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TITLE: Google Gets Into the Car Business! * 1016GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Natali Morris

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This is Tech News Today for Wednesday, May 28, 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 this week is Natali Morris, a contributor to NBC and cofounder of ReadQuick, a speed reading app for iOS.Natali Morris
Contributor, NBC, CBS, CNBC @natalimorris

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Google is now a car-maker. The company unveiled self-driving car prototypes designed and built by Google X labs. Google said in a blog post that they’re planning to build about a hundred prototypes. http://youtu.be/CqSDWoAhvLUhttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/just-press-go-designing-self-driving.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27587558

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Jack Stewart writes about transport technology for bbc.com/future.
Q: Jack, can you describe Google’s self-driving car for our audio listeners?
Q: Why build a car from scratch? What was wrong with the retro-fitted prototypes?
Q: Laws will almost certainly require human controls. Why no steering wheel or brake?
Q: How do you tell it where you want to go?
Q: Top speed = 25 mph; doesn’t that make it impractical?
Q: Is Google planning to become a full-fledge car company?
Q: What’s the liklihood that self-driving cars will be legalized any time soon?
Jack Stewart
Reporter, BBC @stewart_jack

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A: will be tested later this summer
A: early versions to have manual controls
A: hoping for “small pilot program” in California in the next couple of years

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Jack Stewart * bbc.com/future * @stewart_jack

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Microsoft demoed simultaneous translation in Skype yesterday. During an on-stage interview conducted by Re/code’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella invited a Microsoft exec to the stage to show off a “pre-beta” app called Skype Translator, which does instant translation. The app appears to be an alternative to regular Skype, and it provides translated subtitles that appear after about a one-second delay, followed by a machine-speech reading of the translation. http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/05/27/microsoft-demos-breakthrough-in-real-time-translated-conversations.aspx

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Todd Bishop is a technology reporter and co-founder of GeekWire.com
Q: You’re at the Code Conference and watched the demo. Were you impressed?
Q: They demonstrated translation from English to German and back. What did the German’s think?
Q: How “real” is Skype Translator?
Q: How does Microsoft’s translation technology compare with Google’s?
Q: Satya Nadella pointed out that this technology has been in the lab for many years. Is Nadella going to be more aggressive than Ballmer was about productizing Microsoft Research technology?
Todd Bishop
Technology reporter, co-founder, GeekWire.com @toddbishop

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A: being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams
A: German-speaking audience members: translation was “nice” overall, but “not so good” in some places.
A: will be available as a Windows 8 beta app before the end of 2014

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Todd Bishop * geekwire.com * @toddbishop

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Amazon is embroiled in a controversial battle with the publisher Hachette (hash-ET) Book Group. The companies haven’t been able to reach a deal. So Amazon’s buying fewer books from the company and no longer taking pre-orders on future Hachette titles. http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/amazon-tightens-its-grip-in-dispute-with-hachette/

http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=Tx1UO5T446WM5YY
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27604326

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Jason Abbruzzese is a reporter for Mashable.
Q: What’s going on here, Jason. Is Amazon using its monopoly power to blackmail a publisher into accepting unfavorable terms? Or is not taking pre-orders a rational response to the belief that you may not be selling those books.
Q: Is Amazon a monopoly? Are they necessary for publishers?
Q: At what market-share can Amazon be considered a monopoly?
Q: Is this an anti-trust issue?
Q: Some are calling for a boycott of Amazon. Is that an over-reaction?
Jason Abbruzzese
Reporter, Mashable, @jasonabbruzzese

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A: not pre-stocking books means Hachette titles take longer to get
A: Amazon posted a statement yesterday defending its actions.
A: locked in discussions about how to share profits on e-books
A: row will affect US sales and delivery times of books by authors such as JK Rowling.
A: Amazon said: "We do business with… thousands of publishers.
A: Hachette = unit of French media company Lagardere SCA

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Jason Abbruzzese * mashable.com * @jasonabbruzzese

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Intel announced this morning at the Code Conference that they’ll ship a wearable-computing shirt this summer. Intel’s head of new devices, Mike Bell, gave Re/code’s Lauren Goode an exclusive demo of the shirt. According to the video posted on the Re/code site, the shirt has conductive fibers and can monitor your heartrate. The shirt comes with a small box that has to be plugged into the shirt to process the data, and wirelessly send it to a phone or tablet app. Intel's first forray into fashion is just an example Intel built to show off their hardware and software platform for wearable computing. http://recode.net/2014/05/28/intel-bets-its-smart-shirt-on-the-future-of-wearables-video/

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We told you yesterday that some Apple users in Australia are saying their Apple products are being hijacked and held for ransom. Their devices are being remotely locked and demands for payment of $100 are coming through the “Find My iPhone.” Apple today published a statement saying that “iCloud was not compromised during this incident.” They also urged users to change their passwords. We’ve also learned since yesterday that users in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US have been affected. The root cause of the hack has not been found. http://www.zdnet.com/icloud-not-compromised-in-apple-id-attack-apple-7000029914/

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Japan’s SoftBank is now offering a free app that won’t let you text or use your smartphone if you’re walking. The app is called Stop Aruki Sumaho, which means stop smartphone-use while walking. It works by freezing the screen when the phone detects walking motion. A yellow banner appears as well, notifying users about why they can’t use the phone. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/05/28/smartphone-app-warns-users-to-stop-browsing-while-walking/

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Google is now a car-maker!

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Plus, Microsoft demos a universal translater...

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Amazon goes to war against a major book publisher...

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And Intel gets into the fashion business!

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