DTNS 2171 – Funk Da Crunk in the Elephant’s Trunk

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBrian Ibbott is on the show and we’ll talk about the PS4 doubling Xbox One sales, Pandora guessing your political party, and what tech Coverville’s Mayor uses for music. Plus Len Peralta draws the show!

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DTNS 2170 – Comcastigated

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDon Reisinger joins us to talk about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and the new Xbox One remote. Guess which one he likes? That may be a trick question.

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DTNS 2169 – Give the Fish the Keys

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJeff Cannata joins us to talk about the FCC’s new commitment to Net Neutrality. Should you believe it? Fear it? Ignore it? Plus a Flappy Bert chaser. Yes, you read that correctly.

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DTNS 2168 – Today We Flap Back

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDavid Prager joins us as we enjoy “Today We Fight Back” “Safer Internet Day” and the idea of an airline gate agent wearing Google Glass being a first class ticket perk.

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DTNS 2167 – Flappy Drone

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAndrea Smith joins us to lament the fate of Flappy Bird, duck drones in Dubai and get prepped for protest.

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DTNS 2166 – Radio Winnebago

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen joins the show to talk about NBC’s Sochi hacking report among other things, and Len Peralta illustrates the stories.

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DTNS 2165 – Full throttle?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBrian Brushwood joins us to chat with Peter Bright about whether Verizon has started degrading Netflix traffic after they won their recent court victory over Net Neutrality. Also Sony ditches their PC business so it’s time to reassess how dead PC’s are.

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Sony to dump PC business
Recode reports Sony announced it will sell its VAIO PC business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) by the end of March. In the meantime Sony says it “will cease planning, design, and development of PC products,” and the Spring 2014 line launch will be its last. VAIO owners will still get support from either Sony or JIP. Sony will also make its TV division into a subsidiary and focus on high-end 4K models. All of this means about 5,000 jobs will be cut. Engadget reports Sony is also shutting down its digital bookstore in the US and Canada, transferring customers to Kobo starting in late March. Sony did have some good news, announcing a profitable 3rd quarter with $23 billion in revenue, up 24% over the same time last year on the strength of the PS4. However in a revised full-year forecast, Sony expects to lose $1.1 billion.

Verizon could be throttling Netflix and Amazon, but no actual evidence so far

News From You:

webitube posted on the subreddit a GigaOm article about an attack on an electrical substation near San Jose California. The Wall Street Journal reports snipers fired on the substation for almost 20 minutes, knocking out 17 transformers, as well as cutting nearby telephone cables. The damage took a month to repair. The attackers and their motives are still unknown.

habichuelcondulce and jaymz668 and Jose Gomez by email all sent us various links to the story of Dennis Aabo Sørensen who live science reports lost his hand as a result of a fireworks accident but now has a prosthetic hand that has a sense of touch. Electrodes embedded in Sørensen’s arm communicate with touch sensors in the prosthetic to deliver impulses to his remaining nerves. He can tell different objects by feel, according to a study detailed in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Silvestro Micera, a neural engineer at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Switzerland, led the team that developed the hand.

mcfads23, who also happens to be our producer Jennie, submitted this psfk article on the subreddit, about Changefolio,at changefol.io a platform that makes it easy donate money to charities. The service connects with a user’s bank, then lets the user pick a charity. From then on, purchases can be rounded up or small percentages of purchases can be taken and automatically donated as micro-transactions. So for example you can have the service take 2% of your grocery bill every time you shop and donate it to a food bank. And of course their are graphs and achievements and the ability to post to Facebook and Twitter.

DTNS 2164 – (wo-JIT-ski)

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAmber Mac joins the show to talk about YouTube’s boss, Susan Wojcicki. Can she do for YT what she did for AdSense on Google Search? Also a way to revolutionize academic publishing with BitTorrent.
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Wojcicki is new YouTube head: ReCode reports Susan Wojcicki, SVP of advertising for Google, is SVP of YouTube. Current YouTube head Salar Kamangar will apparently start work on his own projects, similar to the shift Andy Rubin made when he left Android. Wojcicki has recently been splitting her commerce-oriented duties with Sridhar Ramaswamy. She was the 16th employee at Google and housed the company in her garage for a time in 1998. Wojcicki has led the department responsible for AdWords and AdSense, the most profitable arm of Google.

Google and EU reach agreement to settle antitrust investigation Bloomberg reports Google and the EU’s Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Alumnia have reached an agreement to settle a three-year-old antitrust investigation. Google made a five-year pledge to grant three links to rival services next to any specialized searches of Google’s own, such as Google Shopping. Competitors will pay at least 3 euro cents to bid for a spot with images in a shaded box on some of Google’s search pages. The deal will become legally binding sometime in the next few months after the Commission formally rejects complaints against Google. The EU is still informally investigating Google’s use of Android.

The Daily Snowden: British Intelligence agency has conducted cover action against Anonymous  Ars Technica reports NBC News published new documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealing the British intelligence agency, GCHQ, conducted covert action against the activist collective that often identifies as Anonymous. Among other things, GCHQ infiltrated IRC chat for Operation Payback, which targeted payment providers after they stopped donations to WikiLeaks from being processed. GCHQ employed a covert informant and conducted social engineering, DoS attacks and deployed malware. GCHQ crippled the operation, unmasked some members and led to the arrest of Edward Pearson aka Gzero.

DARPA creates an Open Catalog InformationWeek reports the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, aka DARPA, most famous for bringing the world the Internet, has created an Open Catalog at darpa.mil/OpenCatalog/. The site includes software toolkits and peer-reviewed publications from XDATA, a big data initiative. The software projects listed on the site include visualization, analytics, and infrastructure and link to code repositories.

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isting posted this TechCrunch article about NewEgg getting into the free shipping biz. Similar to Amazon Prime, NewEgg has launched a program called Premiere. For $50 a year, Premiere subscribers get free 3-day shipping and discounts for 2-day and 1-day delivery. You also get restocking fees waived on returns which also get their shipping paid for, as well as special customer service and special deals. Customers can try Premiere free for 30 days.

pete_C and Amber both pointed us to a WSJ article about US electronics retailer Radio Shack closing around 500 stores in the coming months. Radio Shack has roughly 4,300 stores. The Journal did not know which stores would be closed. Radio Shack had received some praise for a Super Bowl ad promising to bring the store out of the 1980s.

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Samsung Reins In the Theatrics for Galaxy S5 – NYTimes

IPCom suing Apple for more than 2 billion – The Verge

Windows 8.1’s first update, called cleverly, Update 1, may not arrive until April after all – ZDNet

Xbox One owners are in for two updates not just one – Engadget

Twitter announces its first quarterly earnings – TechCrunch

Researchers use torrent site as free academic library – PSFK

DTNS 2163 – msiexec /i “c:\satya nadella”

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young and Paul Thurrott join us to chat about a new camera pill you can swallow and a new Microsoft CEO that investors seem willing to– Microsoft has a new CEO Satya Nadella, and we’ll talk about it.

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Microsoft announces Satya Nadella as CEO and member of the board: Microsoft announced it has appointed head of Cloud and Enterprise, Satya Nadella as CEO and member of the board of directors. Bill Gates steps down as Chairman to become the board’s Founder and Technology advisor, with a commitment to spend more time supporting Nadella in “shaping technology and product direction.” John Thompson, who was the lead independent director, and headed the search for a new CEO, takes over as Chairman. Thompson is CEO of Virtual Instruments. Outgoing CEO, Steve Ballmer, remains on the board.

Facebook Launches ‘A Look Back’: The Next Web reports as part of Facebook’s 10th anniversary, the social network has launched s feature called “A Look Back.” If you go to www.facebook.com/lookback you’ll find a personalized movie or photo collection of your biggest moments shared on the social network. Mine consisted entirely of events of the last year including one picture twice because it was so good. Your mileage may vary.

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SkyJedi pointed us to Google Maps official G+ post about some Waze functionality finally shooing up in the iPS version of Google Maps. Starting with the latest update the iOS Google Maps navigation function will notify you of faster routes as traffic conditions change. Android received this function previously.

KAPT_Kipper posted a CBC News story about the PillCam, an ingestible pill camera used to screen for colon cancer, being approved for use in the United States. Patients who have experienced an incomplete colonoscopy can now swallow the pill to complete it. The capsule has two miniature color video cameras, a battery and a light source, and transmits images for about 10 hours. Potentially to TwiTCH. Or a Hangout. Actually no the data is transferred to a computer to be compiled and then viewed later by a doctor. The PillCam is commercially available in Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America, Australia and parts of Asia and Africa. And yes you smartypants a capsule camera for the small intestine HAS been around since 2001, WE KNOW.

Finally habichuelacondulce submitted a Reuters story about yet another credit card data breach. The breach occurred at food and beverage outlets at 14 hotels, including some operated under the Westin, Renaissance and Radisson names as well as Marriott, Holiday Inn and Sheraton, between March 20 and December 16 last year. The data included names, credit car numbers, security codes and expiration dates.

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TechCrunch reports the company ‘FiftyThree’ which already held the trademark for ‘Paper by FiftyThree’ filed for the trademark on the name ‘Paper’ January 30th, which just happens to be the day Facebook announced their new app called ‘Paper’ which FiftyThree is none too pleased with.

Microsoft announces a $15 million strategic investment in Foursquare as swell as a commercial licensing deal that lets Microsoft use FourSquare data.

Apple is allegedly working on a content delivery network or CDN. A CDN usually serves data for download or streaming like apps, images and I don’t know television shows.

Telefónica announces a partnership with popular Japanese messaging app Line

Want Internet access anywhere on the planet? Now you have choices. Engadget reports Iridium unveiled Iridium Go, a hotspot that lets five WiFi devices connect, send texts and calls over the satellite service.

DTNS 2162 – PaperBowl

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.com+Patrick Beja joins to talk about the dispute over Facebook’s Paper app, who won the Super Bowl on the Internet and Flappy Bird.

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Attn: Facebook Legal, Trademark Division: The NY Times reports that hot on the heels of the release in the US today of Facebook’s new iOS app Paper, comes a complaint from a company called FiftyThree that makes an award-winning drawing app called Paper. Georg Petschnigg, co-founder and chief executive of FiftyThree told the NY Times he has asked in writing for Facebook to refrain from using the name. He also took to the FiftyThree blog to implore Facebook to “apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own.” FiftyThree has a trademark on the name “Paper by FiftyThree.” There are many other apps in the iOS App Store called Paper as well.

Windows 8.1 is now 4th most popular Windows OS TechCrunch passes along some Netmarketshare data from January showing that Windows 8.1 has passed up Vista to become, as of January, the 4th most popular edition of Windows at 3.95% to Vista’s 3.3%. The most popular Windows is XP with 29.3% an actual rise over December’s 28.98%. Meanwhile the first update to Windows 8.1 known as Update 1 leaked over the weekend showing interface changes making it easier to use a keyboard and mouse, and the ability to pin Metro apps to the desktop. Update 1 is expected to be released as early as March 11.

News From You

DrewCPU, mranthropology and a whole bunch of other folks are excited about this Next Web report that Google has opened up the ChromeCast to all developers. The SDK for Android, iOS, the Web and Chrome. Developers can incorporate the code into existing apps without having to rewrite. Developers can get the new SDK at developers.google.com/cast/ and sample apps at GitHub. Users of ChromeCast should expect to see many more apps with ChromeCast capability in the coming months.

The Verge reports Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Yahoo have all now reported numbers for National Security Letters and requests made under the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Combined the numbers can only be reported to the nearest 250 and if separated only to the nearest 1000. Apple and LinkedIn reported their numbers last week and chose to report combined numbers of fewer than 250 requets. The remaining companies today broke the requests into categories. No company listed getting more than 999 orders in six months for any one category.

AllanAV posted a DSLReports link to a TorrenTFreak article about an AT&T Mobility patent filed in September that would enable a carrier to charge a customer more money for certain kinds of traffic, like file sharing or video. A user gets a certain number of credits for certain types of traffic and data requested is checked to see if it is permissible or non-permissible according to the carrier. While a patent filing is far from a working system, the recent decision against FCC Net Neutrality guidelines makes systems like this more interesting to follow.

More links from the show:

Apple experimenting with wireless charging

Beta Chrome browser to receive Google Now notifications via notifications center on Mac, Windows, Chromebook computers:

Reuters reports the US Department of Transportation will propose a rule mandating vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology be built into cars be put into place by 2017.

PC Magazine reports that the super popular Android and iOS app FlappyBird is coming to Windows Phone.