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TITLE:GUEST: Michael Wolf, Analyst and Host of the NextMarket Podcast
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The truth about the Xbox One, Fined for mining Bitcoins, Carriers fight the law on theft http://live.twit.tv/

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This is Tech News Today for Wednesday November 20, 2013

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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmThe Xbox One comes out Friday November 22 in 13 markets and the reviews came pouring out today. Most reviews agreed that, as you may guess, it’s never a good idea to buy a product right at launch, and the Xbox One is no exception. Uneven voice control was cited by many reviewers and others picked at the interface and functionality some calling it incomplete. But all reviews felt the new Xbox has a lot of potential and while Sony’s PS4 has the early advantage the Xbox One could be the better bet in the long run.

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gamesgear/xbox-one-review-roundup-dont-buy-it-just-yet-50012806/

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slQualcomm has new processors today - the top of the line Snapdragon 805 is geared at mobile devices and 4K, Ultra HD TVs, and designed to "deliver the highest-quality mobile video, imaging, and graphics experiences." Qualcomm's Gobi 9x35 is Qualcomm's fourth-generation 4G LTE modem, which also runs 3G and other wireless technologies. Qualcomm also announced a new RF transceiver chip, the WTR3925, and says both chips offer "significant improvements in performance, power consumption, and printed circuit board area requirements."http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57613050-94/qualcomm-adds-new-chip-for-4k-video-to-snapdragon-line/

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iaBecause Apple wants to make it as easy as possible for you to part with your money, the company just introduced a new Apple Store app for iPad. This is an iPad native app that will let you buy Apple products, sign up for events, and schedule Genius Bar appointments. However, the in-store features of the iPhone app are not included in the iPad version. http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/11/20/apple-releases-ipad-version-apple-store-app-just-time-holidays/

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tmRussia’s email provider Mail.ru has launched a US product called My.com. Three services called myMail, MyChat and myGames are available as mobile apps for Android and iOS for free. The mail app can manage multiple accounts including Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook. The chat app gives users free texts voice and video calls and the games app as you may expect has free games. You also get a free new buzzword as My.com calls the platform Communitainment.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427372,00.asp

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slSamsung lawyers have accused counsel for Apple of making racist arguments in an ongoing trial over smartphone patents, and are calling for a mistrial. Harold McElhinny, Apple’s attorney, spoke yesterday of his memory as a child of watching television on American-made sets, and how intellectual property could have saved these products. “We all know what happened,” he said. McElihinny countered the mistrial demand by telling US District Judge Lucy Koh, “I did not say a word about race, and I did not say Asian.”http://gigaom.com/2013/11/20/samsung-calls-for-mistrial-over-alleged-asian-innuendo-by-apple-lawyers/

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iaAT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular have all turned down Samsung's proposal to preload its phones with Absolute LoJack anti-theft software. The software would have allowed the carriers to remotely brick a phone if reported stolen or lost. The wireless carriers claim that a kill switch won't work as a solution because it could be misused by hackers who could disable someone else's phone. http://news.yahoo.com/carriers-reject-kill-switch-stolen-smartphones-225739166.html

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tmThe New Jersey Attorney General fined E-Sports Entertainment for using players on its service to mine bit coins. The company included code in a software update that was installed on 14,000 computers and minted 30 bitcoins. The company told Wired in May that the code was injected by an employee who has since been terminated. E-Sports Entertainment also faces a class action lawsuit in California.http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/11/e-sports/

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slA team at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry in Beijing say they can print electronic circuits on a wide range of materials using an inkjet printer filled with liquid metal. And they’ve demonstrated the technique on paper, plastic, glass, rubber, cotton cloth and even a leaf. The liquid metal is an alloy of gallium and indium which is liquid at room temperature. They simply pump it through an inkjet printer to create a fine spray of liquid metal droplets that settle onto the substrate and creates almsot any circuit pattern. http://www.technologyreview.com/view/521871/liquid-metal-printer-lays-electronic-circuits-on-paper-plastic-and-even-cotton/

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tmArs Technica reports the Wikimedia Foundation issued a cease and desist letter to Wiki-PR, demanding that the company immediately halt editing Wikipedia “unless and until [Wiki-PR has] fully complied with the terms and conditions outlined by the Wikimedia Community.” Wikimedia alleges that Wiki-PR markets paid advocacy editing services in violation of Wikipedia policies.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/11/wikipedia-wants-pr-firm-to-stop-paid-editing-services-hints-at-lawsuit/

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iaThe Logitech iPhone game controller enclosure is now official. It's called the PowerShell and costs about $100. It is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and the 5th generation iPod touch. The PowerShell also packs in a 1500 mAh battery that will charge your phone on the go.http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/20/logitech-powershell-99-dollars-meh/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Michael Wolf, Analyst and Host of the NextMarket Podcast
LOWER THIRD URL: nextmarket.co, @michaelwolf

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Discussion Stories

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tmXbox One review roundup: Don't buy it just yethttp://crave.cnet.co.uk/gamesgear/xbox-one-review-roundup-dont-buy-it-just-yet-50012806/

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Excellent Polygon reviewhttp://www.polygon.com/a/xbox-one-review

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Review sites agree on a few things; Silly to buy game consoles right out of the gate. PS4 has the early advantage but Xbox One has more promise.

CNET: Uneven voice control
The Verge: "Nearly everything that could be great someday isn't great right now."
Kotaku: there are so many rough edges, and the software feels incomplete."
Gizmodo: "If the Xbox One can straighten the few little quirks it has with some software tweaks, this thing is going to be unstoppable in a way the PS4 could never touch."

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slE-Sports company fined $1 million for developing a Bitcoin botnet with players’ computershttp://gigaom.com/2013/11/20/e-sports-company-fined-1-million-for-developing-a-bitcoin-botnet-with-players-computers/

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- E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) infected about 14,000 of its customers with code to mine bitcoins, got about 30 bitcoins over two weeks last spring.
- company says employee did it, he's been fired. “What transpired the past two weeks is a case of an employee acting on his own and without authorization to access our community through our company’s resources,” ESEA co-founder Craig Levine told WIRED back in May.
- The settlement was announced today by the New Jersey Attorney General. fine is $1M but ESEA pays just $325,000 of the fine upfront, and needs to act right for a decade to avoid rest of fine
- Attorney General’s office called the software a “botnet” that could monitor customers even when they weren’t using the ESEA software.
- The AG’s office says co-founder Eric Thunberg and software engineer Sean Hunczak were both involved. statement on ESEA's site Attorney General has deep misunderstandings of the facts of the case, the nature of our business, and the technology in question.”
- Back in the spring, those 30 bitcoins were worth only a few thousand dollars, but at today’s rates, it comes closer to $17,000.
q: bets on who's next in a bitcoin mining scandal? gamers have pretty good computers for this

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tmCarriers reject kill switch for stolen smartphoneshttp://news.yahoo.com/carriers-reject-kill-switch-stolen-smartphones-225739166.html

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Never Forget That Wireless Carriers Are Evilhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/11/19/never-forget-that-wireless-carriers-are-evil/

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SF DA George Gascon, NYAG Eric Schneiderman and others calling for anti-theft ‘kill switches on phones
- 1 in 3 robberies involve phone theft (FCC)
- Android has one (ability to remotely locate and wipe a stolen phon), Samsung wants to preload Absolute LoJack
- iOS7 has activation lock. Phone can’t be reactivated without Apple ID and password
- AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, United States Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US all removed anti-theft from their versions of Android
- Carriers Say they worry hackers could disable phones. (even for military and law enforcement!)
- Critics say carriers are more worried about losing theft insurance fees
- CTIA working on stolen phone database, but doesn’t protect against data theft or out of country use.

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iaGoogle releases 'sneak peek' of Glass app-development kit http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/19/5122878/google-releases-sneak-peek-of-long-awaited-glass-development-kit

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Google’s New Tools Show How Deep Glass Will Embed in Our Liveshttp://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/11/google-glass-sdk/

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Word Lens Demohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oZSLKtpgQkc#t=283VIDEO

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Cooking Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oZSLKtpgQkc#t=1728VIDEO

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- Google took the wraps off of its Glass Development Kit
- GDK is different than Mirror (the first Glass SDK)
- Apps can run in offline mode, can get "real-time user response" and can take advantage of Glass's GPS and gyroscope

- Timothy Jordan, Google's sr. development advocate, said "if you're an Android developer, developing for Glass would feel natural."

- GDK will allow are "live cards" and a focused, immersive experience.
- live cards will let Glassware live to the left of the home screen and continually update as long as it's running. A simple example of that would be a stopwatch, continually ticking off time and updating live, that you could easily access with one swipe.
- Good example of Glassware is Word Lens that will translate text and overlay it on what you're looking at [VIDEO]
- Another app demo: Strava for Glass gives you details of your jog or bike ride to the left of the Glass home screen
- Glass-enabled version of cooking and recipe app All The Cooks, which lets you use voice activation to search for recipes and swipe through the different steps [VIDEO]

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slShorter .uk web address plan revived by Nominethttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25006066

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- UK websites will soon be able to use .uk rather than .co.uk owners can buy a "name.uk" web address to use instead of or in addition to "name.co.uk", "name.org.uk" and other alternatives.
- Nominet, the organisation responsible, has brought this up before but trying not to confuse ppl - The decision will affect more than 10M customers who currently use domains ending in .uk when it begins in the middle of next year.
- Nominet's French and German equivalents have already carried out a similar move.
- more expensive? Many businesses might want to keep existing domains as well as buy new ones in order to prevent others buying them to hijack traffic
- price it would charge to middlemen domain registrars would be £3.50 for single-year contracts and £2.50 a year for multi-year ones. The organisation had originally proposed charging £20 a year for the new addresses.
- Nominet has extended the amount of time its customers have to decide whether they want to pay for a shorter name before it will be offered to others. original plan was to offer a six-month "first dibs" window, but the right-of-refusal period will now last up to five years.
Icann in the process of creating about 1,400 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). These include creating addresses ending in .camera, .singles and .london. There had previously been only 22, including .com and .net. - should Nominet make this move to be competitive, or too little too late?

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iaNintendo is reportedly working on an Android tablet for educational games http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/19/nintendo-is-reportedly-making-an-android-tablet-for-educational-games/

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Nintendo preparing a tablet for schools, plays educational games
http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-preparing-a-tablet-for-schools-plays-educational-games/

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- According to a series of Twitter posts, Nintendo is working on an Android tablet for educational games
- The tweets came from Nintendo of America software engineer Nando Montezaro. They have since been removed.]

On Monday, Monterazo wrote
- Experimenting with a tablet of Nintendo, the system is based on android, fully modified and unified as a database of the tablet. #Android
- At the moment just testing communication environment of educational games that will be shared between the kids using the tablet! #Tablet
- The tweets are now gone from twitter

- VentureBeat contacted Nintendo for confirmation, but got the standard "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculations"
- Nintendo would not comment on whether Monterazo was a company employee

- Monterazo said that NES, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy games will not appear on the tablet, with “educational games only” being the focus.
- However, it would feature Nintendo characters

Q: Nintendo educational Android tablet -- good idea?

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Bob Dylan's interactive 'Like a Rolling Stone' video was worth the 48-year waithttp://www.theverge.com/2013/11/19/5122432/bob-dylan-like-a-rolling-stone-interactive-video

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CatAcademy wants to help you learn new languages using pictures of catshttp://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/11/20/catacademy-wants-help-learn-new-languages-using-pictures-cats/

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Xbox 360's birthday tomororw launched in 2005

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tomorrow the 21st Pandora earnings report

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Tom and Posse,

Could Dropbox be raising this money to help transition away from relying on Amazon's S3 servers? As Dropbox expands into more enterprise and backend services, they would increasingly come into competition with Amazon.

The $250 million raised would at least enable them to start building their own infrastructure. If Dropbox wants to expand past being a consumer product (albeit a really good one), I would think they would want direct control of their scalability.

Of course this doesn't seem to bother Netflix, who is already in direct competition with Amazon and entirely lives on S3, so it might be a cost versus quality of service issue.

Either way, I agree with Tom, as long as they don't screw up the basic functionality of their service, I'm happy.

Rich from Lovely Cleveland

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