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TITLE: SHOW TITLE, The Amazon Revolution Will Be TelevisedGUEST CO-ANCHOR: Brian Fung

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This is Tech News Today for Wednesday, April 2, 2014!

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This episode of Tech News Today is brought to you by…
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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - I'm Chad Johnson. Jason Howell is off today.

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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 Brian Fung, a tech reporter for the Washington Post. Brian Fung
Reporter, Washington Post @b_fung

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Amazon * Microsoft's Build conference * BRIDGEURL LINK

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Amazon finally unveiled its new video streaming hardware, called the Amazon Fire TV, today. http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-unveils-streaming-video/

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Jillian D'Onfro
Tech writer, Business Insider

Q: Why are they doing this?

Q: What does this have that competitors don’t?

* $99

* 2 gigs of RAM, Wi-Fi, a bluetooth remote

* content providers: Hulu Plus, Watch Espn, Showtime, MLB, Disney, YouTube, Netflix, and, of course, Amazon Instant Video

* VP of Kindle Peter Larsen said Amazon has identified the three problems customers found with other video streaming devices. This includes difficult search capabilities, performance issues and closed ecosystems. He said the Fire TV addresses these issues.

* The thin rectangular box runs a quad-core processor, like that found in high-end smartphones. It has dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, 2 GB of storage, and full 1080p support. The sleek accompanying remote is Bluetooth. It’s shipping today.

* Fire Game Controller, which will cost an additional $39.99
Jillian D'Onfro
Tech writer, Business Insider @jillianiles

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* Vice President of Amazon Games Michael Frazzini says thousands of games will be available on Fire TV next month

* Amazon is partnering with Sega, Disney, EA and more. Yep, it’s got Minecraft (unlike Oculus ever will). Amazon will also be developing its own games, both for Fire TV and the Kindle Fire HDX.

* These games will be available as in-app purchases, in keeping with Amazon’s business model of using hardware to push you to spend money in its marketplace

* voice search, which Vice President of Kindle Peter Larsen insists “actually works.” As they say on Twitter, “wow, if true.” In the demo, IMDB ratings popped up when searching for specific movies.

* The Fire TV box plays music and displays lyrics to whatever you’re listening to on TV. So, if you buy this you’ll have no excuse for singing “wrapped up like a douche” every again.

* High-performance

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Jillian * businessinsideer.com * jillianiles

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Yesterday was the first day of a shiny, new Apple-Samsung lawsuit where the two most profitable handset makers haggle over patents. Apple and Samsung went straight for the legal jugular in their opening arguments yesterday, with Apple saying that Samsung quote: “Crossed to the dark side” and blatantly copied the iPhone and Samsung countering by saying that Apple is trying to limit consumer choice. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/technology/apple-and-samsung-reprise-patent-fight-with-google-a-shadow-presence.html

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* Samsung argued that the case was about Google and Android, and Apple argued that it was about Samsung.

* Apple Lawyer: "It is Samsung, not Google that chose to put these features into its phones"

* Samsung Lawyer: "Apple is trying to limit consumer choice and gain an unfair advantage over Google's Android."

* smartphone market that was valued at $338.2 billion last year

* Samsung had 31 percent of industry revenue, compared with 15 percent for Apple

* same San Jose, California, courtroom where a jury two years ago found that Samsung infringed Apple’s patents and awarded $1.05 billion in damages

* Apple says Samsung is lucky -- 50 patents could have been at stake

* Samsung: Our 'next big thing' ads drove Apple's marketing chief 'crazy'

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Is Bitcoin money? It’s an important question. For example, the IRS says it’s property, not currency. And of course they would say that. If it's property, they can tax it. And it turns out that Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road online black market agrees with the IRS, according to a new article on Forbes.com by Andrew Greenberg. You see, Silk Road used Bitcoin as the method of payment. And Ulbricht is charged with, among other things, money laundering. He says that if Bitcoin isn’t money, then how could there be money laundering? http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/04/01/alleged-silk-road-creators-lawyer-denies-bitcoin-is-monetary-instrument-moves-to-drop-all-charges/

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Andrew Greenberg is here to tell us more about the case.

Q: First, can you tell us what Silk Road is exactly, and what this case is about?

Q: Is the claim that Bitcoin isn’t currency a sound legal strategy?

Q: Is this case the right venue to legally determine whether Bitcoin is currency?

Q: The bitcoin question isn’t the main point in the case. Isn’t he arguing also the same point that Kim Dotcom claims in the MegaUpload case -- that he merely provided a trade platform that any drug trafficking, computer fraud or money laundering was done by users?
Andrew Greenberg
Tech Reporter, Forbes @a_greenberg

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* Ulbricht’s lawyer Joshua Dratel

* They say all charges should be dropped, including accusations of conspiracy to traffic in narcotics, launder money, hack computers, and run a “continuing criminal enterprise”

* Is the IRS’s opinion about Bitcoin relevant in this case?

* Should be covered by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects site owners and Internet Service Providers from liability against what users do or say on the sites and services they provide

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forbes.com @a_greenberg

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Microsoft's Build developer conference starts today in San Francisco. And it looks like the company gave us an accidental hint of what they’ll be announcing. A web site was spotted yesterday called Windows on Devices dot com. It was quickly taken down. But not before a few bloggers got to rifle through its contents. They found a promotional site talking about Microsoft quote "bringing Windows to a whole new class of small devices -- talking bears, robots, a smart coffee mug and the Internet of Things running Windows and powered by Intel's Galileo platform. The site also talked about a forthcoming SDK, and bragged about a life-sized piano, which may debut at the Build conference today. http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5573056/microsoft-windows-on-devices

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* Galileo = Arduino-certified development boards based on Intel x86 for maker and education

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Google is asking the Supreme Court to decide whether the company’s harvesting of unencrypted WiFi traffic by StreetView cars was legal or illegal. http://www.wired.com/2014/04/threatlevel_0401_streetview/

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* An appeals court September found sniffing may have violated the Wiretap Act

* StreetView cars have Wi-Fi hardware to record names and MAC addresses of routers to improve Google geolocation services.

* 2008-2010 vehicles snagged fragments of internet traffic from thousands of routers that weren’t employing encryption

* This harvesting was part of an engineer’s 20-percent-time project

* When the sniffing eventually surfaced, Google apologized, stopped doing it and offered to destroy the data, which it had never used

* But the company has vigorously defended the legality of the sniffing, arguing that capturing unencrypted Wi-Fi is not wiretapping.

* The Justice Department and the FCC have cleared Google of direct wrongdoing, but the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last September ruled against the company in a dozen merged class action lawsuits stemming from the scandal. The company today asked the Supreme Court to overrule that decision and end the lawsuits

* The Wiretap Act generally outlaws the surreptitious interception of electronic communications

* exception for “electronic communication [that] is readily accessible to the general public.”

* Google’s argument is that plaintext Wi-Fi sniffing is the legal equivalent of listening to a Taxi dispatcher on a Radio Shack scanner.

* If the Supreme Court hears the case and eventually rules that unencrypted Wi-Fi sniffing is legal, that might be seen as a boon to criminals who eavesdrop on public access points

* Google says 9th Circuit’s ruling is bad for computer security, because it could bar legitimate security scanning.

* “IT professionals routinely use the same kind of technology as Google’s Street View cars did to collect packet data in order to secure company networks,” the company writes. “And unlike Google, which never used the payload data it collected, security professionals also parse and analyze the data collected from wired and wireless networks, including networks operated by other persons or entities, to identify vulnerabilities in and potential attacks on the networks they protect.”

* A reply brief by the plaintiffs in the case is due by April 30.

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A web site called RamshackleGlam.com was stolen from its rightful owner Saturday. The thief immediately attempted to sell it on an auction web site. The “buy it now” price was set at $30,000. The site’s owner is Jordan Reid, and through a lot of resourcefulness and tenacity, she managed to get her site back. She not only lived to tell her story on Mashable, but she’s here to tell us all the gory details. Welcome, Jordan!http://mashable.com/2014/04/02/ramshackle-glam-hacking/

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Q: First of all, what is Ramshackle Glam

Q: How was the site stolen?

Q: So how did you get it back?

Q: You wrote that you’re mad at HostMonster and GoDaddy. Why?

Q: The system is clearly broken. How could it be fixed so that other’s aren’t victimized in the same way?

Q: What advice do you have for other web site owners?
Jordan Reid
Founder, Ramshackle Glam @ramshackleglam

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Jordan * ramshackleglam.com * @ramshackleglam

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FOLLOW-UP

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We told you on March 5 about a promotion run by T-Mobile that offered $200 to customers to trade in their BlackBerrys for a new phone -- any phone -- it didn’t have to be a new BlackBerry. Some 94% of the BlackBerry users who took advantage of the offer moved to a different brand, mostly iPhones, according to a leaked memo.
Today we’ve learned that BlackBerry has sent a “Dear John” letter to T-Mobile telling them that BlackBerrys will no longer be available to T-Mobile customers after April 25.
As Ars Technica pointed out this morning, the change will hardly matter. Both BlackBerry and T-Mobile are in fourth place in their respective markets.
http://time.com/46546/blackberry-sends-a-breakup-letter-of-its-own-to-t-mobile/

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Amazon launches a streaming video service (RE-WRITE)

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Apple and Samsung trade barbs in the courtroom

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Microsoft jumps into the Internet of things

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And BlackBerry breaks up with T-Mobile

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