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Sony climbs into the cloud, Mozilla's making a phone OS, and the Internet declares FREEDOM!!!!! http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Cali Lewis, geekbeat.tv
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tmSony Computer Entertainment has acquired cloud gaming service Gaikai for $380 million. Gakai, similar to OnLive, streams the latest video games over the Internet to almost any machine. Google demonstrated it on a Chrome OS ChromeBox at Google I/O last week. Sony intends to use Gakai's data centers to bolster and expand Sony's online gaming services.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406587,00.asp

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iaMozilla's mobile operating system has a new name - say goodbye to "Boot to Gecko" and say hello to "Firefox OS." Mozilla's got some new partners for its OS including Deutsche Telekom, Sprint and ZTE. ZTE makes many carrier-branded devices like the Verizon Jetpack. The first phones with Firefox OS should hit Brazil in 2013http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57464634-92/mozillas-browser-os-gets-partners-and-a-name-firefox-os/

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tmRemember when Facebook changed everybody's default email to a Facebook.com address last week. Bad idea Facebook. CNET's Violet Blue reports on growing complaints from folks who use Facebook as their address book, having their email address overwritten in other people's address books. Also email messages seem to have gone missing in some cases The feature seems to be mobile as well! Blue pointed to one person using an iOS 6 preview that had contacts changed.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57464415-93/facebook-e-mail-mess-address-books-altered-e-mail-lost/

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iaEverybody calm down - our long global trademark nightmare is over. The Apple iPad in China will be called the "Apple iPad" after Apple paid Proview $60 million in a settlement. Proview had been looking to collect as much as $400 million. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-07-01/chinese-court-says-apple-to-pay-local-company-60-million-to-settle-ipad-name-dispute

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tmYou might not have heard about this news because THE ENTIRE INTERNET WAS DOWN THIS WEEKEND! At least that's what it seemed like. A lightning storm on the east coast took down an Amazon data center leading to outages for a number of services that rely on Amazon. Then a leap-second was added to atomic clocks June 30 which caused even more outages by confused servers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18672173

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iaDeutsche Telekom was busy - it has that deal with Mozilla - and it also set up a deal with MasterCard that will bring the carrier an NFC wallet in the third quarter of this year. Poland and Germany will be the first regions to get the product, which will be SIM-based. http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/02/mastercard-ties-up-with-t-mobile-for-nfc-mobile-payments-in-europe/

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tmWelcome to the Microsoft fanboy cafe. We have prepared Microsoft winning three ways for you today. We start with a 54% browser share for Internet Explorer according to Net Applications, and a third place finish for Chrome that cleanses the palate of that continuous percentage decline aftertaste. We'll move you on to a lovely combo of Net Applications showing Windows 7 on 41.6 percent of PCs paired with XP on 43.6 percent. And finish with the dazzling numbers from StatCounter that show Windows 7 had 50.2 percent of the OS market for June, while s XP had 29.9. Enjoy.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57464800-75/ie-hangs-on-to-more-than-half-of-browser-market/

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-http://news.cnet.com/8301-1045_3-57464649/windows-7-on-majority-of-pcs-for-the-first-time/

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-http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57464853-75/windows-7-hot-on-xps-tail-as-top-operating-system/

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iaLast Friday, Apple won an preliminary injunction against Samsung that could ban the import of Galaxy Nexus phones. On Saturday, Samsung filed a motion to stay the injunction. For Apple to enforce the injunction, the company would have to pony up over $95 million as a bond. http://allthingsd.com/20120702/samsung-appeals-galaxy-nexus-injunction/

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tmMicron Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire Japanese chip maker Elpida Memory for about $750 million in cash to boost Micron’s manufacturing capacity and take on Samsung–the global market leader for DRAM memory chips. The agreement involves a sponsorship which will require Micron to spend about $2.5 billion to acquire Elpida’s equity and pay off some of its debt.http://www.slashgear.com/micron-to-buy-elpida-memory-to-compete-with-samsung-02236718/

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iaTwitter's API changes are ruffling the feathers of developers. Twitter announced it will enforce stricter rules in a blog post entitled "Delivering a consistent Twitter experience." The company also killed its cross-posting deal with LinkedIn. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57464614-93/twitter-developers-dismayed-by-promise-of-stricter-api-rules/

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Introduce guestJoining us today is Cali Lewis, Host of Geek Beat.tv

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iaMozilla's browser OS gets partners and a name: Firefox OS
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57464634-92/mozillas-browser-os-gets-partners-and-a-name-firefox-os/

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Firefox OS coming to Telefónica in 2013, Sprint and others to followhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/7/2/3131431/mozilla-firefox-os-boot-to-gecko-devices-announced

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Mozilla’s HTML5 Phone Project, Now Christened Firefox OS, Signs Sprint and Other Carriershttp://allthingsd.com/20120702/mozillas-html5-phone-project-now-christened-firefox-os-signs-sprint-and-other-carriers/

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Nokia: We have a Windows Phone 'contingency planhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57464717-94/nokia-we-have-a-windows-phone-contingency-plan/

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Discussion points:
- Can the smartphone market sustain another OS?
- What would this OS have to do to stand out?

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iaSony Buys Cloud-Gaming Service Gaikai
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406587,00.asp

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Sony buys Gaikai cloud gaming service for $380 million
http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/02/sony-buys-gaikai/

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What Sony's Gaikai purchase means to PlayStation's cloud gaming futurehttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/07/what-sonys-gaikai-purchase-means-to-playstations-cloud-gaming-future/

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Gaikai background
- Started in 2008
- Games playable in the browser, embeddable on Facebook,
- Deals in place with Samsung and LG, Wikipad

Discussion points
- What does this purchase mean for the current PS3 and upgrade cycles for consoles?
- Do you think Sony will keep the Gaikai gaming service open to Samsung and LG or will it become a Sony-only feature?
- Does Microsoft have to buy OnLive or create its own cloud gaming service to compete?

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tmOne day later: the leap second v. the Internet scorecardhttp://arstechnica.com/business/2012/07/one-day-later-the-leap-second-v-the-internet-scorecard/

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(Real) Storm Crushes Amazon Cloud, Knocks out Netflix, Pinterest, Instagramhttp://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/06/real-clouds-crush-amazon/

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‘Leap Second’ Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Webhttp://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/07/leap-second-bug-wreaks-havoc-with-java-linux/

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Understanding the leap second that crashed the Internethttp://io9.com/5922647/understanding-the-leap-second-that-crashed-the-internet

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Hurricane-like storms knocked an Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia, offline Thursday night, 2nd time in a month
- Elastic Load Balancing failed to spread network traffic from Netflix to different data centers (back-end services not streaming)
- Netflix, Pinterest, Heroku, and Instagram among the high-profile casualties
- Meanwhile a leap-second added to atomic clocks at midnight June 30 caused widespread outages (Reddit, Gawker, Mozilla, Qantas Airlines)
- Gawker said only rebooting the servers cleared up the issue
- The leap second is added because atomic clocks don't tick in sync with the Earth's rotation. Atomic clocks are synced with the orbit around the sun.

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iaFacebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57464415-93/facebook-e-mail-mess-address-books-altered-e-mail-lost/

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- Last week, FB changed which email account was visible - @facebook.com
- People are freaked out, messages were lost
- People who linked their contacts to FB are complaining b/c email addresses changed in the contacts, iOS6 does this
- FB blames user confusion
- The FB messages has the "Other" section for msgs from non-friends

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tmThe Declaration of Internet Freedom: how the net’s minutemen plan to protect the futurehttp://www.theverge.com/2012/7/2/3130837/declaration-of-internet-freedom

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The Declaration of Internet Freedomhttp://www.internetdeclaration.org/freedom

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Post- SOPA a group of advocates worked out the Declaration of Internet Freedom issued today
- Led by Free Press internet campaign director Josh Levy, Reddit co-founder (and now board member) Alexis Ohanian, and a handful of other thought leaders including Elizabeth Stark and Yohai Bengler
- Worked to agree on basic principles, even when they disagreed on policy implementations
- over sixty organizations and thought leaders have signed their names in support of the document.
- goal is not to get a new law passed around the declaration, but to mobilize people in the long-term to engage policymakers on internet freedom issues.
- Free Press will be opening a dedicated subreddit on Reddit.com, r/internetdeclaration
- TC Sottek has a great write-up oin how it came together on The Verge.

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tmFunnyjunk's lawyer asks judge to stop charitable donation through IndieGoGo by The Oatmealhttp://boingboing.net/2012/07/01/funnyjunks-lawyer-asks-judge.html

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The Oatmeal fights back, snaps photo of cash, sends money to charityhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/the-oatmeal-fights-backs-snaps-photo-of-cash-sends-money-to-charity

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Charles Carreon, Funny Junk lawyer latest request to the court was to stop disbursement of funds on the ground that it would defraud donaters of tax deductions
- In man has responded Sunday night with the help of the EFF

-Matt Inman of The Oatmeal has used his own money to take a picture of the cash anyway
- At Inman's request, INdiegogo sent funds from credit cards directly to National Wildlife FEderation and American Cancer Society on June 29.
- The rest of the money is in Paypal. INman has written checks to the charities and given them to his lawyers for disbursement. Held waiting restraining order decision
“If IndieGoGo pays Inman the money in the Charitable Fund, and Inman personally donates the money to NWF and ACS, he will be unjustly enriched by receiving a large tax write-off that should properly be allocated pro-rata to the 14,406 small donors who contributed to the Charitable Fund,”

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Spray-on Rechargeable Batteries Could Store Energy Anywherehttp://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/spray-paint-battery/

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A team of mechanical engineers has published a paper demonstrating its latest invention — spray-on rechargeable batteries that could be combined with solar cells to create self-sufficient, energy conversion-storage devices.

The paper, published in Nature Scientific Reports, explains that by breaking down the different components of a battery — the electrodes, separator, electrolyte and current collectors — and rendering them into liquid form, we could revolutionize the way we power our devices. Rather than being tied to fixed shapes and sizes, batteries could one day take on practically any form, and be applied almost anywhere.

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Jelly Bean factory image for Nexus 7 released, lets you go back to stockhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/7/2/3130769/jelly-bean-factory-image-nexus-7-jelly-bean

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CERN Announcing New LHC Results July 4thhttp://science.slashdot.org/story/12/07/02/1325213/cern-announcing-new-lhc-results-july-4th

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Verizon DROID Incredible 4G LTE drops July 5http://www.slashgear.com/verizon-droid-incredible-4g-lte-drops-july-5-02236641/

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Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray hits September 25th, iOS second screen app this month http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/02/marvels-the-avengers-blu-ray-september-25th-second-screen/

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Hey TNT Crew,

I’d just like to make a small correction. On Thursday’s episode of the show Tom was making the assertion that Microsoft’s telemetry data collected from the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) was not a scientific sample and that there was a selection bias, probably on the assumption that he though the program was something you had to be invited to by Microsoft. This is NOT the case.

The CEIP is actually enabled by default on Windows machines (I double checked this by doing a fresh install of Windows 7 using default settings before I wrote this email). So in fact, it’s a really broad, non bias, scientific method of collecting telemetry data. This data regarding the declining use of the Start Button really is representative of the mainstream audience who use Windows 7.

- Andrew Birch [1]
Hi TNT Crew,

The CEIP program that you mentioned in the "You killed the start menu"
story in TNT 532 is, as you surmised on-air, a self-selecting group. This
is the data collected as a result of that ubiquitous "Send anonymous data
to Microsoft" checkbox. Power users, distrusting Microsoft, will uncheck
that box, while normal users leave it on. If power users feel
underrepresented in this data, they have nobody but themselves to blame.
If you want your voice to be heard, leave that checkbox on. Put another
way, if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about the outcome.

Thanks for the great show!

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Everett, WA

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Hey, TnT crew!

Jim, the Space Engineer here. In reference to episode 533 where the engineers at the University of Texas redirected their own drone through GPS-spoofing. I'm no stranger to GPS navigation, and it is rarely used as a sole source of navigation on anything above personal hobbyist equipment. Spoofing is just one of the problems of GPS signals: signals reflecting off of buildings, water, or even wing surfaces can garble and confuse the signal. Most systems use a "Kalman filter" algorithm that incorporates multiple sensors including GPS. Even your own cellphone mixes triangulation with cell-towers to supplement GPS signals, and usually that information takes precedence over the GPS.

A "Kalman filter" means that the navigation system "predicts" it's position based on the other sensors (accelerometer, rate-sensors, wind-speed, compass, etc) and then compares that to the new measurements. If the new GPS measurements greatly disagree with the prediction, then the measurement is mostly rejected. Accuracy will be reduced, but I doubt you could steer it into the ground. It will most likely have an altimeter as well. Since these are low-altitude drones, I think it's a simple matter to include triangulation of cellphone towers, FM radio towers, or even the old VOR stations, in order to validate GPS measurements. The U.S. has a wealth of land-plotting signals that are open to all.

I'm not surprised that a university was able to spoof their own gps-only budget drone. A better question is if that drone would have passed FAA-requirements for use over cities. The FAA ARC hasn't released the new drone regulations yet (they keep pushing it back a month), but I'm sure this experiment will play a part to make sure that any certified drone does not have a single-string navigation system.

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Fremont, California, USA

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[1] Hey TNT Crew, I’d just like to make a small correction. On Thursday’s episode of the show Tom was making the assertion that Microsoft’s telemetry data collected from the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) was not a scientific sample and that there was a selection bias, probably on the assumption that he though the program was something you had to be invited to by Microsoft. This is NOT the case. The CEIP is actually enabled by default on Windows machines (I double checked this by doing a fresh install of Windows 7 using default settings before I wrote this email). So in fact, it’s a really broad, non bias, scientific method of collecting telemetry data. This data regarding the declining use of the Start Button really is representative of the mainstream audience who use Windows 7. I have examples of this. My Mum & Dad who are both non sophisticated Windows 7 users have Internet Explorer 9, My Documents (Explorer), Email, Word, Photo Gallery etc all pinned to the taskbar. The only time they ever click the Start Button is to go to Shut Down, they don’t use ANYTHING else in that menu (not even Search). The Start Menu is just too complex for them. I am a sophisticated user and I hardly use the Start Menu anymore and the Windows 7 taskbar was the culprit of that. Out of the 4 main things the Start Menu provides access to (Programs List (recent & all), Search, Special Folders/Control Panel & Shut Down/Log Off the only things I regularly use are the Search and the Special Folders/Control Panel access, both of which are easily available in Windows 8. Start Screen search works in an identical way to Start Menu search: Tap the WinKey & start typing (it just looks different being full screen) and for power users who used to access Control Panel etc through the Start Menu, if you point your mouse into the bottom left corner of the screen so the coloured Start tooltip appears and RIGHT CLICK, you get a special power user menu with common Control Panel applets, Command Prompt, Computer Management, Run Dialog & lots of other goodies that power users will enjoy (this menu is an IMPROVEMENT over the Start Menu IMO). Rafael Rivera even knows how to hack this menu so you can add your own things here :P. All of this masks the main reason why they killed the Start Button though (and Paul Thurrott says this and he knows this stuff): to keep the Metro & Desktop environments consistent. There is no Start Button in the Full Screen Metro apps in Windows 8, so having one in the Desktop would be inconsistent, probably ending up with some people looking for the button when in Metro apps because they’re used to it being there on the desktop. By removing the button and having that Start tooltip appear when you point down there, it is a consistent behaviour throughout the OS, which is good! Andrew