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It's Wednesday, February 12, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - Jason Howell is off today.

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[me] Tech News Today explores the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists.

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Our guests today include Mathew Ingram, a senior writer at Gigaom. Welcome Mathew!

Also with us is Peter Kafka, a senior editor at recode. Thanks for joining us today, Peter.

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The European Commission wants control of the Internet to be moved from the United States and distributed globally. Among their stated reasons is a “loss of confidence” in the US following the NSA surveillance revelations. http://www.icann.org/http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-142_en.htm

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Q: Isn’t the EU simply hijacking fear of the NSA to get something it’s always wanted, which is more involvement in the control of the Internet? What does the NSA have to do with functions like allocating IP addresses?

Q: Distributing Internet management globally means giving some involvement to authoritarian governments. Is that an improvement?

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* Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

* Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a department of ICANN which allocates IP addresses and manages root nameservers for the DNS.

* The commission referenced the NSA

* EU wants a "clear timeline for the globalization of ICANN."

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The Verge’s Tom Warren reports this morning that his sources say Microsoft may allow Android apps to run on Windows and Windows Phone. http://gizmodo.com/microsoft-might-be-bringing-android-apps-to-windows-pho-1521383932

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Tom Warren is a Senior Reporter at The Verge. * @tomwarren

Q: Would this save or kill Windows Phone?

Q: How did this kind of strategy work out for BlackBerry?

Q: You wrote that Microsoft’s plan may involve a third-party “enabler.” What’s an “enabler”?

Q: Wouldn’t this damage Microsoft’s reputation?
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The use of smartphones in the workplace is growing fast. Today there are 132 million people who use their smartphones or work, and that’s expected to grow to 328 million workers by 2017, according to a report from the mobile security solutions provider, Good Technology.http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/12/ios-enterprise-good-technology/http://recode.net/2014/02/12/business-use-of-mobile-apps-continues-to-rise-while-iphone-gains-ground-in-q4/

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Joining us to talk about smartphones at work is Ina Fried, a senior editor at Recode. Welcome, Ina. * @inafried

Q: The iPhone accounts for about 73 percent of all enterprise mobile device activations, according to the report. Why is the most consumery of devices dominating the enterprise?

Q: Is the Bring Your Own Device now the default policy in US enterprises?
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* Tim Cook said in Apple’s recent earnings call that enterprise sales are “unbelievable numbers.” The iPhone is used in 97% of the Fortune 500, and 91% of the Global 500, and iPad is used in 98% of the Fortune 500 and 93% of the Global 500.

* Companies are adopting mobile apps for use in their business at an increasing rate.

* Enterprise app activations were up 54 percent from the prior quarter, an acceleration from the 42 percent growth rate between the second and third quarters.

* Android: 26 percent

* Windows Phone: 1 percent

* Document editing is still the most popular business task

* Cloud storage and business intelligence apps are on the rise.

* Custom enterprise app development grew 55 percent in the fourth quarter

* Social business apps also grew in popularity

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Microsoft was accused of censoring global Bing search results on behalf of the Chinese government. But Microsoft says it was just a “glitch.” According to the Chinese freedom-of-speech group GreatFire.org and confirmed by Reuters, searches conducted globally in Chinese showed different results than the same searches in English. https://zh.greatfire.org/blog/2014/feb/bing-practicing-chinese-censorship-globallyhttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/11/bing-censors-chinese-language-search-results

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* Microsoft posted their reply inside China, and the Chinese government censored it!

* Bing filtered "Dalai Lama" “Tiananmen Square” “Bo Xilai”

* Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

* Microsoft: slammed in the past for censoring the Chinese version of Skype.

* Microsoft: not said if fixed

* Reuters found that Bing omitted several websites that showed up on the search engine of

* The English-language search results on both engines were similar.

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Google said today that it’s acquisition of Nest is a done deal. Nest is a startup that makes smart thermostats and smart smoke detectors. https://nest.com/

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Q: Why did Google buy nest, and why was it worth $3.2 billion?

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* Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers

* Tony Fadell: Apple’s former iPod head

* Sold Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo; Nest is now Google’s main hardware thing

* Tony Fadell into “home sensor networks" that would relay information and evolve

* Nest is selling 100,000 thermostats a month. At $250 each

* Annual revenue $300 million.

* Android@Home

* Neil Doshi of CRT Capital thinks Nest is about home entertainment

* iRobot CEO Colin Angle thinks its about robots working with home sensors

* DeepMind also about machines that learn

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Twitter is testing a redesign that makes Twitter look more like Facebook or Google+. The new look focuses on pictures and a Google-like “cards” interface and isn’t the usual vertical stream. http://rack.0.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDE0LzAyLzExL2FkL1R3aXR0ZXJMYXlvLjIyOTc5LmpwZwpwCXRodW1iCTEyMDB4OTYwMD4/8f4d9122/4b6/TwitterLayout1.jpghttp://mashable.com/2014/02/11/twitter-redesign-facebook-google/

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Q: Is the simple, minimalist stream what people like most about Twitter?

Q: Is content cards scattered all over a page better than reverse-chronological order?

Q: Do tests like these usually end up in the general product?

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* Spotted by Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio

* Editors for The Wire and Business Insider have also seen it.

* Looks horrible

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Snapchat users are being spammed with pictures of smoothies. It’s caused by a new spam outbreak that redirects people who receive messages to an AllRecipes.com page for a "Berry Delicious" smoothie. The messages appear to come from actual Snapchat friends. Snapchat is trying to put a lid on it. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/02/snapchat-hack/

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That's it for today! I'd like to thank Matthew Ingram and Peter Kafka for joining us today. You can find Mathew on Twitter at mathew EYE on Twitter. And Peter Kafka at PEE Kafka on Twitter.

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On Tech News Today: Europe Says America Can't Be Trusted With the Internet * Android Apps May Be Coming to Windows. Maybe. * And Enterprises Embrace BYOI -- Yeah, Bring Your Own iPhone.

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