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Why Is My Phone Giving Me Amber Alerts, What Bezos Should Do With the WaPo (And Other Tech Mysteries Demystified)

August 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Many Californians were jolted out of bed on Monday to an unusual siren sound emanating from their smartphone, followed by an Amber Alert about a suspected kidnapper. While the mobile phone warning was new to those in the Golden State, the Emergency Alert System has been running for about a year now (as faithful AllThingsD readers already knew ), having served up weather-related alerts for Hurricane Sandy and other East Coast storms as well as various regional Amber Alerts. AllThingsD’s Ina Fried explained the system in an interview with Southern California Public Radio . And, for those who missed it, law enforcement caught up with the suspect in Idaho on Saturday, killing him and rescuing the teenager he kidnapped . Meanwhile, Kara Swisher struck a chord this week with her essay advising Jeff Bezos on what to do with the Washington Post. Swisher appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier on Sunday as part of a panel on what the blockbuster deal means for the future of one of journalism’s most treasured institutions. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Elsewhere, AllThingsD staffers talked about other topics

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The Restaurant Business Is Like the News Business, Says Geoffrey Zakarian

August 9, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Obama Administration Vetoes Apple Product Ban

August 3, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Obama administration on Saturday issued a veto on a proposed potential ban on a number of Apple products in the U.S., including some iPhones and iPad devices. “After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group … I have decided to disapprove the USITC’s determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation,” a letter from the U.S. government to United States International Trade Commission Chairman Irving A. Williamson said. The president’s veto comes in response to a ruling made by the USITC in June , granting the South Korean electronics giant Samsung’s request for an import ban on older iPhones and iPads, which the ITC found to infringe one of Samsung’s standards-essential patents. The order would have affected only AT&T iPhone models prior to the 4S, as well as the iPad 2 and earlier iPad versions. “We applaud the administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way,” an Apple spokeswoman told AllThingsD . Update 1:26 pm PT : A Samsung spokesman provided AllThingsD with the following comment: “We are disappointed that the U.S. Trade Representative has decided to set aside the exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

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ATD on the TV: Toasty Twitter, Amber Alerts, Dell and the NFL

July 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This week members of the AllThingsD staff showed up live and in person on all sorts of channels. Should you want to see some of the week’s tech news highlights, rather than just read about them, watch these quick videos. Mike Isaac turned up on CNBC with some smart answers to a somewhat silly question: “Is Twitter toast?” Arik Hesseldahl joined WCBS to give some background on emergency cell phone alerts, after one woke up many New Yorkers in the middle of the night. He was also on the BBC for a hit on the ongoing Dell saga, which he’s been covering on a more-than-daily basis . And then our media guy Peter Kafka showed up a couple places to talk about a theory that Google or Apple might gain a foothold in TV by buying online broadcast rights for football. Here’s Peter on the Wall Street Journal’s Digits show , and Bloomberg’s audio podcast “The Inside Scoop.”

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HTC Hoping to Make Another Big Impression With One Mini

July 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

For HTC, a company that has struggled to keep up in the competitive smartphone market, the launch of its One handset was a biggie. But for its next product launch, the company is going small — literally. Today, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer introduced the HTC One Mini, a scaled down and more affordable version of its flagship device. Launching in August or September, the One Mini keeps to the same design aesthetics as the HTC One — aluminum chassis and dual speakers — but features a smaller 4.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. (The One has a 4.7-inch 1080p HD touchscreen and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor.) It also lacks the infrared feature that allows you to use the smartphone as a remote control, and has a smaller battery than the original HTC One. These modifications aside, the One Mini keeps many of the same features as its bigger brother, including HTC’s Ultrapixel camera technology and software and BlinkFeed, an interface that lets you view all your social network updates and news right on your home page

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Second-Screen Super Bowl

June 5, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Americans continue to watch more TV on screens other than their televisions, Verizon Wireless has signed a multi-year $1 billion contract with Verizon to expand its service giving customers access to NFL games via their smartphones. Verizon customers will be able to stream afternoon local games as part of Verizon's NFL Mobile Package, according to The Wall Street Journal . Currently the app offers access to NFL games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. In 2014, customers will be able to watch all home-market games as well as post-season games—including the Super Bowl. The deal enhances the phone and Internet provider's existing package, which allows viewers to stream games in tandem with ESPN, NBC and NFL Network broadcasts for $5 per month. Verizon does not disclose data about its users, but the app has 10 million downloads in the Google Play app store. The app will be updated to include behind-the-scenes reels, video on demand and news. Verizon Wireless' agreement to pay the NFL $1 billion over four years is an increase from its last four-year contract, which was for $720 million, Deadline reported . The NFL has embraced the second screen as more consumers shift to mobile, falling in line with Major League Baseball, which began streaming live games to phones back in 2009. The NFL held back streaming rights in its recent network deals to enable the Verizon deal. "This is about leveraging technology to try to make the fan experience better and to try to make the game better," Brian Rolapp, chief operating officer for NFL Media, told the Journal.

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Verizon’s $1 Billion Deal Includes Streaming the Super Bowl

June 5, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Americans continue to watch more TV on screens other than their televisions, Verizon Wireless has signed a multi-year $1 billion contract to expand its service giving customers access to NFL games via their smartphones. Verizon customers will be able to stream afternoon local games as part of Verizon's NFL Mobile Package, according to The Wall Street Journal . Currently the app offers access to NFL games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. In 2014, customers will be able to watch all home-market games as well as post-season games—including the Super Bowl. The deal enhances the phone and Internet provider's existing package, which allows viewers to stream games in tandem with ESPN, NBC and NFL Network broadcasts for $5 per month.

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USA to Integrate Content and Social Chatter

May 16, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Many TV networks have been partnering with Twitter to capitalize on the social media zeitgeist, but Comcast's USA Network is going rogue in the quest for cross-platform audience engagement. USA will aggregate real-time conversations about its programming on Twitter and Facebook and incorporate them into its own revamped website and mobile platform, The Wall Street Journal reported . The cable channel plans to integrate social media conversations with USA's own content and run ads alongside. Advertisers will be able to run ads on the TV and website simultaneously. USA already has its own forum, Character Chatter, which draws 30,000 viewers at a time. The network hopes to monetize this audience, augmenting it with fans pulled from social media. Jesse Redniss, senior vp of digital at USA Network, thinks that network partnerships with Twitter might be shortsighted, telling the Journal that Twitter is "kind of encroaching" on networks' relationships with their audiences. "We want advertisers to be able to come to us and say the best experience around this show is going to be on USA's properties," he said. Though Twitter is the indisputable hub of TV hubbub, cable channels including Bravo , MTV and TBS have integrated social media into their own Web and mobile platforms.

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ESPN, Twitter Expand Partnership

May 14, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a bid to secure highly-coveted video advertising dollars , Twitter has been seeking deals with TV networks. Coinciding with the networks' upfronts, the social company reached deals with Fox and ESPN to stream video on Twitter.com and its accompanying apps. Walt Disney-owned ESPN is expected to showcase its partnership with Twitter at its upfront this morning, The Wall Street Journal reported . ESPN began licensing recaps and highlight reels to Twitter last year. Now the collaboration will expand to include World Cup soccer matches, college football and the X Games. Fox announced a similar partnership on Monday that will bring clips of TV shows and live events to the social media site. Fox previously used Twitter as a voting system for its singing competition The X Factor and has encouraged hashtag-based conversation about shows like American Idol. Twitter is also

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Carl Icahn Wants to Fire Michael Dell (Video)

May 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If he ever gets control of struggling computer maker Dell, billionaire investor Carl Icahn essentially said he plans to fire its founding CEO, Michael Dell. Taking to CNBC’s airwaves in another one of his candid phoned-in afternoon rants (the last was an epic 28-minute on-air slugfest with hedge fund investor Bill Ackman in January) with host Scott Wapner during the closing half hour or so of the network’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” show, Icahn revealed that on Monday he will nominate a slate of 12 new directors and, if successful, he’ll see to it that Michael Dell doesn’t remain CEO. “He will not be running the company,” Icahn said. “It’s not that I have anything against [Michael] Dell. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy,” Icahn said. “But it’s a new world out there.” Icahn has had a busy day on the Dell front. First he reported in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that his stake in Dell amounts to 4.52 percent. He also joined Southeastern Asset Management, Dell’s largest outside shareholder, in making a joint bid for the company . (The Wall Street Journal’s Moneybeat has the full text of the joint Icahn-Southeastern letter to Dell’s board here .) The special committee of Dell’s board has in the last several minutes issued a statement saying it is “carefully reviewing” the Icahn-Southeastern offer. “Mr. Icahn and Southeastern have outlined a potential leveraged recapitalization transaction that they want the Dell Board either to recommend at this time or to consider if the existing going-private transaction is rejected by Dell shareholders

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