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This is Tech News Today for Friday, June 20, 2014!

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Tech News Today is the show where we talk about the tech news with the journalists who report it.

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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. I'm joined today by co-anchor Don Reisinger.

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The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Apple is planning to launch multiple versions of its long-rumored smartwatch. http://online.wsj.com/articles/apple-plans-multiple-designs-for-smartwatch-1403245062

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Devindra Hardawar is a Senior Editor and the lead mobile writer for VentureBeat.
Q: A smattering of highly credible reports have emerged this week that paint a surprising picture of Apple's long-rumored smartwatch. The most recent is a piece today in the Wall Street Journal saying that Apple would ship the watch in more than one size, and that it would contain ten different sensors. If this is true, what does it tell you about Apple's intentions?
Q: What else do you expect to see from the iWatch
Q: Reuters sources say 50 million units are expected in the first year; the WSJ says 10 - 15 million units. Which sounds more reasonable to you?


Devindra Hardawar
Senior Editor, lead mobile writer, VentureBeat @Devindra

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A: "people familiar with the matter"
A: WSJ: "more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness"
A: WSJ: "could launch as early as October
A: WSJ: Quanta Computer, Taiwanese manufacturer that makes Macs
A: WSJ: "Quanta will begin some trial runs next month"
A: WSJ: "10 million and 15 million units by the end of this year"
A: RUMOR: flexible AMOLED with a sapphire cover
A: The smartwatch is rumored to track elements including heart rate, steps taken, calories burned and even could monitor your sleeping patterns

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Devindra Hardawar * Senior Editor, lead mobile writer, VentureBeat * venturebeat.com * @Devindra

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Ahead of Google's I/O conference next week, the company has re
leased a video showing how developers can take advantage of its
smartwatch-ready Android Wear software.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl4Qne-RpcMhttp://gigaom.com/2014/06/20/android-wear-features-on-display-in-new-google-made-video/

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A. Android Wear SDK is not yet available
A. Moto 360 and LG G Watch use the technology
A. Android modified to be a rounded, small display with loads of notifications
A. You speak to it, and it speaks back to you

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The US House of Representatives has passed a ban on the funding of two NSA surveillance practices.https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/06/eff-statement-massie-lofgren-amendment-passing-househttp://www.wired.com/2014/06/house-votes-to-cut-key-pursestrings-for-nsa-surveillance/

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A: amendment to the 2015 Defense Appropriations Act that would ban two types of “backdoor” access
A: The Electronic Frontier Foundation called it "an important first step in reining in the NSA."
1. cuts off funding for searches of government databases for information on US citizens
2. prohibits both the NSA and CIA from requiring "backdoors" in online services and product
A: Needs Senate approval before real
A: sponsored by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
A: overwhelming bipartisan support: 293 ayes, 123 nays, and 1 present

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Did Microsoft accidentally confirm a Surface Mini? A recently discovered Surface Pro 3 user guide mentions the Surface Mini on four occasions and even talks about its compatibility with the Surface Pen.http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/20/5827340/surface-mini-spotted-in-surface-pro-3-user-manual

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A. Surface Mini was rumored for last month's Surface event, but was a no-show.
A. CNET sources have said that it's still in the works and it's believed to be launching later this year.
A. Unlike the Surface Pro 3, which is running an Intel Core processor, the Surface Mini is expected to have an ARM processor.
A. The device is rumored to have around a 7-inch screen and come with LTE connectivity

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Microsoft is hinting that it will roll out its first-ever Android phone on Tuesday. A post on the Nokia Conversations blog shows branding for the Nokia X line, plus a countdown clock counting down to June 24th. The slogan "Green with envy" is also displayed on the post. The first Nokia X shipped before Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile device business in late April. This new phone, possibly called the X2, is the first Android phone ever shipped by Microsoft. http://conversations.nokia.com/2014/06/20/green-envy-2/http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/20/5827068/microsoft-nokia-x2-teaser-rumors

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A: The post also says: "Summer brings out our inner glow," so presumably it will be nuclear powered.
A: Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile device business in April
A: same teaser on the Chinese version of Nokia’s site
A: Nokia X unveiled on February 24, 2014
A: forked version of Android called the Nokia X software platform

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Apple employee happiness was the subject of John Gruber's popular "Daring Fireball" podcast this week. Gruber reported talking to Apple employees who kept saying that they were "happy," adding that one Apple employee said "it's fun again" to work at the company.http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-employees-its-fun-again-2014-6

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A. We're not sure when it wasn't fun -- under Jobs or during the early days of Cook?
A. Gruber says it's not about "taking it easy," but "tackling interesting problems and having a good time doing it."
A. Apple has long been a secretive firm that has provided no real insight into its inner-workings.
A. We all remember harrowing tales of Jobs firing people for seemingly no reason and people running away from him. That couldn't have been "fun."
A. Reports last year suggested Cook is more accessible to employees to Jobs and often sits with them at lunch.

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A Canadian court ordered Google to remove search results, not just for Canada but worldwide -- and not just specific results but all results relating to a specific company. The case involves an intellectual property dispute betwen two small industrial equipment companies. But the precedent the case could set could seriously damage free speech on the Internet. Google plans to appeal. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/canadian-judge-says-google-must-remove-links-worldwide/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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A: Companies: Equustek Solutions and Datalink
A: NYT: In an earlier court ruling in favor of Equustek Solutions, Google voluntarily removed the Web addresses related to Datalink from Google.ca
A: NYT: last week’s decision, Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon found that Datalink swiftly set up new websites with slightly different addresses
A: NYT: Her solution: Force Google to kill all Datalink search results worldwide
A: No other search engine is required to remove links
A: Experts say that if upheld and emulated by other courts, all countries could ban any content worldwide
A: Three extremely bad dimensions: 1) worldwide; 2) all links; 3) only Google required
A: A Canadian judge is telling an American company to violate the 1st Ammendment in the US.

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We talked earlier this week about the Amazon Fire phone. And at the time, I suggested it was a cool phone that I was somewhat interested in checking into. After exploring the realities of the phone in detail, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to get it and neither should you. http://youtu.be/wkDXgPfLrL8

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iWatch? How about iWatches! It looks like Apple is gunna ship more than one.

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And Google releases more information about its Android Wear smartwatch and wearables operating system. We'll show you the video.

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Plus, Congress surprises everyone by cracking down on NSA surveillance.

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The Week Ahead

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Google's big event kicks off Wednesday, June 25th. Both Jason and I will be at the event. Leo will host a special Tech News Today Wednesday at 9am Pacific, noon Eastern to cover the live keynote.

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We're also expecting Microsoft to roll out its first-ever Android phone, the next-generation Nokia X, on Tuesday, June 24.

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Top Chinese Auto Maker Looks to Silicon Valley for a Boosthttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/20/top-chinese-auto-maker-looks-to-silicon-valley-for-a-boost/

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Yo App Hacked By College Studentshttp://techcrunch.com/2014/06/20/yo-app-allegedly-hacked-by-college-students/

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Supreme Court raises bar on software patent claimshttp://www.cnet.com/news/despite-supreme-court-decision-software-still-eligible-for-patents/