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TITLE: Gox Gets Doxxed, 960GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Joe Panettieri

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It's Monday, March 10, 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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On Tech News Today, we explore the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is Joe Panettieri. Joe is editorial director for The VAR Guy, MSPmentor & TalkinCloud. Joe Panettieri
Editorial director, The VAR Guy @JoePanettieri

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden began speaking to a crowd at South By South West this morning at 9am Pacific by way of Google Hangouts. The talk may be still be going on. Let’s check in:

With the US Constitution green-screened onto his background, Snowden said that the NSA is setting fire to the future of the Internet. And the folks at SXSW are the firefighters, he said. The theme of his comments was that technologists, more than lawyers or regular citizens, need to protect the public from government mass surveillance with encryption and other technological means. The conversation was facilitated by the American Civil Liberties Union.
http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/03/10/snowden-at-sxsw-live-blog-of-video-conference-chat/

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* Joined by Christopher Soghoian, a Washington, DC based privacy researcher and activist.

* Snowden: US officials have been unable to track down my communication with journalists "because encryption works"

* Snowden: Facebook and Google can collect data "in a responsible way" and not hold it for a longer time than they need

* Snowden: How do we restructure our oversight model? Accountability. We can’t have people like Clapper lying to Congress, he said, referring to the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

* Snowden: We have a model that can work. But our overseers don't want to improve the system. "That's an incredibly dangerous thing.

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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Unidentified hackers claim they broke into servers owned by the now defunct Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange and found evidence that the site’s owners kept Bitcoins they reported as stolen. http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/09/mt-gox-hack-allegedly-reveals-bitcoin-balances-customer-account-totals/

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John Biggs
East Coast Editor, TechCrunch @johnbiggs

Q: What exactly did the hackers say they found?

Q: How credible is the accusation that Mt. Gox is lying about losing the Bitcoins?

Q: A consensus formed on Reddit that the database file is genuine. Based on what?

Q: They also took control of CEO Mark Karpeles' Reddit account and personal blog, right? What did they do with it?

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* Also took control of CEO Mark Karpeles' Reddit account and personal blog

* The data comprises of a spreadsheet of more than a million trades on Mt. Gox as well as a 716MB file that appears to show Mt. Gox's balance in 18 currencies, including bitcoin

* The file points to a balance of 951,116 bitcoins belonging to Mt. Gox

* At the current exchange rate = worth approximately $595 million.

* Reports on Reddit claim the database file is genuine

* Hard to confirm

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TechCrunch.com @johnbiggs

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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Google is launching a software developer kit for Android-based wearable devices. Google’s Android, Chrome and Google Apps chief Sundar Pichai made the announcement at South By South West. He did not say whether the SDK would favor the time- and cards-based user interface Google developed for Glass, nor did he mention anything about the smartwatch Google is reportedly working on with LG. But he did say the kit would help with arbitrary wearable applications, such as smart jackets. The SDK is expected to be available to developers in about two weeks. http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/10/wearable-android/http://www.businessinsider.com/google-planning-an-sdk-for-android-wearables-2014-3

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Jay Yarow
Writer, Business Insider @jyarow

Q: Is this SDK for Android, or a future version of Android designed for wearables?

Q: To what extent do you think the Google Glass UI will be favored by the SDK?

Q: Do you see the reported LG smartphone, which might be branded the “Nexus” smartwatch, a kind of reference design of some kind to go with the SDK?

Q: Pichai also talked about a “mesh layer” of software when asked about Google’s Nest acquisition. Did you interpret this to mean wireless mesh networking inside the home from gadget-to-gadget?

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* Asked about Nest, Pichai said Google is thinking about creating a “mesh layer” of software

* Google’s LG watch -- possibly a Nexus branded watch -- is expected at Google I/O in June

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businessinsider.com * @jyarow

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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Singer and songwriter Neil Young plans to unveil a portable digital music player this week at South By South West. Called the PonoPlayer, the device will be what Young called the “highest resolution” digital audio, according to leaked details of his announcement. http://evolver.fm/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/pono-players-yellow-blue.pnghttp://pitchfork.com/news/54284-neil-young-launching-ponomusic-via-kickstarter/

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f8-general-forum/neil-young-announces-launch-ponomusic-19703/

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* Kickstarter campaign 15 March

* Early buyers getting a discount on its planned $399 price.

* Online music downloads store called PonoMusic

* Young will be chairman of PonoMusic

* Work with chief executive John Hamm, a fellow music industry veteran.

* PonoMusic is working with US hardware firm Ayre Acoustics to produce the device

* 128GB of memory to store music, as well as accepting memory cards to boost its capacity.

* The company will also sell earphones and headphones from its website.

* PonoMusic is the device's accompanying desktop-based "media management" system

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Friday we told you about a startup social networking app for drunk people called Livr. The idea was a breathalyzer attachment to an iPhone, plus an app, which were combined as part of a social network you had to be drunk to participate in. Although nearly all the blogs and publications that covered it reported the news as fact, we called it a hoax. Later Friday, the so-called entrepreneurs behind it -- turns out they were comedians -- admitted that the product was fake and the whole thing was a joke. http://gizmodo.com/the-livr-hoax-everybodys-favorite-new-drunkbro-app-is-1538595679

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