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Blackberry loses 4 billion- gains a friend, NewsCorp buys citizen journalism, Will Winamp survive the day? http://live.twit.tv/GUESTS: Darren Kitchen, Tim Stevens, Len Peralta

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tmBlackBerry had mostly horrible news in its Q3 2014 earnings report. The company lost $4.4 billion, about 4 times last quarter’s Q3 loss and recognized revenue on 1.9 billion Blackberry handsets compared to 3.7 million a year ago. The good news came from growth in the newly-formed Enterprise Services, Messaging and QNX Embedded divisions. The devices division will gain a new partner too. BlackBerry will partner with FoxConn to create a 3G BB10 handset to launch in March or April 2014 starting in Indonesia.http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/20/blackberry-q3-2014-results/

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slThe European Commission says the proposals Google has laid out to end its ongoing antitrust case based on claims that it restricts competiton on its own services to rest... aren't good enough. speaking to the Spanish radio station ‘Radio Nacional de España‘, competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said “The latest proposals are not acceptable in the sense that they are not proposals that can eliminate our concerns regarding competition." Google has also been fined 900,000 euros for breaking Spanish data protection laws, and the maximum fine allowable, and imposed after Google changed its privacy policy and started combining personal information across its online services.http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/12/20/eu-competition-commissioner-says-googles-proposals-settle-antitrust-case-unacceptable/#!qk6uT

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Spain levies maximum fine over Google privacy policyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25461353

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tmGoogle’s latest transparency report of requests for removal of entries from search shows government takedown requests rose 68% in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012. Russia and Turkey led the way in increase though the US still holds the crown for most requests. Google says they removed less than a third of the content requested. Meanwhile Verizon announced Thursday it will join the transparency bandwagon as much as its allowed, and publish the number of law enforcement requests it received in 2013.http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/19/google-transparency-report-government-takedown-requests-rise/

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Verizon to disclose government requests for customer datahttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57616124-38/verizon-to-disclose-government-requests-for-customer-data/

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slThe new Mac Pro officially went on sale yesterday, December 19th. with a shipping date of december 30th, 2013. Hours later, those ship dates slipped to February...and soon after that, customers started seeing shipping quotes all the way to March. Apple Stores have already been giving Mac Pro quotes and processing orders for business accounts since the start of this week. And Apple Stores seem to be taking orders only for Personal Pickup, not for walk-in purchases. So, good luck with that.http://9to5mac.com/2013/12/19/trouble-in-austin-apple-repeats-last-years-imac-holiday-shortage-with-the-mac-pro/

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tmDaniel Genkin, Adi Shamir (the ’S’ in RSA), and Eran Tromer, have demonstrated a successful side channel attack against 4096-bit RSA, by listening to sounds in the 10 to 150 KHz range made by a computer as it decrypts data. Their method only works on the GnuPG 1.x implementation of the RSA within 4 meters of the target computer. Time to bring some white-noise generators to to the coffee shop. http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/173108-researchers-crack-the-worlds-toughest-encryption-by-listening-to-the-tiny-sounds-made-by-your-computers-cpu

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slHello, retro. Spotify has released a windows-only winamp lookalike music streaming player called Spotiamp. It requires a Spotify Premium subscription to access, and has some old school controls, like an Eject button. You Double click on a track to play it. Click the O button or right click in the Window to bring up the Settings menu. You can paste a link to a Spotify playlist on the main window using Ctrl+V. Cute.http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/12/20/spotiamp-fully-functional-winamp-lookalike-lets-stream-music-spotify/#!qk6qV

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tmNews Corp has acquired Storyful, which describes itself as the world’s first social news agency, for €18 million. Storyful will continue as a standalone organization within NewsCorp. and retain clients like the BBC, New York Times and ABC News. The site that collects independent reports and verifies them has created 750 million views over the last year for clients that use its videos, according to The Next Web.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/12/20/news-corp-acquires-social-media-news-agency-storyful-25-million/#!qk6ok

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slSources tell AllthingsD that ARM server chipmaker Calxeda has shut down. the company was founded in 2008, and amassed a team of 125 employees, many of whom appear to be losing their jobs. Sources note that companies interested in ARM-based servers, like as Dell and HP, could be sniffing out patent acquisitions from Calxeda.
http://www.itpro.co.uk/server/21280/arm-server-chip-crew-calxeda-shutting-down

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tmFormer Electronic Arts senior VP David DeMartini iwill head up Oculus Rift’s game publishing arm, which will try to help developers get, “additional resources to help them achieve their vision." Engadget’s Ben Gilbert guesses that probably means mostly money. DeMartini helped shepherd third-party developers when at EA as part of the EA Partners program. The Oculus Rift headset is scheduled to launch in 2014.http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/20/oculus-rift-publishing/

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slAOL is wrapping up a sale of Winamp and Shoutcast which would keep both products alive, a source tells TechCrunch, also owned by AOL. AOL announced last month that Winamp web services would shut down and that the desktop version of the video and music player would no longer be available for download as of today. Then Techcrunch reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy both Winamp and Shoutcast, also owned by AOL. An AOL spokesperson declined to comment. http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/19/winamp-will-never-die/

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tmBlackBerry To Work With Foxconn On New Smartphone For Growing Markets As It Posts $4.4B Losshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/20/blackberry-q3-2014-results/

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BlackBerry’s First Foxconn Partnership Phone Will Be 3G BB10 Device, Coming March Or April 2014http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/20/blackberry-foxconn-phone/

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BlackBerry Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal 2014http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/blackberry-reports-third-quarter-results-for-fiscal-2014-nasdaq-bbry-1864516.htm

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$4.4 billion GAAP-adjusted loss for the quarter,
-“recognized revenue” on 1.9 million BlackBerry handsets (mostly BB7), compared to 3.7 million yoy. (wrote down $1.6 billion on unsold BB10 handsets)
- “New organizational structure to drive greater focus on services and software, while establishing a more efficient business model for the Devices business “
- growth of Enterprise Services, Messaging, and QNX Embedded
- BES 10 rose 25,000 installs, Messaging gained 40 million users, preinstalled LG, QNX showing off auto & cloud at CES
- Devices have 5 year partnership with Foxconn: March or April 2014, 3G BB10 handset, Indonesia followed by 6 or 7 other markets
- BB designers focus on Enterprise CEO John Chen: “I’m going to depend on Foxconn for consumer devices,”
- Chen said he hopes Foxconn will be working on hardware almost exclusively, leaving BlackBerry to concentrate on software.
Q: Things suck for BB. Is this the beginning of the end or a turnaround?

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slNews Corp acquires social media news agency Storyful for $25 millionhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/12/20/news-corp-acquires-social-media-news-agency-storyful-25-million/#!qk6ok

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- News Corp acquiring Storyful- aggregates stories found on Twitter Instagram Facebook etc, and verifies sources in the process. The price is €18 million ($25 million).
- Storyful will continue as a standalone company post-acquisition. Wall Street Journal just launched WSJD, covering tech news
- “Storyful has become the village square for valuable video, using journalistic sensibility, integrity and creativity to find, authenticate and commercialise user-generated content,” said Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp., in a statement. “Through this acquisition, we can extend the village square across borders, languages and platforms.”
- Storyful provides verification that lets news orgs make better use of content posted on social media sites from verified sources. comes in handy on services like Instagram, w no verification program like Twitter’s.
Malachy Browne, the news editor at Storyful on how they collect/verify: "storyful tech allows us to monitor Instagram (and other platforms) through its API for user-generated content. Our journalists apply editorial insight (hashtags, proper nouns and other search terms, as well as geo-location information) to the monitoring information and our technology returns a a rich stream of UGC. We don’t have hard statistics on Instagram’s video adoption, but we regularly see videos emerging on Instagram before other platforms, and Instagram content dominates the stream when we apply filters for geo-located content. It’s revolutionary and we’re looking at some exciting developments in our newsgathering technology in 2014. Details are under wraps for now.”
q: big data for sourced material?

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tmWinamp may live to play another dayhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57616159-93/winamp-may-live-to-play-another-day/

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AOL Finalizing Talks To Sell Winamp And Shoutcast, No Shutdown Expected On Dec. 20http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/19/winamp-will-never-die/

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Today is the last day for Winamp… or is it?
- AOL in talks with potential buyer for Winamp and Shoutcast
- Ingrid Lunden reported Nov. 21 that MS was possibly interested in the two products
- TC source is confident a deal can be reached
- Winamp should live through the day and still be available for download if negotiations are progressing
Q: Microsoft? Why?

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slSquare's Dorsey returns 10% of his shareshttp://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/20/squares-dorsey-returns-10-of-his-shares/

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- Jack Dorsey, founder/ CEO of Square, has voluntarily given 10% of his shares in the company back to Square. will expand the pool of shares available for employee compensation and acquisitions while minimizing dilution for shareholders.
- Dorsey owns approximately 30% of Square and is giving back about 3% of the company's total equity. The shares Dorsey is returning are worth between $97.5 million and $150 million based on estimates of the company's valuation.
- will benefit new hires, who will be able to receive larger stock grants. will benefit existing employees, because they may be eligible for additional equity grants and because the shares they already own will be worth more over time as they will face less dilution.
Dorsey tells Fortune he wants to be able to continue to reward success broadly and to encourage employees to take risks. "I hope we are building an organization that is not dependent on one person or a group of people who were here in the early days."
After the transaction, he will retain ownership of approximately 27% of Square, which was valued at $3.25 billion in 2012, when it last raised capital from investors. That would put Dorsey's stake at about $877 million.
q: should more super rich founders do stuff like this?

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tmBehind closed doors at Mercedes-Benz's tech-filled Silicon Valley R&D facilityhttp://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-57615913-48/behind-closed-doors-at-mercedes-benzs-tech-filled-silicon-valley-r-d-facility/

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Tim Stevens got a look inside Mercedes-Benz’s Sunnyvale CA R&D facility
- Car working with Nest to set temps while on your way
- NFC on skis lets car know to suggest ski slopes
- Integration with google glass to pick up nag duty nd then hand it back
- Pebble integration, unlock, tire pressure, where parked
- In car functions; flight times, music control by app, car-to-car comm., traffic am eras
Q: How does Mercedes compare to other car makers? How close is anything usefully revolutionary? No self-driving talk?

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slCompany That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900http://tech-beta.slashdot.org/story/13/12/20/0219247/company-that-made-the-first-3d-printed-metal-gun-is-selling-them-for-11900

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video of gun being firedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ZYKMBDm4M#t=56VIDEO

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- Solid Concepts showed off the first fully-functional, metal 3D gun last month.
- announced today that they're putting 100 limited-edition models of the 1911 .45 caliber pistol on sale for $11,900 each.
- Solid Concept demonstrated the gun by initially firing 50 rounds through it. Since then, the company said it has fired nearly 2,000 rounds through the pistol without a single malfunction. Unlike the very first 3D printed gun — the single-shot, plastic Liberator — Solid Concepts says is not trying to promote the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
- Its purpose in printing the firearm was to demonstrate its ability to turn out precision, durable parts that could withstand the massive pressure created by firing a bullet. People who purchase one of the limited-edition guns will also have the chance to tour Solid Concept's Texas facility to see their gun being printed, and to join their lead additive manufacturing engineers on the range for the first test firing of their limited 1911 gun.
q: attractive price?

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Solar Cells Could Help Windows Generate Powerhttp://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/12/Solar-Cells-Help-Windows-Generate.html

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It Works! A Tiny Speaker Printed on a Single Sheet of Paperhttp://www.wired.com/design/2013/12/a-tiny-speaker-made-out-of-paper/

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Two researchers send a text message using vodkahttp://arstechnica.com/science/2013/12/two-researchers-send-a-text-message-using-vodka/

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A Spoon for People With Parkinson'shttp://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/a-spoon-for-people-with-parkinsons/279984/

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Tim Draper Wants To Split California Into Pieces And Turn Silicon Valley Into Its Own Statehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/12/19/tim-draper-six-californias-secede-silicon-valley-ballot-initiative/

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The CyanogenMod Oppo N1 smartphone gets Google’s approval, will ship on December 24 - has officially passed Google’s compatibility test — or what is known as the CTS and CDD certification programshttp://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/12/20/the-cyanogenmod-oppo-n1-smartphone-gets-googles-approval-will-ship-on-december-24/#!qk6w4

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A whole week ago Tom asked if we can trust Swiss data protection laws since Swiss bankers are now cooperating with the US. I wonder if he knows what it took to get that cooperation.

The US filed criminal charges against the heads of a major swiss bank for helping US citizens evade taxes. These bankers did not appear, argued that this was overreach since the charged bankers were not Americans and the alleged activity occurred outside the nation, that it was outside of the courts jurisdiction.
The court did not care and called them fugitives from justice for not appearing. Meaning if they ever left Switzerland they might be arrested and extradited to the US. Shortly after that they struck a deal to give up Americans data and nobody else's.

This action is a major problem in the world eyes, as we enforced our laws on foreign nationals for actions performed outside our borders. -- Troy


TL;DR, the US had to bring a very public level of pressure that I don't think the NSA could use, or would be willing to use for basic data searches. So I trust their data protection so long as I am not actually an international terrorist.

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