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It's Wednesday, February 19, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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[me] Tech News Today explores the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists.

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Our guest today is David Coursey, a writer, broadcaster, event host, industry analyst and business consultant.coursey.com

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The FCC today said it will re-write the rules for net neutrality. The new guidelines will strongly support net neutrality, which means that companies will be prevented from charging different rates or offering different speeds based on the source of Internet content. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit cancelled the FCC's authority to impose net neutrality rules because of how it classifies Internet providers. http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303636404579392960485193226-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwOTExNDkyWj

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* FCC won’t appeal; will write new rules

* The FCC said it would likely complete the rules in the late spring or early summer.

* It looks like the FCC won’t reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility, which would subject the industry to much greater regulation.

* FCC official Chairman Tom Wheeler

* A senior FCC official told the Wall Street Journal that the FCC plans to leave the option for reclassification open at present.

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Everyone’s an influencer on LinkedIn now. The business-oriented social site has expanded its influencer feature to all users. The feature allows the publishing of long-form articles. It used to be available only to hand-selected celebrities. http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/02/19/the-definitive-professional-publishing-platform/

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Mike Isaac is Recode’s Senior Editor for Social. * @MikeIsaac@MikeIsaac

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* Publishing platform has been around since 2012

* Used to be curated offering for about 300 hand-picked entrepreneurs and politicians -- Richard Branson, President Barack Obama, Arianna Huffington.

* It will first open to 25,000 members, then gradually expand to everybody over the coming months

* articles will only be delivered to people in the author’s network of contacts. If they get traction, they’ll be distributed to a wider audience of LinkedIn users.

* Linkedin = wants traffic

* Linkedin = 300 million users

* Last year, LinkedIn acquired Pulse

* The average Influencer post drives more an 31,000 views and receives more than 250 likes and 80 comments.
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Microsoft relaunched its cloud storage service today. What used to be called SkyDrive is now branded OneDrive. Plus, Microsoft made a few changes to the service. http://youtu.be/bw1ciTl5YK4?t=41shttp://recode.net/2014/02/19/microsoft-launches-onedrive-basically-the-same-as-skydrive-but-with-100gb-free-if-you-hurry/

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Guest Lance Whitney a writer for CNET. * @lancewhitURL

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* In a promotion, Microsoft will give 100 GB of storage to the first 100,000 people who sign onto their OneDrive accounts, but it’s free for only a year.

* Microsoft announced last month; lost trademark battle with the UK’s Sky Broadcasting Group.

* Existing SkyDrive customers don't have to do anything to move to OneDrive

* adding automatic camera backup to its Android version of its OneDrive app.

* Microsoft offering customers their first 7 GB of storage free

* Current customers who refer friends can get up to 5 GB of extra storage.

* Use the OneNote camera back-up feature, get an additional 3 GB of storage.

* Beyond freebies: 50GB for $25 a year, 100GB for $50 a year, and 200GB for $100 a year.

* 200 GB for two years for Surface buyers and 100 GB for Office 365 users. Additional storage costs $0.50 per gig per month.

* Microsoft is believed to be readying an Office Web Apps rebrand to "Office Online"

* apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and the web.

* Microsoft said it planned to share details about OneDrive for Business at its SharePoint conference on March 3.

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A New Zealand court ruled today that the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was legal. The ruling may increase the chances that Dotcom will be extradited to the United States to face online piracy charges. Start at 2:33: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26255725

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* 2012 ruling that police used illegal warrants was overturned

* U.S. prosecutors say Megaupload website cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds

* Copyright case could set a precedent for internet liability laws

* Appeals court upheld an earlier ruling that prosecutors had not been authorized to send clones of seized electronic evidence to the United States.

* Dotcom is seeking damages from the government; this ruling will be a setback in that case

* The U.S. Justice Department says Megaupload encouraged piracy by paying users who uploaded popular content and by deleting content that was not regularly downloaded.

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Dutch telecom giant KPN is partnering with Silent Circle, the US company that makes software for secure calls and messages. KPN is the first telco in the world to offer Silent Circle products, and these will be made available to customers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.http://gigaom.com/2014/02/19/silent-circle-gets-its-first-telco-distributor-as-kpn-prepares-to-offer-encrypted-communications/

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* Silent Phone and Silent Text available in June: $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year.

* Silent Circle was founded a few years ago by Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas (PGP) and ex-Navy Seal Mike Janke.

* Silent Circle famously shut down its Silent Mail email service to protect users’ privacy

* Other products include ncrypted voice, video and text communications for mobile and desktop.

* No metadata saved

* no centralized repository for the encryption keys that can be legally or illegally accessed by law enforcement, intelligence agencies or other hackers.

* KPN first telco to offer Silent Circle to its iOS and Android-toting customers

* Blackphone, a collaboration between Silent Circle and Spain’s GeeksPhone is expected next week.

* Blackphone = “PrivatOS” operating system and Silent Circle software

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Evan Blass posted an allegedly leaked photo of what he called the All New HTC One on his Evleaks Twitter feed. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/436128330425708544

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* Codenamed M8

* Expected March 25 in London, New York

* Slightly larger screen - nearly 5 inches

* Signature feature rumored - two rear cameras with 6-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors, to aid in low-light photography and refocusing after the image has been taken.

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Amazon’s virtual currency, called Amazon Coins, are now available on all Android devices for users in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. It used to be offered only on Amazon’s own Kindle tablets. http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/19/amazon-coins-come-to-android-users-in-u-s-u-k-germany/

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* Amazon Coins are to encourage developers to build for the Amazon Kindle platform; reduce the “sticker shock” of paying for things in dollars and increase the revenue generating opportunities for both developers and Amazon.

* Customers earn Coins by shopping for apps on Amazon’s app store

* Buy coins directly at a 10% discount. The more Coins you buy, the larger the discount

* 100 Coins are worth $1 - a penny each

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China's anti-monopoly regulator said today that Qualcomm is over-charging for patents and abusing its market position. The San Diego-based company faces fines of more than one billion dollars. http://qz.com/178422/why-it-is-a-no-brainer-for-china-to-play-hardball-with-qualcomm/#/h/48114,1,2/http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/19/us-china-ndrc-idUSBREA1I0A820140219

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* 60% of phones used in China contain Qualcomm chips

* licensing fees - numerous patents - on 3G and 4G technologies.

* The Chinese government also wants to boost domestic chip makers

* The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) headed by Xu Kunlin

* The NDRC, main economic planning body, is trying to lower domestic costs as China rolls out its faster 4G mobile networks this year.

* China Mobile Communications Industry Association filed a complaint against Qualcomm for overcharging for use of its patents.

* NDRC can impose fines of between 1 and 10 percent of a company's revenues for the previous year. Qualcomm earned $12.3 billion in China for its fiscal year ended September

* Half of Qualcomm’s global sales are in China

* The NDRC raided Qualcomm's Beijing headquarters, Shanghai offices in November.

* Also includes a probe of fellow US mobile technology firm InterDigitial

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On Tech News Today: The FCC will rewrite the rules for net neutrality * Kim Dotcom's arressed was ruled legal * And China cracks down on chip giant Qualcomm.

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