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Spotify free for mobile, Apple tracks you in stores, 23andMe gives up (a little) http://live.twit.tv/

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tmMicrosoft may be battling some government agencies over surveillance but they’re still working with others. The US FBI and Europol teamed up with Microsoft and A10 Networks to try to take down the “ZeroAccess” botnet. They’ve disrupted a major portion of the click-fraud system but due to its complexity do not expect to fully eliminate it. US Federal Court, not operating in secret, allowed the operation block communications and take control of 49 domain names. Europol executed actual legally obtained search warrants and seizure orders on computers related to 18 IP addresses. Microsoft also filed a civil suit in US District Court for the Western District of Texas against 8 anonymous individuals.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2069940/zeroaccess-clickfraud-botnet-disrupted-but-not-dead-yet.html

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slAnd the thanks for nothing award goes to... GoldenShores Technologies! the company took ID and location data from the millions using its Brightest Flashlight Android app, then shared the data with ad networks but did not tell users, says the FTC. To settle the charges, GoldenShores has agreed to give users more control over what happens to their data.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25258621

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iaAfter tests in New York, Apple officially launched iBeacon in all of its stores in the U.S. The technology lets Apple know your exact location using Bluetooth. Before you get paranoid about the fruit company tracking you, you'll have to download an app from Apple's app store and then give Apple permission to track you. iBeacon is already active in some MLB stadiums and Macy's as well. http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/06/apple-stores-ibeacon/

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tmSpotify has an event next week and the WSJ and TechCrunch report the company will introduce a free mobile music service. Right now Spotify has a free desktop service but members have to pay for the $10 a month level to get mobile access. Similar to the desktop service the mobile service would be ad-supported and allow a limited number of songs on demand.http://gigaom.com/2013/12/06/report-spotify-to-introduce-free-mobile-streaming-service-next-week/

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slA U.S. appeals court is reviewing Google's claim that Oracle does not enjoy copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language. Google's Android is the world's best-selling smartphone OS. The Java programming language was created by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010. Oracle sued Google soon after, claiming that Google had incorporated parts of Java into Android. The ongoing issue is whether computer language that connects programs - known as application programming interfaces, or APIs - can be copyrighted.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/04/us-oracle-google-appeal-idUSBRE9B30UT20131204

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iaInstagram just sent invites to the press for an event to take place on December 12th. The invite itself was sent via FedEx and contained a wooden block with a printed Instagram picture and a slot on the back so you could hang it on the wall. Why a wooden block? Because Instagram has too much money -- well, they didn't say. The company is reported to be building a private messaging service; perhaps we'll see that on the 12th. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614627-94/instagram-invites-press-to-share-a-moment-at-nyc-event/

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tmComscore’s marketshare numbers for mobile are out and Apple seems to be leveling out a cursing altitude of 40.6%. Samsung inched up above a quarter of the market at 25.4% while Motorola jumped ahead of declining HTC and LG in that order. Meanwhile on the OS side, Android stopped declining, and rose from 51.8% in July just side to 52.2%. Apple also nudged up from 40.4% to 40.6%. Blackberry held on to third though fell to 3.6% just barely escaping being caught by Microsoft at 3.2%. And Symbian. Symbian still exists.http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/12/05/comscore-apple-takes-40-6-share-top-us-smartphone-maker-samsung-hits-25-4-android-stops-losing-share/#!o3B4E

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slGenetic-testing startup 23andMe will stop giving health analysis information to new customers in compliance with demands made by the US Food and Drug Administration but will not stop sales of the kits. The FDA issued the Google-backed startup a warning two weeks ago telling the company to stop selling its at-home testing kits because they required regulatory clearance. In response, the companyput its advertising campaigns for its popular at-home testing kits on hold.http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57614743-76/23andme-stops-giving-health-analysis-to-new-customers/

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tmA small amount of patent reform made it through the US House of Representatives yesterday. The Innovation Act gives customers of alleged infringing devices more protection, allowing the manufacturer’s to protect them during a lawsuit. Yes YOU can be sued for owning a router that infringes a patent right now. If you bring an unreasonable lawsuit and lose you have to pay the entity you sued. And the expensive discovery process is moved to after a judge reviews the merits of a suit, making it less likely someone will settle just to avoid the cost of the threat. The bill does not address the rules for granting low-quality patents. It goes to the US Senate next and is likely to be passed and signed into law by the President.http://gigaom.com/2013/12/05/house-passes-innovation-act-325-91-a-small-solution-to-a-big-patent-problem/

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iaThe Chinese government may be tepid on Bitcoin, but analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued a report saying Bitcoin could be a "major means of payment for ecommerce." Bank of America thinks that if Bitcoin becomes mainstream, it could be worth $1300 a piece. The report says that the currency can become a "serious competitor to traditional money transfer providers," but also notes the volatility of price and questionable legal standing as downsides. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/5/5178536/bank-of-america-says-bitcoin-could-become-a-major-means-of-payment

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iaSpotify planning free music service for mobile, says WSJ
http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/5/5180126/spotify-free-mobile-music-service

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Spotify Will Launch Limited Free Mobile Access At Dec 11th Event, Source Confirms
http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/05/free-spotify-mobile/

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Interesting opinion piece on streaming music's future - tmhttp://readwrite.com/2013/12/06/streaming-music-competition-pandora-rdio-spotify#awesm=~opfHntckT99cxW

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- WSJ reports that Spotify is planning a free version of its service for mobile. TechCrunch's sources say the same thing
- The free version would be ad-supported like the desktop version
- The new ad-supported offering will allow nonpaying mobile users to play a limited number of songs on demand, but will mostly serve up music based on the user's input, like custom radio services such as Pandora
- TC's sources say users may have more freedom to listen to their playlists or starred collection of songs. Infinite search would be held off for paid subs.

- Currently, the mobile version of Spotify (aside from the Radio function) is only accessible by paid subscribers

- WSJ cited "people familiar with the matter" and says Spotify now has deals with all three of the major record labels to use their music on the service (Three: Sony, Universal Music, and Warner)
- The negotiations apparently took nearly a year
- Spotify has an event in NY schedule for next week (Dec 11th)

Q: What impact do you think this will have on the music streaming space? Is this big or just a catch-up move?
- The Journal says Spotify has 6M paid subscribers and 20M active users worldwide

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tmApple Stores now using iBeacon tracking for app-enhanced personal shoppinghttp://www.engadget.com/2013/12/06/apple-stores-ibeacon/

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iOS: Understanding iBeaconhttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048

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iBeacon in Apple store app, works in all 254 Apple stores (had been tested in NYC)
(Macy’s and NYMets testing it too)
- uses Bluetooth to locate you.
- iBeacon won't work without your say-so and has promised it won't store any tracking information

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sl23andMe stops giving health analysis to new customershttp://allthingsd.com/20131205/23andme-wont-give-new-customers-genetic-analysis/

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- 23andMe will stop giving new customers access to health reports tied to their genes
- 23andMe said it would “comply immediately with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s directive to discontinue consumer access to its health-related genetic tests during the ongoing regulatory review process.”
- will continue sales of new kits. Rather, new customers will only receive “raw genetic data without interpretation.”
- those who bought kits pre-Nov22, when FDA sent warning letter, will still get access to its more than 250 health reports
23 needs to wait for clearance as a medical device before it can offer diagnostics to customers. but FDA doesn't have classification for some features.
q: more self-diagnosis from reading the genetic palm? or the right thing for pubic health safety?

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slInstagram invites press to 'share a moment' at NYC eventhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614627-94/instagram-invites-press-to-share-a-moment-at-nyc-event/

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- invite -- sent via FedEx -- from Instagram for an event 10 a.m. on December 12 in Midtown Manhattan.- package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block, 4 inches long and wide and 1.75 inches thick, covered with a printed Instagram shot and a slot in the back so it can be hung on the wall.
- The included note invited the press to "share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team."
- in Nov GigaOM reported possible plans to launch private messaging features, experimenting with group messaging.
q: messaging? wall stuff? what's more likely?

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tmWho Is The Real Satoshi Nakamoto? One Researcher May Have Found The Answerhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/05/who-is-the-real-satoshi-nakamoto-one-researcher-may-have-found-the-answer/

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Satoshi Nakamoto is (probably) Nick Szabohttps://likeinamirror.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/satoshi-nakamoto-is-probably-nick-szabo/

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Bitcoin, what took ye so long?http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2011/05/bitcoin-what-took-ye-so-long.html

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TechCrunchs John Biggs has an interview with Skye Grey
- Grey did textual analysis on posts by Satoshi Nakamoto and found similarities to Nick Szabo at George Washington University
- Grey published for two reasons, to have his work critiqued for validity, and to address the concern that BTC might be created by a ‘bad guy’
- Text analysis (4 expressions in combo identified 1 in 1000 researchers)
- Szabo was searching for technical collaborators on the bit gold project (a very similar cryptocurrency) a few months before the announcement of Bitcoin (and then the bit gold project became perfectly silent)
- Satoshi didn’t cite Szabo, Szabo had no reaction to BTC
- Szabo post-dated BitGold stories to look posterior to announcement of Bitcoin
- Satoshi holds BTC 1 Million.
- Szabo denied being Satoshi.
Q: Does it matter who Satoshi is?

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iaRyan Seacrest Wanted a Keyboard for His iPhone, So He Invested $1 Million in One
http://allthingsd.com/20131205/ryan-seacrest-wanted-a-keyboard-for-his-iphone-so-he-invested-1-million-in-one/

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I COME NOT TO PRAISE QWERTY, BUT TO BURY IT
http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/15/5104704/i-come-not-to-praise-qwerty-but-to-bury-it

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- Keyboards! for iPhones!
- Get ready for the Typo Keyboard, which is a physical keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5c, which will make its debut at CES 2014
- The company behind it was co-founded by Ryan Seacrest (yes, that Ryan Seacrest)
- Why is he involved? The press release says that Seacrest and his colleagues carried two phones - one for messaging and an iPhone. So why not combine them?
- The keyboard itself slips on to the iPhone like a case.
- The Typo keyboard will also be available for other smartphones and tablets
- This reminded me of a Verge post by Sean Hollister that noted the demise of QWERTY keyboards on the mobile phone


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Eagle steals camera, takes selfie
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Hello TNT Crew,

Just wanted to make a somewhat specific use case for the 23andme. As an adopted person I have no medical background to look to. While a person who knows his or her biological family (my parents are the ones who raised me) I have no frame of reference as to weather or not cancer ,heart disease or any number of illnesses run in my family. If 23andme can provide even a slight look into that window however they can I please ask the FDA to get off my lawn!

Love the show! Tom sorry to see you go you shall be missed dear sir.


Thank you,

John
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