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[me] It's Monday, February 3, 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] Microsoft has plans to retreat from its Metro UI and go back to a mouse-centric interface. At least that's what an apparently leaked build of the operating system suggests. An early build of Update 1 for Windows 8.1 appeared online over the weekend. It shows a merger between the older Windows desktop interface and the tiled “Metro UI.” http://gigaom.com/2014/02/03/use-a-mouse-then-youll-likely-love-the-upcoming-windows-8-1-update/

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[me] With us to explain these changes and what they mean for the future of Windows, we have Kevin Tofel, who writes for GigaOm and co-hosts the MobileTechRoundup podcast. Welcome, Kevin. @KevinCTofel

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Q: Can you tell us more about the changes in this new build?

Q: Is this a retreat for the Metro UI?

Q: The changes add mouse features, but do they take anything away from touch users?

Q: When will we know if this is a solid direction or just a trial balloon?

Q: You said in your article this morning that you expect more such changes. What else do you think is coming?

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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[sl] Another Superbowl is behind us, though for many folks the game itself was less interesting than the ads big companies spent millions of dollars on. Danny Sullivan over at MarketingLand kept a running tallly throughout the night and found that hashtags were used in 57% of nationally-run Super Bowl ads, up from 50% in 2013. Facebook was the social network most mentioned, five times, Twitter had just four mentions.
http://marketingland.com/hashtags-super-bowl-2014-72658

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- hashtags aren't synonymous with Twitter anymore - FB uses them, IG, G+
Hashtags: 31 total, 57% of ads overall
Facebook: 5 total, 9% of ads overall
Twitter: 4 total, 7% of ads overall
YouTube: 3 total, 6% of ads overall
Shazam: 2 total, 4% of ads overall
URLs: 22 total, 41% of ads overall
- no Google+, no IG, which got a mention last year
- JC Penny tweets, seemed drunk, revealed mitten photo "tweeting with mittens" - coors light responded, Kia responded, Snickers responded, etc
http://marketingland.com/jpc-win-superbowl-72739

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[th] The tech industry is scrambling to overcome the limits of batteries in phones and wearable computers, according to a piece in the New York Times yesterday. Companies like Apple, Google and Samsung are hiring experts, filing patents and experimenting with radical technologies in an effort to prevent consumer electronics from being held back by the physical limitations of batteries, according to the report. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/technology/building-a-better-battery.html

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[me] Darrell Etherington is a writer at TechCrunch. Thank you for joining us today, Darrell.

@drizzled
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Q: Why are tech companies obsessing over extending battery life?

Q: I understand that Apple has been working on and patenting solar tech for years. Is this going to show up in iPhones?

Q: Why is Apple hiring experts from car companies like Tesla and Toyota?

Q: I keep hearing about solar charging being built into screens. Are we even close to that technology being ready for the market?

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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[me] New hack attacks that may be similar to the recently reported Target breach were reported over the weekend. The French carrier Orange told customers today that about 800,000 customer accounts were accessed by hackers on January 16. Canada’s largest telecom said more than 22,000 small business account usernames and passwords were posted online over the weekend by hackers. Five credit card numbers were also posted. The hotel industry also suffered a huge data breach recently. Credit card information from guests staying at the Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin hotels managed by a company called White Lodging were exposed throughout much of last year. The hack was exposed Friday by security journalist Brian Krebs; White Lodging issued a statement on the hack last night. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/03/us-bce-passwords-idUSBREA120RD20140203http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/03/us-bce-passwords-idUSBREA120RD20140203

http://globalnews.ca/news/1123488/bell-canada-hacked-small-business-customer-usernames-passwords-breached/

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/02/business/hotels-credit-card-hacking/

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/01/hotel-franchise-firm-white-lodging-investigates-breach/

http://www.euroinvestor.com/news/2014/02/03/french-mobile-operator-orange-says-customer-accounts-hacked-report/12684331

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[me] Here to shed some light on all this is Steve Gibson. Steve is the founder and CEO of Gibson Research Corporation and, of course, the host of Security Now. Thanks for being with us today, Steve.http://grc.com

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[sl] The Federal Communications Commission has laid out plans to double the amount of money it spends on high-speed Internet connections in schools and libraries over the next two years, and provide broadband service for an estimated 20 million American students in 15,000 schools. The money will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program, which provides money for “advanced telecommunications and information services” using the proceeds of fees paid by telecommunications users. The portion devoted to broadband service in schools and libraries increases from $1 billion to 2 billion.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/fcc-says-it-will-double-spending-on-high-speed-internet-in-schools-and-libraries.html

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- prez Obama spoke of changes during SOTU address last week. change won't require any additional taxes or assessments, according to an F.C.C. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity (formal announcement was being planned for this week)
- E-Rate program is part of the Universal Service Fund, which also provides money to connect rural areas and low-income people to phone and Internet service using money raised through fees on consumers’ phone bills.
- Most of the redirected spending in 2014 will come from funds left over from previous years. Next year, much of the money will come from changes to the E-Rate program
- A 2010 survey conducted for the F.C.C. by Harris Interactive found that roughly half of schools receiving E-Rate funds connected to the Internet at speeds of three megabits per second or less — too slow to stream many video services. goal- all schools access to broadband connections of 100 megabits per second by 2015, and connections of up to one gigabit per second by the end of the decade.

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[th] Graph Search for mobile devices may soon arrive on your phone. The feature was hinted at during Facebook’s earnings call last week. Now, it appears to be showing up in the apps of some Facebook users. Graph Search is a semantic search feature introduced for the desktop browser version of Facebook in March. http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/1/5369702/facebook-is-testing-graph-search-for-mobile-devices

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* A Mashable reporter has it and posted a screenshot on Twitter ~
* Graph Search was controversial at first; seemed to help stalkers
* Controversy died down, though Aaron Strout Managing Director at W2O Group and Author Location Based Marketing for Dummies is leary of the functionality considering how FB has done in rolling out new functionality on mobile).

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Hello TNT,
You guys keep talking about how the Lenovo deal allows Google to get into China. But I’m confused… I thought Google intentionally LEFT China! They did not want to participate in the government censorship and decided to leave the China business as a matter of principle. Did this philosophy change recently?
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[me] A Self-taught South Korean programmer is helping guard the country from invasion from North Korea. And he’s using Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 to do it. His name is Jae Kwan Ko. And he build a system that can not only detect motion, but tell the difference between people and animals. If the system detects a person, it alerts a nearby guard post. His system was actually deployed along the border in August. He’s also working on an upgrade, presumably using the new Xbox One version. That version, he says, will be able to detect the heart-rate of intruders. http://news.hankooki.com/lpage/economy/201401/h2014010903325721540.htmhttp://kotaku.com/microsofts-kinect-is-now-guarding-the-korean-border-1514792443

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/fcc-says-it-will-double-spending-on-high-speed-internet-in-schools-and-libraries.html

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http://recode.net/2014/02/03/apple-celebrates-30th-anniversary-of-the-mac-with-movie-shot-on-an-iphone/?utm_source=rc_twitter

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http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2014/02/03/tumblrs-new-terms-of-service-are-geeky-and-worth-reading/