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TITLE: Apple Buys Beats, But Why? * 1004 [1]GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Lindsey Turrentine

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This is Tech News Today for Friday, May 9, 2014!

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - I'm Jason Howell.

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Tech News Today explores the big stories of the day with some of the world's best journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is ... Our guest co-anchor today is ... Lindsey Turrentine! Lindsey is editor-in-chief for CNET Reviews.Lindsey Turrentine
Editor-in-Chief, CNET Reviews @lturrentine

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Apple is in talks to buy headphone maker Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, according to an exclusive at the Financial Times. http://youtu.be/d_trJJpGHHk

http://youtu.be/0qfdzjmPDr8
http://thenextweb.com/apple/2014/05/09/dr-dre-just-confirm-apple-buying-beats-3-2-billion/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peterlauria/apples-beats-deal-is-all-about-bringing-music-mogul-jimmy-io

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Gordon Kelly: Tech journalist, Forbes
Casey Newton: Senior Reporter, The Verge
Q: Gordon Kelly, you wrote that buying Beats is a huge mistake for Apple. Why?
Q: Is Beats all about image and fashion, and not technology?
Q: How do experts rate Beats headphones?
Q: How do Beats earbuds compare with Apple earbuds?
Gordon Kelly
Tech journalist, Forbes @GordonKelly
Casey Newton
Senior Reporter, The Verge @CaseyNewton

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A: A deal has not been finalized and negotiations could still fall apart
A: Video: Actor Tyrese Gibson, Dr. Dre, “first billionaire in hip hop”
A: People familiar with the negotiations.
A: Scoop credit goes to: Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradshaw of the Financial Times
A: USA TODAY independently confirmed the deal
A: Apple’s largest acquisition ever
A: Music mogul Jimmy Iovine and producer-rapper Dr. Dre
A: Co-founded Beats Electronics seven years ago
A: Earlier this year they launched Beats Music
A: Original $300 Beats Studio model launched in 2008
A: HTC bought half the company in 2011 for $300 million
A: Last year, Beats bought back all of HTC's share of the company
A: Om Malik tweeted: "Google spends $3.2 billion to buy the future & data. Apple buys bad headphones & a junk-service from music promoters. Worse use of corp $$$s."
A: Carlyle Group paid about $500 million for just under 50% of the headphone maker.
A: Beats owned 64% of the high-price headphone market
A: Costs for manufacturing could be under $20; could be most profitable hardware ever
A: Beats made own equipment for 18 months, before that outsourced to Monster Inc.

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Gordon Kelly * gordonkelly.com * @GordonKelly
Casey Newton * theverge.com * @CaseyNewton

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The Beats Music service is a major factor in Apple’s bid to buy Beats. The service is a unique and interesting one, and its details are largely unknown by the public. That’s why we brought in two experts who have written extensively about the service. http://youtu.be/0qfdzjmPDr8

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John Paul Titlow: Associate Editor, FastCoLabs
Andrew Martonik: Editor, Android Central
Q: Can you give us some background on Beats Music? Why did Beats launch it and when?
Q: What’s unique about Beats Music?
Q: What does Beats Music offer that Apple couldn’t build themselves?
Q: Could Beats Music be considered a social network?
Q: Are celebrities active on Beats Music?
Q: Is there an acqui-hire element to all this? Engineers?
John Paul Titlow
Associate Editor, FastCoLabs @johnpaul
Andrew Martonik
Editor, Android Central @andrewmartonik

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John Paul Titlow * fastcolabs.com * @johnpaul
Andrew Martonik* androidcentral.com * @andrewmartonik

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Engadget reported this morning that Nokia’s senior engineer behind the company’s Lumia camera technology has been hired by Apple. https://twitter.com/Partinen/status/464682028123062272

http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/09/apple-just-hired-nokias-pureview-camera-expert/

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A: 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 camera is considered the best smartphone camera in the world.

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An MIT researcher says that public awareness about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs is causing self-censorship among Internet users worldwide. http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/08/nsa-spying-is-causing-americans-to-self-censor-their-internet-activity/

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Greg Ferenstein : Technology journalist, TechCrunch
Q: Can you tell us more about this research?
Greg Ferenstein
Technology journalist, TechCrunch @ferenstein

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A: Google users were slightly less likely (2.2 percent) to use search terms that the National Security Agency flagged as potential national security threats.
A: First study to provide substantial empirical documentation of a chilling effect
A: Also: Increased use of DuckDuckGo.
A: The effect is tiny
A: A majority of Americans actually support the bulk collection of data?

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Greg Ferenstein * crunchgov.com * @ferenstein

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The California state senate approved a bill last night to require a kill switch on all smartphones sold in the state. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/with-a-change-of-heart-california-senate-approves-smartphone-kill-switch-law/

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A: Reversing its decision last month to reject the bill.
A: Now requires approval from the California State Assembly and, eventually, California Governor Jerry Brown, who could review the bill around late August.
A: 2,400 cellphones were stolen last year in San Francisco
A: That’s a 23 percent increase from 2012
A: 3.1 million devices were stolen in the United States in 2013, up from 1.6 million in 2012 (Consumer Reports)
A: Retailers that are caught selling phones without the antitheft feature would be fined at least $500 per device.
A: California is so huge smartphone makers would just add the feature to phones
A: CTIA pushed back against a kill switch law. It has argued that a kill switch would pose risks

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WEAR HEADPHONES?

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Apple is close to paying 3 point 2 billion dollars to buy Beats Electronics, a company that makes lousy headphones and an unpopular music service.

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Plus, California moves closer to passing a smartphone kill switch law.

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And Apple hires the guy behind the world's best smartphone camera.

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Week Ahead

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Motorola is making a big announcement in London on Tuesday, May 13th. We’re expecting the company to launch an updated version of the Moto X phone, plus a new low-cost phone called the Moto E.

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The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on Thursday, May 15, on proposed rules that would end net neutrality in the United States.

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