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Twitter angers users w/new block policy, Google may take on Intel in chips, Gmail steals all the email images http://live.twit.tv/

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tmTwitter changed its policy for blocking accounts yesterday then quickly changed it back. The new policy would have allowed blocked users to continue to see and interact with the accounts of those who blocked them as a way of hiding the fact they had been blocked. After a backlash against the policy change Twitter decide to revert the change and said they would “continue to explore features designed to protect users from abuse and prevent retaliation.”http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/twitter-says-new-policy-which-allows-blocked-users-to-follow-interact-with-tweets-is-to-prevent-retaliation/

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slWatch out Intel, here comes Google. An anonymous source tells Bloomberg Google is considering designing its own ARM server processors. Intel currently controls more than 95 percent of the market for chips in servers that use PC processors. By using its own designs, Google could control interactions between hardware and software mor effectively. Google is currenty Intel’s fifth largest customer, according to Bloomberg supply chain analysis, and spends at least $500 million on Intel server chips each year.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-13/intel-seen-threatened-as-google-mulls-own-server-chips.html

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iaMicrosoft's been mulling over its next CEO for a while, but it's not going to be Steve Mollenkopf because he's going to head up Qualcomm as its CEO. Mollenkopf was the COO of Qualcomm and a Bloomberg report pegged him as a potential replacement for Steve Ballmer. Mollenkopf replaces Paul Jacobs as CEO; Jacbos will stay with the company as chairman. http://allthingsd.com/20131213/qualcomm-taps-steve-mollenkopf-rumored-as-microsoft-successor-as-its-next-ceo/

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tmThe US FCC voted on Thursday to launch a public review of the ban on mobile phone calls during airplane flights. For 22 years phone calls have been banned on planes to prevent interference with ground-based cellular communication. However those technological issues have largely been resolved. The social issue of hearing someone talking on a phone on a plane is not the province of the FCC but it is the area of another US agency. The US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his agency might institute its own ban under its authority to protect aviation consumers and workers.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25355399

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slA new study from web security firm Incapsula finds that over 60 percent of all Internet traffic now comes from bots - that's automated software that includes hacking tools , spammers, and search engine catalogers — and it's up 21% from 2012. 31% of bots are malicious, according to the study, but there is a little good news- spam bots decreased from 2% of traffic last year to half-a-percent in 2013.http://techland.time.com/2013/12/13/robots-have-taken-over-the-internet/

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iaThe Pirate Bay played the domain switching game this week and has wound up in Peru at thepiratebay.pe. A Pirate Bay spokesperson told TorrentFreak that a new system being developed will make domain names irrelevant and will lead to a rise in file-sharing services. The new system is a BitTorrent-powered browser that will let users share files without hosting the file on a central server. http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-docks-in-peru-new-system-will-make-domains-irrelevant-131212/

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tmGoogle announced a change to the way its Gmail client will show images in email messages. Instead of fetching the image directly from the server reference in the message, Google will server the image from Google’s own secure proxy servers. There’s some debate over how this might affect email marketers who put small images in email in order to track open rates. It seems the tracking might still work and even be more accurate but metadata like IP addresses and their associated geographical data might be lost.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/12/no-gmails-tweak-wont-stop-e-mail-marketers-from-knowing-if-you-open-their-email/

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slAereo, the TV streaming service that uses remote, miniature antennas to pull free over-the-air signals from broadcast networks like Fox, ABC, and NBC, is headed to the Supreme Court to battle the broadcasters that oppose its business model and have asked the court to appeal decisions made by the lower circuits, which ruled in Aereo’s favor. Aereo has now agreed with the opposition’s petition for the Supreme Court to hear the case. If Aereo wins, any “Aereo-like” technology will be irrelevant as Aereo will be deemed nationally legal.http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/aereo-says-bring-it-on-as-broadcasters-push-case-into-the-supreme-court/

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tmThe new generation of game consoles is selling great in the US but the new games aren’t. NPD released its numbers for the video game market sales in November. Overall console sales were up 80% year over year on the strength of the launch of the Sony PS4 and Xbox One. Software sales, mostly meaning games, were down 41% year over year. Sony’s PS4 did outsell Xbox’s One but was also on sale for one more week during the month. NPD also noted sales of the Nintendo 3DS rose 15% year over year on the strength of the Legend of Zelda: A link between worlds.http://allthingsd.com/20131212/playstation-4-tops-gaming-hardware-sales-in-november-but-game-sales-are-way-down/

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iaThe FIDO Alliance lined up a new ally and it's none other than Microsoft. Microsoft will be a part of the Alliance's board of directors. Fido aims to bring simplicity to authentication. The Alliance's board counts Google, Lenovo, Paypal and others as its members. http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/12/microsoft-joins-the-fido-alliance/

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tmTwitter Reverts Changes To Blocking Functionality After Strong Negative User Feedbackhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/twitter-says-new-policy-which-allows-blocked-users-to-follow-interact-with-tweets-is-to-prevent-retaliation/

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Twitter users revolt over changes to abusive behavior policyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/13/twitter-abuse-idUSL1N0JS04920131213

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Twitter's blocking policyhttps://support.twitter.com/articles/117063-blocking-users-on-twitter

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Twitter introduced a blocking policy
- Blocked users could have seen posts and continue to follow while logged in
- Blocked users would have been able to Favorite and RT posts
- Twitter felt it reduced retaliation since blocked users would have no way of telling they were blocked.
- After backlash Execs held emergency meeting, rolled back changes.
Q: What should Twitter’s policy be?

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iaIntel Seen Threatened as Google Mulls Own Server Chipshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-13/intel-seen-threatened-as-google-mulls-own-server-chips.html

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- Bloomberg reports that Google is considering designing its own server processors based on ARM
- Right now Intel has about 95% of the market for chips in servers
- Analyst Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners speculates that a shift by Google to ARM could lead to a shift by other companies like FB and Amazon
- Statement from Google's Liz Markman, “We are actively engaged in designing the world’s best infrastructure. This includes both hardware design (at all levels) and software design.”
- Markman didn't say whether the company may develop its own chips.
- Google is Intel’s fifth largest customer, according to Bloomberg supply chain analysis.

Q: Is this a negotiating ploy by Google or do you think Google will go ahead and make its own chips?

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slGmail blows up e-mail marketing by caching all images on Google servershttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/gmail-blows-up-e-mail-marketing-by-caching-all-images-on-google-servers/

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Gmail Images Displayed By Default: What’s The Impact For Our Customers?http://blog.mailjet.com/post/69885299950/gmail-images-displayed-by-default-whats-the-impact

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- Google will start caching all images for Gmail users. Embedded images will now be saved by Google, and the e-mail content will be modified to display those images from Google's cache, instead of from a third-party server.
- when you load imgs, E-mail marketers won't see IP address, HTTP referrer, desktop app vs. Web vs. mobile, etc.what Gmail folder you were viewing the e-mail in—
- Unless you click on a link, marketers will have no idea the e-mail has been seen.This move will allow Google to automatically display images, killing the "display all images" button in Gmail. Google servers should also be faster than the usual third-party image host. new image handling will rollout to desktop users today, mobile apps in early 2014.
- Ars points out: make email advertising less appealing and informative to advertisers, and push marketers to spend less on e-mail and more on Adsense.
wash post: e-mail marketing service Mail Chimp, noted that they (and most e-mail marketers) track opens by placing "placing a tiny, single-pixel-sized image in each email," so the system would allow them track the first open, but perhaps not repeat opens by subscriber.
In fact, Mail Chimp says email can become "more accurate" when tracking unique open rates, because under the previous system the subscribers who opened emails without displaying images were invisible to marketers. That's because previously, Gmail wouldn't display an image until users clicked a "show images" button. Because its image-caching system reduces the security and privacy risks from third-party images, Google is changing Gmail so that images load automatically when users open an email.
q: better that Goog handles imgs, or just reorganizing privacy issues?
The solution to track multiple opens

The trick consists of implementing a particular HTTP header for this transparent tracking pixel: “Content-Length:0”. This keeps Gmail from caching the pixel, and forces a retrieval of the resource each time the email is reopened.

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tmPirate Bay Docks in Peru: New System Will Make Domains “Irrelevant”http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-docks-in-peru-new-system-will-make-domains-irrelevant-131212/

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The Pirate Bay switched domain names again to Peru of the .PE TLD
- a Pirate Bay spokesman told TorrentFreak a new system will make domain names irrelevant, and spawn hardened file-sharing services.
- a BitTorrent-powered browser means sites will exist in a new and decentralized form with no reliance on a public-facing website.
- “Once that is available then all links and sites will be accessible through a perfectly legal piece of browser software and the rest of it will be P2P, with no central point to attack via the legal system.”
- Coming as standalone software as well as Firefox and Chrome plugins
Q: Bluster or real innovation?

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slAmazon said to launch Pantry to take on Costco, Sam'shttp://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/12/12/amazon-pantry/4001707/

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- Amazon working on new product "Pantry" - set to launch in 2014, say anon sources to USA Today.
- service will be targeted at Amazon Prime members. will launch with about 2,000 products - cleaning supplies, kitchen paper rolls, canned goods like pet food, dry grocery items like cereal and some beverages.
- Amazon will let Prime shoppers put as many of these items into a set sized box, up to a specific weight limit. If the products fit and they don't exceed the maximum weight, Amazon will ship the box for a small fee. competes w Costco and Sam's Club - biz is selling a limited number of items in huge volume at very low prices,
- Warehouse club members and Amazon shoppers are similiar demo- tend to be higher income households with kids — amazon wants that market
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iaGuitar Hero Creators Tackle Fitness Equipment Next With Goji Playhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/blue-goji-play/

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Goji Play experience videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IB4cxb9yMIVIDEO

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39- The guys behind Guitar Hero have a new product called Goji Play
- It's a fitnes-gaming device. It was first announced back in July and it goes on sale today
- For $100, you get the Goji Play kit -- two wireless game controllers, each with Velcro straps to attach them to a whole range of exercise equipment from treadmills, stationary bicycles and elliptical machines
- A third piece is an activity tracker to see how quickly you’re moving
- You'll need to bring an iOS device like an iPad or iPhone
- The kit works with Goji Play's library of games. 12 titles (games and apps) with more coming

Q: What do you think? Are you inclined to get a Goji Play?

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Groupon Rips Amazon's Drone Plan With New 'Medieval' Delivery System (Thx san_man!)http://www.businessinsider.com/groupon-parody-amazon-drones-catapults-2013-12

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Fully functional loudspeaker is 3-D printed (Thx san_man!)http://phys.org/news/2013-12-fully-functional-loudspeaker-d.html

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Run the Amiga 500 in your browser with Portable Native Client (Thx Webitube!)http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/run-the-amiga-500-in-your-browser-with-portable-native-client/

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Microsoft schedules BUILD 2014 developer conference for April 2ndhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/12/12/5205482/microsoft-build-2014-developer-conference-april

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Tom and Posse,

Easy way to sell the Padfone in the US, get the carriers to bundle it on contract, sell it for $400-500, you get the phone and tablet, I can see this being an easy sell in the store (I could see it being analogous to the Galaxy Note in terms of sales).

The problem for the Padfone comes after that. The issue in my eyes is that the phone is a personal item, whereas the tablet generally is a shared device, something you keep around the living room for whoever wants it. The Padfone makes no distinction on this and totally monopolizes both uses, this is especially problematic for parents.

I don't think this would impede initial sales, because it makes for a really good in-store demo, its really cool and futuristic looking to just plug your phone in a tablet and go. If Asus wants to sell these in the US, they have to push the value angle, even if you're not quite getting the full functionality of both devices.

Rich in Lovely Cleveland

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