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TITLE: Wyoming's Shady Street, 928GUEST: Mary Jo Foley, All About Microsoft blog
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[me] It's Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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[me] Tech News Today explores the top tech news in 30 minutes or less.

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[me] T-Mobile announced yesterday a service called Mobile Money, which is designed to proving financial services to the 70 million US adults without bank accounts. The service is designed to be an alternative to predatory check-cashing or payday-loan services. The service combines a smartphone and a prepaid Visa debit card. With partner Bancor, T-mobile offers services like check cashing, direct deposit and bill paying. https://t-mobilemoneyservices.com/http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251624&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1892476&highlight=

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* starts today
* buy and reload the card at more more than 3,000 T-Mobile stores
* Later at Safeway and other retail stores.
* They can use the card anywhere Visa is accepted
* withdraw money, without a fee, at ATMs

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[sl] An upcoming Windows 8.1 update may have new integration between the Metro style UI and the conventional interface. Leaked screenshots appeared on the Russian Web site Wzor.net, which appear to show the ability to launch Metro apps without having to switch to the Start screen. Not just that, but the Taskbar and Navigation properties window shows a new setting called "Show Store apps on the taskbar." Microsoft is reportedly working on a way to run Windows Store apps directly in the desktop, but probably not until Windows 9 comes out, which will be 2015 at the earliest. http://wzascok.livejournal.com/12194.htmlhttp://www.theverge.com/2014/1/22/5333838/windows-8-1-update-1-pin-metro-apps-taskbar-rumor

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[sl] Guest: Mary Jo Foley specializes in Microsoft-related news and opinion and has covered the tech industry for 30 years. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era. @maryjofoleyGuest: Mary Jo Foley

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- Microsoft is expected to release Windows 9 in April 2015 with "Metro 2.0" improvements that allow users to run Windows 8-style ("Metro") apps in separate windows on the desktop, but that's a long way off for those who think separate desktop and metro environments don't work well
- Could be part of a Windows 8.1 Update 1
* Microsoft is expected to release and detail Windows 8.1 Update 1 at its upcoming Build developer conference in April.

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[me] A large percentage of Internet traffic in China was redirected to a small house in Cheyenne, Wyoming, yesterday. For almost eight hours yesterday, many users could not load web sites ending in .com, .net or .org in the majority of Chinese regions, according to Compuware, a Detroit-based technology company. One Chinese antivirus company said the problem affected three-quarters of the country’s domain name servers. Those servers routed traffic to a company in Wyoming called Sophidea Incorporated. http://goo.gl/6BIcrd http://www.markosweb.com/hosting/sophidea/http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/chinese-internet-traffic-redirected-to-small-wyoming-house/

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* Possible causes: cyberattack or a backfiring of China’s own Internet censoring system.
* May have been caused by Chinese Internet censors who attempted to block traffic to Sophidea’s websites but mistakenly redirected traffic to the service instead.
* The address is home to about 2,000 companies on paper

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[sl] The Russian government is being accused of industrial espionage by security firm CrowdStrike. The firm said this morning that hackers they believe are linked to the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies. Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer of CrowdStrike says The attacks “appear to have been motivated by the Russian government's interest in helping its industry maintain competitiveness in key areas of national importance" and that "They are copying the Chinese play book. Cyber espionage is very lucrative for economic benefit to a nation."Go to page 16
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/22/us-russia-cyberespionage-idUSBREA0L07Q20140122

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- first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic - rather than political - gains.
- CrowdStrike has been following the activities of the Russian group of hackers for two years. The firm believes the Russian government is behind the campaign because of technical indicators, as well as analysis of the targets chosen and the data stolen
- companies affected include European energy companies, defense contractors, technology companies and government agencies, some of which have lost intellectual property. also manufacturing and construction firms in the United States, Europe and Middle East as well as U.S. healthcare providers
- CrowdStrike isn't going into detail about what's been lost or who victims are, citing confidentiality agreements

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[me] At $180, Motorola’s Moto G is one of the lowest-cost smartphones available. But now Motorola’s CEO implied that the company is working on a $50 smartphone. In an interview with the site Trusted Reviews, CEO Dennis Woodside said that even the Moto G is too expensive in some parts of the world. http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/motorola-confirms-plans-to-launch-30-smartphonehttp://www.unwiredview.com/2014/01/16/49-jiayu-f1-officially-announced-will-be-released-later-this-month/

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* A chinese Android phone called JiaYu F1 is expected next month. A 3G version is reportedly in the works for the global market. http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Moto-Global-GSM-Unlocked/dp/B00GWR36F6

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[sl] The former owners of the Washington Post have relaunched an iOS news app called Trove. The service is also a web site. Rob Malda is Trove’s chief strategist and head of product. If that name isn’t familiar, you may know him better as Commander Taco of Slashdot fame. http://trove.com/http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/trove-takes-a-new-approach-to-social-news/2014/01/22/0eff00b6-8373-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html

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* Graham Holdings, the investment arm of the Graham family
* sold the Washington Post to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last year for $250 million
* Trove was launched in 2010 by the WaPo Labs unit of the Washington Post.
* Trove and its algorithms eventually became the foundation of the newspaper’s SocialReader, a Facebook app

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[sl] I was thinking about Mike's assertion that technology doesn't increase car accidents since the accident rate hasn't gone up as mobile phones have been introduced to the driving public. However, any increase in the accident rate might be compensated for by increased safety technology in cars. In fact, the accident rate might even go down overall, even if mobile phone usage did increase the likelihood of an accident. Of course, I don't know what the actual numbers are, so I'm just arguing theoretically, but it would be interesting to see a study on distracted accident rates, controlling for safety improvements and other factors. --Alan

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[me] We reported yesterday on Tech News 2Night that Amazon-Dot-Com may launch a pay TV service. The report originated with Wall Street Journal sources saying that Amazon has approached entertainment companies about licensing their television channels for a new pay-TV service similar to current cable and satellite TV, but streamed over the Internet. Today, an Amazon spokesperson said last night that the company has no such plans. * And in other denial news, we told you yesterday about a new NPD report published Monday that found premium cable networks like HBO and Showtime have lost 6% of their viewers in the past two years. Both HBO and Showtime flat-out denied the finding, saying that each company has grown by more than 22 percent in the same period.

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[sl] Ever wanted the story of how Twitter began to be explained to you via Russian doll? That's exactly what a kickstarter project called Nesting Twitter wants to do for you - it's a set of nesting Russian “Matryoshka” dolls - the outermost doll represents Twitter’s users, then you've got current CEO Dick Costolo, Ev Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Noah Glass, and finally tiny egg, representing the idea itself. The designer of the dolls is Yiying Lu, the artist who also designed Twitter’s “Fail Whale.” If the project meets its funding goal, the dolls should be available in the Spring. http://venturebeat.com/2014/01/21/twitter-nesting-dolls/

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kickstarter pagehttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/recklessabandon/nesting-twitter-a-startup-story-told-through-nesti

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