News Fuse for July 23, 2013

Lumia 625

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for July 23, 2013:

  1. Netflix posted great financial numbers yesterday, income rose to earnings per share of 49 cents beating expectations of 40 cents, and sales increased 20% to $1.07 billion, matching expectations, but everybody's talking about subscriber numbers. Netflix matched its own guidance of 630,000 new subscribers but the Street wanted 700,000 so Netflix is now a disappointment. CEO Reed Hastings said in their video earnings call that Netflix would expand into original documentaries and stand-up comedy shows. Read more at bloomberg.com.

  2. Nokia has launched a bigger Lumia smartphone, the Lumia 625. It comes with a 4.7-inch screen and will cost 220 euros before taxes and subisides. Earlier this month, it unveiled a higher-end Lumia 1020 model with a 41-megapixel camera. Nokia's looking to gain in market share again after falling behind South Korea's Samsung, which has a quarter of the market to Nokia's 15 percent. Read more at reuters.com.

  3. If you're a fan of Flipboard, you might like this next story. Flipboard just launched full HTML5 versions of its magazines that will work on any browser - desktop or mobile. Right now, Flipboard on the web is a bit limited; you'll have access to Flipboard's curated list of magazines. The company says to expect the full experience that lets you access your subscriptions and search by the end of this year or early 2014. Read more at theverge.com.

  4. One long patent nightmare is finally over. The Eolas patent suit brought in 2009 against a dozen tech companies, alleged infringement of patents around video streaming, search suggestions and other interactive elements on pages. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. upheld a lower court decision that major portions of the "Interactive Web" patents were invalid. Over the years companies like Microsoft, Office Depot, Rent-A-Center, Playboy, Oracle had all settled with Eolas. Read more at cnet.com.

  5. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced a smart TV operating system and is working with a number of partners, including Cisco and Chinese manufacturers, to develop smart TVs, set-top boxes and services to run inside them. Alibaba already has a smartphone and tablet OS called Aliyun, which started as an internal mobile platform and later spun off with a $200 million investment., but A spokesperson tells the next web that Aliyun and the smart TV are “two different products for two different types of devices…[but] it is our aim in the future to create enhanced synergy between the two for multi-device and multi-screen usability.” Read more at thenextweb.com.

  6. The Syrian Electronic Army is claiming it has stolen 1.5TB of users' personal data from the video and text app Tango. The SEA posted screenshots on its website to prove the hack and says it will turn over much of the information to the Syrian government. Tango confirmed the attack via Twitter, but did not confirm the amount of data stolen or that the SEA is responsible. Read more at bbc.co.uk.

  7. You might think Apple forgets about podcasts sometimes, but they don't. In fact, Monday they announced the iTunes tore has passed 1 billion podcast subscriptions. Apple said the number is spread across 250,000 unique podcasts in more than 100 languages, with more than 8 million episodes. Some of them not even involving Leo Laporte in any way. Read more at macworld.com.

  8. eBay Now, the same-day shipping service that started in San Francisco and now serves San Jose and New York, is expanding again! the Bay Area Peninsula, plus Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Chicago and Dallas later this summer, are all getting ebay now service, plus the company is today launching a PC version of eBay Now for the desktop. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  9. Verizon announced three new Motorola Droid phones this morning. The thin $199 Droid Ultra, a new $299 Droid Maxx featuring long battery life and the $99 Droid mini which is.. mini... small. All three phones will supposedly have a 24% faster CPU and 100% faster GPU plus 2x the RAM of last year’s models. The phones also feature touchless control through voice, notifications on lock screen, and quick camera access. Sound familiar Moto X leakers? All three phones will be available August 20. Read more at engadget.com.

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  11. Samsung released full details on the new Exynos 5 Octa system on a chip. The 5420 variant includes 4 ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.8 GHz and 4 1.3 GHz Cortex A7s. Samsung claims a 20 percent processing increase and twice the 3D graphic power. It also has a memory bandwidth of 14.9 Gigabytes per second, which among other things, lets it do full HD WiFi display support. No word on devices that will use it, but the chip goes into mass production in August. Read more at engadget.com.

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