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meIt's Monday, January 13, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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me, sl, jhWelcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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Golden Globes * Watched it now 100% on social media

* Aereo went dark for New York City users for about an hour during the Golden Globes

* First Netflix Golden Globe: Robin Wright * Best Actress * House of Cards

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me[me] [me] Reuters says five US retailers -- not just Target -- were hacked and customer information stolen over the holiday shopping season. The other stores were Neiman Marcus plus three more that haven’t been identified. Target Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel confirmed yesterday that the attack involved point-of-sale malware -- malicious code installed on store cash registers. Reuters sources said the hack involved malware called a RAM scraper, which grabs encrypted data as it passes through a computer’s memory. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, warned retailers on January 2 of Malware Targeting Point of Sale Systems. http://www.reuters.com/article/video/idUSBREA0B01720140112?videoId=276390410http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/us-target-databreach-retailers-idUSBREA0B01720140112

http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-002A

http://www.securityweek.com/us-cert-warns-businesses-about-pos-attacks

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sl[sl] In related news, nobody seems to be able to pin down exactly how many consumers were affected by the Target breach. Target first reported 40 million people affected. Then it was 70 million. Some news organizations, such as Reuters, are reporting 70 as the new total. Others, such as CNN, are adding the numbers together and reporting a total of 110 million customers affected. TNT has contacted Target to clarify, but the company has not responded. http://pressroom.target.com/news/target-provides-update-on-data-breach-and-financial-performance

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meAn airline executive may have revealed a secret Google project over the weekend. The CEO of the discount Irish airline Ryanair, Michael O Leary, said in an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper that “very exciting developments with Google” described as a “price-comparison thing“ would “change the way people buy tickets forever.” He said the new Google service would go live by the end of March and be 100% advertising supported.START AT 1:49
http://youtu.be/KL4DlgeZu4k?t=1m49s
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/oleary-reveals-ryanairgoogle-plan-to-change-how-we-buy-tickets-forever-29907730.html

http://venturebeat.com/2014/01/12/google-said-to-be-working-on-new-travel-price-comparison-service/

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sl[sl] PayPal is making the online checkout process simpler. Used to be the system would force shoppers to switch to the PayPal web site to complete their transaction... now, a new “in-context checkout” system keeps them on the merchant site. PayPal says the new system will be widely available by summer, and provides the same checkout process no matter what the device is. Buyers can pay using a credit card or even PayPal’s Bill Me Later offering.VIDEO: https://www.paypal-pages.com/incontextcheckout/http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/13/paypal-debuts-a-simpler-native-checkout-experience-for-merchants-and-expand-beacon-internationally/

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me[me] Windows 8 is failing, so Microsoft is planning a ‘Windows 9’ release in April of 2015, according to a report on Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows. According to the post, Microsoft’s next major upgrade for Windows, which is code-named ‘Threshold,” and is the version that will bring back the Start menu, will be called “Windows 9” to quote: “distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle,” according to Thurrott.http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/threshold-be-called-windows-9-ship-april-2015

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sl[sl] Here's a head scratcher. The independent dance music label Spinnin’ Records has asked Google to remove links to its own Twitter feed. The label sent takedown requests to Google to remove links to its own Twitter account, as well as the Twitter accounts of several of the label’s top artists, according to a discovery made by the blog Torrent Freak. The requests were made on behalf of the label by a service that looks for pirate links and requests takedowns for a fee, as were probably accidental. Fortunately, Google ignored the requests. https://twitter.com/spinninrecordshttps://twitter.com/djafrojack

http://toppletrack.com/

http://torrentfreak.com/record-label-asks-google-to-censor-artists-twitter-accounts-140112/

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me[me] Maxis announced this morning that Sim City is getting an offline mode. The upcoming Update 10 will include a new Single Player Mode for offline play. Maxis was criticized last Spring when users discovered that playing in single-player modes still required an online check-in. http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-offline-is-cominghttp://kotaku.com/an-offline-mode-is-coming-to-simcity-maxis-just-announ-1500159115

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sl[sl] New York City crime is down. Yay! But iPhone thefts are way, way up. Booo. According the New York Police Department, nearly one out of every five cases of “grand larceny” involves an Apple product, and some 8,000 iPads or iPhones were reported stolen in New York City last year. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579303193340022488

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sl[sl] blackberry's Z10 and Z30 big departure from physical keyboards. CEO John Chen tells Bloomberg that the company's next phones will mostly feature hardware keyboards. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen said, "so you will look to Blackberry going forward to do keyboards — I wouldn't use the word exclusively, but predominantly."
- Chen says co. will retarget corporate and government customers with the future devices, a demographic that still values faster ,more tactile typing experience.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/12/5300992/blackberry-ceo-john-chen-future-devices-hardware-keyboards

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me[me] Former Apple executive and longtime industry luminary zhon lewee gassey (Jean-Louis Gassée) blogged this morning that the consumer Internet of Things revolution is dead in the water. Suffers from the “Basket of Remotes” problem. Even Smart TVs can’t provide a machine-readable description of the commands they understand, or even tell a smartphone app whether its on, what channel its on and so on. Smart refrigerators, smart toasters and smart thermostats? Forget it. Hardly anyone is working on this problem, and it’s the one problem that will kill the Internet of Things for consumers. Unless the industry organizes around standards and machine-readable and universally readable communication between devices, the Internet of Things is just a “Basket of Remotes” -- the features are there but nobody will use them. http://www.mondaynote.com/2014/01/12/internet-of-things-the-basket-of-remotes-problem/

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sl[sl] NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of Comcast, entering into partnership with NowThis News, a start-up that makes short-form news segments for social viewing like on Vine, IG, Snapchat. videos also stored on NowThis News’s mobile apps
- NowThis News is backed by Kenneth Lerer and his investment firm Lerer Ventures. Mr. Lerer co-founded The Huffington Post and now serves as chairman of BuzzFeed.
- investment amt not announced but the transaction will give NBCU about 10%. NTN journalists will have access to a couple of NBC producers and NBC's archival footage. NBC has the right to use NTN videos on its various networks and shows.
- NBC also last year acquired Stringwire, a start-up that recruits video contributors around the globe to upload video as news breaks.
- Patricia Fili-Krushel, chairwoman of the NBC Universal News Group “Rather than just get more eyeballs to our television program or our website, we want to be wherever the users are whether it is Instagram or Twitter,” she said. “We can’t be as precious about having it all within our house and our platform.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/business/media/nbcs-news-unit-teams-with-video-clip-start-up.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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me[me] Is a Belgian school really using drones to stop cheating? The apparent claim appeared on YouTube, and the story was picked up by the UK tabloid, the Mirror. According to the story, Thomas Moore College teachers are testing a sub-$500 consumer drone called the DJI Phantom with an attached GoPro camera to fly over the heads of students taking tests to make sure they don’t cheat. This is either a hoax, or the dumbest idea ever. Drone batteries can’t last long enough for a test. Their propellers blow papers all over the place. They’re a distraction. But most of all, they’re dangerous to fly in confined indoor spaces. I think we’re being punk’d. START AT 0:10
http://youtu.be/5ht1moFu--Y?t=10s
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/thomas-moore-college-exam-drones-3010591

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sl[sl] Marilyn McKenna, wife of former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, posted an image of her fitting both her legs inside one leg of her old pants after losing over 100 pounds was told by FB to remove the picture because it was promoting "idealised physical appearances".A representative from Facebook told KOMO News the post was considered an ad because Ms McKenna was attempting to "boost" the post. Facebook considers boosted posts, which are paid for, to be ads.http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/marilyn-mckennas-weight-loss-picture-violates-facebooks-terms/story-fneuzkvr-1226800419086

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Audi predicts when parking spaces will become available

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http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/01/audi-urban-intelligent-assist/

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Google doubled patent filings in 2013

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/13/google-doubled-patent-filings-in-2013-as-battle-with-apple-intensifies

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Mobile app use jumped 115% in 2013, messaging and social category led the way with 203% growth

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GoDaddy Microsoft deal

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http://recode.net/2014/01/13/godaddy-strikes-office-365-partnership-with-microsoft/

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http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/10/09/microsoft-customers-can-now-buy-go-daddy-domain-names-directly-within-office-365/

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Uber car attacked in Paris

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http://www.rudebaguette.com/2014/01/13/taxi-protest-paris-turns-guerrilla-warfare-uber-car-attacked-freeway/

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Couple lets Reddit name their child

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http://www.businessinsider.com/couple-lets-reddit-name-daughter-2014-1

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http://www.namemydaughter.com/

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http://www.reddit.com/r/casualiama/comments/1uyzb9/iama_crazy_man_trying_to_let_the_internet_name_my/

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Guy falls asleep with finger on keyboard

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http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1uzmaq/dude_sleeping_on_jet_wfinger_on_slash_key/

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Tiny windmills.

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http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2014/01/microwindmill-rao-chiao.php