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TITLE: OLPC R.I.P. 961GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Dan Gillmor

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It's Tuesday, March 11, 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 big tech stories of the day in conversation with the world's best journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is Dan Gillmor. Dan teaches media literacy and entrepreneurship at Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He also writes a weekly column for the Guardian. Dan Gillmor
dangillmor.com @dangillmor

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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Apple wants Samsung to pay $40 for every patent-violating phone they sell. A transcript posted on Florian Mueller’s FOSS Patents blog shows that Apple will demand that amount for each of Samsung’s phones found to violate five Apple patents. http://www.fosspatents.com/2014/03/at-upcoming-trial-apple-wants-samsung.html

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Florian Mueller is an intellectual property activist and analyst.

fosspatents.com
@FOSSpatents

Q: Can you tell us more about the context for Apple’s demand?

Q: Why would U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh allow this?

Q: You wrote on FOSS Patents that you’re wondering if Apple has lost its mind. But isn’t this just a legal tactic -- to demand too much in the hopes of getting as much as possible?

Q: Wasn’t the price for each infringement already set by the previous trial?
Florian Mueller
Activist, analyst fosspatents.com @FOSSpatents

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* 5 Apple patents: phone number tapping, unified search, data synchronization, slide-to-unlock, and autocomplete

* In the first California Apple v. Samsung trial -- the one that ended in a $929 million verdict against Samsung -- Apple's per-device ask was a fraction of what it's demanding now. The per-unit claim for "pinch to zoom" was $3.10. For "over scroll bounce" and "tap to zoom" it was $2.02 apiece. That's a total to $7.14 for three patents.

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fosspatents.com * @FOSSpatents

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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Google is being taken to court over apps in the Play Store that allow in-app purchases by children. The class-action suit was filed on behalf of all parents whose children have bought apps on Google’s Play store without mom's or dad’s permission. http://gigaom.com/2014/03/10/mother-sues-google-over-kids-apps-after-5-year-old-son-buys-65-worth-of-virtual-currency/

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Jeff John Roberts writes about legal and intellectual property issues for Gigaom.

Q: Apple settled a case with the Federal Trade Commission recently over in-app purchases by minors. Is this case the same as the Apple one?

Q: Isn’t it really the parent’s responsibility to know what their kids are doing with smartphones, rather than Google’s?

Q: What responsibility to the so-called “bait app” makers have to prevent kids from doing this?
Jeff John Roberts
Writer, Gigaom @jeffjohnroberts

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* Class action suit on behalf of people in the U.S. who paid for unauthorized purchases of game currency by their minor children through the Google Play app store.

* U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

* Many games in Play store induce in-app purchases of virtual supplies, ammunition, fruits and vegetables or cash

* So-called “bait apps”

* games highly addictive

* When the password is entered after purchase, Google permits the user to make in-app purchases for up to 30 minutes without reentering the password; which is when kids can buy stuff

* Apple settled a similar case by agreeing to pay at least US$32.5 million

* Filed by a New York woman whose child spent $65.95 on digital “Crystals”

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gigaom.com * @jeffjohnroberts

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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Wayan Vota says the One Laptop Per Child project is dead. The OLPC is a non-profit organization offering an inexpensive laptop designed for children in developing countries. Vota, who founded the blog OLPC News in 2006, wrote in a post this morning that: “It’s time to face reality. The XO-1 laptop is history.”START VIDEO AT 0:23
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eck9Hp0DPgA&feature=share&list=PLA4514035CA8B810E&index=3
http://www.olpcnews.com/about_olpc_news/goodbye_one_laptop_per_child.html

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No Interview

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* OLPC Boston is completely gone. No staff, no consultants, not even a physical office. Nicholas Negroponte long ago moved onto the global literacy X-Prize project.

* He said the idea is still alive: “OLPC Miami is still servicing the major deployments in Uruguay, Peru, and Rwanda

* He said: OLPC Miami “licensed commercial rights to the brand to Sakar/Vivitar, which introduced an XO Tablet for American children.”

* Wayan founded OLPC News in 2006 to track the One Laptop Per Child program

* He has commented on OLPC on 60 Minutes, the Economist, etc.

* OLPC is 8 years old

* XO-1 laptops

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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A judge yesterday blocked plans by the National Security Agency to destroy surveillance phone records. The ruling came after the Electronic Frontier Foundation asked the court for a temporary restraining order today, and said the records might be useful as evidence in lawsuits challenging NSA surveillance. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-10/nsa-phone-record-destruction-halt-sought-by-privacy-group.htmlhttp://www.courthousenews.com/2014/03/10/66002.htm

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No Interview

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* The NSA intended to destroy them on order from the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, which said the agency was banned from hanging on to data for more than 5 years.

* NSA is prohibited from destroying “any telephone metadata or ‘call detail’ records,” White said today.

* The records collected under an NSA program consist of “metadata”

* EFF challenged the NSA telephone surveillance in a complaint filed in July alleging that it illegally erodes the free-speech rights of religious, environmental and human-rights groups. The records are also relevant to a pending 2008 case challenging NSA surveillance, and the NSA was on notice in both cases that it should preserve evidence, Cindy Cohn, legal director at EFF, said in a filing today.

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CONVERSATION 5SHOWLINKS

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A New York Times journalist named Albert Son posted a story today about his experience with self-tracking using quantified self gadgets. The story is called The Monitored Man, and he’s here to tell us about it. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/the-monitored-man/

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Albert Son
Journalist, The New York Times @albertsun

Q: Tell us about your experiment.

Q: Did it help you get fit, or at least understand your activity level?

Q: What are the downsides or limitations of this category of product?

Q: Which did you find to be the most appealing, and which the least?
Albert Sun
Journalist, The New York Times @albertsun

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* Article: “activity trackers generated an estimated $290 million in American retail sales, according to Ben Arnold, an analyst at New York’s NPD Group

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nytimes.com * @albertsun

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IN OTHER NEWSSHOWLINKS

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In one of the most boring applications of virtual reality ever, the Oculus Rift VR headset may soon be put to use simulate the grocery shopping experience! A company called Figure Digital is using Oculus Rift to enable virtual shoppers to virtually walk around a virtual Tesco -- Tesco is a major UK grocery chain. Even if this could somehow lead to actual products being purchased -- wouldn’t an online catalog be better? What’s so great about the experience of walking down a grocery isle?START VIDEO AT 10:10
http://youtu.be/08S86X_5Crs?t=10s

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On Tech News Today: Apple wants Samsung to pay 40 dollars for every patent-infringing phone they sell. * One parent wants Google to pay for the Apps her own kid downloaded. * And a blogger wants the world to know that the One Laptop Per Child project is dead.

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