-its-servers-back/

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tmLooks like Australia doesn't understand Google adwords. The Australia Federal Court ruled that Google was "misleading and deceptive" when it displayed ads for a company called CarSales in search results related to Honda Australia. Google was displaying the ads between March 2006 and July 2007. The court felt the CarSales' ads indicated a link between its operation and Honda Australia.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-57408503-17/google-charged-with-deceptive-conduct-in-search-ads/

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slSometimes you put things in wallets sometimes you take them out. Google Wallet's day is just like a real wallet today. Co-founding engineer Rob von Behren has left Google for rival mobile payment outfit Square, following former colleague Jonathan Wall who left Google earlier. But Google's not crying 'cause they needed room for the WHOLE NEW COMPANY they bought called TxVia which has been working on a number of payment technologies, including prepaid and gift cards.http://allthingsd.com/20120402/google-writes-check-to-acquire-payments-technology-company-txvia/

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--Google Wallet Co-Founding Engineer Departs Google for Square

http://www.nfctimes.com/news/google-wallet-co-founding-engineer-departs-google-square

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iaGoogle and Oracle have a week left before the deadline to settle their differences over java-related patents, but the two just don't feel like cooperating. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal issued a memo on Monday explained that two have reached an "impasse in their settlement discussions." The fun starts in San Francisco in front of US District Judge William H. Alsup on April 16.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57408278-92/oracle-and-google-will-go-to-trial/

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tmAmazon's Instant Video app just got added to the Sony PS3. Both Prime subscriptions for Instant streaming and Amazon Video On Demand are available. It should show up for users right below competitor Netflix under the video services tab. Xbox can play downloaded Amazon videos but has no app. Up until now the Roku box was the only other major settop box with Amazon support.http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/03/amazon-instant-video-app-for-the-ps3-brings-prime-subscription-a/

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slMozilla’s Brian Bondy, a member of the team tasked with bringing Firefox to Windows 8's Metro look, posted that the browser is up and running. It's similar to the Android version of Firefox but already supports a few Metro-specific enhancements, like the Metro “snap” feature, which allows you to “snap” another Metro app to Firefox so you can view both side by side.http://www.brianbondy.com/blog/id/135/

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iaMetroPCS is shuffling its plans. Its unlimited, unthrottled LTE plan now costs $70. It used to cost $60, but that $60 plan now has a 5GB cap and then is throttled to slows-ville (aka 3G speeds). As for the $70 plan, it's unlimited unlimited - like unlimited voice, data and SMS - without getting throttled (yet).http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/metropcs-adds-data-throttling-lte-increases-unlimited-data-70/2012-04-03?utm_campaign=TwitterEditor-FierceWireless

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RandomizerWe will narrow this down to one story during prepVIDEO

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MorpHex robot can now walk and roll

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/3/2922270/morphex-robot-can-now-rollVIDEO

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Motorola Xoom WiFi now seeing Android 4.0.4 update over-the-air
http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/03/motorola-xoom-wifi-android-4-0-4-update-now-available-download/

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Nokia holding Lumia 900 launch party this Friday in NYChttp://www.slashgear.com/nokia-holding-lumia-900-launch-party-this-friday-in-nyc-03221284/

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Samsung delays Galaxy Tab 2 tablets to end of Aprilhttp://www.slashgear.com/samsung-delays-galaxy-tab-2-tablets-to-end-of-april-03221280/

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Happy 21st Birthday Osborne 1, portable computing for real

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Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars arrives today

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4G LTE From AT&T Available in Bloomington on April 8http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/02/4386195/4g-lte-from-att-available-in-bloomington.html#storylink=cpy

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Apple sets earnings news for April 24http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57408615-37/apple-sets-earnings-news-for-april-24/

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Sprint LG Viper 4G goes on pre-order April 12 for $100, release date still TBA
http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/03/sprint-lg-viper-4g-pre-order/

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Kevin calls about Dell in the enterprisehttp://soundcloud.com/tnt_voicemail/kevin-calls-in-about-dell-in

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Dell Buys Application Modernization Firm Clerity
- Clerity's tools automate the migration of legacy applications to new systems, reducing the amount of re-testing and staff trainin
http://www.pcworld.com/article/253087/dell_buys_application_modernization_firm_clerity.html

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You were discussing recently that the number of computers using Window XP increased. Well, I wonder if the increase in Windows XP is because Windows 7 has an XP mode built in. I for one just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 at work and run several XP virtual machines for very specific uses. If you were to just count my machine you would see one new Windows 7 install and four new Windows XP installs. There are several machines in our building that do this.

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