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This is Tech News Today for Monday, June 16, 2014!

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan. Jason Howell is off this week. Anthony Nielsen is filling in for Jason.

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Tech News Today explores the big stories of the day with some of the world's best journalists.

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Microsoft claims that most Android phones infringe on multiple patents, but has never revealed what those patents are. Microsoft could make as much as a billion dollars a year on Android-related patents, and wants to keep them secret. But the Chinese government revealed a list of more than 300 Microsoft patents and applications for mobile phone technologies, including 127 patents that Microsoft says are implemented in Android.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/chinese-govt-reveals-microsofts-secret-list-of-android-killer-patents/

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Joe Mullin is the tech policy editor at Ars Technica
Q: Why had Microsoft kept these patents secret?
Q: Was the Chinese government's revelation of these patents normal policy, or some kind of strike against Microsoft?
Q: Do we know which of Microsoft's patents bring the company most of their Android revenue?
Q: Where did these patents come from? Microsoft? Nortel? Rockstar?
Q: How will things change for Microsoft now that the list of patents is known?
Joe Mullin
Tech Policy Editor, Ars Technica @joemullin

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A: The information had been provided to the Chinese government as part of the Nokia acquisition approval process.
A: 73 standard-essential patents
A: Some come from Nortel.
A: All 14 patents used by Microsoft to file a lawsuit against Barnes & Noble are also included
A: Microsoft wanted to avoid making the information public.
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The US Department of Transportation wants the power to regulate all navigation products, including maps apps on your smartphone. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/business/agency-aims-to-regulate-map-aids-in-vehicles.html

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A: proposed GROW America Act would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the authority
A: GROW AMERICA = "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America"
A: The Intelligent Car Coalition told Times that the NHTSA doesn't have the "budget or the structure to oversee both Silicon Valley and the auto industry."

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Starbucks announced a new perk for employees: A subsidized university education. Starbucks and Arizona State University are partnering to provide a big percentage of the tuition. The normal cost is about $10,000 per year, and about $3,250 of that would be paid for. Financial aid would pay for most of the rest.

http://news.starbucks.com/collegeplan/Starbucks-press-release

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A: 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week and work at Starbucks-owned stores
A: ‘Starbucks College Achievement Plan’
A: Old perk was $1,000 a year for education at certain schools
A: Starbucks workers are poor enough to qualify for a Pell grant
A: theoretically be left with about $2,040 to pay out of pocket for first two years.
A: Employees who start as juniors or seniors will earn full tuition reimbursement
A: Starbucks: employees receiving the assistance will pay less than half of their tuition costs.
P: ASU President Michael Crow
P: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
P: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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Domino's Pizza was hacked last week in a ransom attack. The hackers revealed their demand of thirty thousand euros in a tweet, as well as on a web post. Domino's said they would refused to pay. The attackers threatened to release the personal information of more than 600,000 customers in France and Belgium. http://goo.gl/vJmoGP

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A: Hacker group = Rex Mundi (King of the World)
A: Hackers: "We downloaded over 592,000 customer records (including passwords) from French customers and over 58,000 records from Belgian ones. That's over six hundred thousand records, which include the customers' full names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords and delivery instructions."

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Our friend JR Holmes commented via email on our conversation Friday about the possible use of a new lighting connector by Apple that could be used in an iWatch for both recharging and audio.

"Forgotten by all people commenting on the rumor about the possibility of Apple using the Lightning connector to transmit audio information is that this is just restoring a capability that was previously available in the 30-pin connector. All those 30-pin speaker docks used that ability to play music from the connected iPhone very easily. That the Lightning connector didn't allow that (and the rise of Android devices) is what has driven the rise of the many Bluetooth speakers we see today (albeit at reduced audio quality). While I like the rise of the Bluetooth connected devices, it was also very convenient to simply drop the iPhone or iPod into the dock and have it play easily while charging."

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Level 3 Communications said today that it plans to buy TW Telecom, which is a major ISP for businesses. The price of the deal is about $5.68 billion. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/level-3-to-buy-tw-telecom-for-5-7-billion/

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Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting an esspresso machine! The coffee maker is custom-built for space by engineering firm Argotec and coffee seller Lavazza. It dispenses caffinated brew into a sealed plastic bag so it doesn't float away in the weightness environment of earth orbit. The new machine will arrive along with astonaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space. By the way, the ISS's new esspresso machine is called -- what else? -- the ISS-presso. http://youtu.be/cx45rg8Q-Cw?t=27shttp://www.collectspace.com/news/news-061614a-isspresso-espresso-coffee-space.html

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