News Fuse for November 6, 2013

Microsoft

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 06, 2013:

  1. Reuters reports sources say Microsoft has narrowed its list of CEO candidates to about five people. ON the list to replace Steve Ballmer are Ford’s Alan “I’m not leaving Ford but I’m not going to explicitly rule out Microsoft” Mulally and the itinerant former Nokia CEO and even more formerly Microsoft VP Stephen Elop. Internal candidate include former Skype CEO Tony Bates and head of cloud and enterprise Satya Nadella. While the list is shorter now, Reuters insiders say the decision will still take a couple more months to make. So maybe no new CEO for Christmas. Read more at reuters.com.

  2. My crystal ball says that within about two years, Samsung will unveil phones and other devices with foldable displays. Actually Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun presented a slideshow in Seoul, Korea showing the company's display technology timeline for the next few years, which got picked up by blog site Sammy Hub. The recently introduced Galaxy Round is simply curved, but devices with bendable displays are due out in 2014, and foldable screens, to debut around the end of 2015. Read more at cnet.com.

  3. For the first time, Apple published a report detailing how many government information requests it received. The U.S. government requested data between 1000 and 2000 times on 2000 to 3000 accounts. Apple disclosed data for 0 to 1000 of those accounts. These numbers may seem vague and that's why Apple will file an Amicus brief at the Ninth Circuit court to support a case for "greater transparency with respect to National Security Letters." The rest of the world asked Apple for information about 719 times. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  4. Everybody’s getting Gigabit. We wish. Mississippi is though. 9 finalists for the rollout of C Spir’es gigabit service were announce Tuesday. That service will run $80 a month when it arrives. Meanwhile Los Angeles announced it will take bids for a company to rollout gigabit fiber to every citizen and business in the city. The winning bidder will get to provide free Internet access at 2-5Mbps, and pay at least three billion dollars to roll it out plus be required to resell access to competitors. Sweet deal! Read more at hattiesburgamerican.com.

  5. Early next year Google will start linking Google+ profile pictures to mobile phone numbers. Google accounts that have a verified phone number will be automatically opted in and linked to the associated Google+ account. So, anyone using Android to call, or receive a call, from a number linked to a Google+ account will see a profile image automatically without the need to have contact information stored. Read more at theverge.com.

  6. Remember remember the 5th of November 2013 because that's the day the price of Bitcoin hit an all-time record high of $267.40 on Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange. The last record high for Bitcoin was back in April at $266, which was then followed by a huge crash in its value. The new record high is due in part to an increased demand for Bitcoin in China. Read more at washingtonpost.com.

  7. EA announced the game Need for Speed Rivals will release early for the PS4 on Nov. 15 right along with the console. Originally both PS4 and Xbox versions were to launch on Nov. 22 with the release of the Xbox One. And so more advantages slip through Microsoft’s fingers. Read more at computerandvideogames.com.

  8. Following analysis of the company’s Taiwanese suppliers, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note that Apple sales in October rose by approximately 11 percent month-over-month, on the heels of new iPhone 5S, the iPad Air, and new Macs. White says "we believe this October will prove to be the strongest in the history of our Apple Barometer.” This sets Apple up for a first fiscal quarter of 2014, and traditionally its biggest quarter of the year. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  9. Activision announced it has shipped $1 billion worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts to retail worldwide, as of the first day of public availability. That’s shipped not sold, so we’re waiting on the actual sell-through numbers. The last CoD, Black Ops II sold $1billion in 15 days. Ghosts will get a boost when the PS4 launches on Nov. 15 and of course Xbox One Nov. 22. Read more at gamasutra.com.

  10. Amazon started a new program called Amazon Source that will let independent bookstores sell Kindle devices and accessories. The program also gives those retailers a 10% cut on every ebook bought on those devices for two years. Amazon hopes to entice bookstores into giving the program a try by offering a "worry-free trial" that will allow retailers to return the first order they place through Amazon Source within six months if the program doesn't work out for them. Read more at allthingsd.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 06, 2013.