News Fuse for August 8, 2013

Mixbit

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for August 08, 2013:

  1. YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen's company AVOS has released a new mobile video app called Mixbit. Mixbit users capture up to 16 seconds of video at a time then use the app edit up to 256 clips together into a story later. You can even take video clips from other users posts to put in your own. Final videos can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Mixbit itself. Mixbit hit iOS today and is coming soon for Android. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  2. Here's the good news first. T-Mobile has increased its subscriber base for the first time in over two years. The company added a net 1.1 million customers in the second quarter, with 688,000 of those coming from its post-paid customers. It also added 8.9 million customers from its acquisition of MetroPCS. Ok here's the bad news: even with 27.5 percent increase in revenue to $6.23 billion, T-mobile still lost $16 million overall, compared with a year-earlier profit of $207 million. Read more at cnet.com.

  3. Remember that whole e-book price fixing thing where the DOJ said Apple and publishers rigged prices of ebooks? Well, the five publishers who settled with the DOJ are now opposing the U.S. government's proposed injunction whereby Apple and other ebook retailers like Amazon would be able to discount the publishers' ebooks for five years. The publishers say that the injunction is punishing them and it "directly conflicts" with the settlements the publishers made with the government. Read more at gigaom.com.

  4. I know, I know, it seems like we just had IDC mobile marketshare numbers. . Time flies when you're dominated by Android. IDC estimates Android accounted for 79% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q2 growing 74% over last year. iOS took 13% increasing shipments by 20%. Windows Phone has solidified it's number 3 slot growing 78% year over year while BlackBerry declined 12%. That Android dominance may be peaking in the US as Comscore reported users in the US declined for the first time ever. Read more at bgr.com.

  5. Microsoft's Xbox One console, due to go on sale in November, will have some key features only available with an annual subscription. Recording and sharing of gameplay videos, making Skype video calls and using a service that finds gaming opponents will all require an Xbox Live Gold account, currently running you $60 per year. Read more at bbc.co.uk.

  6. Aereo announced that it's expanding its service to some big markets. Miami will get Aereo service starting September 2nd. Houston gets broadcast TV via the Internet starting on September 16th. If you're in Dallas, Aereo launches for you on September 23rd. Read more at gigaom.com.

  7. Remember the Xerox copier compression error which swapped measurement numbers on floor plans? It's been patched! Hooray! Xerox says the issue only arose if users altered the default settings in its Workcentre copiers to lower resolution. The machine even warns users that "character substitution errors" may occur if they change the setting. The patch, which should come in the next couple weeks, will not so much fix the problem as disable the setting that causes it. You know what they say, if you can't fix it, break it. Read more at bbc.co.uk.

  8. A federal judge has ruled that bitcoins are “a currency or form of money," and are therefore subject to relevant US laws, In the case of a Texas man accused of massive Bitcoin-based fraud. The case revolves around Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST), a virtual Bitcoin-based hedge fund that many suspected of being a scam. BTCST shut down in August 2012, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last month formally charged founder Trendon Shavers with running a Ponzi scheme. Read more at arstechnica.com.

  9. Huawei will offer a new line of switches with streamlined upgrading compared to the ease of upgrading apps on a smartphone.The software-programmable S12700 series will be released in October. The US Congress has accused Huawei of cooperating with Chinese intelligence services and barred government agencies from purchasing Huawei networking equipment. Chinese media have been calling for more Chinese-made networking equipment, accusing Cisco of cooperating with the US NSA on its surveillance. Read more at bloomberg.com.

  10. The New York Times reports that the National Security Agency is searching through the contents of Americans' data who merely "mention information about foreigners under surveillance." These Americans don't need to be in direct contact with anyone under surveillance - they just need to "cite information linked to those foreigners, like a little used e-mail address..." and that will lead to the NSA copying e-mails and other text-based communications. According to the NYT's source, the keywords that lead to the collection are "'very precise' to minimize the number of innocent American communications that were flagged by the program." Read more at arstechnica.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 08, 2013.