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This is Tech News Today for Thursday December 12, 2013

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tmInstagram announced Instagram Direct today at an event in New York City. The messaging service lets Instagram users on iOS and Android send text video and of course photo messages to each other privately. The system works similar to Twitter Direct Messages in that you can only send messages to someone who follows you. Messages must be tied to a photo or video as well and you can send a message to up to 15 people at a time. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/12/5203302/instagram-direct-photo-text-messaging

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slAndreessen Horowitz believes in the future of Bitcoin, so much so that the firm has dropped $25 million Series B into Coinbase, joining existing investments and earning a seat on Coinbase's board of directors. Coinbase holding over 600,000 bitcoin wallets, which bitcoin owners use to store the digital currency in the cloud, and also helps people buy and sell bitcoins through bitcoin exchanges. It charges a one percent transaction fee for buying and selling bitcoins.
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iaThe Seoul Central District Court says Apple can still sell iPhones and iPads in South Korea. Samsung filed a lawsuit in that court saying that Apple violated three of Samsung's mobile patents and asked for about $95,000 in damages. The court said that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 do not violate those patents. Samsung said it would review the ruling before deciding whether to appeal.
http://gigaom.com/2013/12/12/samsung-loses-patent-ruling-against-apple-in-south-korea/

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tmYahoo’s partial mail outage is stretching into it’s third day. The service went down Monday at 10:27PM Monday due to a hardware failure. Yahoo announced last night that web, mobile and POP versions of the service seem to be fully restores and they’re working on IMAP. The company expects all mail to be delivered by Thursday afternoon.http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/11/trouble-at-yahoo-partial-webmail-outage-hits-day-two-surprise-small-business-websites-shutdowns-anger-customers/

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slThe National Library of Norway is digitizing every book in its collection, making the text searchable, and making all books available to read online. Norway also has agreements with many publishers to allow anyone with a Norway IP address to access copyrighted material. The digitization of the entire collection, which literally goes back to the Middle Ages, will take 20 to 30 years. The project started in 2006.http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/11/5199472/norway-is-digitizing-all-its-books-and-making-them-free-to-read-online

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iaThe Alliance for Wireless Power is launching a new brand of wireless charging called "Rezence." It's a mashup of the words "resonant" and "essence." Rezence uses resonant wireless charging that uses electromagnetic resonators that can charge devices at a distance. That means your device doesn't need to be right on top of a charger like the Qi standard by the Wireless Power Consortium. The Alliance for Wireless Power counts LG, HTC, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Samsung, and Intel as members. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/12/5201954/theres-a-new-name-in-wireless-charging-rezence

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tmThe Federal Patent Court of Germany ruled that Microsoft’s European Union patent for its File Allocation Table is entirely invalid. Microsoft gets licensing deals from many Android device makers, partially based on the strength of that patent. In fact Microsoft got a German Court to ban all Motorola Android devices from sale in Gemernay in July 2012 on the strength of it. Microsoft will appeal the decision and has fought off challenges to it before.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2070280/german-court-invalidates-microsoft-patent-used-for-motorola-phone-sales-ban.html

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slSeveral privacy groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission to declare phone companies to be in violation of the Communications Act when they sell subscriber information to third parties, including the CIA. The action is in response to a New York Times report last month that the CIA pays AT&T more than $10 million per year for access to subscriber data. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57615366-83/privacy-advocates-blast-at-ts-alleged-sale-of-info-to-cia/

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tmReuters reports US wireless carriers are close to agreeing with the US Federal Communications Commission on new policies to make it easier for consumers to unlock their phones. The agreement is expected to ensure providers notify customers when their phones are eligible to be unlocked, and require unlocking requests to be processed or denied within two days. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will appear at a House of Representative hearing later Thursday where the policy is on the agenda. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/12/usa-wireless-unlocking-idUSL1N0JR00V20131212

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iaAfter all those rumors of Microsoft considering Ford CEO Alan Mulally as its next CEO, Reuters reports Ford is going to press Mulally for a decision on his future. Apparently the Ford board is annoyed and Mulally's future will be discussed today when the board meets. Reuters' sources say even if Mulally doesn't take the Microsoft job, it's unlikely he will stay at Ford through the end of 2014. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/12/us-ford-mulally-idUSBRE9BB02O20131212

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Marshall Kirkpatrick, CEO and Co-Founder, Little Bird
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slInstagram announces Instagram Direct for private photo, video, and text messaginghttp://www.theverge.com/2013/12/12/5203302/instagram-direct-photo-text-messagingVIDEO

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- users can send text, video, and photo messages to each other privately.
- not just about photos, it's about communication & "moments"
- edit a photo in Instagram, send privatey to 1-15 people. can't send just text, photo needed.
- If the friend you're sending a message to is online, their avatar lights up in real-time inside a chat to show that they've seen or liked your message.
not chasing Snapchat. Systrom: "There's definitely a space for ephemerality in general whether it's text or photos or videos, but Instagram is focused on capturing the world's moments. The important part in Instagram [Direct] is being able to go back to [photos] in order to have that conversation, and if they're not there anymore you can't have that conversation and see who has liked it."
q: who's IG chasing? Twitter? FB itself?

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tmTrouble At Yahoo: Partial Webmail Outage Continues, While Surprise Small Business Website Shutdowns Anger Customershttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/11/trouble-at-yahoo-partial-webmail-outage-hits-day-two-surprise-small-business-websites-shutdowns-anger-customers/

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An Important Update for Our Usershttp://yahoomail.tumblr.com/post/69707524863/an-important-update-for-our-users

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@YahooCare accounthttps://twitter.com/YahooCare

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Yahoo Mail Status bloghttp://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_MAIL_ML&locale=en_US&id=SLN22473

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Yahoo small business Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/YahooSmallBusiness

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Scroll down to find notice: "Deactivated AT&T Yahoo Small Business accounts"http://www.ysmallbizstatus.com/

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- Yahoo Mail has been down for some since Monday at 10:27 PM PT due to hardware failure. “The issue has been harder to fix than we originally expected.”
- Reported POP mail was working last night, working on IMAP
- Expect all email to be delivered by this afternoon
- Yahoo also experiencing blowback over shutdown of email and web hosting services it partnered with ATT on
- Despite sending email, some businesses taken by surprise when their site disappeared.
- AT&T Yahoo Small Business accounts became Yahoo Small Business accounts on August 6, 2013. To move these services and to keep them active, AT&T Yahoo Small Business account owners were required to accept a new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before September 30, 2013, with an extension later given to complete these actions by November 22, 2013.
- Yahoo overwhelmed with calls by angry customers
Q: Marissa Mayer’s first big public crisis. How’s her company doing here? What does it mean for Yahoo?

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iaTwitter and Comcast expand their tweet-based TV viewing to nine more providershttp://www.engadget.com/2013/12/11/twitter-and-comcast-expand-their-tweet-based-tv-viewing/?ncid=rss_truncated

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- Twitter and Comcast have expanded its SeeIt platform
- SeeIt lets you control your cable box using Twitter. You'd see a tweet about a show, then you can click a "SeeIt" button that will either tune your cable box to that show or you could watch on an app.
- Comcast reached deals with nine new channel and TV service providers: ABC, A&E Networks, AMC, Crown Media Family Networks, Discovery Communications, Fox, Cablevision's Optimum TV, Charter, and Time Warner Cable should all support SeeIt's "watch now" links in tweets as soon as the first quarter of 2014
- You don't need to sign up for Comcast to use this. Originally the platform was somewhat limited: it worked only with Comcast Xfinity and networks owned by NBCUniversal

Q: Is this expansion a big deal, medium deal, small deal?

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iaASUS CEO: The PadFone is coming to America in Q2 2014 http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/10/asus-ceo-jerry-shen-padfone-us/

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- Asus CEO Jerry Shen says the PadFone is coming to America in Q2 of 2014
- The PadPhone was introduced back in 2011 and it is a phone that docks into a tablet shell so your phone can also be your tablet
- The Asus PadPhone has been available in Taiwan and according to Shen the company sold over 10k PadPhones between April and August
- The PadPhone Infinity (A80) model sold 200-300 units a day between June and August in Taiwan as well
- Shen says UI is very important to Asus
- The PadPhone also has a Hi-Light Mode (or "Owl Mode") when toggled combines four sensor pixels into one to simulate a larger pixel site (kind of like the HTC One's Ultrapixel), but you have the option of a 13MP or 3MP image with PadPhone
- Shen says once the PadPhone launches in the US, Asus will have "no problem tackling Europe with the same product"

Q: What do you think the US response will be to the PadPhone?

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slOn Road to IPO, Shopify Raises $100M to ‘Bridge Clicks and Bricks’http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/12/12/on-road-to-ipo-shopify-raises-100m-to-bridge-clicks-and-bricks/

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- Shopify has raised $100 million to challenge juggernauts like Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. in the arena of merchant software and services.
- Shopify’s systems help merchants sell as easily online as they do offline, or vice versa.
- Founded in 2006, Shopify originally focused on helping small businesses with sales online. 350 employees today, and headquarters in Ottawa
- some big names: startups and small businesses like Goldieblox Inc. and DODOcase Inc., to fashion brands like Black Milk Clothing, and large public companies like Tesla Motors Inc
- This year, Shopify moved from online commerce into the brick-and-mortar world, by launching a point-of-sale version of its software optimized to run on tablets like the iPad. This lets Shopify merchants run their storefronts, pop-up shops or other offline business through the same dashboard that they use to take orders, manage inventory, accept payment and more online.
q: decentralized ecommerce solution the way to go? should amazon be worried?

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tmSwiss Set Sights on Becoming World's Data Vaulthttp://www.securityweek.com/swiss-set-sights-becoming-worlds-data-vault

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Three more Swiss banks join U.S. tax dealhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/11/us-tax-switzerland-idUSBRE9B80S320131211

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Switzerland has 55 data centers, and some of the strictest data protection laws
- Personal data is a ‘precious good’ needing a judges order to be handed over
- Story on Deltalis data center by AFP, 200 meters inside a mountain
- 15,000-square-meter bunker, biometric scanning, anti-nuclear steel doors
- Data center itself 600 square meters
- Yesterday 3 more swiss banks joined a crackdown on wealthy US citizens evading taxes. About 100 of the countryy’s 300 private banks are expected to participate acc Peter V. Kunz at Berene U.
- Banks that deny offer could face criminal prosecution
Q: IN the long-term can you trust your data anywhere? But in the short term which matters more, the location of the data center or its SLA?

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Scientists Develop an Artificial Hand That Can Feelhttp://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/scientists-develop-an-artificial-hand-that-can-em-feel-em/282198/

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Twitter lets you look back at 2013's land of tweetshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57615403-93/twitter-lets-you-look-back-at-2013s-land-of-tweets/

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Intel puts its logo inside FC Barcelona's shirthttp://www.theverge.com/2013/12/12/5203496/intel-puts-its-logo-inside-fc-barcelona-shirt

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Potty with built-in tablet holder is "worst toy of 2013"http://boingboing.net/2013/12/11/potty-with-built-in-tablet-hol.html

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3D printing pen lets surgeons draw cells on damaged bones, speeding recoveryhttp://gigaom.com/2013/12/11/3d-printing-pen-lets-surgeons-draw-cells-on-damaged-bones-speeding-recovery/VIDEO

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Valve's SteamOS will be available for individuals and OEMs on December 13thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/12/11/steam-os-available-decemeber-13th/?ncid=rss_truncated

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Tom and Posse,

I think the Twitter redesign to put DMs front and center is all part of their effect to make the service easier to get into for new users. While Twitter is still growing users at a good pace, the barrier to entry is still steep. Forget about Twitter etiquette, Twitter wants to let people know about basic functionality.

I think Sarah and Iyaz were spot on when they said its all about getting people into the mobile app and keeping them their as long as possible, its the same reason they made their camera functionality more full featured with filters, editing, etc.

The refocus on DMs might also help out brand pages. For some reason that baffles me, people like to follow their favorite brands on Twitter. I could see brands incentivizing people to follow their accounts with the promise of DM links to deals and the like, and Twitter could charge for this privilege. Not a thought I necessarily enjoy for the platform, but going public has put generating revenue front and center for the company.

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I was excited to hear about Redbull.Tv coming to chrome cast. They are one of the best place to watch fringe sports. This year they carried the entire UCI [Mountain Bike] series. One reason I keep cable is for sports, this may free me to cut the cord. I talked my parents into getting one and a friend out of roku into one. Still waiting on tabcast from my phone browser...

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