BENIOFF bellows -- Mobile carriers KILL theft 'kill switch' -- GATES chokes up -- Desktop printing CIRCUITS on paper, cotton


November 20, 2013 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> BACK TO BASICS: Salesforce CEO admits 'social enterprise' pitch didn't work, by Rachel King: "Marc Benioff... hinted that Salesforce could have fallen off track, admitting that the 'social enterprise' sales pitch that was so prevalent at Dreamforce 2011 just didn't resonate with customers... Apparently no one knew what 'social enterprise' meant -- not even the guys who coined the term... Fast forward to this week, and the new catchphrase is 'Internet of Customers.'" ZDNet

>>>> Get ready for the 'Internet of customers,' CEO Benioff says InfoWorld

>>>> Yahoo CEO Mayer talks mobile strategy, design approach PCWorld

>>>> Salesforce Benioff foretells grim, unrelenting hyper-capitalist future The Register

>> DEMOTIVATIONAL POSTER: Carriers reject a 'kill switch' for preventing cellphone theft, by Brian X. Chen: "Lawmakers in San Francisco and New York are pushing cellphone makers to adopt a so-called kill switch that would allow users to deactivate their phone remotely, discouraging criminals from stealing phones. But the cellphone carriers are not on board... [SFO DA George] Gascón said that, based on e-mails he had reviewed between a Samsung executive and a software developer, it appeared that the carriers were unwilling to allow Samsung to load the antitheft software. The emails, he said, suggest that the carriers are concerned that the software would eat into the profit they make from the insurance programs many consumers buy to cover lost or stolen phones." New York Times (paywalled)

>>>> Inside the hidden tech battle over a smartphone 'kill switch' CBS this morning

>>>> Never forget that wireless carriers are evil TechCrunch >> REDMOND CONCLAVE: Steve Balmer's farewell message to Microsoft shareholders: Save Bing and Xbox, by Preston Gralla: "Stock analysts and even a potential CEO candidate are calling for Microsoft to sell off Bing and its XBox division, but Steve Ballmer, in his final speech to company shareholders, makes it plain: He believes both are core to Microsoft's success. Is he clinging to yesterday's vision, or is he on target? ... there are more important things than short-term stock prices, notably the long-term health of a company. And for that, Ballmer is right: Microsoft needs Xbox and Bing." Computerworld

>>>> In role reversal, Ballmer stays composed, Gates chokes up, in shareholder meeting InfoWorld

>>>> Nokia shareholders approve sale of smartphones to Microsoft PCWorld

>>>> 'Caretaker' Mulally as CEO remains inside beta at Microsoft, but will a dark horse emerge? AllThingsD

>> COLD TURKEY: Skype founder's fund set to shun chat apps, by Tim Bradshaw: "Niklas Zennstrom, the chief executive of venture firm Atomico who previously founded messaging service Skype, said that he is unlikely to invest in fast-growing chat applications such as Snapchat from its latest fund." FT (paywalled)

>> NEW THREAT: Warning! Targeted Internet misdirection on the rise, by Jaikumar Vijayan: "Unknown attackers have successfully hijacked and redirected Internet traffic belonging to financial services companies, VoIP providers and governments many times over the past year... A total of about 1,500 individual IP blocks from 150 cities around the world have been intercepted, inspected and possibly compromised in incidents lasting from a few minutes to several days." Computerworld

>> REACHING FLOW: App Annie report: iOS customization apps gain popularity, as chat apps rake in the money, by Kaylene Hong: "App store analytics service App Annie today released its latest data on app usage, which found that customization apps have jumped in the iOS app rankings for the month of October.... While Android customization apps like SwiftKey Keyboard have been featured in the Apps Index every month so far this year, Emoji was the only iOS customization app that made it to the Apps Index -- and only for June. Yet in October, two iOS customization apps have made a splash in the rankings." TNW

>> ENCRYPTOLOGY: NSA spying will ultimately benefit us all, by Roger A. Grimes: "Most of us would agree that the NSA has spread its nets too far and cut deeply into our personal privacy. Ultimately, and perhaps ironically, I am hopeful this transgression will leave us with better protection for our personal communication than ever before. I predict that more and more communications service providers will provide strongly encrypted communications by default. They'll also do so in such a way that outside, unauthorized parties (the NSA, law enforcement, and so on) will not be able to get the plaintext access to data they currently enjoy -- at least not as easily as they do today." InfoWorld

>> NOT AGAIN: Cupid Media hack exposed 42 million plain-text passwords, by Brian Krebs: "An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays." Krebs on Security

>> FUTURE NOW: Liquid metal printer lays electronic circuits on paper, plastic and even cotton, by MIT Technology Review: "One of the dreams of makers the world over is to be able to print electronic circuits on more or less any surface using a desktop printer. The great promise is the possibility of having RFID circuits printed on plastic or paper packaging, LED arrays on wallpaper and even transparent circuits on glass. Or simply to rapidly prototype circuits when designing new products." MIT Technology Review

>> BIG APPLE: Apple making changes to supply chain as iPhone 5s shipping times improve, by Ashleigh Allsopp: "One of Foxconn's main factories is reportedly about to stop making the iPhone 5c, in order to focus on iPhone 5s production. The news comes as iPhone 5s shipping times in the US begin to improve, a sign that Apple is pushing suppliers to meet iPhone 5s demand." Macworld

>> SHOT: Samsung sells just 50,000 Galaxy Gear smart watches, exec says product is unripe, by Juli Clover: "Samsung's Galaxy Gear has not been selling well, according to a new report from BusinessKorea. First launched in September, the $299 smart watch has been purchased less than 50,000 times and has received largely negative reviews. With daily sales reaching just 800 to 900 units, Galaxy Gear sales are falling below initial industry expectation, despite an aggressive marketing campaign from Samsung." [AP now says the 50,000 number refers to Korea only.] MacRumors

>> CHASER: [Yesterday] Samsung boasts 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatch sales in two months Engadget

>> STAT DU JOUR: The great Snapchat mirage: We don't know a single useful number about the hottest company in tech, by John Herrman: "Snapchat may have fewer than 10 million monthly active users.... Snapchat's sensational rise into the public consciousness came at the perfect time, just as the startup world has begun to disregard, once more, the laws that govern the rest of the world. Call it a bubble or don't: Snapchat is a poster child for the current crop of exciting startups. Its creators and investors know this, and will use it to their advantage. All stories about, or from, the company should be understood in this context." BuzzFeed

>>>> Reverse engineering Snapchat's size is impossible... but here goes TechCrunch

>> VC DRAMA DU JOUR: Exclusive: Tim Draper is leaving DFJ, by Dan Primack: "Tim Draper will no longer be an investment partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm he founded in 1985. Same goes for fellow 'name' partner John Fisher, who three decades ago shared an office with Draper at investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons. The news was shared earlier today at a private meeting of DFJ's limited partners." Fortune

>>>> Venture firm DFJ denies report that co-founders Tim Draper and John Fisher are on the way out San Jose Mercury News

>>>> Tim Draper steps back from DFJ, firm confirms AllThingsD

>> LIKE A ROLLING SCONE: Mind-boggling Dylan TechHive

>> Bitcoin just waterfalled Business Insider

>> Cray brings Hadoop to supercomputing PCWorld

>> Orange Script could be fruitful for Android app development InfoWorld

>> GitHub resets user passwords following rash of account-hijack attacks Ars Technica

>> Xbox One review: More than a game console, less than a living room revolution Ars Technica

>> The Xbox One controller: Projectors, smells (!), and other stuff that didn't make it in (part 1, exclusive) VentureBeat

>> Google extends its proactive Patch Reward Program to include Android Open Source Project, Web servers, and more TNW

>> Devil is in the details of Oracle-to-PostgreSQL migration InfoWorld

>> Russia's jumps into crowded US messaging, games market, with PCWorld

>> Twitter backtracks and removes option to let users receive direct messages from any follower TNW

>> Red Hat deploys ServiceNow in modernization bid ARN

>> Quora will push its most link-baity content to BuzzFeed (though it would never call it that) AllThingsD

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "The best thing about startup / VC events in Boston is all the ill fitting sport coats in one room" @tjparker

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