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tmMicrosoft general counsel Brad Smith wrote a blog post saying Microsoft is “taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data.” as well as saying government snooping potentially constitutes an “advanced persistent threat”. In response, Microsoft will expand encryption across services, reinforce legal protections for customer data and enhance code transparency so customers can reassure themselves no backdoors exist.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57614607-75/microsoft-to-fight-internet-snooping-with-stronger-crypto/

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slThe Wall St Journal reports that China Mobile has signed a deal to offer iPhones on its network. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile carrier, with more than 700 million subscribers, and is the last of China’s three major carriers to offer the iPhone. The launch date is expected to coincide with the Dec. 18 China Mobile conference in Guangzhou, when the carrier is supposed to reveal more information about its new 4G LTE network.http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/04/apple-finally-signs-long-awaited-deal-to-sell-iphones-on-china-mobiles-network/

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iaThe Chinese government isn't a fan of Bitcoin and is telling Chinese banks to not view it as money. The government says says that Bitcoin is a "virtual commodity that does not share the legal status of a currency." The Chinese government also says that Bitcoin is at high-risk for money laundering and can be a threat to financial stability. http://gigaom.com/2013/12/05/bitcoin-stumbles-as-chinese-government-tells-banks-to-stay-away-from-it/

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tmSecurity researchers at Trustwave’s SpiderLabs posted Tuesday the discovery of a database containing 1.58 million stolen usernames and passwords associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and other accounts. The data seems to have been collected through the Pony Botnet controller, which uses a key logger to capture login data. 97 percent of the credentials seemed to belong the Netherlands, though that may be due to a gateway or reverse proxy between infected machines. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57614479-83/researchers-discover-database-with-2m-stolen-login-credentials/

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slStarting this Sunday, AT&T is giving no-contract, full-price paying customers better mobile share plan options. For example, nstead of a sliding scale of monthly fees attached to the device, the fee is now $25 a month. For a single user, a standard 2GB plan would cost $80 a month, or $25 for the phone and $55 for the data. For contract customers, the monthly cost to add a smartphone to a plan goes to a flat rate of $40 from the previous sliding scale, so a smartphone customer with a 300MB plan would get a $10 break. Compared to T-Mobile or Sprint offers, AT&T still isn't the best deal in town, though.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614572-94/at-t-now-you-pay-less-for-a-no-contract-phone-plan/

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iaAcer just introduced the Acer Chromebook C720P. $300 gets you touch-enabled notebook running Chrome OS. Inside, you'll find an Intel Celeron 1.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. The Acer C720P is the second touch-enabled Chromebook on the market (the Pixel is the first) and it's available for pre-order today. http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/mobile-business/acer-touchscreen-chromebook-aims-low/d/d-id/1112933

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tmThe Washington Post reports that the NSA logs location records of almost 5 billion phones each day, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The agency has apparently collected 27 terabytes of location data, outpacing the agency’s ability to analyze it. The paper said the system, called Co-Traveler, analyzed the data and used a fraction of 1 percent in anti-terror work. However even users of disposable phones or switch a handset off after a brief use could be tracked.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-tracking-cellphone-locations-worldwide-snowden-documents-show/2013/12/04/5492873a-5cf2-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_story.html

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slAppwork, maker of popular JDownloader software, is liable for coding carried out by third-party contributors, says a German court. Back in June the software got into legal trouble over a specific feature present in an unofficial beta of JDownloader2 which enabled the downloading of RTMPE video streams on top of existing RTMP, and the Hamburg Regional Court decided that this represented a circumvention of an “effective technological measure” under Section 95a of Germany’s Copyright Act, and appwork has been fined 250k euros. Appwork tells TorrentFreak that the judgment will be a burden on the open source creative process. http://torrentfreak.com/court-open-source-project-liable-for-3rd-party-drm-busting-coding-131205/

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tmFord CEO Alan Mulally will not become the CEO of Microsoft. At least not in 2014. At least if you believe Ford board member Edsel Ford II, great grandson of founder Henry Ford. Bloomberg reports Edsel Ford said “Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know,” while at the introduction of the new Mustang in Dearborn, Michigan. Microsoft said they planned to find a new CEO to succeed Steve Ballmer within a year.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-05/ford-s-mulally-not-leaving-company-board-director-says.html

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iaIf you've got an Nvidia Shield, good news. Some users in Northern California are receiving the GRID Beta update today. The update allows Shield owners stream PC games to their handhelds when they are away from home. Nvidia says you should have an Internet connection of at least 10Mbps for good quality.
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013/12/shield-users-starting-receive-nvidia-grid-beta-cloud-gaming-update.html

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tmBitcoin stumbles as Chinese government tells banks to stay away from ithttp://gigaom.com/2013/12/05/bitcoin-stumbles-as-chinese-government-tells-banks-to-stay-away-from-it/

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China Restricts Banks’ Use of Bitcoinhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/business/international/china-bars-banks-from-using-bitcoin.html

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People's Bank of China and other five ministries issued "on guard against the risk of Bitcoin notice"http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pbc.gov.cn%2Fpublish%2Fgoutongjiaoliu%2F524%2F2013%2F20131205153156832222251%2F20131205153156832222251_.html&sandbox=1

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- First, Bitcoin is not banned in China
- Joint issue of the snappily titled "People's Bank of China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China Banking Regulatory Commission, China Securities Regulatory Commission, China Insurance Regulatory Commission on the Prevention of Bitcoin risk notification"
- Advising financial institutions and payment institutions they are not allowed to trade in Bitcoin
- “In essence, Bitcoin is a kind of special virtual commodity, and does not have the same legal status as a currency.”
- government called for the registration of all Bitcoin transaction services and their users, with real names and identity card numbers.
- people in China are still free to trade Bitcoin online as a commodity.
- Bitcoing value in China fell of course.
Q: First major gov’t to warn against bit coin, but for China, this is pretty tepid no?

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slApple Finally Signs Long-Awaited Deal To Sell iPhones On China Mobile’s Networkhttp://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304096104579238832743924434-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwNDEwNDQyWj

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- iPhones on China Mobile (world's largest mobile carrier by users, over 700M subscribers) expected to start around Dec. 18 China Mobile conference in Guangzhou, according to 2 people familiar with the carrier's plans.
- At Dec. 18 event, China Mobile plans to unveil a brand for new 4G network. China Mobile executives have said 4G services, then iPhone.
- China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has given licenses to China Mobile and its smaller rivals to operate 4G
- Greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, is Apple's third biggest market after the U.S. and Europe in terms of revenue. CM is 7x Verizon's sub base.
- Research firm Trefis said China Mobile may sell about 1.5 million iPhones per month, racking up almost 20 million additional iPhone activations in 2014. An additional 20 million iPhones would represent a 17% increase from Apple's unit sales of handsets in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 28.
- samsung largest smartphone provider in China, 21% mkt share.
- Mizuho Securities analyst Marvin Lo says China Mobile has the country's wealthiest subscriber base. estimates at least 10% of China Mobile's subscribers would be potential iPhone customers.
q: growth slowing in US... is this the kick appl needs to chip away at samsung?

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iaYou have too many chat apps. Can Layer connect them? http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/4/5173726/you-have-too-many-chat-apps-can-layer-connect-them

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- Jeremie Miller, inventor of XMPP (aka Jabber), is working on a new messaging platform called Layer.
- Miller will act as a consultant

Here's what Layer promises:
- It will let any developer add messaging capabilities to their app with 10 lines of code. The developers don't have to build out the infrastructure
- Any app that uses Layer can talk to other apps using it if the app creator allows it
- The SDK is free and next summer, Layer plans to open source its technology

How Layer will make money:
- Layers says it will only charge developers once they reach a certain number of users, like many web-services companies, but hasn’t yet set price tiers or a user threshold for its services.
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Layer's team includes people behind GrandCentral (purchased by Google, became Google Voice) and Vox.io (let you make calls on a browser w/o plugins). It's backed by Jerry Yang (co-founder of Yahoo)

Q: Do you think that this will lead to a new crop of interconnected messaging apps instead of the walled gardens we've seen (like WhatsApp, iMessage)?

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tmFCC chair: ISPs should be able to charge Netflix for Internet fast lanehttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/12/fcc-chair-isps-should-be-able-to-charge-netflix-for-internet-fast-lane/

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December 2 at Ohio State: Policy Address by Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commissionhttp://www.osu.edu/features/2013/ohio-state-live.html

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler
- while answering questions Monday after a policy speech at Ohio State University.
TOSS TO VIDEO FOR: “I think we’re also going to see a two-sided market where Netflix might say, ‘well, I’ll pay in order to make sure that you might receive, my subscriber receives, the best possible transmission of this movie.’ I think we want to let those kinds of things evolve. We want to observe what happens from that, and we want to make decisions accordingly, but I go back to the fact that the marketplace is where these decisions ought to be made, and the functionality of a competitive marketplace dictates the degree of regulation."
- From the FCC’s Open Internet order: “As a general matter, it is unlikely that pay for priority would satisfy the 'no unreasonable discrimination' standard."
Q: So, what is Wheeler smoking here?

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slU.S. says online ads should be clearly marked, undeceptivehttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/04/usa-advertising-regulation-idUSL2N0JJ1HP20131204

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- survey of online publishers found that 73% allowed "native" advertising
- "Marketers have ... moved past the banner ad into advertising that is more seamlessly, and inconspicuously, integrated into digital content," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a speech that opened a conference on "Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content."
- "While native advertising may certainly bring some benefits to consumers, it has to be done lawfully," she said. "By presenting ads that resemble editorial content, an advertiser risks implying, deceptively, that the information comes from a non-biased source."
- In June of this year, FTC sent letters to certain unnamed search engine companies urging them to ensure that they carefully distinguish search results from paid advertisements.
not new: in 2009 FTC issued guidelines requiring bloggers who endorse products to indicate if they have received any payment in cash or in products from the company involved.
q: is native advertising crossing a line for any of us?

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iaTwitter signs deal with Deutsche Telekom — T-Mobile users to get homescreen widget in 2014 http://gigaom.com/2013/12/05/twitter-signs-deal-with-deutsche-telekom-t-mobile-users-to-get-homescreen-widget-in-2014/

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- Twitter signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom
- Twitter will create a "unique experience" for Deutsche Telekom.
- DT Android phones will come preloaded with a Twitter widget on their homescreens starting next year
- This will first roll out in Germany, then hit Netherlands, Romania, Greece and Croatia
- DT says it will "get early access to new tools and innovations on the technical side"

Q: Seems like a good idea for Twitter, but can its branding help DT and T-Mobile?

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Tiny Kentucky Town Agrees to Pay Only Police Officer In Bitcoinhttp://gizmodo.com/tiny-kentucky-town-agrees-to-pay-only-police-officer-in-1476739266

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New 3D Metal Printer Is Open Source and Affordablehttp://www.livescience.com/41646-3d-metal-printer-affordable-parts.html

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Electric car owner arrested for ‘stealing’ 5 cents of electricityhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/12/5/5177620/electric-car-owner-arrested-for-stealing-electricity

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Gran Turismo 6 comes to PS4 tomorrow 12/6

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House of Cards' season two premieres February 14th, 2014
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