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Moto G wants to be your hot cheap phone, Sony surprised people still like music, Twitter lets you change history http://live.twit.tv/

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tmAs expected and pretty much entirely leaked, Motorola announced the new Moto G, a more affordable version of the Moto X. The phone has a 4.5-inch 720p 329ppi display, snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 3G NOT LTE and alleged all-day battery life. It ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but is guaranteed to get 4.4 KitKat by January. Custom shells are available in multiple colors. It’s on sale today for £135 in the UK as well as in Brazil and parts of Europe and will come in a few weeks to the rest of Europe and Canada. Other countries, like the US, will get it early next year. The 8GB version will sell unlocked in the US for $179 and the 16GB version $199.http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/13/motorola-makes-the-moto-g-official-a-premium-phone-at-a-price-more-can-afford/

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slSony's launched an official PlayStation app for Android and iOS devices. The app gives access to the PlayStation Network mobile devices, and allows you to chat to friends, receive game alerts, and buy games from the PlayStation Store before pushing them to your PlayStation 4 to download and install while you're away from your console. The company has also bowed to fan pressure, with President of Sony Computer Entertainment Shuhei Yoshida telling Giant Bomb that the PS4 development team is working to add the ability to play both CDs and MP3 files in a post-launch patch. http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5098690/download-playstation-app-for-android-and-ios

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Sony aiming to implement PS4 MP3 and CD playback after angry fan reactionhttp://www.theverge.com/gaming/2013/11/13/5098934/sony-aim-to-implement-ps4-mp3-cd-playback-in-patch

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iaSprint's CFO says that almost every phone available on the Sprint network next year will support Sprint Spark. Spark is Sprint's triband LTE network. The only exception is that Sprint isn't sure if the next iPhone will be support all three bands because y'know - Apple doesn't talk to its partners.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612132-94/sprint-says-all-phones-next-year-will-be-triband-get-hd-voice/

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tmIf you’re watching Netflix on a Roku, PlayStation, SmartTV or Blu-ray player you’ll notice a new look. The redesign adds more images and info to screens in the hopes you’ll be more likely to watch something. The new look will not come to Apple TV or Xbox because of design restrictions from those manufacturers.

http://allthingsd.com/20131112/netflix-gives-most-but-not-all-of-its-tv-viewers-a-new-look/

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slMicrosoft is eliminating its infamous practice of evaluating employees on a bell curve in an effort to bolster teamwork, as the company restructures to focus on devices and services. Managers will no longer be required to rate workers on a fixed scale of performance rankings, Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s executive vice president of human resources, said in a memo to the company’s 99,000 staff. The new initiative follows the “One Microsoft” strategy unveiled by outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer in July.http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-11-12/microsoft-eliminates-curved-rating-system-for-employee-reviews

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iaJawbone introduced a new wearable fitness tracker called the Up24. The wristband supports wireless syncing using low-energy Bluetooth. The Up24 also comes with an updated app that will give you recommendations like what time to go to bed to get more sleep. The Up24 costs $149 and comes in two colors - black and dark orange. It's being sold online today and hits Best Buy and Apple stores next week.http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5087060/jawbone-up24-fitness-tracker-go-the-extra-mile

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tmIf you live in the big city and use Verizon get ready for the slow lane. During an investor conference, CFO Fran Shammo said the large bandwidth usage on their LTE networks in cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago causes many users to drop down to 3G. Verizon has the largest and oldest LTE network in the US. LTE customers make up a third of its customer base but use 64% of the traffic.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/13/verizon-capacity-issues-lte-major-cities/

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slThe AMD chip known as Kaveri has a release date: January 14th. The flagship desktop part for FM2+ socket motherboards will be called the A10-7850K, that it'll use four Steamroller CPU cores clocked at 3.7GHz, and built on an open standard, HSA, that allows different processors inside a system to work together to speed up compute tasks. Cost is still a mystery, as is whether it'll be sold as a standalone part or in pre-built systems. http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/12/amd-kaveri-desktop-chip-date/?ncid=rss_truncated

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tmWikileaks has published a draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement being negotiated by the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and many other Pacific rim countries. Much like ACTA before it, the TPP is being negotiated in secret. Unlike ACTA which stood for Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement of which, intellectual property provisions make up only a small part. But just like ACTA, the agreement includes stricter laws governing digital copyright and patents. The US and Japan currently oppose a chapter that would balance those stricter laws with protection of the legitimate interests of users and the community.http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5099236/wikileaks-publishes-leaked-draft-of-tpp

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iaTwitter is now allowing users to create curated timelines based on hashtags or topics. The feature is available for some on TweetDeck right now with a full roll out over the next several days. Twitter also released an API that will lets developers make their own apps that can create custom timelines. The API is being released in beta and will be made available to a small group of partners. http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/12/twitter-to-let-you-create-custom-timelines-for-hashtags-or-topics-from-tweetdeck-developers-too/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Kevin Purdy, mobile blogger at ITWorld.com, and freelance writer
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Discussion Stories

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iaMotorola Makes The Moto G Official, A “Premium” Phone Starting At $179 Unlockedhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/13/motorola-makes-the-moto-g-official-a-premium-phone-at-a-price-more-can-afford/

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Motorola announces the $179 Moto G, a lot of smartphone for not a lot of money http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5096680/motorola-moto-g-announced-price-availability

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- The Moto G is official
- Biggest shocker is the price: $179 for an 8GB model, $199 for 16GB
- Specs: 4.5-inch, 720p LCD TFT display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- Removable back plates for customization
- Downsides: battery is not removable, no microSD card slot, and no LTE
- Launches with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Motorola says 4.4 will be available in a few weeks
- Compared to the Moto X: no Active Notifications, Quick Capture (cam) or Touchless Control (req's special processor found in the X)
- Motorola is launching the Moto G in Brazil and parts of Europe today, with availability expected in the coming weeks for the rest of Latin America, Europe, and Canada.
- US will get it next year on prepaid brands

Q: Will this get Motorola major marketshare around the world?
- Moto G buyers get an additional 50GB of Google Drive storage free with the phone (in addition to the 15 that comes with the service).
- There’s also an FM receiver

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tmSony looking at DLNA and MP3 support for PS4 after 'passionate' responsehttp://www.polygon.com/2013/11/12/5097994/sony-looking-at-dlna-and-mp3-support-for-ps4

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Giant Bomb Chat With Shuhei Yoshidahttp://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/a-chat-with-shuhei-yoshida/1600-670/

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Sony aiming to implement PS4 MP3 and CD playback after angry fan reactionhttp://www.theverge.com/gaming/2013/11/13/5098934/sony-aim-to-implement-ps4-mp3-cd-playback-in-patch

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Yoshida Twitter posthttps://twitter.com/yosp/status/395661158205501440

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Polygon PS4 reviewhttp://www.polygon.com/a/ps4-review

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Yoshida bite from Giant Bomb interviewhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/xbkm0wiiztxyxn1/Shuhei_Yoshida_GiantBombBite.wavSOURCE

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Nielsen first half 2013 music saleshttp://www.nielsen.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en/reports-downloads/2013%20Reports/Nielsen-Music-2013-Mid-Year-US-Release.pdfSOURCE

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FAQ came out 10/30 no DLNA support. No MP3 or CD support.
- Shuhei Yoshida President SCE On Twitter: “ I'll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration.”
- Then to Giant Bomb: "didn't really think about MP3 and CD," and that he was surprised by the passionate fan reaction.
- suspend/resume and Internet controller sharing also not available at launch
- Yoshida said they were focused on game features and it wasn't some plan to make people use Music Unlimited: "We didn't really think --caught us off guard.”
- “The teams in Japan and U.S., the system guys are discussing how and when we can put these features on PS4."
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slTwitter Announces Custom Timelines For Hashtags Or Topics On Tweetdeck, Launching API Toohttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/12/twitter-to-let-you-create-custom-timelines-for-hashtags-or-topics-from-tweetdeck-developers-too/

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Politico examplehttp://www.politico.com/energy-tweet-hub/

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- Twitter will let you create custom timelines based on topics, hashtags and more from Tweetdeck
- also providing an API to allow developers to create streams of information out of Twitter’s public firehose. anyone can curate individual streams of data tailored to a topic. The topics could be literally anything that’s contained in a tweet, including hashtags, a phrase like ‘drinking coffee’ or event-specific keywords like ‘Oscars’ or ‘iPad Mini’.
- feature rolling out slowly, not everyone gets it right away
- choose the Tweets you want to add to timeline, by hand or programmed using API…Every timeline will have its own permalink page that you can refer users to on Twitter.com. easy to share. also embeddable.
- similiar to Storify, 3rd party solution that recently expanded to FB data
q: better than lists, but who will use it?

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iaNetflix introduces one unified TV interface to rule them all http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5098224/netflix-introduces-one-unified-tv-interface-to-rule-them-allVIDEO

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Netflix On TV Gets A Major Makeover
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Image of new UIhttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jsAiHCGg2CI/UoLUVTBUvnI/AAAAAAAABKg/D3bAxWK7xDE/s1600/New+Netflix+TV+Experience_US.jpgIMAGE

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- New Netflix interface for a number of devices

Description of UI
- Less emphasis on one big grid. There's a big banner taking up the top half of the screen showing major titles (similar to the web version of Netflix)
- Below that, you get widescreen thumbnail grid instead of movie posters

- Netflix added more information about why you should be watching a particular title. It uses your social networking, viewing history and taste preferences for that.
- When you are selecting an episode of a TV show, you'll get an episode specific thumbnail alongside a description
- Revised search - it's more visual than before
- The UI will be uniform on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Roku 3, some smart TVs, and BD players. Rollout starts today
- The 360 and some Samsung Smart TVs will allow voice control
- However, the new UI isn't coming to every device. The Xbox One and Apple TV will keep their custom apps


Q: what do we think of this new, more uniform approach for the Netflix App on many devices?

According to Netflix, after the rollout is complete more than 50 percent of users that watch Netflix on their television will be doing so through the new interface with the same flagship features

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slHulu to partner with pay-TV operators for content bundling?http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57612071-93/hulu-to-partner-with-pay-tv-operators-for-content-bundling/

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- monday story: broadband service co. Sandvine’s latest traffic report says Netflix accounts for about a third of peak Web traffic in the U.S., and YouTube is coming up on 20 percent. Hulu not even 2%
- WSJ reports Hulu in preliminary talks to potentially bundle its Hulu Plus subscription service with pay-TV subscriptions - talking to Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, AT&T, and Verizon.
- as part of a deal, consumers would be able to access the service through their cable set-top boxes
- Hulu has also discussed arrangements with AT&T to bundle its Hulu Plus subscription service with their wireless broadband offerings, the people familiar with the matter said.
Big pay-TV providers and TV channels have invested in their own apps and websites—including Hulu's owners. Disney, for example, has a suite of "Watch" branded apps for ABC, ESPN, and other Disney cable channels that allow pay TV customers to log in and stream the channels live and watch recent episodes of shows like ABC's "Scandal." Fox also has an app and FX Networks plans to release its own app by the end of the year.
q: good for streamlining digital choices, bad for cord cutters?

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tmSmartThings Raises $12.5 Million From Greylock And Highland To Power The Internet Of Thingshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/12/smartthings-12-5m-greylock-highland/

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SmartThings Websitehttp://www.smartthings.com/

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SmartThings got $12.5 million Series A from Greylock and Highland Capital
- SmartThings starter kit launched with a Kickstarter summer 2012 (raised 4X goal at $1.2 million)
- starter kit smart hub, electric outlet plugs, motion sensor, open/shut sensor
- open-source platform for devices and apps. Developer toolkit and online shop
- Works with Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave and of course WiFi
- GE, Schlage, Kwikset, and Aeon all make SmartThings compatible products now - SmartThings looks to become an ecommerce platform.
Q: Nest is Apple to SmartThings Android here. Which do you prefer?

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Guy Completely Replicates Wearable Working PIP-Boy 3000http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/real-wearable-working-pip-boy-3000/VIDEO

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Apple II DOS source code released by Computer History Museumhttp://9to5mac.com/2013/11/12/apple-ii-dos-source-code-released-by-computer-history-museum/

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tomorrow Nexus 5 coming to T-Mobile for $45<--- Engadget writes that the phone is available through T-Mobile for $42 up front and $17 per month over 24 months. All told, that's $450 compared to the $350 Google is charging.

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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nexus-5-t-mobile-launch,25039.html

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