Big, CURVEY Apples in store -- Brits SPOOF, nobody laughs -- Political campaigns may accept BITCOIN -- SAMSUNG poaches Apple IoT exec -- PITTMAN rolling up the Dudedom


November 11, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

Not a TechBrief subscriber? Sign up for a free subscription.

>> ME TOO: Apple said to be developing curved iPhone screens, new sensors, by Tim Culpan, Adam Satariano: "Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges... Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models... With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple's largest iPhones.. and would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 that Samsung debuted in September." Bloomberg

>>>> Foxconn mulls building more electronics in Arizona, by Michael Kan InfoWorld

>> CONFLICTING ERROR MESSAGE: New iWork: Another missed opportunity to set expectations, by Jean-Louis Gassée: "They bragged about their refurbished iWork suite only to let customers discover that the actual product fails to meet expectations... Neither in the written announcement nor during the live presentation will one find a word of caution about iWork's many unpleasant 'features'... The result is a messy pile of missing features and outright bugs that educed many irate comments." Monday Note

>> REACHING FLOW: Microsoft starts taking Office on the Web seriously, by Frederic Laridinois: "Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Office 365 suite with a couple of new features and licensing terms... one feature stood out. Starting this week, all Office Web Apps will feature real-time collaborative editing -- a feature previously only available to the Excel and OneNote web apps." TechCrunch

>> REDMOND CONCLAVE: Does Stephen Elop really want to kill Bing and Xbox?, by Woody Leonhard: "I find it impossible to believe that Microsoft would formally spin off any of its units. Why? Because in the normal course of events, Microsoft would be placed in the very uncomfortable position of revealing historic data -- particularly financial and usage data -- about its most embarrassing products.... If three of Elop's top lieutenants really ratted him out to Bloomberg (and this isn't instead some elaborate ploy concocted either by the Microsoft board or Rick Sherlund or Elop himself) and all spilled their guts about the boss's private musings to the same publication, Elop has a security leak of unprecedented proportions." InfoWorld

>>>> Microsoft Surface ad fails to Excel at math, according to Apple's Numbers Apple Insider [Pro tip: The Surface ad shows an incorrectly doctored Excel screen shot. Marketing #Fail, but Excel's fine.]

>>>> Actually, Microsoft needs Bing and Xbox as much as it needs Windows CITEworld

>>>> Microsoft shouldn't hire any CEO who wants to kill Bing and Xbox Ars Technica

>> THE DUDE ABIDES: Bob Pittman bets big on the strategist Marissa Mayer rejected, backing Jim Heckman's roll-up, by Nicholas Carlson: "Famed media mogul Bob Pittman is betting Marissa Mayer let the wrong guy go when she took over Yahoo in the summer of 2012.... He's backing Jim Heckman's new media roll-up.... Pittman made his name helping to create and run MTV. Then he helped Steve Case turn AOL into the giant company that bought Time Warner. Pittman put Heckman in charge of something called NAMG -- basically, a collection of websites for dudes." Business Insider

>> STILL A NEGATIVE: Nonplussed, by Devin Coldewey: "I sat down to write up the new YouTube comment system earlier this week, and before I finished the article, I had deleted my Google+ account -- my real one, not the joke one that you acquire during the YouTube signup process. The labyrinth of settings and accounts involved struck me as so absurd, and the process so hostile to comprehension, that they needed to be described as they might have been experienced by an ordinary user." TechCrunch

>> ON HER MAJESTY'S SPOOFING SERVICE: UK spies continue 'quantum insert' attack via LinkedIn, Slashdot pages, by Cyrus Farivar: "Targets included engineers at Global Roaming Exchange providers and OPEC... GCHQ, the British sister agency to the NSA, used spoofed versions of LinkedIn and Slashdot pages to serve malware to targets." Ars Technica

>>>> Here's how British intelligence used LinkedIn and Slashdot to dupe telecoms workers GigaOM

>> UPWARDLY MOBILE: An app 'middle class' continues to grow: Independently owned apps with a million-plus users up 121% over past 18 months, by Sarah Perez: "It may be getting harder for mobile developers to break into the top charts in the various app stores, but there is a healthy and growing 'middle class' app economy, according to new data released by analytics firm Flurry... The company reports seeing 357% growth over the past 18 months from independently owned apps that have a worldwide audience of over 20 million monthly actives, and 121% growth from those with an audience of over 1 million." TechCrunch

>> NEOMONEY: 3 reasons why the price of Bitcoin is surging, by Jessica Roy: "1. Wider mainstream acceptance... 2. Growth in China... 3. The launch of Silk Road 2.0" [Bitcoin hit almost $400 on Saturday; swung down to $300 on Sunday; now trades around $345.] Time

>> STAT DU JOUR: Apple rules the skies: 84% of in-flight Internet use comes from iDevices, by Christian Zibreg: "Or, as Daring Fireball's John Gruber puts it, it's more evidence that "iPhone and Android users are not the same." iDownloadBlog

>> IoT SHUFFLE: Apple's Siri chief moves to Samsung to build connected device platform, by James Niccolai: "Luc Julia... an engineer who oversaw development of Apple's Siri technology is now at Samsung building an online service for linking together the 'Internet of things.' Still in its early stages, SAMI [Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions ] aims to be a platform that can collect data from any connected device, including wearable computers like the Fitbit, and make that data available for consumption by other devices." InfoWorld

>> FEEDLY LEARNS: Google+ authentication [rolled back!]: "Google has been slowly transitioning from Google OAuth to Google+ as their unifying identity system. This transition opens the door to interesting opportunities like simpler login across devices -- and a lot more. We are following on Google's lead and transitioning feedly from Google OAuth to Google+ login... UPDATE: we are going to rollback this change later this afternoon... The main lesson we learned here is that user should control how they want to login to their feedly. We will make sure not to forget this." Building Feedly

>> IMPRIMATUR: FEC poised to allow Bitcoin campaign donations, by Byron Tau: "Political campaigns will be allowed to accept -- but not spend -- the digital currency Bitcoin, under a proposed federal rule released Thursday. The Federal Election Commission draft would require campaigns to first convert any Bitcoins collected as donation to dollars." Politico

>> THE GOOD OL' DAYS: For creator of Twitter's whale, a 'Fail' in name only, by Alexandra Stevenson: "With its initial public offering on Thursday, Twitter minted a brand new group of billionaires, many of whom were rewarded for their early work with the company. But one person who brought a sense of levity to the start-up during its darkest hours will not be making anything. That person is Yiying Lu, the artist behind Twitter's 'Fail Whale' -- the image of a whale being carried by birds -- that used to pop up every time Twitter's website was down, which was often in 2008." New York Times (paywalled)

>> Okta CEO: We're solving the identity management puzzle InfoWorld

>> What's an active user worth? Asymco

>> White House considers civilian for NSA chief The Hill

>> FBI offers $50,000 reward for 'Lover Spy' malware writer TechWorld

>> Facebook's acquisition of Instagram increasingly irrelevant -- thanks to mobile Ben Evans

>> Amazon convinces Postal Service to start making Sunday deliveries AllThingsD

>> They loved your GPA, then they saw your Tweets New York Times (paywalled)

>> The six most common species of code Willa's World

>> WE HAD TO RUN IT: Lady Gaga's flying dress is ready for take off The Verge

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Being asked to 'like,' '+1,' or retweet something is like flashing 'applause' sign at studio audience. You expect us to be unpaid clappers?" @jameskobielus

FEED ME, SEYMOUR: Comments? Questions? Tips? Shoot mail to Trent or Woody. Follow @gegax or @woodyleonhard.

Pass it on. Tweet us!

Not a TechBrief subscriber? Sign up for a free subscription.