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Bitcoin plummets, Tech execs give US Presient what for, How much will you pay for LG's Chrome desktop PC? http://live.twit.tv/

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tmApple confirmed the new Mac Pro goes on sale tomorrow December 19th, starting at $3,000. The base model comes with a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon CPU ("with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz"), 12GB DRAM, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, and a 256GB SSD. You'll be able to order online, through resellers and at Apple's retail stores.http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/18/apple-mac-pro-december-19/

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slRuh roh, China's largest Bitcoin exchange, BTC China, has stopped taking orders in Chinese currency because of regulatory pressure from the government, which has ordered businesses to stop accepting the virtual currency. Bitcoin recently topped $1,000, helped by demand from China. The move by BTC China sliced price of the virtual currency in half. however, BTC China will continue taking deposits in other currencies, the company announced on Weibo.http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/18/5223238/bitcoins-value-tumbles-in-half-after-china-forces-top-exchange-to

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iaMS board member John Thompson says Microsoft should pick a new CEO early next year. Thompson is leading the CEO search for Microsoft and in a blog post says the company has "identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals..." Microsoft's current CEO Steve Ballmer announced he was leaving the company back in August. http://allthingsd.com/20131217/microsoft-director-says-ceo-choice-delayed-to-early-2014/

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tmAmazon announced it will bring its Amazon Web Services products to China. The service will include all your enterprise cloud favorites like EC2, S3, SQS, and all the other acronyms.Amazon has been providing service to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, but using local infrastructure will help improve its offering, as well as challenge Chinese company Alibaba for the title of Amazon of China. A limited preview will begin in early 2014. You can apply for early access at www.amazonaws.cn.http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/amazon-will-expand-aws-cloud-services-and-software-development-to-china-in-2014/

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slU.S. President Obama is meeting with a panel he appointed to review government surveillance program privacy issues today, just days after the group submitted a report and recommendations on their findings. Obama said earlier this month in a television interview that he would be "proposing some self-restraint on the NSA" in reforms that the White House is prepared to announced in January. A federal judge ruled on Monday that the U.S. government's gathering of Americans' phone records is likely unlawful.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/18/us-usa-surveillance-obama-idUSBRE9BG1AQ20131218

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iaGoogle Glass got an update. First up is the ability to take pictures by winking. Google says it expects the winking action to go beyond pictures to allow other functions like paying a cab. Recorded videos are also easier to upload to YouTube with the command "OK Glass, share with YouTube." Glass also gets full Hangouts support and a new way to lock your Glass with a set of taps and swipes.http://mashable.com/2013/12/17/google-glass-update-includes-controversial-wink-to-snap-a-photo-function/

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tmThe Sydney Morning Herald reports the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has ordered Apple to make modifications to its refund policy in order to comply with consumer protection legislation. Apple will need to provide adequate compensation to customers with faulty devices in future, as well as re-examine any possible violations front he past two years and make restitution.http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/apple-forced-to-adopt-new-refund-policy-under-australian-consumer-law-20131218-2zkkr.html

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slChromebook is coming to desktops at CES! LG has announced the Chromebase, a 21.5-inch all-in-one computer that runs Chrome OS, with an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of solid state storage within the monitor's 1080p IPS display. Want to use Chrome OS as a quick-booting operating system for simple tasks? This might be an excellent solution. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/17/5221906/lg-announces-chromebase-a-chrome-os-all-in-one-computer

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tmTired of scraping around for the right charger for your laptop? The International Electrotechnical Commission brings you hope with the announcement of Technical Specification 62700, which defines a standard for universal laptop chargers. The IEC standard for mobile phone chargers is making progress, so the next frontier is the laptop charger. IEC’s general secretary Frans Vreeswijk said A single power supply covering a wide range of notebook computers is the next step in lowering e-waste and its impact on our planet.” The new specification for notebooks will be published in early 2014.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/one-charger-to-power-nearly-every-laptop-coming-from-standards-group/

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iaDelta's CEO Richard Anderson (not to be confused with Richard Dean Anderson of MacGuyver and Stargate SG-1 fame) sent a company-wide memo saying Delta will not allow cellular or VoIP calls on any Delta flights. Anderson says Delta will "move quickly to enable customers to use text, email, and other silent data transmission gate to gate." Ah, fly the quiet skies. http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/delta-ceo-grounds-in-flight-calls/

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slBitcoin plummets as China's largest exchange blocks new depositshttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/18/bitcoin-plummets-china-payment-processors-digital-cryptocurrency

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- China's largest bitcoin exchange, BTC China, says that it would no longer be accepting new yuan deposits.
- why? third-party payment provider, YeePay,told BTC it would no longer provide services. China's central bank has banned payment companies like YeePay, and gave them until Chinese New Year, which begins on 31 January, to comply. BTC still be able to process withdrawals.
- BTC's chief executive, Bobby Lee, blames government regulation for the decision. central bank warned in earlier this mo. bitcoin was not legally protected and barred financial institutions from using it
- basically bitcoin lost half its value overnight. chinese market thought to help drive up price a ton until now
- Bitcoin still legal to use in China. But without third party payment providers, new purchases of the currency are almost impossible.
investors love bitcoin. BTC China raised $5m in a funding round from institutional investors Lightspeed. Coinbase got 25M from Andreesen Horowitz last week.
q: what now? exchanges processing their own payments?

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tmTech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting businesshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/tech-executives-to-obama-nsa-spying-revelations-are-threatening-business/2013/12/17/6569b226-6734-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html

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Yahoo’s Mayer Said to Warn of Web Balkanization in Spyinghttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-17/yahoo-s-mayer-said-to-warn-of-internet-balkanization-over-spying.html

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- 15 executives in Roosevelt Room at White House w/ the President
- Meeting originally setup to discuss healthcare.gov
- Warned Presdient surveillance revelations damaging reputation and could harm economy
- Pressed for transparency and limits. WaPo: “Most companies” in the room pressed this point, “and they did so loudly,” said one U.S. official.
- WaPo: Their message was to say: “What the hell are you doing? Are you really hacking into the infrastructure of American companies overseas? The same American companies that cooperate with your lawful orders and spend a lot of money to comply with them to facilitate your intelligence collection?” said one industry official familiar with the companies’ views.
- Bloomberg: Marissa Mayer warned President Barack Obama the backlash over U.S. spying threatens to Balkanize the Internet, as countries adopt different standards to thwart surveillance, according to an industry official.
- The White House said in a statement that Obama “made clear that we will consider their input as well as the input of other outside stakeholders as we finalize our review of signals intelligence programs.”
At the meeting, Tim Cook, CEO Apple; Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook; Marissa Mayer CEO Yahoo; Eric Schmidt Chairman Google; Dick Costolo CEO Twitter; Brad Smith general counsel Microsoft; Erika Rottenberg VP general counsel LinkedIn; Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy Inc.; Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix Inc. ; Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox Inc.; Burke Norton, chief legal officer of Salesforce.com Inc.; Mark Pincus, chairman of Zynga Inc.; Shervin Pishevar, co-CEO of Sherpa Global; Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast Corp. and Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T Inc.
- Several signed Dec. 9 letter

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iaLG announces Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one computer http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/17/5221906/lg-announces-chromebase-a-chrome-os-all-in-one-computer

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LG’s “Chromebase” all-in-one brings Chrome OS to Web kiosks http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/12/lgs-chromebase-all-in-one-brings-chrome-os-to-web-kiosks/

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LG’s all-in-one Chromebase will bring Chrome OS, unfortunately, to the desktop
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/173075-lgs-all-in-one-chromebase-will-bring-chrome-os-unfortunately-to-the-desktop

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- LG announced the Chromebase, an AiO ChromeOS desktop
- 21.5-inch 1080p screen with a Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD
- No mention if the screen is a touchscreen
- comes with its own keyboard, mouse, speakers, webcam, and USB ports
- Networking: one ethernet port (speed not specified), but no Wi-Fi or bluetooth
- the Chromebase also has an HDMI input if you want to use the machine as a monitor
- Pricing and availability weren't announced, but you should see the device next month at CES

Q: What's the right price point for an AiO like this?

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slStealth startup Black Pearl Systems reveals Lyve Minds brand, personal media devicehttp://gigaom.com/2013/12/18/black-pearl-systems-lyve-minds-lyvehome/

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- former Apple executive Tim Bucher's company (formerly Black Pearl Systems) is now Lyve Minds.
- 1st product: device called LyveHome. back up and access personal media across a variety of devices through dedicated apps.
- LyveMinds mission- provide consumers with an easy way to back up, store and share all the photos and videos they take on mobile devices.HD videos, lots of photos need lots of storage. “Most consumers don’t pay for cloud storage,” Bucher said.
- apps will let phones, tablets and computers talk to each other and access personal media on each of them. Lyve supports iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS at launch, with plans to add more platforms down the road. The company’s apps will back up photos from a mobile device to other devices in the network, free up and reallocate space and always keep multiple copies of each file.
- storage space for millions of photos. Bucher wouldn't share exact storage size figures.
- LyveHome isn’t at the center of the network, but merely an addition to a distributed architecture that copies and replicates videos and photos across devices. Users can add more storage by throwing another LyveHome unit in the mix
- no photos of the product yet, but Bucher said that it is relatively small, and includes some kind of touch screen. unveiling at CES
- the company hired developers from Netflix, Apple, Palm, TiVo and Amazon’s Lab126 R&D unit. Lyve Minds now has about 90 employees, majority engineers.
- wants to concentrate on selling LyveHome, but eventually, users will also be able to use the Lyve service without that particular device. Bucher also acknowledged that Lyve Minds is actively cooperating with other companies to eventually bring Lyve functionality to additional devices.

q: cross-platform video/photo sharing... do we want this?

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tmTech Firms Push to Control Web's Pipeshttp://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304173704579262361885883936-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwNjExNDYyWj

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--Alt. to WSJ if paywalledhttp://gizmodo.com/facebook-and-google-want-to-control-the-cables-that-car-1484955396

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THE MISSION TO DECENTRALIZE THE INTERNEThttp://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/12/the-mission-to-decentralize-the-internet.html

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The future of broadband looks very much like cable TV. Here is whyhttp://gigaom.com/2013/12/17/the-future-of-broadband-looks-very-much-like-cable-tv-here-is-why/

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Three articles recently illustrate the fight over the future of the Net
-Drew Fitzgerald and Spencer Ante at WSJ document the struggle over buying up capacity as Google and Facebook lead the way of continent companies buying infrastructure, while telecoms resist investment afraid of profit margins.
—- Google controls 100,000 miles of fiber )compare to Sprint w/40,000)
—- Facebook rolled out massive high capacity network in Europe connecting to Arctic data center in Sweden
—- Amazon's spending on infrastructure is up 44 percent to $2.6 billion as it buys up more fiber networks, as Microsoft builds its own networks and invests in underwater cables.
- Joshua Kopstein in New Yorker describes projects to decentralize the Internet
—- ArkOS from Jacob Cook, personal cloud on RaspBerry Pi, Brennan Novak’s Mailpile, Bitmessage,, Namecoin DNS replacement, less successful effort like Diaspora and Eben Moglen’s Freedom Box

- Stacy Higginbothom of GigaOm from Fiber to the Home conference in Austin
—- software-defined networking will allow providers to build out those channels virtually on their networks and deliver them a la carte or as a bundle.
—- Joe Kochan of U.S. Ignite, a group trying to develop gigabit applications, proposed a different type of pricing model: one where users buy access to set of capabilities for either an application or a genre of applications.
Q; Your best guess on what the Internet looks like in 5 years?

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iaAvegant Glyph: the virtual reality headset made for the mainstreamhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/12/18/5222372/avegant-glyph-the-mainstream-virtual-reality-headset

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Avegant's CEO on how the Glyph workshttps://www.dropbox.com/s/fz7ieq3afqjpn7d/avegant%20glyph.movCLIP

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38- A company called Avegant is working on a headset called the Avegant Glyph
- They look like bulky headphones, but you can flip down the band that goes across your head and there you'll be able to see video
- Unlike other displays you'd wear over your eyes, the Avegant is projecting the image onto your eye.
- The technology is called Virtual Retinal Display and it's supposed to allow you to watch video w/o making your eyes tired
- Talking to The Verge's David Pierce, here's how Avegant's CEO Edward Tang explains: RUN VIDEO
- The prototype version of the Glyph is about the size of an oculus rift and The Verge says that there was no eye strain while using the device (after you tune the glasses for your eyes)
- The Glyph doesn't take over your entire field of vision, instead filling about 45 degrees with a picture. You can still look down at your keyboard, or to the sides at the world around you.
- The Glyph is coming later in 2014 — a Kickstarter campaign for preorders begins January 22nd. It will cost $499

Q: Do you think the Glyph has a chance as a wearable considering its form factor?

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Sequel announced to Stieg Larsson's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogyhttp://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/17/stieg-larsson-girl-with-dragon-tattoo-sequel

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Man’s hand grafted to his foot for transplanthttp://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/man%E2%80%99s-hand-grafted-his-foot-transplant

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Besides impulse convenience purchases, I think there are two additional reasons to use Amazon's Gopago-based payment service, There are products I don't buy on Amazon because I'm not confident they will survive shipping, or even the warehouse packaging process. The other reason is that I may trust my local retailer to provide a quality product, whereas products ordered from Amazon sometimes vary in quality.


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Subject: FB video ads won't affect data plans (mostly, anyway)

According to this article, Facebook video ads on mobile will pre-download via Wi-Fi, and shouldn't affect mobile data plans unless you're going through a MiFi or some other mobile hotspot.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/17/facebook-confirms-autoplay-ads/

That doesn't eliminate the desire for an opt-out option, though.

Brian
Atlanta, GA
http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/17/facebook-confirms-autoplay-ads/

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