News Fuse for December 20, 2013


Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for December 20, 2013:

  1. BlackBerry had mostly horrible news in its Q3 2014 earnings report. The company lost $4.4 billion, about 4 times last quarter’s Q3 loss and recognized revenue on 1.9 billion Blackberry handsets compared to 3.7 million a year ago. The good news came from growth in the newly-formed Enterprise Services, Messaging and QNX Embedded divisions. The devices division will gain a new partner too. BlackBerry will partner with FoxConn to create a 3G BB10 handset to launch in March or April 2014 starting in Indonesia. Read more at

  2. The European Commission says the proposals Google has laid out to end its ongoing antitrust case based on claims that it restricts competition on its own services to rest... aren't good enough. speaking to the Spanish radio station ‘Radio Nacional de España‘, competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said “The latest proposals are not acceptable in the sense that they are not proposals that can eliminate our concerns regarding competition." Google has also been fined 900,000 euros for breaking Spanish data protection laws, and the maximum fine allowable, and imposed after Google changed its privacy policy and started combining personal information across its online services. Read more at

  3. Google’s latest transparency report of requests for removal of entries from search shows government takedown requests rose 68% in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012. Russia and Turkey led the way in increase though the US still holds the crown for most requests. Google says they removed less than a third of the content requested. Meanwhile Verizon announced Thursday it will join the transparency bandwagon as much as its allowed, and publish the number of law enforcement requests it received in 2013. Read more at

  4. The new Mac Pro officially went on sale yesterday, December 19th. with a shipping date of December 30th, 2013. Hours later, those ship dates slipped to February...and soon after that, customers started seeing shipping quotes all the way to March. Apple Stores have already been giving Mac Pro quotes and processing orders for business accounts since the start of this week. And Apple Stores seem to be taking orders only for Personal Pickup, not for walk-in purchases. So, good luck with that. Read more at

  5. Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir (the ’S’ in RSA), and Eran Tromer, have demonstrated a successful side channel attack against 4096-bit RSA, by listening to sounds in the 10 to 150 KHz range made by a computer as it decrypts data. Their method only works on the GnuPG 1.x implementation of the RSA within 4 meters of the target computer. Time to bring some white-noise generators to to the coffee shop. Read more at

  6. Hello, retro. Spotify has released a windows-only winamp lookalike music streaming player called Spotiamp. It requires a Spotify Premium subscription to access, and has some old school controls, like an Eject button. You Double click on a track to play it. Click the O button or right click in the Window to bring up the Settings menu. You can paste a link to a Spotify playlist on the main window using Ctrl+V. Cute. Read more at

  7. News Corp has acquired Storyful, which describes itself as the world’s first social news agency, for €18 million. Storyful will continue as a standalone organization within NewsCorp. and retain clients like the BBC, New York Times and ABC News. The site that collects independent reports and verifies them has created 750 million views over the last year for clients that use its videos, according to The Next Web. Read more at

  8. Sources tell AllthingsD that ARM server chipmaker Calxeda has shut down. the company was founded in 2008, and amassed a team of 125 employees, many of whom appear to be losing their jobs. Sources note that companies interested in ARM-based servers, like as Dell and HP, could be sniffing out patent acquisitions from Calxeda. Read more at

  9. Former Electronic Arts senior VP David DeMartini iwill head up Oculus Rift’s game publishing arm, which will try to help developers get, “additional resources to help them achieve their vision." Engadget’s Ben Gilbert guesses that probably means mostly money. DeMartini helped shepherd third-party developers when at EA as part of the EA Partners program. The Oculus Rift headset is scheduled to launch in 2014. Read more at

  10. AOL is wrapping up a sale of Winamp and Shoutcast which would keep both products alive, a source tells TechCrunch, also owned by AOL. AOL announced last month that Winamp web services would shut down and that the desktop version of the video and music player would no longer be available for download as of today. Then Techcrunch reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy both Winamp and Shoutcast, also owned by AOL. An AOL spokesperson declined to comment. Read more at

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for December 20, 2013.