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TITLE: SHOW TITLE Amazon wants to sell you a babysitter 1026CO-ANCHOR: Sarah Silbert

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This is Tech News Today for Wednesday, June 11, 2014!

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - I'm Sarah Silbert - Jason Howell has the day off.Sarah Silbert
Senior Editor, Engadget @sarahsilbert

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Two popular cloud services were hit with aggressive denial of service attacks in the past 24 hours. Evernote and Feedly were overwhelmed with malicious traffic, and users were directly affected. http://blog.feedly.com/2014/06/11/denial-of-service-attack/
http://status.evernote.com/
http://gigaom.com/2014/06/11/evernote-hit-by-sync-disrupting-ddos-attack/

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A: DDOS attack is when so much traffic is thrown at a site that it becomes hard or impossible to access
A: Evernote struck Tuesday, preventing users from accessing accounts.
A: Evernote faied to sync on their desktops or smartphones
A: Evernote attack began just before 2:30pm Pacific yesterday (BBC)
A: Evernote warned of random weirdness for next 24 hours
A: Evernote = 100 million users +
A: Evernote: 2013 hackers accessed user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords
A: Clueley: No idea why Evernote was targetted
A: Deezer was hit starting Friday
A: Feedly said on web site: "Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop. We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can."
A: DDoS attacks often hide data theft, but both Evernote and Feedly have assured subscribers that no data was compromised

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Yesterday Reuters reported that Amazon will launch a marketplace for local services to connect you with babysitters, handymen, birthday clowns and more. The service will likely start as a pilot later this year within a single market — most likely Seattle or San Francisco. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/10/us-amazon-com-services-idUSKBN0EL20S20140610

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Deepa Seetharaman covers e-commerce for Reuters. Welcome, Deepa. (seat-a-RA-men)
Q: Who would Amazon be competing with here?
Q: Amazon hasn't announced this, and your story is based on anonymous sources. Is this a mere possibility? A test? Or are they fully intending to launch into this business for real?
Q: What kind of return might Amazon expect from all this? How big a market?
Q: Might services be actually tied to Amazon products? For example, you buy a Nest thomostat from Amazon and then the find someone to install it for you...
Q: Would Amazon use only local services partners, like Thumbtack, which you mentioned in your piece? Or might they allow independent people to offer their services, too?
Deepa Seetharaman
Reporters, Reuters @dseetharaman

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A: Amazon’s reportedly reached out to businesses in Bay Area and Seattle. At least one home-improvement company among them. Also reaching out to startups that connect service providers with customers.
A: Another battleground for competition with eBay (mention recent PayPal competition with subscription billing). eBay Hire announced last year, still in testing — shows you local service info alongside product results.
A: Other competitors include Task Rabbit, Angie’s List, Yelp (in terms of local reviews).
A: Not Amazon’s first time working with local businesses. Amazon Fresh grocery-delivery service, investment in LivingSocial.
Q: Can
A: Amazon’s role as middleman: recently announced plans to handle customers’ monthly subscription payments, taking on PayPal’s services yet again.
A: In addition to being profitable for Amazon, middleman role can be good for smaller businesses by having association with Amazon name. Reuters says local services would be backed by same guarantee Amazon has for third-party vendors.

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Deepa Seetharaman * reuters.com * @dseetharaman

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Smartphone prices. How low can they go? Two companies in India are planning to introduce smartphones as cheap as $25 -- unlocked!

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/06/10/firefox-os-ecosystem-continues-expansion-and-redefines-the-entry-level-smartphone/http://www.cnet.com/news/mozillas-25-firefox-os-phones-look-to-score-in-india/

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Stephen Shankland writes for CNET and joins us from Paris.
Q: Stephen, the phone will run the Firefox OS. Is there anything about that operating system that lends itself to cheap hardware? Why not just use Android?
Q: Two Indian companies were mentioned by Mozilla: Intex and Spice. Can you tell us about these companies? Will they each introduce separate $25 phones?
Q: They're planning to use a processor from a Chinese company called Spreadtrum.
Q: Are there any apps for Firefox OS that might appeal to Indian users?
Q: Can you even buy a feature phone for $25?
Q: Mozilla also announced a Taiwan partner. Can you tell us about the Chunghwa Telecom deal?
Q: Can you share any details about the phone in terms of specs?
Stephen Shankland
Senior writer, CNET News @stshank

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A: IDC: smartphone sales grew 181 percent year on year in India during 2013
A: 78 percent of the 250 million handsets sold in India last year were feature phones
A: Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai
A: Spreadtrum is a fabless chip maker, which means they design and sell them but outsource the fabrication of them to a semiconductor foundry.
A: Also available in Indonesia
A: U.S.-based Mozilla
A: Mozilla has collaborated with four handset makers and five wireless carriers to provide five Firefox-powered smartphones in Europe and Latin America so far: ZTE, LG
A: Mozilla carrier partners: Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and América Móvil.
A: Previous cheapest price: $60
Report from February including specs: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/23/mozilla-25-smartphone/

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Stephen Shankland * cnet.com * @stshank

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The popular predictive-typing keyboard app SwiftKey will now be available for free on Android. It previously cost $3.99, but it will now ditch the download fee in favor of charging for in-app features. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/11/swiftkey-drops-paid-model-will-charge-for-in-app-purchases/

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Parmy Olson writes about mobile for Forbes. Parmy Olson
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Q: Why is SwiftKey making this switch?
Q: Is it about growing in developing markets without price holding users back?
Q: Does Apple’s recently announcement about a similar keyboard in iOS 8 play a factor in SwiftKey’s decision? Can you talk more about that Apple announcement and what it means for SwiftKey and other third-party keyboards?
Q: Will having more users improve SwiftKey’s predictive technology?
Q: Does the company have any income sources beyond the app fee and now its in-app downloads? It sells tech to Samsung and BlackBerry, right?
Q: What kind of updates can we expect in the Android app?
Q: When will SwiftKey land on iOS?
Q:Will iOS app also adopt business model with free download/in-app purchases?

A:Switching away from premium paid model
A: 48 themes will be available for purchase within the app, within three new ones available for free and the rest for $1 each.
A: Down the line more payable features could include different sounds and visuals.
A: Other updates include the integration of all-important emojis. Interestingly, there will be emoji predictions (“i love you” = heart)

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Parmy Olson * forbes.com * @parmy

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We reported two weeks ago that Amazon was withholding pre-orders and delaying shipments on some books from publishing giant Hachette in the midst of difficult negotiations over ebook pricing. Now something similar may be happening with move pre-orders from Warner Bros. The spat affects only a small number of titles, and they're for movies on DVD and Blu-Ray rather than downloads. Pre-orders for “The Lego Movie” and “Transcendence” have been stopped. The companies have been unable to agree on pricing for the movies. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/amazon-stops-taking-advance-orders-for-lego-other-warner-videos/?partner=rss&emc=rss

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The updated version of the classic first-person shooter DOOM won't hit till the end of the year at the earliest. But id Software showed a teaser trailer at E3. Before we look at the trailer, let's look at the 1993 original by id Software. (SHOW VIDEO). OK, now let's look at the teaser trailer and see if they've improved the graphics at all. (SHOW VIDEO) The new version of DOOM will be made available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. http://youtu.be/yZaO_1bc3Dk
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Engadget's Sarah Silbert is our co-anchor today!

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Deepa Seetharaman is here to talk about her exclusive on a new Amazon service coming later this year.

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And CNET's Stephen Shankland joins us to reveal the cheapest smartphone ever.

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Plus: Two popular web-based services are shut down in separate attacks.

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And a popular $4 Android app is now free.

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Court OKs Google Book Scanning Without Author Permissionhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/googles-university-book-scanning-project-wins-fair-use-protections/

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3D Printer for Kids Being Crowdfundedhttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/11/kids-3d-printer-printeer-kickstarter

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EU to Investigate Apple's Irish Tax Schemehttp://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/10/us-apple-tax-ireland-idUSKBN0EL1SR20140610

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Uber Clashes In Europehttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/11/as-londons-cabbies-strike-uber-moves-to-capitalize/

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OpenSSL Bug Delays OnePlus Onehttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2362011/oneplus-one-launch-delayed-to-fix-critical-openssl-bug.html