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TITLE: Dude, Where's My iBeacon?, 933

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[me] It's Wednesday, January 29, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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[me] President Obama called for patent reform in his state of the union speech last night. Congress is currently haggling over the details of the Innovation Act, which is supposed to end some types of patent trolling.Start at 14:33
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hed1nP9X7pI&feature=share&t=14m33s
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/01/29/obama-wants-to-fix-the-patent-system-heres-a-crucial-reform-he-overlooked/

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[me] Joining us to explain the ugly sausage-making realities of how a patent bill becomes a law is Dustin Volz, a staff correspondent for National Journal covering tech policy. Thank you for joining us, Dustin. * * * Twitter at: dnvolz @dnvolz

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* The 2011 effort, called “America Invents Act” of 2011 wasn’t effective.
* FTC is investigating prominent patent trolls for anti-trust violations
* Supreme Court case on patent trolling March 31
* IBM and Microsoft got Congress to remove Innovation Act that would have provided a
* Intellectual Ventures, accused of being the biggest patent troll, is spending to weaken the law
* Final version Innovation Act March or April

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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[sl] Google's 3-year antitrust probe brought on by European regulators may finally be over soon. The company had been accused of favoring its own products in its search results over its competitors. Now, Reuters sources say Google offered big concessions to the European Commission to settle once and for all. Previously, the commission threatened Google with handing over 10% of its 2012 revenue, which could have been about five billion dollars. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/29/uk-eu-google-antitrust-exclusive-idUKBREA0S0TK20140129http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/29/us-eu-google-antitrust-idUSBREA0S0TE20140129

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/google-settle-antitrust-case-eu-regulators-1434312

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[me] Mary-Ann Russon is a Technology Reporter for the The International Business Times. She’s Skyping in from London. Mary-Ann, welcome. * * * Skype at: concertina226@concertina226

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- google tried to make concessions already - said it would let rivals display their logos and web links in a prominent box, also make it easier for advertisers to move their campaigns to Yahoo or Bing, also let content providers decide what material Google can use for its own services
- similar issue with FTC in US ended last year with a mild reprimand. why so much more serious in EU?

* How do you decide if a search result is low-ranked because it’s unpopular, or if it’s unpopular because it’s low-ranked?
* EU's Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia warned Google last week.
* He said: "I'm waiting for a reaction from Google. I am not satisfied. We need more. We need more, not during the next year, but during the next weeks.”
* Complainants: UK’s Foundem, Germany’s Hotmaps, U.S. Expedia and TripAdvisor

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[me] And suddenly, cars are becoming iBeacons. A cool, one-hundred dollar gadget called the Automatic smart driving assistant. You can buy it on the Apple online store and other places. It works with both iPhones and Android phones. Once you plug it into a car’s data port, you can use the smartphone app to monitor car performance through Bluetooth. It also remembers where you parked the car and performs other small jobs. iBeacon, of course, is Apple’s new wireless location system. The Automatic iBeacon update turns existing Automatic gadgets -- turns whole cars, really -- into iBeacons. PLEASE USE THE FULL-SCREEN BUTTON TO GO FULL-SCREEN
http://youtu.be/_AyXNeRbpRk?t=16s
http://store.apple.com/us/product/HD778LL/A/automatic-your-smart-driving-assistant
http://www.automatic.com/

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[me] With us to explain the promise of this idea is Automatic’s Chief Product Officer lee-OO-ba Milk-O-Vich. Thank you for joining us, lee-OO-ba. * * * find lee-OO-ba Milk-O-Vich at automatic.comhttp://automatic.com

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* Can enable the car to communicate with places, such as gas stations, car washes, parking garages and repair shops.
* Automated transactions.

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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[sl] Do you use Gmail? If so, Google wants YOU to go check your spam folder. The company included it in an apology notice about a glitch that occurred last week, which the company said is now definately, positively, for sure fixed, but here's what happened - an error happened January 15th and January 22nd not only deleted some messages entirely, but routed others into the spam folder. In some cases, it seems normal deleting and spam-filtering were applied to the wrong incoming messages. Google hasn't revealed how many users were affected, but you certainly don't want to miss your big payout from that Nigerian prince. http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/28/5355818/gmail-bug-made-some-users-accidentally-delete-emails

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* Users have until Valentine’s day to recover falsely filed messages
* Check for messages between the 15th and 22nd
* Not all users affected
* Unrelated to outage last week
* The glitch was not perceivable by users
* Did not affect Android users

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CONVERSATION 5SHOWLINKS

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[me] We talk a lot about NSA snooping, Chinese industrial espionage and Google tracking for the purpose of serving up relevant ads. But another issue is the casual harvesting of personal data by just about everyone. Free flashlight mobile apps collect location data -- that sort of thing. Now, The Register reporter Richard Chirgwin was shopping on IKEA’s online store and using their Kitchen Planning tool and noticed an amazing notice flagged by Google’s Chrome browser. It informed him that IKEA’s app can quote: access all data on your computer and the websites you visit unquote. Firefox didn’t display the notice when he tried the tool in that browser. http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/01/29/ikea_kitchen_planner.pnghttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/29/ikea_demands_access_all_areas_for_kitchen_tool/

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* * Probably not accessing "all data on your computer"
* Casual disregard for the issue
* Everyone needs to pay attention
* Kudos to Google for flagging it

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[sl] Mixology is an artform few of us have time to master. But don’t worry. Help is on the way. The company that makes Absolut vodka and Chivas whiskey is developing a smartphone-controlled cocktail mixer. It’s called The Gutenberg Project because the computer-controlled booze dispensers are shaped like books, and go together like they’re in a library. To make a drink, you simply choose the mixed drink of your choice from the Gutenberg app, which guides you through other ingredients and garnishes. When the containers run low, they prompt you to re-order them through the app for home delivery. Getting hammered has never been easier. https://vimeo.com/user12227301/review/85259824/5ee5014c8fhttp://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-first-smartphone-controlled-cocktail-mixer-2014-1

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On Tech News Today: The president trolls congress to stop patent trolls * Your car might become an iBeacon * and a new smartphone-controlled bartender is coming to save your party.

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