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TITLE: Flipboard Buys Zite, 957GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Dan Patterson

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It's Wednesday, March 5, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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

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Tech News Today explores the big stories of the day with the world's top journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is Dan Patterson, a journalist and content strategist who works for Tanooki Labs.Dan Patterson
Journalist, content strategist @DanPatterson

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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CNN has sold Zite to Flipboard. The nine-year-old news reading app was a competitor to the larger Flipboard. As part of the deal, CNN will launch custom Flipboard magazines headed by CNN anchors, including Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper, and John King. The deal is valued at $60 million.http://inside.flipboard.com/2014/03/05/flipboard-acquires-zite/http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57619918-94/flipboard-buys-zite-from-cnn-to-quash-a-rival/

http://techland.time.com/2014/03/05/in-a-merger-of-personalized-magazines-flipboard-is-buying-zite/

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Donna Tam
Reporter, CNET @donnaYTam

Q: This looks to me like a good deal for CNN. They made about 35 million bucks in three years, and sold into a wildly saturated market.

Q: Do we know how many users Zite has?

Q: Why would Flipboard make this acquisition? They already claim to be growing by 250,000 new readers each day. What technology does Zite have that Flipboard wants?

Q: It’s unusual in such deals, but CEO Mark Johnson won’t be joining Flipboard. Why not?
3/24/2014

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* Zite stands for Zeitgeist

* But the space is crowded: Circa, Facebook’s Paper,

* CNN acquired Zite 3 years ago for around $20 million

* CNN content on Flipboard covering over 300 feeds.

* Terms of the deal were not disclosed on the call but CNN is reporting its value as $60 million.

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Donna Tam
Reporter, CNET @donnaYTam

Q: This looks to me like a good deal for CNN. They made about 40 million bucks in three years, and sold into a wildly saturated market.

Q: Do we know how many users Zite has?

Q: Why would Flipboard make this acquisition? They already claim to be growing by 250,000 new readers each day. What technology does Zite have that Flipboard wants?

Q: It’s unusual in such deals, but CEO Mark Johnson won’t be joining Flipboard. Why not?

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CNET @donnaYTam - Mar 24 guest co-anchor

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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Well, it’s finally happened. A company has been granted the rights to stream the equivalent of cable TV service over the Internet. In a ground-breaking deal between Dish Network and The Walt Disney Company, Dish will be allowed to stream Disney’s movies and channels to phones, tablets and other devices without the viewers needing a cable subscription. In exchange for those rights, Dish agree to delay its ad-skipping feature for three days after shows air. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-04/dish-takes-lead-in-race-to-offer-streaming-tv-to-rival-cable.html

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Peter Kafka
Senior Editor, Media Recode @pkafka

Q: This deal is the first of its kind, right?

Q: How big a role did Dish’s AutoHop play -- as a bargaining chip?

Q: Why is the delay just 3 days? Is that for ratings or something?

Q: Will this precedent make the world safe for other companies, like Apple, to make such deals?

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* Several powerful companies, including Apple and Intel, have tried and failed to do this

* The channels include ABC and ESPN, which is the most popular cable network.

* Ad-skipping called AutoHop

* Dismisses all litigation between the two companies

* ESPN is by far the most popular cable network.

* Such online service known as over-the-top, or OTT, because it runs over an Internet connection

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recode.net * @pkafka

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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It seems that BlackBerry just can’t catch a break. First, BlackBerry users were hit yesterday by a six-hour service outage in Canada, where the company is based, and also the Asian-Pacific region. And in an unrelated report, some 94% of BlackBerry users traded in their BlackBerrys for a non-BlackBerry phone when given the chance by a T-Mobile promotion, according to an internal T-Mobile memo obtained by Cam Bunton at Tmo news. http://www.tmonews.com/2014/03/94-of-blackberry-trade-ins-switched-to-other-platforms-during-promo/http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304585004579419263263924986?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304585004579419263263924986.html

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Cam Bunton
Managing Editor, Tmonews.com @TiP_Cam

Q: So what was the T-Mobile offer to BlackBerry users, exactly?

Q: T-Mobile said the promotion was successful -- I doubt BlackBerry feels that way. Do we know how many people trade in their BlackBerrys?

Q: T-Mobile first promoted the offer as a way to trade to an iPhone. The $50 BlackBerry money sounds like an apology of sorts.

Q: What does this tell us about the future of BlackBerry?

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* In a recent interview with the Financial Times during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, BlackBerry's CEO John Chen said that recovery and restructuring strategies have a "50:50 chance" of success.

* The trouble started when T-Mobile offered a $200 trade-in deal for BlackBerry owners.

* T-Mobile even incentivized upgrading to a new BlackBerry by reducing the price a further $50.

* But a leaked internal T-Mobile memo showed that 94 percent trade in their BlackBerry for a non-BlackBerry phone.

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Tmonews.com @TiP_Cam

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick yesterday. The TV dongle plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, but it’s about the size of a USB thumb drive, giving it most of the features of a full-size Roku box. http://mms.businesswire.com/media/20140304006744/en/405939/5/New_Roku_Streaming_Stick.jpghttp://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57619907-221/roku-streaming-stick-vs-google-chromecast-how-do-they-stack-up/

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Will Greenwald
Consumer Electronics Analyst, PCMag.com

Q: So how is this different from their old Roku stick?

Q: And how does this differ from Google’s Chromecast?

Q: The device connects via HDMI. But it also connects to a PC via USB. What’s that for, power?

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* Works with any TV that has an HDMI input

* Half the price of the original, at just $50.

* A Micro-USB port lets you power the device by connecting it to a USB port on TV (if it has one)

* Similar to Google's $35 Chromecast

* Comes with remote and onscreen interface

* Remote works with Wi-Fi Direct

* Access to all 1,200 of Roku's apps, or "channels" in Roku's parlance

* Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Amazon Instant, MLB.TV, Showtime Anytime, and PBS -- as well as a huge number of niche content sources

* Ships in April for $49.99

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PCMag.com

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CONVERSATION 6SHOWLINKS

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Yahoo will stop letting you log in to using Facebook or Google. A Yahoo ID will be required, even for sites like Flickr and the company’s various sports-related sites. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/05/us-yahoo-login-idUSBREA2407820140305http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/4/5472186/yahoo-will-block-google-and-facebook-accounts-from-accessing-its

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Sean Hollister
West Coast Editor at The Verge

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* Reversing a strategy that Yahoo adopted in 2010 and 2011 under then CEO Carol Bartz.

* The change to the Tourney Pick'Em began on Monday

* The sign-in buttons for Facebook and Google will eventually be removed from all Yahoo properties, the Yahoo spokeswoman, though she declined to provide a timeframe.

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theverge.com * @StarFire2258

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CONVERSATION 7SHOWLINKS

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PC sales are still dropping. A new report from IDC says PC sales dropped by nearly 9 percent last year, and will decline another 6.1 percent this year. Although that may not surprise anyone, IDC predicted something surprising: They expect the smartphone market in China is expected to slow down next year to about 10 percent growth. http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24700314http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/03/05/idc-china-smartphone-growth-to-slow/

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*Over the past two years, smartphone shipments in China has nearly quadrupled

* Surprising because only 40% of chinese phone users have smartphones, according to IDC.

* Most of the people who can comfortably afford smartphones have already bought them

* Smartphones can cost as little as $50 in China. Still too much.

* Higher quality PCs mean that consumers aren’t upgrading their machines as much as they used to

* Smartphones and tablets have provided lower-cost alternatives for many users who don’t need overly powerful computing machines

* The polarizing nature of Windows 8 has meant that many PC users are more than happy to stick with their Windows 7 computers.

* Worst of all IDC says that PC sales in emerging markets aren’t likely to pick up anytime soon

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On Tech News Today: Flipboard buys Zite from CNN * Dish will stream cable content over the Internet * And poor BlackBerry just can't catch a break.

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