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TITLE: Not Everybody is a BeyoncéGUEST: Ken Denmead, Author of the Geek Dad series of books.
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Google buys big robots, Beyonce bucks big music, Twitter senses you are near http://live.twit.tv/

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tmThe New York Times reports that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, the company most famous for the Big Dog robot that walks on four legs like a dog. Former AndroidOS head Andy Rubin, who is working on robotics projects for Google, posted a link to the report on Twitter with the comment "The future is looking awesome!" Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert told the New York Times he is excited by, “Andy and Google’s ability to think big.”http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/technology/google-adds-to-its-menagerie-of-robots.html?_r=0

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slA 60 Minutes’ report on the NSA last night aired to a chorus of boos online. The segment claimed it was taking a hard-hitting look at the NSA, but has been written off by many as a puff piece. For example, journalist Glenn Greenwald wondered why 60 Minutes reporter John Miller didn’t ask about how Gen. Keith Alexander “routinely lied to Congress & FISA courts.” Miller said in a CBS piece that he “asked the hardest questions we could ask."http://gigaom.com/2013/12/16/the-internet-is-unhappy-with-60-minutes-nsa-piece/

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iaLast week, YouTube users with videos showing off video game footage were hit with copyright claims. If YouTube finds infringing content on a monetized video, YouTube will divert that revenue to the party asserting its copyright. The footage of the gameplay is copyrighted by the video game maker. This is causing a controversy because the copyright sweep seemed not to target larger managed channels, but smaller affiliate channels even though both show very similar video content. http://www.polygon.com/2013/12/14/5208782/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-youtube-copyright-crisis

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tmPayment plans have become the new trend among US mobile phone carriers, and now Amazon has taken up the practice for its Kindle Fire HDX. Between now and December 24 you can choose to pay off your tablet in four installments spread over 9 months. The plans apply to the $229 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX and the $379 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Whether this means Amazon is having a harder time moving the tablets or just wants to spike the sales, is hard to say. Maybe we should tap the Mayday button and ask.http://allthingsd.com/20131215/amazon-really-really-wants-to-sell-more-kindle-fire-hdx-tablets/

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slThe startup Oculus VR has raised $75 million to market its virtual-reality headset for video games. The company says the money will go to producing commercial versions of its virtual reality glasses for video games called Oculus Rift, which users mount on their heads with a strap. The company also wants to take its technology beyond gaming.http://www.afr.com/p/technology/mainstream_virtual_reality_headsets_efumXE1ynCUh1zV3m3dsgJ

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iaHere are some rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. SamMobile reported that Samsung might release two versions of the S5 - one with a plastic body, another with a metal one. A new report by ZDNet Korea says Samsung will introduce a new smartphone in February at Mobile World Congress with a quad HD display and iris scanner. The report doesn't specifically say that phone is the S5. http://bgr.com/2013/12/16/galaxy-s5-specs-quad-hd-iris-scanner/

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tmFord announced Friday it will host an unexpected analyst meeting this coming Wednesday, where Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks will talk to analysts and reporters. Shanks may update the financial outlook for 2014 as Ford prepares for its biggest new line launch yet including redesigned F150s and Mustangs. Also possible is a definitive statement one way or another on the future of CEO Alan Mulally who is widely rumored to be a top candidate to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/13/us-autos-ford-meeting-idUSBRE9BC0VV20131213

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slTwitter is testing a new feature for some users that shows tweets tied to a location on a map. The ‘nearby’ feature shows up as one of the new timelines accessed by swiping across from the default view. It’s been possible to attach location to a tweet since 2010, but the new feature could help with local discovery of events or disasters in almost real time but ultimately the goal is to make other users’ tweets more relevant for the user. http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2013/12/14/new-twitter-test-shows-tweets-near-real-time/#!p0YfQ

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tmGerman workers who have been engaged in strikes against Amazon since May will take their protests to the company’s headquarters in Seattle this week. Members of US unions including the Communications Workers of America will join the demonstration in support of the German Verdi union. Workers at the German logistics centers in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig and Graben have been called to go on strike today as well. The unions want a better working environment and better pay.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-16/amazon-german-workers-to-take-protest-to-seattle-headquarters.html

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iaMarissa Mayer took to the Yahoo tumblog to apologize for Yahoo Mail being down for about 1% of users. She said that the problem affecting Yahoo Mail was due to a storage system problem and that the solution for users was "nuanced since different users were impacted in different ways." Mayer said that as of Friday afternoon, Yahoo restored service for almost everyone and says in the future, the company will do better. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/16/marissa-mayer-personally-apologizes-for-yahoo-mail-outage/

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iaGoogle buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular and terrifying robots
http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/14/5209622/google-has-bought-robotics-company-boston-dynamics

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Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/technology/google-adds-to-its-menagerie-of-robots.html?hpw=&rref=technology&_r=0

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Cheetahhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPanW0QWhAVIDEO

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PETMANhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrjrgBV8K0&list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQVIDEO

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- Google bought Boston Dynamics
- Boston Dynamics is behind some funky robots like BigDog, Cheetah, and PETMAN
- First reported by the NYT on Friday. Terms of the deal weren't reported
- Google told the NYT that existing contracts — including a $10.8 million contract inked earlier this year with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — would be honored.
- Google says it doesn't plan on becoming a military contractor "on its own"
- the NYT says that this is the 8th robotics co. Google has picked up in the last six months

Q: Self driving cars, Andy Rubin's robots, and now Boston Dynamics - what's your guess as to Google's vision for the future look like?

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tmBeyonce’s self-titled, all-digital “visual album” sells over 500k copieshttp://gigaom.com/2013/12/16/beyonces-self-titled-all-digital-visual-album-sells-over-500k/

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Beyonce' Sales Grow to 550k-Plus, Set for No. 1http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5839792/beyonce-sales-grow-to-550k-plus-set-for-no-1

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The Download Hits Middle Age (and It Shows)http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5827354/the-download-hits-middle-age-and-it-shows

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Beyonce’s 5th album ‘Beyonce’ released Friday w/o warning or teases or singles complete with music videos for each track
- sold more than 550,000 copies in 3 days. Could top chart despite eschewing Tuesday release
- From song “Haunted” "All these record labels be boring/ I don't trust these record labels, I'm torn."
- Glenn Peoples article Thursday documents decline in download sales
- Track sales down 4.4%, track-equivalent albums down 2.1% Albums up 0.5%
- Catalog sales dragging. Current albums up %%, catalog albums down 2%, Current tracks even, catalog tracks down 8%
- People turning to streaming services for catalog tracks.
Q: W/ all controversy over streaming, is it the next ‘format’ or is the business ripe for something new?

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slThe Download Hits Middle Age (and It Shows)http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5827354/the-download-hits-middle-age-and-it-shows

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- Digital purchases are down almost across the board this year. Track sales are down 4.4% through Nov. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Track-equivalent albums, where 10 tracks equal one album, are down 2.1%. Total digital purchases -- tracks and digital albums -- are down 4%.
- Track sales have been falling all year. In the first half of 2013, U.S. consumers bought between 23 million and 25 million tracks per week. In October and November, weekly track sales dropped below 20 million.
why? - weakness in catalog sales. Through Nov. 17, current digital albums are up 5% while catalog digital albums are down 2%. A similar gap exists in track sales. Current tracks are even with last year, while catalog tracks are down 8%. Those spreads didn’t exist in prior years, Nielsen Entertainment senior VP David Bakula says.
- The shift to streaming could hurt catalog sales more than current sales. According to an analysis of Nielsen sales and streaming data through mid-September, the top 500 track sales make up 31.5% of total track sales, while the top 500 streaming songs make up only 14.5% of total streams. Since catalog music accounts for a larger share of track sales, they’ll become more vulnerable to a decline as the business moves to streaming.
q: is the download the next inevitable CD? music on demand is the future?

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iaTwitter Test Shows ‘Nearby’ Tweets
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/14/twitter-test-shows-nearby-tweets/

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Twitter Tests New “Nearby” Feature To Surface Local Tweets From Those Around You
http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/14/twitter-tests-new-nearby-feature-to-surface-local-tweets-from-those-around-you/

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Twitter Testing New Local Discovery Features — And It’s About Time
http://allthingsd.com/20130425/twitter-testing-new-local-discovery-features-and-its-about-time/

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- The WSJ reports that Twitter is testing a new service called "Nearby" that shows you tweets from local users whether you follow those users or not
- The “Nearby” timeline has appeared occasionally recently on the phones of users who allow Twitter to see and use their location.
- Twitter allowed users to add their location to tweets since 2010. However, that feature is turned off by default.

What does the "Nearby" section look like?
- The upper half of the “Nearby” screen is a map where a blue dot pulses over the user’s current location.
- The bottom half shows a timeline of recent nearby tweets, with icons on the map noting their locations.
- Clicking on an icon pulls the corresponding tweet to the front of the screen.
- Not the first time this was reported. Back in April, ATD noted Twitter was testing this. Q: Is local the future for Twitter? Targeted ads anyone?

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slUpdate: AOL Says Its Hyperlocal News Network Patch Is Not Closinghttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/16/aol-will-close-patch-after-its-long-struggle-for-profitability/

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- AOL responding to david carr piece in NYT last night that claims AOL's planning to “dismantle Patch or perhaps sell it off to various partners,”
- Patch COO Leigh Zarelli Lewis sent out an internal memo (obtained by Business Insider) stating that “We are continuing to talk with potential partners about Patch and there is no change in course or direction from what we have discussed as a team.”
- Armstrong said that the company is looking at ways to save the hyper-local news service. Armstrong called Patch “an asset with optionality” at the UBS (UBS Global Media and Communications Conference) conference and that the network of news sites might be able to remain afloat thanks to a partnership with an undisclosed company.
- big round of round of layoffs this summer.
- Patch was an Armstrong project since launching it in 2007 while he was still at Google. AOL bought Patch in 2009 after Armstrong became its CEO.
what:s Patch? Patch built to use a single news person and a single advertising person, at least at first, to create digital spots for hundreds of communities at a cost of about $100,000 annually per site. Patch sites popped up across the country, like Calabasas, Calif., and Nashua, N.H., covering high school sports, city elections and other local fare.

q: local news of the web... do ppl want it?

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tmXiaomi Wi-Fi router makes 'some assembly required' a perk, not a problemhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57615693-76/xiaomi-wi-fi-router-makes-some-assembly-required-a-perk-not-a-problem/

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Xiaomi to launch limited edition DIY Wi-Fi router with 1TB storage on December 19http://www.bgr.in/news/xiaomi-to-launch-limited-edition-diy-wi-fi-router-with-1tb-storage-on-december-19/

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Xiaomi’s beta smart wi-fi router costs 15 cents – but you’ve got to build it yourselfhttp://vondroid.com/threads/xiaomis-beta-smart-wi-fi-router-costs-15-cents-but-youve-got-to-build-it-yourself.17572/#.Uq8d6mRDtVo

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Hugo Barra G+ Posthttps://plus.google.com/+HugoBarra/posts/3UYKNdwCLjt

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Beta version of Xiaomi’s Mi WiFi router requires some assembly
- Hugo Barra, vice president of Xioami Global:” We're shipping the new Mi Wi-Fi router to our first 500 beta users unassembled in a beautiful wooden box, complete with white anti-static gloves. It's the Christmas hacker spirit."
- Wooden cases are numbered, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac connectivity, a 1TB SATA drive, a 1GHz Broadcom processor with 256MB of RAM. User can add antenna. 2 LAN ports, 2 USB
- Just a screwdriver and some interlocking pieces ( no soldering, or decoding resistors as Shankland points out)
- Launches Dec. 19 for RMB 1 (US$0.16)
Q: What’s Xiaomi up to here?

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At long last, small hamburgers will be delivered in a pneumatic tube
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Amazing Batman graffiti discovered inside abandoned nursing school
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Hey TNT Team!

You guys have been talking a lot about how every company wants to be input one on everybody's TV. It occurred to me that input one on my TV and most of my friends' TVs isn't my xbox, or my Roku, or even my cable box, it's my audio receiver.

I know not every house has one, but if somebody has one, it's usually on the TV they comsume the most on and all of their inputs pass through it.

I think it would make sense for Google or somebody else to strike a deal with Yamaha or Onkyo to get their software embedded into these receivers. What do you guys think?

Love the show.

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