MICROSOFT dismantles Windows 8 -- IoT standards reach square one -- MAYER eyes Imgur -- The 'First Demo' turns 45

 

December 10, 2013 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> WINDOWS REBORN: Cause for hope: Windows 8 gets the heave-ho in the next wave of updates, by Woody Leonhard: "If independent leaks are to be believed, Windows chief Terry Myerson appears to be dismantling the Jekyll-and-Hyde monstrosity that is Windows 8 and replacing it with a triumvirate of products that people and companies will actually want. Although the leaks don't quite line up one-to-one, they're close enough to warrant a great deal of optimism about the future of Windows... Who knows? Windows might actually become relevant again." InfoWorld

>>>> Microsoft codename 'Threshold': The next major Windows wave takes shape ZDNet

>>>> More on Microsoft's SKU-morphic Windows vision ZDNet

>>>> Further changes coming in Windows 'Threshold' SuperSite for Windows

>>>> Microsoft backtracks on when it will stop selling Windows 7 Network World

>> THINGS GET ORGANIZED: The AllSeen Alliance launches as a standard for the Internet of Things, by Stacey Higginbotham: "Qualcomm has signed over the source code for its AllJoyn protocol to the Linux Foundation to create a new standard for the Internet of things. Meet the AllSeen Alliance, 23 companies that have pledged to use the code underlying Qualcomm's AllJoyn protocol to build products that will not only be able to talk to each other but offer a more automated programming environment for the devices in your life. The creation of the AllSeen Alliance is a big step for promoting some type of interoperability for the internet of things, but it's also only the first step." GigaOM

>> POPE VS. SNOWDEN: No contest: Edward Snowden is Person of the Year, by John Cassidy: "In an effort to gin up a bit of publicity for its annual choice for 'Person of the Year,' Time has released its list of ten finalists. They include Pope Francis, President Obama, Jeff Bezos, Miley Cyrus, Ted Cruz, and two Middle Eastern leaders: Bashar al-Assad, the embattled President of Syria, and Hassan Rouhani, the new President of Iran. Of these, Pope Francis is by far the strongest candidate, but even the radical new Pontiff can't compete with another troublemaker on the list: Edward Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who is currently residing somewhere in Russia as the guest of Vladimir Putin, Time's 2007 honoree." New Yorker

>> SECOND ACT SEARCH: After getting pushed out of Apple, here's what former iOS leader Scott Forstall has been up to, by Jay Yarrow: "He went from being in charge of the most important product at the world's most valuable company to disappearing over night. Since getting pushed out of Apple, he hasn't said a word publicly, and there's been no word on what he's been up to. Until today. Amir Efrati at new technology site The Information is reporting that Forstall spent the year traveling to Italy and South Africa. He also advised a few startups, and became more philanthropically involved, focusing on education, poverty, and human rights." Business Insider

>> SOFT MARKET: It's official: IT hiring has slowed, by Patrick Thibodeau: "After a decent start earlier this year, IT hiring is slowing down. Despite a 203,000 increase in the overall number of jobs added to the U.S. economy in November, an analysis of hiring by two independent groups shows decreasing demand for IT pros. That trend has become apparent over the last several months... TechServe Alliance, an industry group, reports that IT hiring expanded by 3,200 jobs in November, 3,100 jobs in October, and 6,100 jobs in September. Those numbers are well off the hiring gains posted earlier this year."  Computerworld

>> REVOLUTION WILL BE DIGITIZED: AllThingsD editors are said to complete NBCUniversal deal, by Edmund Lee, Serena Saitto: "AllThingsD editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who are leaving News Corp. at the end of the year, completed a deal with NBCUniversal for a news and conference business that will bring their current staff to a newly named website... business will be called Revere Digital, named for the Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere." Bloomberg

>>>> Why AllThingsD is like the Cleveland Browns Pando

>> MONKEY ZERO: 'The mother of all demos' is 45 years old, doesn't look a day over 25, by Megan Garber: "On Monday, December 9, 1968, a crowd of 1,000 people--computer professionals, mostly--gathered at the San Francisco Convention Center. They were there for a demo, part of the Fall Joint Computer Conference, that would be delivered by Douglas Engelbart and the 17 researchers working with him at the Stanford Research Institute: The team would be offering a summary of nearly ten years' worth of research into the augmentation of human intelligence.... Engelbart and his team presented for about an hour and 40 minutes. The talk consisted of, among other things, the first public demonstration of a computer mouse. It introduced WYSIWYG editing. It showed off hypertext. It demonstrated the graphical user interface. Engelbart and his colleagues explained these new technologies; they also employed many of them as part of their presentation. (A young Steward Brand acted as one of their camera operators.) For people who had been used to thinking of computers as little more than fancy calculators, the whole thing was fairly mind-blowing." The Atlantic

>> BIG PICTURE: Thinking for the future, by David Brooks: ‘We're living in an era of mechanized intelligence, an age in which you're probably going to find yourself in a workplace with diagnostic systems, different algorithms and computer-driven data analysis. If you want to thrive in this era, you probably want to be good at working with intelligent machines. As Tyler Cowen puts it in his relentlessly provocative recent book, 'Average Is Over,' 'If you and your skills are a complement to the computer, your wage and labor market prospects are likely to be cheery. If your skills do not complement the computer, you may want to address that mismatch."' New York Times

>> STEP AWAY FROM THE TROLL: EU warns Nokia not to become 'patent troll': "Europe's top regulator (Joaquin Almunia) has warned Nokia not to try to become a 'patent troll' after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft this year but retained its patent portfolio... Almunia, in charge of competition at the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, warned he will open an antitrust case against the company if it attempts to take 'illegal advantage' of its patents." AP
>>>> Memo for Sr. Almunia, a patent assertion entity is not necessarily a patent troll Forbes

>> REDMOND CONCLAVE: Microsoft CEO search: Stalemate, by Frederic Filloux, Jean-Louis Gasee: "For a large, established company, having to use an executive recruiter to find its next CEO carries a profoundly bad aroma. It means that the directors failed at one of their most important duties: succession planning. Behind this first failure, a second one lurks: The Board probably gave the previous CEO free rein to promote and fire subordinates in a way that prevented successors from emerging." Monday Note

>> Marissa Mayer's next big acquisition could be Imgur, the photo-sharing site Reddit loves Business Insider

>> The brilliant hack that brought Foursquare back from the dead Wired

>> Layoffs at stealth payment startup Clinkle Fortune/CNN Money

>> Scripps buys Newsy for $35M to expand from TV and newspapers to digital video TechCrunch

>> Fast-growing IT automation startup Opscode raises $32M, changes name to Chef GeekWire

>> Asia's e-commerce sites can outsell Amazon ZDNet

>> Citrix adds new pricing, capacity options for GoToMeeting web-conferencing product PCWorld

>> Snapchat files for a restraining order, accuses ousted founder of leaking confidential court docs TechCrunch

>> HP hits restart on 'converged systems,' takes aim at vBlock InfoWorld

>> Let the NSA spy on us -- we're still moving to the cloud InfoWorld

>> How Apple's Lightning-plug guru reinvented Square's card reader Wired

>> Tech's hyper-gentrification has a new fake spokesperson TechCrunch

>> Fred Wilson on Bitcoin, unbundling, data leakage and health care TechCrunch

>> Netflix open sources its data traffic cop, Suro GigaOM

>> Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: researcher Reuters

>> Other browser makers follow Google's lead, revoke rogue certificates Computerworld

>> A clear-eyed guide to Android's actual security risks InfoWorld

>> Google now lets you create your own Street View maps using Photo Sphere or your dSLR camera TNW

>> Zero-day exploits: Separating fact from fiction InfoWorld

>> Bitcoin this hour: $937 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "The iPotty -- a potty seat with an iPad stand so toddlers can watch videos during toilet training -- wins the #toady for worst 2013 toy." @brooksbarnesNYT

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