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TITLE: Top Stories of 2013

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This is Tech News Today for Monday Dec. 30, 2013

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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All year, we've kept you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you. So it's time to look back at some of those stories.

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We start with the top 10 stories of the year in the News Fuse

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http://bridgeurl.com/tnt912/all

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News Fuse - Top 10VIDEO

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tmOn June 5th, The Guardian published an article showing evidence the US government forced Verizon to hand over phone records of millions of US citizens. June 6th introduced the world to Prism, a program which claimed to have direct access to data from Google, Facebook, Apple and others. On June 9th Booz-Allen Hamilton contracter to the NSA, Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source of the leaks. Booz Allen Hamilton fired Snowden on June 12th for violations of the firm's code of ethics. But that didn't stop the leaks which still continue. Further revelations have included Skype surveillance, taps of fiber optic cables, huge database collections of contact lists, metadata and encryption keys, tapping private data center interconnects with Project MUSCULAR, deliberate weakening of encryption standards, deliberate infection of computer networks, spying on Warcraft, and diversion of laptops in order to install malware, among others.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/23/edward-snowden-nsa-files-timeline

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slHow can you talk about 2013 without talking about Bitcoin? Created in 2009 but mostly unheard of until this year, Bitcoin went from being worth literally nothing to hitting a high of 1000 US dollars, before crashing down again. Best-known as the currency that accompanied illegal transactions on the Silk Road, a black market website, Bitcoin transformed into a functional currency with a growing investment market. WikiLeaks used Bitcoin to work around a financial blockade, and then raised $12,000 worth of it for the defense of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic would begin accepting Bitcoin. But the chinese government is putting the clamp down on bitcoin trading, and its value continues to swing wildly. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/131220/currency-the-year-bitcoin

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tmOn August 23rd, Microsoft announced CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within 12 months. Microsoft formed a committee involving Bill Gates to search for his replacement. Ballmer will stay on the job until a replacement is found. Speculation ranging from Ford’s Alan Mulally to Gates himself to executive vice president Satya Nadella have all been floated. Gates denies that he would take the job and has said only that it’s a “complex role to fill.”http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/23/4650596/steve-ballmer-retiring-as-microsoft-ceo

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slTwitter unleashed its initial public offering on November 7th at $26 a share on the New York Stock Exchange, and the first trade popped up - way up- at $45.10 a share. Shares then jumped to a high of $50.09 -- a gain of 93% over the IPO price -- before dropping back a bit to close the trading day at $44.90. After Facebook's messy debut on the Nasdaq last year, some investors were skeptical, but the offering went smoothly. Almost 2 months later shares are hovering in the 60s, but some analysts say Twitter shares are overpriced, and the honeymoon is coming to an end as the company struggles to pull in enough advertising revenue to keep investors happy.http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/07/technology/social/twitter-ipo-stock/

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tmBlackBerry started the year with the launch of the Z10 and Q10 running the brand new BlackBerry 10 OS. They spent much of the year up for sale, but after a bid from Fairfax Financial fell apart, CEO Thorsten Heins stepped down and was replaced by CEO John Chen. Under Chen BlackBerry manufacturing has been shifted partially to FoxConn and BlackBerry Messenger released for iOS and Android. Most recently, Chen told CNBC his team has a strategy to stabilize BlackBerry. He has also said he would love to make the BlackBerry experience available on Android and iOS.

http://www.itpro.co.uk/mobile/20956/blackberry-ceo-out-fairfax-buyout-bid-fails

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--http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/30/5256470/blackberry-ceo-outlines-new-company-strategy

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--http://www.tomshardware.com/news/blackberry-ceo-android-ios-john-chen,25505.html

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slWearable tech was the new tech frontier in 2013, with Google Glass leading the charge. The first Glass units were given to early adopters who had to enter and win a lottery, and then pay $1500 on top of that- back in April, and Google is using this testing period to improve the device for general consumption. Google Glass is a wearable Android-powered computer built into spectacle frames so that you can perch a display in your field of vision, film, take pictures, search and translate on the go as well as run specially-designed apps. But not everyone likes the idea of not knowing if a Glass wearer is taking their photo, or recording them, without their permission, there's an ongoign safety issue for glass wearers operating vehicles, and then there's that whole asthetic thing that just doesn't work for everyone. http://www.techradar.com/us/news/video/google-glass-what-you-need-to-know-1078114

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tmOn September 2, Microsoft announced it will purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services unit for €3.79 billion, plus another €1.65 billion to license its portfolio of patents. Nokia will continue on and focus on NSN (its network infrastructure) HERE (its maps and location-based services); and Advanced Technologies (a licensing and development arm). CEO Stephen Elop immediately stepped down to become executive vice president of the devices and services division reporting to interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/2/4688530/microsoft-buys-nokias-devices-and-services-unit-unites-windows-phone

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slApple's 2013 lineup was full of - well, full of products. The iPhone 5S was announced as Apple's new flagship phone in September, with the iPhone 5C as its more affordable, colorful companion. The iPad Air replaced the 4th gen iPad and the iPad Mini got a retina display - but the biggest change, and most controversail in design, was iOS 7, which did away with the skeumorphic design of iOS and opted for a flattened, moden UI, complete with a bright new color palette that not everyone liked - and new features like the Control Center and improved notifications. http://mashable.com/2013/09/10/apple-unveils-iphone-5s/

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tmThe next-gen game console wars heated up as Microsoft and Sony released new models. Sony announced but did not show the PS4 on February 20th, then undercut Microsoft with a lower price and more consumer-friendly message at E3 in June. The PS4 went on sale in the US and Canada, Friday November 15 for $399. Microsoft showed off the Xbox One on May 21st. At E3 on June 10th, Microsoft announced more details including the option for game makers to prevent used game sales and the requirement that the Xbox always be connected to the Internet to work. Microsoft president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick said people who don’t have Internet should buy an Xbox 360. On June 19th Microsoft reversed the unpopular policies. On July 1st Mattrick left Microsoft to become CEO of Zynga. The Xbox One went on sale on November 22nd for $499.http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/15/technology/sony-playstation-4/

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--http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/xbox-launch-microsofts-gaming-console-years-launches-lines/story?id=20980776

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sl2013 had some good news for frequent fliers - in October, The Federal Aviation Administration announced that passengers would be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight -- and not just above a certain altitude. A ban on using cell phones for voice communication remained in effect. But once cleared with the FAA, airlines began allowing passengers to use portable electronic devices such as tablets, laptop computers, e-readers and cell phones in airplane mode throughout the flight.http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/31/travel/faa-portable-electronic-devices/

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For Consideration

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Google barge

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Dell goes private

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Samsung Galaxy Gear

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Yahoo buys Tumblr

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Yahoo bans telecommuting

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Samsung Galaxy S IV

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T-Mobile Uncarrier, ends contracts and ETFs

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Google buys Boston Dynamics

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Hyperloop

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3D Printing

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Apple v. Samsung

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Instagram Video

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Moto X made in America

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Softbank buys Sprint

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Candy Crush

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Introduce GuestsGUEST: Darren Kitchen
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Introduce GuestsGUEST: Dr. Kiki
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Discussion Stories

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tmSnowden sometimes rational, sometimes hystericalhttp://www.zdnet.com/snowden-sometimes-rational-sometimes-hysterical-7000024636/

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Timeline of Edward Snowden's revelationshttp://america.aljazeera.com/articles/multimedia/timeline-edward-snowden-revelations.html

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Edward Snowden and the NSA files – timelinehttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/23/edward-snowden-nsa-files-timeline

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NSA Files decoded: What the revelations mean for you.http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/nov/01/snowden-nsa-files-surveillance-revelations-decoded

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Glenn Greenwald's must-watch 30C3 keynotehttp://boingboing.net/2013/12/28/glenn-greenwalds-must-watch.html

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NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipmenthttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57616334-83/nsa-reportedly-planted-spyware-on-electronics-equipment/

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Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplishedhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/edward-snowden-after-months-of-nsa-revelations-says-his-missions-accomplished/2013/12/23/49fc36de-6c1c-11e3-a523-fe73f0ff6b8d_story.html

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Snowden to Washington Post published 12/23/
“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

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slYahoo buys Tumblrhttp://money.cnn.com/2013/05/20/technology/yahoo-buys-tumblr/

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Yahoo bans telecommutinghttp://allthingsd.com/20130715/yahoo-exec-telecommuting-ban-is-absolutely-necessary/

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Yahoo buys Quikihttp://techcrunch.com/2013/07/02/yahoo-acquires-qwiki-for-around-50-million/

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Yahoo hires Kate Courichttp://allthingsd.com/20131125/yahoo-confirms-hire-of-news-star-katie-couric-as-global-anchor-2/

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Yahoo buys GoPollGo, Milewisehttps://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDcQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fthenextweb.com%2Finsider%2F2013%2F05%2F09%2Fyahoo-acquires-and-shutters-google-ita-powered-flight-rewards-app-milewise%2F&ei=PLXBUqKFNsHyoASN-YL4Ag&usg=AFQjCNG4Yxknypwq7PnQD5HD32yZgn2kdQ&sig2=G83Om1W5R4Wc9SdQ2PzLPg&bvm=bv.58187178,d.cGU

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tmWearable computinghttp://www.technologyreview.com/news/522981/2013-the-years-most-important-computing-stories/

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Pebble rocks CES 2013 with launch of its wireless watchhttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jan/09/ces-2013-pebble-wireless-watch

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Is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear the First Truly Smart Watch?http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519051/is-samsungs-galaxy-gear-the-first-truly-smart-watch/

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Galaxy Gear device compatibilityhttp://www.samsung.com/us/galaxy-gear-compatible-devices/

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Qualcomm's Toq: The Wrong Smartwatch With the Right Partshttp://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-23/qualcomms-toq-the-wrong-smartwatch-with-the-right-parts

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Sony Smartwatch 3 tipped for early 2014 release.http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/sony-smartwatch-3-tipped-for-early-2014-release

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I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glasshttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/12/glasshole/

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- The Pebble launched at CES. ($10,266, 245 raid in May 2012) $150
- Microsoft, Google Apple all rumors all year
- Samsung came out with Galaxy Gear 9/4/2013, limited use, needs a smartphone. Already expecting Gear 2 at MWC (claim shipped 800,00 in 2 months)$299
— (Galaxy Note 3,Note 2 S4, S3, GMega
- Qualcomm Toq meant to spur marketplace, esp. Mirasol display. Android-only. $350
- Sony smart watch launched in late summer. Remember? $200
- Google glass, Explorer program opened Feb. 20. Shipped April 16.
- Version XE8 made a debut for Google Glass on August 12, 2013. It brings an integrated video player with playback controls, the ability to post an update to Path, and lets users save notes to Evernote. Several other minute improvements include volume controls, improved voice recognition, and several new Google Now cards.
- finally released GDK in November.(AllTheCooks, Strava cycling…)

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sl3D printing mania

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3D organs coming in 2014? a liverhttp://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9244884/The_first_3D_printed_organ_a_liver_is_expected_in_2014

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3D printed gunhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/3d-guns-house-renew-prohibition-plastic-firearms

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3D printed speakershttp://www.cbsnews.com/news/cornell-labs-3d-printed-speakers-works-almost-immediately/

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3D printed marketplace - shapewayshttp://www.shapeways.com/

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NOTE

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Kylde wanted us to note that the Tech News Today subreddit has a new look! Kudos to tomgehrke for the design.http://www.reddit.com/user/tomgehrke

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