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This is Tech News Today for Tuesday, April 1st, 2014!

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Tech News Today explores 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 Mark Milian, a tech writer and editor for Global Tech at BloombergMark Milian
Editor, Global Tech at Bloomberg @markmilian
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Yahoo may be in talks to buy a video syndication and advertising company called News Distribution Network, according to an exclusive in The Wall Street Journal by Doug MacMillan. The sale price could be about $300 million, according to the report. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304157204579473780432974344

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Doug MacMillan is here to provide more details.

Q: So what is NDN and why would Yahoo want to buy them?

Q: Yahoo hasn’t had much luck with these kinds of acquisitions. They tried and failed to buy Dailymotion, Hulu and even NDN itself last year. Do you think they’ll have better luck this time ?

Q: NDN sounds like they have pretty boring content -- mostly from local news. Will boring content help them compete against YouTube?

Q: You quoted an NDN spokeswoman as saying the talks are not about acquisition. Could they be talking about a partnership instead?

Q: Is there any benefit to YouTube besides the videos? Do they have ad relationships or technology of interest to the company?

Doug MacMillan
Tech reporter, The Wall Street Journal @dmac1

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* Based on sources “familiar with the matter.”

* would help Yahoo expand its video offering to thousands of new sites

* "We are not in talks to get acquired by Yahoo at this time," Krystal Olivieri, NDN spokeswoman

* Re/code reported Yahoo executives have started poaching YouTube video creators

* NDN doesn’t make videos. They built a collection of over 100,000 videos from partners like local TV news stations, and make clips available to news organizations

* NDN also sells ads to accompany the videos, and keeps a portion of the revenue it generates

* NDN is the fourth-largest video site, with 573 million video views, and Yahoo is fifth, with 384 million.

* Yahoo has also acquired the rights to shows like "Saturday Night Live" and hired TV veteran Katie Couric to star in a series of online interviews with news makers

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Doug * wsj.com * @dmac1

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New data from a mobile-app measurement and advertising company called Flurry says the average user spends six times more smartphone time using native apps compared to the mobile web. http://venturebeat.com/2014/04/01/the-mobile-web-is-still-losing-out-to-native-apps-six-years-into-the-mobile-revolution/

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Dean Takahashi is the Lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat.

Q: Dean, what do you suppose is driving this trend away from the mobile web and toward apps?

Q: What are the apps people are using more?

Q: So about a third of usage is gaming on both platforms. Runners up including social networking and watching videos. Looks like people use their phones mainly as distractions. Where do productivity, fitness and, say, reading news, magazines and books fit into all this?

Q: What does this mean for the appeal of HTML5 development, vs app development.

Q: Are there any significant differences between usage on iOS and Android?
Dean Takahashi
Lead writer for GamesBeat, VentureBeat @deantak

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* 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices up from 2 hours, 38 minutes a year ago

* Just 22 minutes a day are spent using a mobile browser

* Mobile app usage accounts for 2 hours and 19 minutes of that time spent

* mobile web usage dropped from 20% of the U.S. consumer’s time in 2013 to just 14%

* Flurry gathers data from 450,000 mobile applications installed on over 1.3 billion devices

* gaming still dominates mobile usage with 32% of time spent on iOS and Android devices

* Facebook remained a strong second with 17% of time spent on mobile, down from 18%

* Facebook, combined with Twitter (1.5%) and Social Messaging apps (9.5%) grew to 28% of time spent on mobile, up from 24% last year

* Broader shift from socializing on Facebook to sharing within smaller, more private messaging applications

* YouTube accounted for 4% of time spent

* Utility apps saw their shares remain the same at 8% each, year-over-year, while productivity apps doubled their share from 2% to 4%.

* This means that web technologies like HTML5, the lingua franca for the web, aren’t keeping up with the native app’s performance on mobile devices.

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Dean * venturebeat.com * @deantak

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Twitter made major moves this week to boost its connection to the world of television. The company acquired two TV-related companies in Europe, including France’s Mesagraph and the UK’s SecondSync. Twitter also announced that it’s increasing its partnership with Kantar Media, a marketing research firm. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/03/31/twitter-doubles-down-on-tv-in-europe/

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Tom Cheredar is a Staff Writer for VentureBeat

Q: So what do Mesagraph and SeconSync do?

Q: This is ultimately about gathering data to sell more expensive Twitter ads, isn’t it?

Q: Tell us about the Kantar Media relationship? How has Twitter expanded it?

Q: Twitter seems like TV’s favorite social network, but Facebook is trying to change that, aren’t they?

Q: Twitter is a pretty global company, but less than one third of its revenue comes from outside the US. Why is that?
Tom Cheredar
Staff Writer, VentureBeat @TChed

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* Twitter bought Bluefin Labs in February 2013; company measures Who is watching TV while checking out Twitter

* Advertisers want to double down on TV ads and Twitter ads

* New acquisitions help Twitter Twitter do Bluefin stuff but in Europe

* Twitter also needs to shake down foreigners for more $$. Twitter earned just 27% of its revenue for the three months through December 31 from overseas although 78% of its 241 million monthly active users reside outside of the U.S.

* Kantar works like Nielsen to measure TV viewing. Old deal was for UK and Spain. New deal expands to the Nordics, Russia, parts of Africa and Southeast Asia

* Twitter has taken the Nielsen Twitter TV rating to Italy and, more recently, to Australia. Elsewhere, it has partnered with Video Research in Japan and GFK in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

* Twitter also launched a TV network-focused ad/promotion platform Amplify last year, as well as forged partnerships with media companies like Comcast.

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Tom * venturebeat.com * @TChed

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A mandatory kill switch could save consumers $2.6 billion each year, according to research out of Creighton (CRAY-ton) University. A kill switch is the ability to remotely erase smartphones when they're lost or stolen. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455789,00.asphttp://readwrite.com/2014/04/01/how-a-smartphone-kill-switch-could-save-customers-money

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Dave Smith
News Editor, ReadWrite

Q: Is 2.6 billion dollars a lot, in the larger scheme of things?

Q: Why are wireless carriers against this?

Q: If kill switches can be an option, why not let the market decide?

Q: What’s YOUR opinion?
Dave Smith
News Editor, ReadWrite @redletterdave

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* Dr. William Duckworth, a statistics, data science, and analytics professor at Creighton

* surveyed 1,200 smartphone owners, found they support and expect it

* Americans spend about $580 million each year replacing stolen phones

* Contribute $4.8 billion paying for premium device insurance

* California introduced a bill; wireless industry concerned that others could brick your phone

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Dave * readwrite.com * @redletterdave

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A free new browser extension called SellHack adds an unauthorized button on Linkedin profiles that appears to let you see hidden email addresses. The extension doesn’t actually hack Linkedin. Instead, it checks publicly available data and, barring that, actually guesses the email address. http://sellhack.com/https://www.yahoo.com/tech/this-sneaky-tool-will-let-you-see-anyones-email-on-81301057402.html

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alyssa bereznak
Technology Columnist for Yahoo

Q: Linkedin can’t possibly be happy about this, can they?

Q: How does this work exactly?

Q: How do you think they guess email addresses?

Q: The service seems to collect information. Do we know what they do with it?

Q: Which browsers are supported?
alyssa bereznak
Technology Columnist for Yahoo @alyssabereznak

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* the extension is able to watch your activity on the site and collect the information of any direct connection whose page you’ve decided to visit. What it’s using this information for is unclear.

* Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

* SellHack.com

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Everyone, it seems, is doing original TV-like programming these days, from Netflix to Amazon. Now even AOL is getting into the act. And, no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. AOL has commissioned a reality show called “Connected,” which is a copy -- I mean an adaptation of an Israeli series. Set in New York City, the US “Connected” will enable viewers to watch five cast members as they record their lives with handheld video cameras. The half-hour show premiers in January 2015 on the AOL On Network. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-aol-documentary-connected-20140331,0,3805364.story

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Yahoo might buy a boatload of video content

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Smartphone users shun the mobile web in favor of distracting apps

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And an unauthorized browser extension reveals hidden email addresses on Linkedin. Or does it?

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