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It's Monday, March 17, 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 stories of the day in conversation with some of the world's best journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is Harry McCracken, editor at large for TIME who writes the Technologizer blog.Harry McCracken,
Editor at large, TIME @harrymccracken

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We told you Wednesday about a story on The Intercept blog that said the NSA is spreading malware by using fake Facebook servers. The NSA subsequently denied it. And this morning, the Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher posted an intriguing piece contrasting NSA denials against details of the leaked documents, which of course are part of the trove leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/15/nsa-facebook-malware-turbine-non-denial-denial/

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Ryan Gallagher writes for The Intercept and joins us today to talk about his story.

Q: Before we talk about the denials and your piece this morning, can you first summarize this particular revelation as reported last week?

Q: So who denied this within the NSA and what did they deny?

Q: How do the documents compare with the denials?

Q: As you wrote in your piece, the NSA’s denials about faking a Facebook server are in the present tense, so it’s not a denial that they did it in the past, right?

Q: To what extent are these Snowden documents just a bunch of talk. Is the media properly parsing out the difference between a stated capability and an actual capability and also an actual use of a capability?
Ryan Gallagher
Journalist, The Intercept @rj_gallagher

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Games writer, GamesBeat/VentureBeat  @deantak

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A service called Popcorn Time, which lets you watch pirated BitTorrent movies free, became available last week, only to be shut down, then resurrected again over the weekend.

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Devindra Hardawar is Senior Editor and lead mobile writer for VentureBeat.

Q: First of all, can you tell us what Popcorn Time is and who created it?

Q: Why did it shut down?

Q: Who resurrected it?

Q: Does an app like this have a chance of both surviving pressure from Hollywood and also competing against all the other ways to download movies?

Q: YTS is now claiming that it’s a community project, right? What’s that all about?
Devindra Hardawar
Senior Editor, VentureBeat @Devindra

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* The software was removed from Mega.co.nz mid-week

* It’s still unclear if that action was taken by Mega on its own or under threats from Hollywood

* Beta builds for Windows, OS X, and Linux are being posted to GitHub

* "The YTS team will now be picking up the Popcorn Time project and continuing on like previously," a developer told TorrentFreak.

* "We are in a better position copyright wise as for us, because it's build on our API. It's as if we have built another interface to our website."

* The Argentina-based team added that piracy is not a people problem, it’s one based around service created by an industry that “portrays innovation as a threat to their antique recipe to collect value.”

* Speaking with TorrentFreak, YTS (formerly YIFY-Torrents) developer Jduncanator has confirmed that Popcorn Time will not die with the withdrawal of its founding team. Instead, YTS will pick up the baton and run.

VERGE UPDATE: Since our interview with the YTS developer, YTS have given us a new statement which effectively distances them from the Popcorn Time project. “Popcorn Time is a community driven project, not owned nor maintained by a single person or entity,” the site said.

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venturebeat.com * @Devindra

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Apple is working on an iOS application that will almost certainly ship with iOS and may be called Healthbook. This passbook-like app will apparently focus on fitness tracking and healthcare monitoring. http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/17/this-is-healthbook-apples-first-major-step-into-health-fitness-tracking/

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9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman posted a detailed analysis of Healthbook this morning, and joins us now to fill us in.

Q: What is Healthbook and what will it be able to do?

Q: You wrote that the interface is like Passbook. In what way?

Q: You claim Healthbook will track hydration levels. How will it get this data?

Q: It appears that Apple expects users to enter in a ton of data, including what they eat. Will anybody actually do this? It doesn’t seem mainstream enough for Apple.

Q: Will some of this data come from the rumored iWatch or other fitness-related bands?

Q: There’s a section in the app called Blood Sugar. Will this tie into medical devices designed for diabetics?

Q: It appears that the app will track sleep cycles. Any idea how they’ll do that?

Q: There’s also an emergency card for the user’s emergency medical data. Any evidence this will be sharable?

Mark Gurman
Senior Editor, 9to5Mac @markgurman

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* Thanks to the capabilities of the iPhone 5s’s M7 motion co-processor, Healthbook could technically receive steps, miles walked, and caloric data from the iPhone itself. However, that is where the M7 stops being useful for Healthbook.

* Blood, hydration, and respiratory rate information would clearly need to come from other sources.

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Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, who we told in in previous episodes was identified by Newsweek as being the creator of Bitcoin, has gotten himself a lawyer and has officially denied involvement in the crypto-currency. In a statement, he said, quote: “I did not create, invent, or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report.” I also assume he'll be cancelling his subscription. http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.html

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