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TITLE: MattricknadoedStop the presses, Jeff Bezos| Cut your nose off to make your face less ugly

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Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post, Amazon gets into fine art and Comcast goes rogue with its own copyright enforcement http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Sharif Sakr
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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmThe Washington Post Company announced yesterday it will sell the Washington Post Newspaper, several local newspapers and Comprint printing to Jeff Bezos for $250 million. The remaining bits of the Post Company, such as Salon.com, Kaplan Test prep and Foreign Policy Magazine will continue separatelyunder a new name. Bezos will become the sole private owner of the Washington Post newspaper and said in a memo that publisher Katherine Weymouth and the entire staff will remain in place. No layoffs are planned.http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/jeff-bezos-acquires-the-washington-post/

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slAfter reports that a 3rd party iPhone charger cause a Chinese woman's fatal electrocution, Apple has launched a trade-in program designed to get official USB power adapters to more customers. If a user suspects their charger to be faulty, Apple will dispose of it, and for $10, provide a new official adapter. The promotion runs until October 18th.http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/6/4593380/apple-tackles-unsafe-iphone-chargers-with-trade-in-program

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iaAfter the news hit that there was a vulnerability in the Tor Browser Bundle that compromises privacy, the Tor Project is telling people to stop using Windows and disable JavaScript to get your privacy back. The Tor Project says the attack code is Windows-specific even though the Tor Browser Bundle for Firefox vulnerability is cross-platform. The Tor Project also says in the future, the Tor Browser Bundle will have an easier interface so you can configure JavaScript settings. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046013/tor-project-stop-using-windows-disable-javascript.html

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tmA new Nielsen study showed a "statistically significant causal influence" between a spike in Twitter commentary about a TV show and a spike in tune-in. Nielsen found that the volume of Tweets caused statistically significant changes in Live TV Ratings among 29 percent of the episodes, though the study didn't state how much the increase was. http://allthingsd.com/20130805/nielsen-blesses-twitters-tale-with-a-new-study-tweets-really-can-boost-ratings/

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slIBM's formed a new development alliance with Google, NVIDIA, motherboard maker Tyan, and others, in an effort to reverse the dominance that Intel has in server processors, and open up the power chip’s innovations to the world at large. in the company's words, the move will make: “POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time as well as making POWER IP licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform." http://gigaom.com/2013/08/06/ibm-hopes-google-et-al-can-breathe-life-into-its-power-chip-franchise/

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iaSamsung announced that it is now mass producing the industry's first 3D vertical NAND flash memory. Why is this a big deal? Well, vertical NAND gets around a density barrier. By using a 3D cell structure, Samsung is capable of cramming more memory on a chip. The structure also allows for improved reliability and speed. Samsung hasn't announced which devices will take advantage of vertical NAND just yet. http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/05/samsung-ships-first-3d-vertical-nand-flash/

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tmMVNOs are having a big day. FredomPop announced it's first WiFi Hotspot for Sprint's LTE network. FreedomPop will sell the device for $150 with it's normal 500 MB of free LTE data a month. TextNow, a WiFi based calling and text app will become an MVNO selling 500 MB of data 750 minutes of outgoing calls and unlimited incoming calls and texts for $18.99 a month. The service will work on Sprint's network when WiFi isn't available. http://allthingsd.com/20130806/freedompop-textnow-plan-new-services-atop-sprints-network/

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slUndated documents reviewed by Reuters show A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans, and concealing how such investigations start - from defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. Federal agents are reportedly trained to "recreate" the trail and cover up where the real information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805

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tmWisconsin network engineer Brenda Koehler has filed a lawsuit against Indian firm Infosys for violating the Civil Rights act of 1964. Koehler alleges Infosys hired a Bangladeshi worker on an H-1B visa for a VMWare/Windows administrator position instead of her. Koehler is VM-ware certified with a master's degree in information systems and 17 years of experience. Her suit seeks class action status alleging 90% of Infosys 15,000 US employees are foreign workers. Infosys denied the accusations stating the company is "an equal-opportunity employer." http://www.itworld.com/it-management/367927/us-it-worker-files-hiring-lawsuit-against-infosys

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iaStop the presses, Jeff Bezos. A report from Variety says that Comcast is currently working on a new anti-piracy scheme. When a customer would download a work illegally, a pop-up message would appear with legal ways to purchase the same content from Comcast or a third party. Variety says Comcast is in preliminary discussions with content companies and other ISPs to bring in this new method into being.http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/08/comcast-working-on-new-anti-piracy-scheme-moving-beyond-six-strikes/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Sharif Sakr, Senior European Editor
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Discussion Stories

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tmJeff Bezos to buy Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/national/washington-post-to-be-sold-to-jeff-bezos/2013/08/05/ca537c9e-fe0c-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story_1.html

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Donald Graham, the Post Co. chairman and chief executive, explainshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/video/thefold/graham-bezos-offers-best-path-for-post/2013/08/06/4adbbaf8-fe43-11e2-bd97-676ec24f1f3f_video.htmlVIDEO Start 4:19 "He didn't do this impulsively..."

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What Did Bezos Actually Buy?http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/what-did-bezos-actually-buy/

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While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chesshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/bezos-not-bozos/

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Jeff Bezos memo to Washington Post staff: 'I already have a day job'http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/jeff-bezos-on-post-purchase/2013/08/05/e5b293de-fe0d-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_print.html?hpid=z1

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Jeff Bezos' big bets: From Washington Post to candle holdershttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57597114-93/jeff-bezos-big-bets-from-washington-post-to-candle-holders/

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Sources at Washington Post during Bezos announcement: ‘It was like a funeral’http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/5/4592674/sources-at-washington-post-bezos-announcement-like-a-funeral

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Jeff Bezos will buy The Washington Post Company for $250 million
- Gets local papers, Comprint printing (military pubs.)
- Alex Wilhelm, TC, estimates w/o legacy pension expenses, Post in good financial shape
- "“There would be change with or without new ownership. But the key thing I hope people will take away from this is that the values of The Post do not need changing. The duty of the paper is to the readers, not the owners.”
- Paper goes from being publicly owned as part of Washington Post Co. to privately owned and without shareholder pressure.
- Bezos to Forbes last year: “The three big ideas at Amazon are long-term thinking, customer obsession, and willingness to invent.”
Q: Long-term visionary who's perfect to save journalism, or efficient cost-cutter who drives business interest at the expense of workers? Which Bezos will WaPo get?

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slAmazon launches Amazon Art marketplace with over 40,000 fine artworkshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/amazon-launches-amazon-art-service-with-over-40-000-works/

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$200k Warhol painting of Chairman Maohttp://www.amazon.com/Mao-93/dp/B00E93AA8Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=art&ie=UTF8&qid=1375787240&sr=1-2&keywords=pop+art

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Did the Monet actually sell?http://www.amazon.com/Fragment-de-Nymph%C3%A9as/dp/B00E1TDKZ8/ref=sr_1_2?s=art&ie=UTF8&qid=1375787363&sr=1-2

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- Amazon Art marketplace, giving users access to 40k pieces of fine art from over 150 dealers and galleries.
- over 4,500 artists at launch, amazon says the site one of the largest online collections
- Amazon said it aims to "demystify the world of art," by giving users a "gallery experience" while browsing collections of paintings, photos, prints
- detailed information about each piece, you'll be able to learn about the artist, provenance and exhibition history. You can even filter your search by subject, color, size and price
q: amazon competing w art dealers, photographers... make sense?

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iaComcast Developing Anti-Piracy Alternative to ‘Six Strikes’ (Exclusive) http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/comcast-developing-anti-piracy-alternative-to-six-strikes-exclusive-1200572790/

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- Variety reports Comcast is coming up with a new method to fight piracy
- Here's how the system would work: a person illegally downloading a movie from a P2P system would see a pop-up message appear with links to purchase the same content
- Links would take you to Comcast's VOD system or a distributor's broadband network or third party sellers like Amazon
- Variety says Comcast is in "preliminary discussions with both film and TV studios and other leading Internet service providers" to bring this to the people.

- According to Variety, while Comcast is a part of the Center for Copyright Information, this is not a CCI initiative
- The new system would be a complement to Copyright Alert System (the six strikes) and not a replacement
- Under the new plan, ISPs would NOT get a cut of revenue derived from the transactions they drive to legal third-party sites.
- Variety says Comcast engineers haven't formally begun work on this new system, but the project is being worked on in tandem w/ engineers at NBC Universal

Q: Can Comcast convince copyright holders to adopt such a plan?

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slNielsen Blesses Twitter’s Tale With a New Study: Tweets Really Can Boost Ratingshttp://allthingsd.com/20130805/nielsen-blesses-twitters-tale-with-a-new-study-tweets-really-can-boost-ratings/

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- an increase in Twitter commentary about a TV show can increase viewership of that same show as it airs live.
- survey of broadcast prime-time programming, Nielsen found heavy tweeting caused statistically “significant changes” 29% of the time.
- “Sharknado” good example of high tweet factor but bad ratings
- Neilsen says Twitter is best at boosting ratings for reality shows, but no specific comparison numbers
- takeaway is vague- twitter helps neilsen sometimes, but hard to quantify specifically.
q: twitter wants ad execs to believe twitter boosts ratings. is a trend enough?

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iaOMGPOP Team Tried To Buy Back Its Site, But Zynga Killed It Instead http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/omgameoverpop/

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- Sources tell TechCrunch that the OMGPOP team was attempting to buy back any intellectual property it could get from Zynga
- OMGPOP was going after the domain name, the site, and games.
- Some employees offered to work on OMGPOP.com for free
- Zynga told the OMG people that it would be legally too difficult to take the pieces of OMGPOP out of Zynga to sell them.
- Then Zynga laid off OMGPOP's employees and then announced that OMGPOP.com will shut down on Sept. 30th.
- A number of games will shut down on August 29th (does not include Draw Something & its sequel)

Q: TechCrunch guesses that if the OMGPOP people were successful with their IP after acquisition, it would expose Zynga as a mess. Is that a good enough reason to kill OMGPOP?

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tmHere’s why a war has started between Chinese Internet giants Tencent and Alibabahttp://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/08/06/heres-why-a-war-has-started-between-chinese-internet-giants-tencent-and-alibaba/

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Alibaba v. Tencent: Beatdown in Beijing
TenCent
- WeChat deals with China Unicom (SIM) China Telecom (2GB data) Xiaomi (Hingmi with Qzone)
- Exploring Ecommerce, $150 millin in FAB.com, Tenpay in WeChat
Alibaba
- Suspended WeChat "misuse by sellers", replaced with Weibo-Taobao
- Remember Alibaba took an 18% stake in Sina Weibo as a hedge against TenCent, and 28% of AutoNavi for maps
Q: How is this fight different from Silicon Valley?

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NASA will separate twin brothers for a year: one on Earth, one in spacehttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/5/4591832/nasa-to-conduct-twin-astronaut-study-mark-and-scott-kelly

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Confused photocopiers randomly rewriting scanned documentshttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/08/confused-photocopiers-randomly-rewriting-scanned-documents/

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AOL and Groupon both having earnings reports tomorrow

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also tomorrow LG to host an event in New York City - G2 launch, will be live streamed

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SimCity for Mac arrives on August 29thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/08/05/simcity-for-mac-arrives-on-august-29th/

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Zynga to shutter OMGPOP website on September 30thhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/zynga-to-shutter-omgpop-website-on-september-30th/

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I've been a long time (Canadian) fan of the show but the first time I've written (on a holiday Monday to boot!!!).

I've been listening to all the Chromecast hype over the past couple of weeks and am lost to why folks are making such a big deal over this? I've even read some other media outlets claiming its a "game changer" and had to laugh.

About a year ago I purchased a similar dongle while in China and have subsequently purchased additional units for all my televisions online for around $45 shipped. Each device basically turns my sets into full Android devices with 1GB RAM, dual core A9 processors running at 1.6GHz, 4GB flash, full GPU support and two USB ports and a microSD expansion port.

I pair each with a small handheld wireless mouse and keyboard device. I've had all the functionality of Chromecast and MUCH MORE for a long time now.

So I guess my question is why do people think these Chromecast devices are such a big deal because they seem very limited as compared to tech I've had for more than a year now.

Briano

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