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tmMark Zuckerberg wrote a piece called "Is Connectivity a Human Right?" He's certainly not the first to do so but he's also created a partnership called Internet.org that includes Facebook, Samsung, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Opera,and Ericsson. The organization aims to bring Internet access to the 2/3 of the planet's population who don't have it. Among the goals are to bring down the cost of mobile data access to 1% of the current price within 5-10 years. They also hope to make data transmission more efficient and encourage business models that make it in companies' best interests to help meet these goals. The organization will not be helping build out infrastructure.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/21/us-facebook-internetorg-idUSBRE97K04P20130821

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slThe Wall Street Journal reports that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program can access up to 75 percent of all U.S. internet traffic. The data comes from major internet nodes across the country, and most of the leading telecom companies help gather the information, according to interviews the paper conducted with current and former security officials. It also reports various programs with each telecom provider have their own code names — including Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew. http://gigaom.com/2013/08/20/report-the-nsa-can-access-75-percent-of-all-u-s-internet-traffic/

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iaThis morning, Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison after being convicted of 20 counts related to leaking documents to Wikileaks. Manning will also have his rank reduced to private, forfeit pay and allowances, and be dishonorably discharged. Manning will need to serve at least one-third of his sentence before being eligible for parole. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/bradley-manning-gets-35-years-in-prison/

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tmAllThingsD reports Google's CEO Larry Page, and YouTube content head Robert Kyncl met with NFL officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss many things, including the rights to the 'Sunday Ticket' package currently provided by DirecTV. That deal is up after the 2014 season. The NFL is a league of US sporting teams that throw and carry an oblong ball in a game similar to rugby but with forward passing allowed and a lot more equipment used.http://allthingsd.com/20130820/is-google-ready-to-buy-its-way-into-tv-with-an-nfl-deal/handegg, tom

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slNetflix has replaced the instant queue for US customers with a new feature called “My List,” a watch-it-later list that replaces the Instant Queue for U.S. members and provides international users with an alternative to Netflix’s recommendation algorithm. “My List,” adds a row to the home screen where until now streaming members have only seen recommendations from Netflix’s algorithm. It will be available on all Netflix’s apps and will roll out globally over the next couple weeks.http://gigaom.com/2013/08/21/netflix-rolls-out-my-list-a-watch-it-later-list-that-replaces-the-instant-queue/

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iaMarc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust, has begun a crowd-funded reward for Khalil Shreateh. Shreateh reported a bug to Facebook that would allow any person to post to any other person's timeline without being friends. Facebook denied him any reward claiming the discovery wasn't a bug. Shreateh then posted a message on Mark Zuckerberg's timeline to prove his point. As of right now, the GoFundMe funding goal of $10,000 has already been reached. http://www.cnmeonline.com/news/31022-security-expert-kick-starts-fund-to-pay-facebook-bug-finder-a-10k-bounty/

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tmAs we mentioned earlier in the week, Comcast responded to a subpoena revealing a subscriber associated with Prenda Law as posting copyrighted bittorrent files in order to catch infringers. Attorneys hired by Comcast sent a letter to TorrentFreak claiming it was the intellectual property of Comcast and must be removed within 5 days. Comcast however has stopped the problem and told GigaOm “This notice was sent in error, and we have advised TorrentFreak to disregard it. We apologize for any confusion,”http://gigaom.com/2013/08/21/comcast-says-copyright-threat-to-torrentfreak-an-error/

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slGoogle has launched a website for "Google Helpouts," a previously rumored p2p video chat helpline service. Anyone can sign up to receive or provide help through a Google+ account, and providers can make money off chat sessions. Just enter in your skills, availability, qualifications, and pricing, and Google will match you with people in need of your assistance. Payments will be handled by Google Wallet, and Google will take a 20 percent cut. Helpouts support desktop browsers, Android, and iOS. Google also offers a 100 percent money back guarantee.http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/google-announces-helpouts-a-help-for-cash-video-chat-service/

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tmLG announced a new 5.5-inch smartphone display today, the first to feature a QuadHD 2560x1440 resolution with density of 538 ppi. It's also only 1.21 mm thick with a 1.2mm bezel. The panel has 3.7 million pixels, 4 times the pixels of a 720p display. LG did not announce when we might see one of these built in a phone.http://www.techspot.com/news/53706-lg-announces-55-inch-2560-x-1440-smartphone-display.html

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iaJolla [Yo-lah] announced that its Sailfish OS-powered smartphones are fully booked by customers. Some customers have already made partial payments to reserve the device. Jolla didn't mention specific numbers when it comes to how many devices were booked, but the first Sailfish device costs about 400 Euro and will ship by the end of this year. A new batch will be up for order in the fall. http://thenextweb.com/eu/2013/08/21/the-first-batch-of-jolla-smartphones-is-fully-booked-but-we-dont-know-the-numbers/

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tmFacebook to make Internet more affordablehttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/21/us-facebook-internetorg-idUSBRE97K04P20130821

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Facebook Leads an Effort to Lower Barriers to Internet Accesshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/technology/facebook-leads-an-effort-to-lower-barriers-to-internet-access.html?pagewanted=all

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Technology Leaders Launch Partnership to Make Internet Access Available to Allhttp://newsroom.fb.com/News/690/Technology-Leaders-Launch-Partnership-to-Make-Internet-Access-Available-to-All

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Is Connectivity A Human Right?https://www.facebook.com/isconnectivityahumanright/isconnectivityahumanright.pdf

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Facebook And 6 Phone Companies Launch Internet.org To Bring Affordable Access To Everyonehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/20/facebook-internet-org/

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1/7 people use Facebook in world, 2/3 world doesn't have Internet, growing 9%
Internet.org: Facebook, Samsung, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Opera,and Ericsson
- Affordable Access: Cut cost to access mobile Net to 1% of current within 5-10 years
- Data efficiency: Simplify apps, improve transmission hardware (battery power)
- Help business drive access. mutually beneficial incentives for app developers, device OEMs, and operators
- Does not plan to change infrastructure issues like interconnects, rural access, etc.
Q: Possibly self-interested, possibly self-important, but is it a bad thing?
Michuki Mwangi, regional development manager for Africa at the Internet Society, lack local interconnection points, YouTube videos routed through Europe at high cost. Creating more connection points would require navigating a thicket of government interests and powerful incumbents. At the very cache copies of sites on moreAfrican servers.

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iaIs Google Ready to Buy Its Way Into TV With an NFL Deal?
http://allthingsd.com/20130820/is-google-ready-to-buy-its-way-into-tv-with-an-nfl-deal/

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Google, NFL meeting reportedly includes Sunday Ticket discussionshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/08/20/google-nfl-sunday-ticket-youtube/

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Google Q2 2013 Financialshttp://investor.google.com/earnings/2013/Q2_google_earnings.html

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- AllThingsD reports that Google's Larry Page with YouTube's content boss Robert Kyncl is in talks with the NFL
- Among the topics discussed was the NFL Sunday Ticket package, which DirecTV currently owns in a deal that will end with the 2014 NFL season
- AllThingsD says that the NFL is meeting with multiple Silicon Valley companies on this trip and this trip is made annually
- Sunday Ticket currently costs $1B a year for DirecTV
- From Google's Q2: As of June 30, 2013, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $54.4 billion.

Q: The deal seems really unlikely, but should Google just simply pay whatever it takes to get the NFL on its services?

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slVevo's Apple TV app could arrive this week in ongoing television pushhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/21/4643066/vevo-apple-tv-app-new-owner-rumors

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Vevo TV landing pagehttp://www.vevo.com/about/vevo-tvVIDEOplay a little of the stream? will be copyrighted video

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- vevo already on Roku and Xbox, Wall Street Journal reporting Apple TV app may launch this week, also one for Samsung's smart TVs. access to on-demand music videos and new 24-hour-a-day channel of original content. Vevo's new TV push includes future separate channels on cable TV. already on iOS, Android, and Windows 8.
- new apps help Vevo move away from YouTube, keep more ad revenue. Google recently purchased a 10% stake in Vevo to secure its distribution status for five years, The WSJ claims an app is also planned for Sony's PlayStation
q: does the mtv generation want this? will the new generation embrace "channels"

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tmNetflix rolls out “My List,” a watch-it-later list that replaces the Instant Queuehttp://gigaom.com/2013/08/21/netflix-rolls-out-my-list-a-watch-it-later-list-that-replaces-the-instant-queue/

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Netflix MyList replaces Instant Queue in US, International users get alt. to recommendations
- Netflix sorts the list for you based on recommendation engine (can change to manual)
- New seasons tags will show up, expiration dates
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slSmartThings Launches An Online And Mobile Shop For ‘Internet Of Things’ Deviceshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/21/smartthings-shop/

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- new store of curated "connected" smart devices
- buy starter kit for either $200/$300, browse compatible devices. unlock doors remotely, know when a car is in driveway, monitor moisture, detect motion, turn lights on
- goal to make open platform for devs, 3rd party manufacturers. iOS app live now, Android soon
q: is this where it all starts? early adopters --> everyone?

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iaHere’s how Beats Music is curating its subscription service http://gigaom.com/2013/08/20/beats-music-curation-internal-details/

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- GigaOm has details on how the Beats Music service would work
- At the core of the service are playlists created by musicians and music writers.
- Beats Music has also contracted with a number of freelancers who have been compiling thousands of playlists on an assignment basis
- Playlists are designed based on Beats Music editors. Playlists can be based on the work of an artist, a genre, or even activities
- The freelancers are told to build the playlists for certain types of listeners (like a 40-year-old country fan) and keep in mind moods and activities
- The average playlist is to be less than 70 minutes
- GigaOm even had a bit from the Beats training manual that has notes that says "avoid overly clever transitions" and "avoid elitisim"
- The subscription service formerly known as "Project Daisy" is headed by Jimmy Iovine

Q: After hearing how Beats are putting together playlists, is that enough to compete with other streaming services?

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Tonight and tomorrow: Twitter reenacts one of the early battles of American Civil Warhttp://boingboing.net/2013/08/20/tonight-and-tomorrow-twitter.html

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Average Income per Programming Languagehttp://bpodgursky.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/average-income-per-programming-language/

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Small Firm Creates A 3D-Printed Scale Model Of The Hyperloophttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/20/small-firm-creates-a-3d-printed-scale-model-of-the-hyperloop/

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Scientists Take Graphene to the Next Levelhttp://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-20/scientists-take-graphene-to-the-next-level#r=hpt-lst

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PlayStation 4 Will Be Released on November 15, Xbox One Release Date Still MIAhttp://allthingsd.com/20130820/playstation-4-will-be-released-on-november-15-xbox-one-release-date-still-mia/

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Part of the rapidly expanding demand for ruggedized weatherproof GPS enabled cameras is for road bicyclists to protect themselves.
While a bike commute is rarely as XTREME! as GoPro's advertisements, nor should it be, the GPS time and location stamp on the video has allowed cyclists to criminally prosecute hit and run drivers.

A few recent high profile cases hit TV news so people now see that this form of "insurance" is available and cost-effective. Then it's posted on YouTube tagged with license plate number and a driver description.

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Tom and Posse,

The appeal of Beats headphones is primarily visual, being seen wearing them, they are a fashion accessory that happens to play music with an extreme emphasis on bass.

Anyone who regularly takes public transportation will eventually see "that guy" wearing Beats headphones not plugged into anything. HTC makes phones, which primarily reside in your pocket, while there is some visual appeal its generally not he main reason you buy the phone (otherwise almost everyone wouldn't put a case on it).

Instead of making a play toward fashion with the investment, HTC bet on sound quality as a selling point, which to me is a misunderstanding about what makes Beats a successful company.

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