MAC supply chain breaks -- EU wants GOOGLE to pay up -- VERIZON stands up to feds -- WHATSAPP hits 400M users -- More calls for Valley to SECEDE


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

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>> RICKROLL: The wait continues: Mac Pro ship dates have already slipped to February, by Andrew Cunningham: "The new Mac Pro was initially shipping to buyers on December 30th, but just a few hours after appearing in Apple's online store, the ship times have slipped to a more distant and nebulous 'February.'" Ars Technica

>>>> Apple's dark tower Mac Pro ship date quickly slips to February 2014 Computerworld

>>>> You can spend $9,599 on a Mac Pro, but should you? Ars Technica

>>>> Final Cut Pro updated to version 10.1, 4K monitoring, Mac Pro optimisations and more 9to5Mac

>> NO WAY SERGEY: EU to reject Google's latest efforts to avoid an antitrust fine, by Jennifer Baker: "The European Commission will reject Google's latest proposals aimed at settling a three-year antitrust dispute, the Commissioner in charge of the case said Friday. 'The latest proposals are not acceptable in the sense that they are not proposals that can eliminate our concerns regarding competition and in particular regarding the way Google's rivals in vertical search are being treated,' Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told Spanish radio station Radio Nacional de España... Google has been under investigation by the Commission since November 2010, after rivals accused the search giant of directing users to its own services by reducing the visibility of competing websites and services." InfoWorld

>> CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS: Former Microsoft manager charged with insider trading, by Mike Carter: "Former Microsoft senior manager Brian Jorgenson... told The Seattle Times that he tipped a friend to nonpublic, proprietary Microsoft financial information three times in the past 18 months, allowing them to make money in the stock market. He estimated his friend made more than $200,000, although Jorgenson says it is hard to say exactly how much money was made since he didn't have direct access to his friend's trading accounts. In exchange, Jorgenson said his friend gave him about $40,000... On Thursday, federal prosecutors unsealed a complaint charging Jorgenson and another man, Sean Stokke, each with 35 felony counts of insider trading, alleging they made nearly $400,000." Seattle Times

>>>> Possibly the only person at Microsoft who made money off the Nook was just busted for insider trading Quartz

>> REALITY DISTORTION FIELD: Tim Draper wants to split California into pieces and turn Silicon Valley into its own state, by Gregory Ferenstein: "TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper's plan to split California into six separate states, including a Northern California slice appropriately named 'Silicon Valley.' Draper shared his vision with TechCrunch tonight. He says he's submitting a polished version to the state's Attorney General in the form of a ballot proposition proposal within the next 48 hours. "Six Californias" already has a campaign website up and is eager for an army of volunteers." TechCrunch

>> BACKBONE DISCOVERY: In first for phone industry, Verizon will publish 'transparency report' on government demands, by Jeff John Roberts: "Phone giant Verizon, which is at the center of an ongoing scandal over surveillance, is taking a cue from Silicon Valley tech firms and announcing that it will publish reports about government requests for customer data... The practice of publishing such statistics was inaugurated by Google several years ago, and has since been copied by nearly every Silicon Valley tech giant, including Facebook and Apple. The reports disclose how often police departments and agencies like the FBI use warrants, subpoenas and other legal tools to obtain information about customers. The companies are currently in a bitter fight before America's secret spy court over the right to disclose how many NSA requests they receive.... Until now, the phone companies, unlike the tech industry, have largely supported the White House...." GigaOM

>>>> Verizon plans to issue transparency report, despite silence on NSA co-operation ZDNet

>> SURVEY SAYS: Latest mobile dev trends: Facebook's mobile API & Javascript are hot; HTML5 & old web architecture are not, by Devindra Hardawar: "In a survey of around 6,700 developers, Appcelerator found that 66 percent of developers were connecting their apps to Facebook, 13 percentage points ahead of Twitter, the No. 2 choice. Three major changes led to Facebook's newfound popularity among devs, Appcelerator's Michael King tells me: The company abandoned its HTML5-powered app for faster native apps on iPhone and Android; optimized its mobile APIs to make it easier to connect with its social graph; and offered up extensive mobile analytics by snapping up Onavo." VentureBeat

>>>> Is Facebook the new model for enterprise mobility? Appcelerator Blog

>>>> Mobile growth pushes Facebook to become no. 2 US digital ad seller eMarketer

>>>> The end of the Facebook era Chrys Bader

>>>> Mobile app developers' interest in HTML5 is slipping InfoWorld

>>>> Developer interest in Windows Phone grows as Microsoft's Windows 8.x platform slips TechCrunch

>> MAPPLE: Apple hints at future Maps app in 'layered map' patent filing, by Mikey Campbell: "The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that takes the company's existing mapping apps and extends them to new levels of interactivity with data-rich layered viewing modes... the map would be able to emphasize any surrounding features of a selected point of interest... a user can touch two points on the map to create a route. In yet another view, temporal statistics may be viewed, such as historical housing sales data." Apple Insider

>> IBM acquires Aspera and its tech for moving massive files to the cloud: 'Aspera claims it can send a 24-gigabyte file halfway around the world in 30 seconds.' GigaOM

>> CryptoLocker ransom Trojan infected 250,000 PCs, Dell SecureWorks estimates: 'At least 0.4 percent of victims paid up' TechWorld

>> The Moonshot: "Even when you see a moonshot work, you realize that a lot of learning had to have taken place. It's like the story of an overnight success that took a lifetime of perseverance." Horace Dediu/Asymco

>> Powering smart content for publishing giants, Knewton lands $51M to take personalized learning global TechCrunch

>> Techstars CEO David Cohen to raise $150M fund Xconomy

>> With $2.2M in new funding, SeatGeek acquires and shuts down ticketing competitor FanSnap TechCrunch

>> ARM in the server room faces a set back as Calxeda shuts down Ars Technica

>> Pierre Omidyar's new media venture now has a name (First Look Media), $50M in funding and an interesting corporate structure GigaOM

>> Exclusive: Dish eyes 2014 bid for T-Mobile -- sources Reuters

>> Edward Snowden has stripped us of all illusion about our digital world InfoWorld

>> Pirate Bay back in Sweden's calm waters after .GY suspension TorrentFreak

>> Instagram says its brand advertising campaigns are working Forbes

>> The brewing iPhone war: It's Apple vs. the carriers InfoWorld

>> The day Google had to 'start over' on Android The Atlantic

>> After recall, Google releases updated HP Chromebook 11 with newly-designed power adapter 9to5Google

>> BitTorrent Chat promises messaging free from prying eyes -- including the NSA's PCWorld

>> The danger of turning cynical about Silicon Valley Harvard Business Review

>> Your startup's 10 most important metrics Tomasz Tunguz

>> Auto Scaling with the AWS Management Console Celingest

>> HAD TO RUN IT: First Round Capital's ritual holiday video card YouTube


>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Not long ago we calld it very large DBs + massively parallel processing + webscale analytics. So glad we settled on "#bigdata". Saves breath" @jameskobielus

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