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On Tech News Today: Snapchat gets hacked! * Everybody's previewing CES news * And is Google Glass really doomed? All that and more, coming up next. TEASER http://live.twit.tv/

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meIt's Thursday, January 2, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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me[me] Snapchat got hacked on New Year’s Eve day, and the names and phone numbers from up to 4.6 million user accounts were downloaded. A newly created web site called SnapchatDB.info posted the data online, but with the last two digits of user phone numbers censored. The post has been removed, but a cached version still exists. An Australian company called Gibson Security posted a warning to Snapchat about the possibility of an attack in August followed by details on Christmas Day. Two days later, Snapchat claimed in a blog post to have taken steps to make such a hack “more difficult to do.” Difficult? Maybe. But not difficult enough. http://lookup.gibsonsec.org/http://gibsonsec.org/snapchat/ * http://www.snapcheck.org/

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sl[sl] Ford Motors has announced a solar-powered car called the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept. It has a special roof that concentrates the sun’s energy to boost the effect of the solar panel. It’s a gas-electric hybrid, based on a plug-in hybrid called the C-MAX Energi Hybrid. The differences is, you don’t need to plug the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept into the power grid. Ford plans to show the car at CES next week. http://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2014/01/02/let-the-sun-in--ford-c-max-solar-energi-concept-goes-off-the-gri.htmlVIDEO

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me[me] A new TV remote from Samsung features smartphone-like user interfaces. The “Smart Control” accepts voice commands, touchpad input and even in-air gestures. A built-in microphone lets you talk to your TV without competing with noise from the TV itself. Gesture input works like a Wii Remote. The weirdest feature is a dedicated “Soccer Mode,” which optimizes the screen for watching soccer. Samsung plans to unveil the remote at CES next week, along with a new line of TVs. http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Samsung-Smart-Control.jpghttp://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=31894

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sl[sl] Google wants to turn your conversations into comic strips. At least, that’s what a newly granted patent suggests. The company's idea is to automatically, or manually, capture a back-and-forth conversation, then insert that dialog into a comic strip that can be shared using social media, email or instant messaging, not unlike the social app Bitstrips. But Google’s patent would let users extend editing permission, so a social conversation could continue as an ever-expanding comic. http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/31/google-comic-book-generator-patent/http://www.pat2pdf.org/patents/pat8621366.pdf

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me[me] Google is helping the world’s largest democracy get out the vote. Over the next few months leading up to the general election, Google will help India’s 725 million potential voters, including nearly 150 million first-time voters, look up their registration status and even find local polling stations out of a total of 800 thousand stations on Google Maps. Adding to the complexity, India has about 13 hundred political parties. Google will offer these services free of charge. Google is offering similar services in 100 countries around the world. But the scale of India’s elections dwarfs all others. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Google-dips-into-CSR-budget-ties-up-with-Election-Commission-for-voters-registration/articleshow/28205460.cms

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sl[sl] Tech tipster Evleaks tweeted this morning what he claims is a picture of LG's upcoming webOS-powered Smart TV, which is expected to be announced at CES next week. The photo appears to reveal a new card-based user interface, as well as support for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Skype apps. LG bought webOS from HP in February with the intention of using it for TVs, even though it was originally designed for phones and tablets. Palm launched WebOS in 2009 and HP acquired Palm in 2010. http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/adam/71612f8c9c67d5f8faf6e9540daee2eb/webos.jpg

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me[me] The news site The Information reports that Sony and ZTE may soon launch Windows Phone handsets. The report is based on two anonymous sources and says that Microsoft is slashing prices to convince the Japanese and Chinese phone makers to jump on board. And while ZTE is not a well-known brand in the United States, that company is planning to expand aggressively in key markets around the world, including in the United States. Today, Nokia has more than 90 percent market share for Windows Phone devices, according to a recent report from AdDuplex. https://www.theinformation.com/Microsoft-Phones-Up-Sony-ZTE-For-Mobile-Boost

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sl[sl] Mark Zuckerberg was the most charitable American in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Why? Well, the Facebook CEO and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave almost 1 billion dollars worth of Facebook stock (18 million shares) to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation last year. That gift makes Zuckerberg the only American under the age of 30 to ever top the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s top givers list. He's 29.http://philanthropy.com/article/2013-s-Biggest-Gifts-Signal/143743/

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me[me] Our guest today is Robert Scoble, the co-author of Age of Context (Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy). He also blogs at Scobleizer.com, Facebook and Google+ and interviews startups on camera for the Rackspace-sponsored site Building 43. https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/1UfNLdZAN4h

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sl[sl] The phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6M North American Snapchat users got leaked on New Year's Day. SnapchatDB, an unofficial site allowed open access to two files — an SQL dump and a CSV text, is now offline. While it was live, the last two numbers of phone numbers were dropped "to minimize spam and abuse." The individual or group behind SnapchatDB told The Verge "Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed," they say. "Security matters as much as user experience does." Snapchat alluded to a flaw posted on Christmas Eve by Gibson Security that claimed it could match thousands of phone numbers to usernames every few minutes. SnapchatDB claims the leak helps spread awareness that Snapchat isn't secure. http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/1/5263156/alleged-snapchat-hackers-explain-how-and-why-they-leaked-data-on-accounts

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me[me] Can the smartphone companies take over car dashboards? The Intellectual Property research firm Envision IP added up all the patents owned by smartphone handset and platform makers, and the numbers are pretty astonishing. They said Google owns 310 patents around the integration of smartphones and also car navigation, with another 153 applied for. (Many of these are from Motorola or the self-driving car project.) Samsung, LG, Sony each have hundreds of such patents, and Apple and Nokia each have dozens. Patents aren’t products, but will smartphones take over car dashboards like they have everything else? http://envisionip.com/blog/2013/12/31/smartphone-manufacturers-racing-to-acquire-smart-vehicle-patents/* iOS in the Car - Android in the Car

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sl[sl] AOL, owner of both Winamp and Shoutcast music, announced it planned to shutter both services but word of a sale to Microsoft spread before the Christmas holiday. Now it appears both properties are being acquired by Radionomy — an international aggregator of online radio stations based in Belgium. Two winamp forum members noticed that Winamp’s nameservers had been transferred to Radionomy. Techcrunch says a source confirms both properties will be transferred by tomorrow. Radionomy has around 6,000 stations in its catalog and a platform that anyone can use to create a channel. Shoutcast will add a 50,000-catalog of radio stations. Winamp’s media player could be used to program and play stations. One of Radionomy’s investors is MusicMatic, which develops audio and video experiences for stores and other venues.http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/01/aol-sells-winamp-and-shoutcast-music-services-to-online-radio-aggregator-radionomy/

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me[me] Walt Mossberg says: “It’s Not a Church, It’s Just an Apple Store” and tells tech fanboys to “calm down.” The former Wall Street Journal and AllThingsD columnist tackled the “fanboy problem” in his first column for the web site RE CODE, the online home of a new media company launched yesterday by Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Mossberg also goes after Android, Open Source and other “religious” fans. It’s a tame article, but also the kind of piece that Mossberg would not have written for the Wall Street Journal. He’s probably waited 20 years to write it.http://recode.net/2014/01/02/its-not-a-church-its-just-an-apple-store/

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sl[sl] Mobile app metrics provider Distimo’s AppIQ data shows that on christmas day, Apple's App Store downloads rose by 53%(compared to avg day in Dec) and the amount of revenue increased by 56%.But that's lower than in 2011, when the Christmas day spike tripled, and doubled in 2012. But the rate of increase in revenue for this year is larger than the growth rate in download volume. It's also very Western market based - download volume in the UK increased by 161% on Christmas day. In addition, revenues in the US almost doubled in the App Store. In large Asian app markets like Japan and Korea didn't see similar spikes.http://www.distimo.com/blog/2013_12_christmas-spike-downloads-and-revenue-grew-by-more-than-50/

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me[me] ThinkGeek is now selling a previously announced Android gaming controller that’s small enough to live on your keychain. The iMpulse costs $39.99 and has a D-Pad and a few other standard buttons. http://cdn.thedroidguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/impulsecontroller.jpghttp://www.thinkgeek.com/product/17a2/?pfm=rightcolumn_NewStuffFTW_9#tabs

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sl[sl] After Google punished Rap Genius for inappropriate SEO usage which put its site as the top result for virtually any lyric of any rap song when searched, Valleywag notes that Rap Genius traffic is down to a level resembling its traffic in the summer of 2011. Which is much, much lower than the upward trajectory it had been enjoying for all of 2013. By burying Rap Genius results down to several pages into a search, Google has effectively killed their business model. Usually Google search bans last around 30-60 days but the company will need to rethink how it links to lyrics.http://valleywag.gawker.com/after-being-basically-kicked-off-of-the-internet-by-goo-1493101173

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me[me] CES is next week starting Tuesday, January 7 - 10 in Las Vegas

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