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TITLE: We're Not Buzzworthy!, 930GUEST: Harry McCracken and Andy Ihnatko

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[me] It's Friday, January 24, 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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http://bridgeurl.com/tnt930/all

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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[me] Today is the Macintosh’s 30th birthday. The Apple website home page has been changed with an interactive timeline of the history of the product line, plus a video. They also added a "your first Mac" page, where readers are asked to talk about their first Mac. http://techland.time.com/2014/01/24/mac-thirtieth-anniversary/

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[me] Joining us today are Harry McCracken, the editor at large for TIME. Andy Ihnatko is a technology journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a host for TWiT’s MacBreak Weekly. Both Harry and Andy are frequent guests on TWiT. Welcome to both of you.
http://techland.time.com/author/hmccracken/

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[me] You can find Harry McCracken on his Technologizer blog at TIME.com, and Andy Ihnatko on his Celestial Waste of Bandwidth blog. Thanks for joining us today, guys.

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* Apple Macintosh, later called the Macintosh 128K, released January 24th, 1984
* Cost $2,495
* 9-inch 512 x 384 monochrome display
* Motorola 68000 processor alongside 128KB of memory
* 3.5-inch floppy disk format
, which came to dominate the removable storage media market by the end of the '80s. If you'd like to take a closer look at the hardware, iFixit has published a commemorative teardown of the Macintosh 128K.
http://ifixit.org/blog/6216/macintosh-128k-teardown/

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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[sl] Princeton said last week that Facebook would lose 80% of its users in the next few years. Yesterday, Facebook struck back. The social giant said in a mock study that Princeton would lose all of its students by 2021. https://www.facebook.com/notes/mike-develin/debunking-princeton/10151947421191849http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.4208v1.pdf

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- Compared Facebook to a “disease” that spreads among users but they'd recover from. FB has "already reached the peak of its popularity and has entered a decline phase."
- FB said in October it was losing teen users. digital consultancy iStrategy Labs said that FB had 25% fewer teenage users in 2013 than it did in 2011.
- Based on a decline in Google searches for the word “Facebook” based on same method for MySpace, which did die
- Mike Develin, FB data scientist used same methodology to see what princeton looks like in 2018 (half enrollment). by 2021 no students at all

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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[me] Sony may turn your TV into a mirror for putting on makeup. A patent published this month a “makeup mode” for a TV set. The idea is that you’d push a button, and the camera would show a reversed video (mirror image view) of the user. But instead of showing the background, the TV would surround the user with white light. The light would light up the face with true colors. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/24/next-up-for-sonys-line-of-inventions-a-makeup-tv/

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* It’s not clear if Sony wants to turn TVs into mirrors or replace mirrors with TVs
* Actually a great idea.
* Perfect makeup mirror is surrounded by the right kind of bright lights.
* TV’s are getting cameras anyway.
* Color temperature is the key to good makeup application.
* Could also target retail
* Could also improve video chat by eliminating cluttered background and showing better light
http://www.totallyoptical.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=Insight&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=5ED689CAE42E484086A5E2E1F83EAFF7&AudID=28EBA89F5F874675BCE10DE3DCF0D05B

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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[sl] A German court has ordered Google to block sex pictures involving Formula One boss Max Mosley, becsause although Google had not taken the pictures it was responsible as a distributor of the images. The pictures were taken from a video filmed by the no-longer-in-print News of the World tabloid and uploaded to the web back in 2008. The block follows a French case that ended up with Google being ordered to remove links to the pictures. Google says it will appeal the latest ruling.http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/24/us-google-germany-court-idUSBREA0N0Y420140124

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- Google says that it shouldn’t police content, though it also says it's deleted 100s of links to Mosley and can't keep up
- court: "The court is of the opinion that the banned pictures of the plaintiff severely violate his private sphere, as they show him active in sexual practices,"
* In fact, Google does police content
* Only on German-based google.de
* 2008 article claimed it was a Nazi-themed orgy.
* Rupert Murdoch-owned
* British newspaper alleging
* In November a French court also ordered Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to images of the orgy, prompting the US company to immediately announce it would appeal.

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CONVERSATION 5SHOWLINKS

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[me] Don’t you hate smartphone bloatware that you can’t delete? So does the South Korean government, apparently. Any pre-installed software on phones must be deletable by users, according to new guidelines that go into effect in April. The rules affect phones made by Samsung and LG, two of the world’s biggest brands. http://www.zdnet.com/south-korea-rules-pre-installed-phone-bloatware-must-be-deletable-7000025533/

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* Affects junk software installed by both handset makers and carriers
* Samsung's S4 released by SK Telecom has a total of 80 pre-installed apps.
* Not clear if the ruling affects only South Korean sales, but it probably does
* Apps related to Wi-Fi connectivity, near-field communication (NFC), the customer service center and the app store are exempted.

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IN OTHER NEWSSHOWLINKS

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[sl] If you’re tired of link-bait headlines from sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy, I’ve got a browser plug-in I think you’re going to like. It claims to automatically transform hyperbolic viral headlines into what they really mean. It works by finding the words link-bait headline over-uses, and changes those words to make them more accurate. For example, the word "Incredible" is changed to "Painfully Ordinary."Don’t scroll past the first screenshot - NSFW language

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http://downworthy.snipe.net/

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On Tech News Today: The Mac Turns 30 * Facebook turns the tables on Princeton * And Sony wants to turn your TV into a makeup mirror. All that and more coming up next!

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All the Silicon Valley giants report earnings this week: Apple Monday, Yahoo Tuesday, Facebook Wednesday and Google Thursday. Amazon also has an earnings report Thursday. Plus, the Wearable Technologies Conference starts in Munich Monday and the 3D Printer World Expo begins Friday in Burbank, California. Back to you, Leo!

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