FACEBOOK's Super Bowl tweets more fun than game -- Lots of talk about WHISPER -- Hints of TWITTER commerce emerge -- Secret to happiness in SEATTLE


Edited by T. Trent Gegax & Woody Leonhard | February 3, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> BREAKING WINDOWS: Three-week-old version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks, to widespread yawns, by Woody Leonhard: "A Jan. 14 version of the much-anticipated upgrade to Windows 8.1 has appeared on several pirate download sites. The improvements are, to put it charitably, underwhelming. Variously called Windows 8.1 Update 1, Windows 8.1 GDR 1, or Windows 8.1 2014 Update, this three-week-old version has even fewer changes than we were expecting." InfoWorld

> Windows 7 and 8 coast along, while XP rules InfoWorld

> Google SVP of Chrome & Apps Sundar Pichai now front-runner for Microsoft CEO job, by John Furrier: SiliconAngle

> TechBrief is unsure whether Pichai rumor is delusional or prescient

>> THE CHANNELS THEY WERE A-CHANGIN': Here's how Facebook rewards celebrities who post about the Super Bowl, by Peter Kafka: "If you're on Facebook this weekend you may see a bunch of athletes and celebrities talking about the Super Bowl. Some will be doing it because they're just like you. And some will be doing it because Facebook is offering them incentives to do it." Re/code

> How Bob Dylan jumped from counterculture icon to car salesman Variety

> Releasing ads early pays off for Super Bowl advertisers, according to visible measures TechCrunch

> Budweiser Wins the Super Bowl -- on the Web Re/code

> Super Bowl 2014 ad roundup: '80s stars raid a RadioShack, Bears dance with Ellen, and more Engadget

> New record for 2014: Hashtags mentioned in 58% of Super Bowl ads Marketing Land

> What Seattle can teach the rest of the country about living well HuffPo

> TechBrief thanks Microsoft for dumping the negative ads. Congrats, PaulA!

>> APPLE A DAY: iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking, by Mark Gurman: "Apple has its sights set on another industry ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness world. Apple currently plans to release a new version of the iPhone operating system this year with health and fitness tracking integration as its headline feature... Apple's work on such an operating system likely indicates that Apple is nearing the introduction of its long-awaited, sensor-laden 'iWatch,' which sources say is well into development." 9to5Mac

> FDA meeting, iOS 8 rumors point to fitness focus for Apple's "iWatch" Ars Technica

> Will anyone under 30 wear Apple's health-obsessed iWatch? Forbes

> With an anticipated $2B IPO and love from Apple, digital health may finally get respect Forbes

> Building a better battery New York Times/Tech >> POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Building a better battery, by Brian X. Chen and Nick Bilton: "The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.... Engineers at Apple even tried for many years to build a smarter battery by adding solar charging to iPhones and iPods, a former Apple executive said. And they have continued to experiment with solar charging, two people who work at the company said." NYT

> Reviving the dream of quantum energy teleportation Motherboard

>> HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Inside the angsty, affirming world of Whisper, by Kevin Roose: "If you're older than 25, you may not have heard of Whisper. But the app -- already popular among high-school and college students across the country -- is quickly becoming the most interesting social network around. It allows people to post anonymous Whispers (photos with a line or two of text overlaid on them, in the style of a Reddit image macro) which can then be 'hearted' or replied to by other users." New York Magazine

> With new anonymous social app Secret, the merit is in the message Re/code

> The age of the social network is ending ParisLemon >> SOUNDINGS: Venture will mine Twitter for music's next big thing, by Ben Sisario: "The partnership gives [Lyor Cohen's new venture] 300 full access to Twitter's music data, including information not available publicly, like the location tags that identify from where a tweet was sent. In exchange, 300, which signs artists for recorded music, publishing and other deals, will help Twitter organize data and develop software that could be used by other artists, record labels or consumer brands. No money is changing hands... Its deal with 300 is similar to a partnership that Twitter announced last week with the cable network CNN and the tech company Dataminr to develop a news-alert system for journalists." New York Times/Media

> Thomson Reuters adds Twitter sentiment analysis to Eikon trading terminal Computerworld UK

> Facebook uses data to charm advertisers Wall Street Journal/Tech

>> CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS: Hotel franchise firm White Lodging investigates breach, by Brian Krebs: "White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin appears to have suffered a data breach that exposed credit and debit card information on thousands of guests throughout much of 2013." Krebs on Security

>> 'SHARK' SHOT: Cycloramic hits top of App Store after 'Shark Tank' appearance, $500K investment, and 100K downloads in an hour, by Jordan Kahn: "What happens when your app gets featured on ABC's 'Shark Tank,' the TV show where rich investors listen to pitches from wannabe entrepreneurs looking to raise funds? For app developers Egos Ventures it means shooting up hundreds of spots on the App Store charts to become the top paid app in the store overnight. The developers behind the hands-free panorama app called Cycloramic were able to capture a $500k investment from two of the Sharks on last night's episode." 9to5Mac

>> Is this what Twitter Commerce will look like? Re/code

>> 72 of the biggest, costliest startup failures of all time CB Insights

>> Coupons.com files for $100M IPO on the NYSE, trading as COUP TechCrunch

>> Online home-furnishings site Wayfair raises around $150 million in funding Reuters

>> Start-up aims to circumvent rules on private stock sales NYT DealBook

>> New Y Combinator partner investment policy Y Combinator

>> Developer behind Flappy Bird, the impossible game blowing up the app store, says he just got lucky TechCrunch

>> FTC: Medical transcription firm allowed histories to be on search engine PCWorld

>> Target credential theft highlights third-party vendor risk CIO

>> With "Fast Break" and "Curveball," Mayer is aiming to bring back search tech to Yahoo Re/code

>> Aereo Is out of capacity in New York City DSLReports

>> Google permanently bans popular application from Play for not using IAP Goran Kukurin t/h Hacker News

>> A re-introduction to JavaScript (JS tutorial) Mozilla Developer Network

>> Amazon Prime was too good to be true after all Wired

>> Bitcoin's emerging price stability TechCrunch

>> BITCOIN: $962 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "'Move slow and debate things.' -- Microsoft's board."@StartupLJackson

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