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TITLE: Hope It All Twerks Out, 929

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[me] It's Thursday, January 23, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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[me] Tech News Today explores the top tech news in 30 minutes or less.

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This is the only place on the Internet today where you can escape from Justin Bieber's glassy-eyed mugshot. You're welcome. http://bridgeurl.com/tnt929/all

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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[me] The NSA’s collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal. At least that’s the conclusion of a 238-page report issued today by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. They said even section Section 215 of the Patriot Act doesn’t allow what the NSA is doing. video (if we show it) is a documentary called Data Obsession - A Look Inside Government Surveillance made by a 13-year-old named Ben Blum. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/independent-review-board-says-nsa-phone-data-program-is-illegal-and-should-end/2014/01/22/4cebd470-83dd-11e3-bbe5-6a2a3141e3a9_story.html

http://www.pclob.gov/

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[me] Adi Robertson is a reporter for The Verge who covers the NSA. Twitter: thedextriarchy

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* program raises serious threats to civil liberties
* has shown limited value in countering terrorism
* not sustainable from a policy perspective.
* NSA collection raises “constitutional concerns’’ over speech, association and privacy.
http://youtu.be/AI4VaRgpDCs

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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[sl] When it comes to accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment, the big question on everyone's minds is, WHAT WILL GOOGLE DO? At least that's what Jarar Malik, a Bitcoin early adopter, asked several major tech companies, including Google. Malik says he was told by Google Senior VP of Ads and Commerce, Sridhar RaMAS-wamy, that Google is indeed thinking about how it can use Bitcoin. A Google Wallet executive then ask Malik to serve as a moderator on a Google survey posing the question “What would I want to do with Bitcoin?” Apple doesn’t even allow Bitcoin clients in its iOS app store, but Google does in the Google Play Store... so you can thank the search giant for helping the crypto-currency movement gain credibility. http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1vvfxz/google_confirms_their_payments_team_is_working_to/http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/01/22/google-lets-slip-that-its-exploring-possible-bitcoin-integration-plans/

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/01/23/despite-claims-reddit-suggesting-otherwise-google-says-current-plans-regarding-bitcoin/

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[me] Jarar Malik is here to tell us what happened when he asked Google about bitcoin. Welcome, Jarar!@JararOnline

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- Google told TNW: “As we continue to work on Google Wallet, we’re grateful for a very wide range of suggestions…. While we’re keen to actively engage with Wallet users to help inform and shape the product, there’s no change to our position: we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin.”
- Bloomberg Global Poll of international investors- 47% of respondents say they would sell Bitcoin, while 11% say buy. Another 7% say they’d hold the virtual currency, while 35% say they haven’t got an opinion about it.
- Bitcoin’s value has risen 50-fold in the last year (CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index) - now over $800, but less than $500 in late December, over $1,000 in November.

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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[me] Apple may choose ads for you based on your mood. A new patent published today reveals Apple’s invention for figuring out what kind of mood you’re in, then serving up ads accordingly. One truly fascinating fact about the patent is that mood is determined in part by heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline level, perspiration, body temperature. Apple has recently been hiring scientists and specialists in the medical sensor field. The patent also checks your mood through the camera and facial expression recognition software. http://goo.gl/hIxUTGhttp://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/23/apple-investigating-mood-based-ad-delivery-system

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* "Inferring user mood based on user and group characteristic data"

* based on "mood rules”

* heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline level, perspiration, body temperature and vocal expressions may all be used to determine a user's mood.

* Behavioral cues include type of media is being consumed, the sequence in which apps are launched and social networking activities, among others.

* Time and location data can be used to infer mood by comparing it with stored mood-associated characteristics.

* mood-appropriate ad content.

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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[sl] All hail Clippy, he's back! Sort of. Microsoft has added a "tell me what you want to do" field in the top toolbar of its Office Web Apps. Type in what you want to do, and the feature will either tell you how to do it, or actually do it for you, depending on which option you select. Microsoft announced other new features, too. http://blogs.office.com/2014/01/22/new-year-more-goodness-tell-me-footnotes-and-endnotes-and-more/http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57617657-75/office-web-apps-can-now-run-commands-for-you/

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[me] And to talk about those features is CNET’s Lance Whitney, who is also the author of "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time. Welcome, Lance. @lancewhit

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- web apps but not desktop apps?
- other features: more seamless layout, easier access to footnotes and endnotes, and better rendering of Shapes, Textboxes and WordArt.

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CONVERSATION 5SHOWLINKS

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[me] A startup called Fitmob launched today. The company lets you use their smartphone app to join fitness classes with names like “Twerkout Conditioning” and “Weapons of Ass Reduction” The classes don’t involve gyms or weights, and they’re cheap: Just $5 per class if you attend three per week. But if you’re lazy or busy and attend only one, the cost is $15 -- so there’s an incentive to work out often. Right now, the startup has only five personal trainers, and exists only in San Francisco. But the company just received $9.75M in Series A funding spread the concept across the US and eventually, the world. https://www.fitmob.com/http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/23/backed-with-9-8m-from-mayfield-fitmob-wants-to-reinvent-local-group-fitness/

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IN OTHER NEWSSHOWLINKS

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[sl] Allergies are no fun. But help is on the way from Japan’s Thanko, which developed this ridiculous hazmat hood called the USB Pollen Blocker. Wait, USB? That’s right! As with so many goofy Thanko products, The nylon hood’s filtered air-intake fan is powered when you plug it into your PC’s USB port. Pollen relief will cost you $38. Start at 0:10
http://youtu.be/UW-IMjiQxEg?t=10s
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/01/22/how-tired-of-allergies-are-you-thanko-hopes-enough-to-wear-this-giant-usb-powered-mask/

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On Tech News Today: NSA phone spying called illegal * Google is thinking about Bitcoin * And Apple may show ads based on your mood. All that and more, coming up next.

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