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Did Oracle just lose the Java case?, Is Apple Sony or the Catholic Church, Pay cash for online purchases http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Justin Robert Young
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Monday November 19 2012

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Apple = Sony: George Colony at Forrester Researchhttp://blogs.forrester.com/george_colony/12-04-25-apple_sony

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No, Apple won't go the Sony routehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57421843-37/no-apple-wont-go-the-sony-route/

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Apple planning to build private off-campus restaurant to stop competitors from overhearing staff conversationshttp://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/04/26/apple-planning-to-build-private-off-campus-restaurant-to-stop-competitors-from-overhearing-staff-conversations/

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Steve Jobs' Plan for a Willy Wonka-Style Celebration of the Millionth iMachttp://www.macrumors.com/2012/04/26/steve-jobs-plan-for-a-willy-wonka-style-celebration-of-the-millionth-imac/

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George Colony at Forrester Research wrote a post saying that Steve Jobs was the visionary and Apple will coat for 18-24 months before following in Sony's path.
-Cites Sociologist Max Weber' The Theory of Social and Economic Organization.
1) Legal/bureaucratic (think IBM or the U.S. government),
2) Traditional (e.g., the Catholic Church) In traditional organizations, long-held rituals (smoke emitting from the Sistine Chapel) elevate the new head.
3) Charismatic (run by special, magical individuals).
Larry Dignan broke down why Apple is not like Sony
OTHER WEIRD APPLE NEWS
-TheNextWeb reports Apple filed plans with City of Cupertino to build a Restaurant a short walk from campus. cafe, meeting room, lounge areas and courtyard facilities, as well as a dedicated second floor for restaurant staff.
-Ken Segall's new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success - Steve Jobs wanted to dress like Willy Wonka and give a golden certificate to the 1 millionth iMac purchaser

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iaNintendo Sees Major Loss Thanks to Weak 3DS, Wii Sales
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Nintendo slides to massive loss as revenue falls off a cliffhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57421755-235/nintendo-slides-to-massive-loss-as-revenue-falls-off-a-cliff/

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Nintendo pinning hopes on 3DS sales to turn around historic annual losshttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/04/nintendo-pinning-hopes-on-3ds-sales-to-turn-around-historic-annual-loss.ars

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By the numbers: in portable gaming, Nintendo's loss is Apple's gainhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/4/26/2976735/nintendo-sales-stats-handheld-gaming-report

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Nintendo announced its quarterly financials
- Revenue was down 36.2% compared to the previous fiscal year
- Nintendo reported its first ever operating loss, with a deficit of ¥37.3 billion, or $460 million
- 3DS Sales over the fiscal year: 13.53M units, 5M sold in Japan (majority of 3DS sold below cost)
- Wii Sales (fiscal year): 9.84M units

What happened?
- Nintendo blames strong yen, but the 3DS sales ate up profits
- Software sales weren't so hot either. Nintendo blames the weak economies of the US and Europe for that.

What's the future?
- The Wii U won't be released until the end of this year and Nintendo predicts sales of 10.5M consoles betw. the Wii and the Wii U in the next fiscal year.
- Software sales are expected to decrease more than 30% over the next year
- Nintendo says it expects growth in the 3DS market will help it return to a healthy profitability next year, profits in late 2012
- TheVerge looked at Nintendo sales vs. iPhone and it def looks like Apple is eating into Nintendo's sales
- Since 2009, Nintendo has seen drops of 14, 22, and 12 percent in its annual global sales, while smartphone ownership has been growing exponentially.
- Apple sold more iPhones in the last quarter, 35 million, than Nintendo has been able to sell handhelds in any single year

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slSpotify Said Developing Pandora-Like Online Radio Servicehttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-26/spotify-said-developing-pandora-like-online-radio-service.html

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Spotify reportedly creating online radio station to rival Pandorahttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57421775-93/spotify-reportedly-creating-online-radio-station-to-rival-pandora/

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-Spotify is developing a U.S. Internet radio service that would directly challenge Pandora, said two people with knowledge of the situation.
- Spotify declined to comment
- Spotify’s strategy of attracting users with free, ad-supported services who can be converted later into paying subscribers. About one-third of Spotify users have signed up for paid plans offering unlimited, commercial-free music on computers and mobile devices.
- Spotify founded in 2006, had 10 million registered users worldwide, and 3 million paying subscribers, it said in November. Pandora, started in 2005, has 150 million registered users, with 49 million logging in within the last 30 days, according to the company. Pandora is U.S. only
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- Spotify has content deals with Sony Music, Universal Music, EMI and Warner Music. artists, record companies and publishers receive a cut of ad sales and subscriber fees. Artists like The Beatles. Others, including The Black Keys and Adele, have withheld new releases citing threats to music sales over services such as Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iTunes. a Pandora- like radio service would give Spotify users access to artists who are now withholding their music.
- Pandora users can’t choose specific songs, they have access to any artist whose music has been published, because the service operates under federal rules. Royalties paid by Pandora and other online radio companies are set by the Copyright Royalty Board, a division of the Library of Congress.

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Former Sun CEO says Google's Android didn't need license for Java APIshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57420304-94/former-sun-ceo-says-googles-android-didnt-need-license-for-java-apis/

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Google tries to destroy Oracle's case, asks for judgment on Java copyrightshttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/04/google-tries-to-destroy-oracles-case-asks-for-judgment-on-java-copyrights.ars

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Google tries to win on a technicality, claims Oracle's Java copyrights were filed wronghttp://www.theverge.com/2012/4/26/2977212/google-oracle-java-copyrights-improper-registration

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Judge to Oracle: No, you can't assert another patent against Googlehttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/04/judge-to-oracle-no-you-cant-assert-another-patent-against-google.ars

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Oracle and Java were no match for Android, Google sayshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57422189-92/oracle-and-java-were-no-match-for-android-google-says/

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Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand as a witness for the defense. Schwartz resigned from Sun on January 27, 2010. The day Oracle took control of the company.
-Google's lawyer, Robert van Nest, asked Schwartz whether, during his tenure at Sun, Java APIs were considered proprietary or protected by Sun.
-"No," Schwartz said in explaining the nature of open software. "These are open APIs, and we wanted to bring in more people...we wanted to build the biggest tent and invite as many people as possible."
-Schwartz said that Sun wanted Google to pay a big license fee to call its phone a Java phone, and join Nokia, Motorola, Blackberry (RIM) and others in developing apps that run across all the platforms.
-In cross-examination, Oracle's lawyer Michael Jacobs pointed out Schwartz was talking business strategy not legal strategy which Schwartz agreed with. He also asked about a document referencing Sun's approach for granting intellectual property rights for independent implementations of Java, such as Android and Apache. 
-Schwartz responded that as long as Google, Apache or others creating independent implementations didn't call their product Java, Sun had no problem.  "In order to get the brand, you had to get the TCK (Technology Compatibility Kit)." 
OTHER COURT NEWS
-Today Google asked to introduce two documents into evidence from the US Copyright Office that show there's no record of what code Oracle submitted in connection with the registration of Java 2 SE 1.4 and 5.0. 1 Disk is blank and the there's no record of the other being submitted.
-One day after Oracle asked for the right to assert a third patent against Google in the ongoing Android/Java intellectual property trial, Judge William Alsup has ordered that it is too late to introduce the patent into the case.
-Last night Google asked the court for a judgment that would invalidate at least a portion of the copyrights Oracle claims over Java APIs.
- Closing arguments in the copyright portion of this case are expected Monday. Once copyright issues are decided by the jury, the sides will argue over Oracle's claim that Android violates Java patents.

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Quad-core processor confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S IIIhttp://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/04/quad-core-processor-confirmed-for-samsung-galaxy-s-iii.ars

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Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad as basis for Galaxy S3http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/25/samsung-announces-1-4ghz-exynos-4-quad-as-basis-for-galaxy-s3/

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The next Samsung Galaxy smartphone will pack a 1.4GHz quad-core 32nm processor called Exynos 4 Quad (according to AnandTech), Samsung announced Thursday.
- A5 and A5X processors used in the iPhone 4S and the new iPad are still made using Samsung's 45nm process
-Exynos 4 Quad pulls 20 percent less power than the Exynos 4 Dual, and twice the processing power thanks to its High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power technology.
--Exynos 4 Quad is pin-to-pin compatible with the Exynos 4 Dual (the brains behind the Galaxy S II and Note), Meaning it's a low-impact design change for other handset manufacturers.
-Slashgear reports that the US version of the Galaxy S III may instead have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The European and Korean versions of the phone would have the Exynos chip, and access to LTE networks only in Korea

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Walmart.com Lets You Pay With Cash When Shopping Onlinehttp://allthingsd.com/20120426/walmart-com-lets-you-pay-with-cash-when-shopping-online/

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Walmart.com is launching today “Pay with Cash,” a new feature that enables users to place orders online and then pay for them at a nearby Walmart.
-customers purchase items online and then have 48 hours to go to a local Walmart store or a Walmart Neighborhood Market to pay for the order. Once the order is paid for, the items will then ship.
-Joel Anderson CEO of Walmart.com- only 15 percent of our transactions are done in the form of credit at our stores means there’s a large percentage of Walmart customers who are dependent on cash to transact online.
-Tricia Duryee at ATD points out PayNearMe allows people to make purchases at various online retailers and pay for them at 7-11’s, where a clerk scans a barcode and collects the cash.

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tmLet's cover tech earnings season from A to Z. Amazon announced its financials and it beat expectations. Analysts figured that Amazon would earn $12.9 billion with earnings of 6 cents per share over the quarter, but Amazon killed it by making $13.2 billion with earnings of 28 cents per share. On the Z side, Zynga also beat expectations.http://allthingsd.com/20120426/a-massive-beat-for-amazon/

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Zynga Q1 offers upside surprise, investors stage relief rallyhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-33059_3-57422344/zynga-q1-offers-upside-surprise-investors-stage-relief-rally/

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slAccording to Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky, Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft when it comes to security. He suggested that OS X's lack of attacks is the reason Apple isn't as secure. Apple has released malware removal tools and aims to ramp up security in Mountain Lion using GateKeeper which limits which software can be installed on the OS.http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/04/kaspersky-trolls-apple-claims-mac-security-is-10-years-behind-microsoft.ars

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iaSketchUp is getting a new owner. Trimble Navigation is buying the program from Google, but the cost of the deal isn't known. Both Google and Trimble will develop SketchUP's 3D Warehouse which allows users to collaborate on 3D models. Trimble Navigation - as you could guess - works on navigation equipment and mapping. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/us-trimble-google-idUSBRE83P0V820120426

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tmAuthorities from the US and UK seized 36 domain names associated with trafficking stolen credit card data. These sites used Automated Vending Carts which is software that allowed for quick sales of volumes of banking data. Two British men were arrested for purchasing stolen data and an operator of one of those Automated Vending Carts has also been arrested.http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/04/uk-us-seize-36-domains-tied-to-financial-fraud.ars

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slMark your calendars because in May you'll be able to get Netgear's 802.11ac wireless router that can reach speeds of 1.3Gbps wirelessly. 802.11ac still isn't standardized yet and the Wi-Fi alliance won't certify products until the first half of 2013, however chipmaker Broadcom thinks that a software update could be applied to the current generation of ac products to bring them in line with the standard. http://www.pcworld.com/article/254551/netgear_to_ship_gigabitspeed_wireless_in_may_with_80211ac_router.html

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iaAccording to the New York Times, Microsoft put out feelers to Facebook to see if Facebook would like to purchase Bing. Now the negotiations war far from official as Steve Ballmer was not aware of them. It was Mark Zuckerberg who said the company wasn't interested. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/04/25/businessinsiderwhoa-microsoft-did-t.DTL

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tmApple's making a dent in the enterprise sector. According to a report by Good Technology, a security firm, the iPad accounted for 97.3% of enterprise tablet activations in the first quarter. Android tablets made up 2.7% of activations. Good Technology's Sr. VP of Corporate Strategy John Herrema expects Windows 8 to shake things up in the enterprise tablet market when it launches. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403623,00.asp

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slFacebook's testing a new feature to make it easier to flag inappropriate content. Currently, each post on Facebook includes a drop down menu on the top right. A new option for "Report a story or spam" will be available in that menu. Users who use that option will also have the ability to see what happened to their complaint using Support Dashboard which will live in your account settings. http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/facebook-makes-tool-to-report-inappropriate-content-more-transperant.php

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iaGoogle Project Glass researcher Sebastian Thrun guested on Charlie Rose wearing a pair of Google's glasses. During the interview, Thrun took a picture of Rose using the prototype glasses then posted it to Google+ using a head gesture. This prototype seems to have more functionality than Sergy Brin's which just rebooted over and over again.http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/26/2977573/google-sebastian-thrun-demonstrates-project-glass-photography

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Camera that prints out written descriptions of sceneshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17853523

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Today the US House passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act AKA CISPA. The Senate version is expcted to hit the floor sometime next month. http://thenextweb.com/us/2012/04/27/the-house-passes-cispa-with-a-vote-of-248-to-168/

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Canonical today released Ubuntu: version 12.04. Nicknamed "Precise Pangolin," It's based on the 3.0.2 Linux kernel, aimed primarily at enterprise users, is the 4th Long Term Support release and the first LTS release to have the new Unity interface.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403563,00.asp

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First waterproof Sony Handycam coming to Japan on May 25th for 70,000 yen (aboput $870) The HDR-GW77V can be dunked in water as deep as five meters http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/26/2977417/waterproof-sony-handycam-hdr-gw77v-release-date

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Clearwire will launch TD-LTE in early 2013 in 31 'hot zones': New York, LA, Chicago, and more
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On episode 487 there was a call about local storage versus cloud storage. The conversation went in the direction of privacy. I think the caller was really talking about the fact that phone data plans are sensitive to data usage. Cloud storage and music streaming can consume your whole plan. With local storage you wouldn't need to use any data to access that data. This would free your data plan to serve dynamic, real time data.

As carriers move to enforce these data caps, we need to find ways to manage the data usage. Cloud and streaming go in the opposite direction.


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Hey TNT crew,

A question which popped up after the announcement of the Google Drive was whether one's google docs would count against the storage cap.

What about Google Music? I'm possibly one of the few people who finds the service really helpful. And guess what? It does not count against the 5GB storage limit I have with Google Drive.

So now I can upload any music/podcasts I have to Google Music without sacrificing any space on Google Drive. Also Google Music has no storage caps (at least none that I know of).

Just a nifty observation which I thought I would share with you and the rest of the TNT viewership.

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Looking at this case seems to make it look very close to the Sun-Microsoft lawsuit. Sun sued Microsoft over their Java VM because Microsoft extended it beyond the sun vm and made an platform that ran java code and would require the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine to run.

Google seems to be doing the same thing they wrote an JVM that while it ran java code it was extended so that if you used the android sdk to write an java program it would only run on their os and not any other. Google seems to have the altitude that they will put out an product then deal with the legal issues later. Oddly apples JVM was left alone until they stopped updating it and handed the support to oracle.

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