NADELLA to lead Microsoft without GATES -- FACEBOOK aTwitter over 'Paper' -- APPLE's content delivery network -- CHROMECAST SDK ports apps to TV


February 4, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> CONCLAVE CONCLUDED: Satya Nadella named CEO of Microsoft: "As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, "aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance."

> Satya Nadella email to employees on first day as CEO

> Steve Ballmer email to employees on new CEO

>Insider Nadella named Microsoft CEO, as expected, with Gates stepping down as Chairman to help him Re/code
> Satya Nadella to succeed Ballmer as Microsoft CEO InfoWorld

>> SPY VS. SPY: Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft disclose new data about number of NSA requests received, by Ken Yeung: "Under new rules from the US government, each company is now allowed to provide how many requests for member data it's received, the number of accounts impacted, and the percentage that they respond to... Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president for legal and corporate affairs, says that the US government has agreed to allow companies to share this information, but only that it can be reported 'in bands of a thousand'. What's more, while the aggregate FISA data covers a six month period, it can only be published six months after the reporting period." TNW
> Google, Facebook, and Microsoft show steady rise in surveillance data requests InfoWorld
> In just 6 months, the NSA spied on more than 59,000 accounts Wired
> Legendary hacker group Chaos Computer Club files complaint against German government over surveillance GigaOM

>> INTO THE WILD: With its new app Paper, can Facebook overcome the burden of being Facebook?, by Kyle Vanhemert: "Paper, Facebook's new iPhone app, is a confident product from a company that's been slow to master the nuances of creating a fine mobile app. Out today, it's probably the best Facebook has ever looked. But behind those looks lies a smart strategy to turn Facebook into a publisher of original content. Maybe, like Facebook Home, it will crash. But it's still a fascinating window into how the company might eventually face off against media brands and content publishers. Created by a small group of star designers and engineers operating as a sort of startup within the company itself, Paper isn't a replacement for the official Facebook app so much as an alternative to it." Wired
> Facebook's Paper app for iPhone is the future of Facebook 'If Facebook were invented in 2014, it would look like Facebook Paper' Time
> Paper has the potential to change how Facebook's 1.2 billion users consume media Forbes
> How to get Facebook Paper if you're outside the US TechCrunch
> Paper app creator FiftyThree asks Facebook to change the name of its new standalone iPhone app TNW
> Today is Facebook's 10th anniversary Zuck's page

>> TV ON THE RADIO: Apple quietly builds new networks, by Drew Fitzgerald, Daisuke Wakabayashi: "Apple is stitching together a network of Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of content to customers, giving the company more control over the distribution of its online offerings while laying the groundwork for more traffic if it decides to move deeper into television. Apple's online delivery needs have grown in the last few years, driven by its iCloud service for storing users' data and rising sales of music, videos and games from iTunes and the App Store. But the iPhone maker is reported to have broader ambitions for television that could involve expanding its Apple TV product or building its own television set. Snapping up Internet infrastructure supports all those pursuits at once. Apple is signing long-term deals to lock up bandwidth and hiring more networking experts, steps that companies like Google and Facebook have already taken." Wall Street Journal
> Apple building out their own CDN to deliver content to consumers Streaming Media Blog
> Apple granted 40 patents today covering an inductive charging dock, multi-touch and more Patently Apple

>> CALLING ALL DEVS: Chromecast now open to developers with the Google Cast SDK, by John Affaki: "The Google Cast SDK is simple to integrate because there's no need to write a new app. Just incorporate the SDK into your existing mobile and web apps to bring your content to the TV. You are in control of how and when you develop and publish your cast-ready apps through the Google Cast developer console. The SDK is available on Android and iOS as well as on Chrome through the Google Cast browser extension." Google Developers Blog
> Coming to Google's Chromecast: A flood of new apps Wired
> Google Chromecast SDK lets developers super-size their apps for TV PCWorld

>> ALL YOUR BASE: Google reaches further into other platforms via Google Now on Chrome browser, by Barry Levine: "Google is now enabling cards from its Google Now intelligent personal assistant to show up in its Chrome browser. This move of Google Now to the desktop represents another way in which the technology giant is employing the browser to provide cross-platform functionality. Users of the Chrome beta can see Google Now cards in the notifications center, whether you're on a Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS device." VentureBeat

>> MONEY SHOT: YouTube reveals $1B music payouts, but some labels still unhappy, by Stuart Dredge: "A recent piece of research by VideoInk and video analytics firm Tubular Labs claimed that music videos account for 38.4% of all views on YouTube, reinforcing the Google subsidiary's position as the world's biggest streaming music service. 'We've paid out to the music industry over the last several years over a billion dollars,' said vice president of YouTube content Tom Pickett during a panel session at the Midem music industry show in Cannes this week... Not everyone is convinced. A key theme of this year's Midem has been continued resentment towards YouTube and its parent company from musicians, independent labels and industry bodies alike." The Guardian

>> PRO TIP: Adobe to require new epub DRM in July, expects to abandon existing users, by Nate Hoffelder: "Adobe is planning to require that everyone (ebookstores, app and device makers) to upgrade to the new DRM by July 2014... If you're using Adobe DE 2.1, come July you won't be able to read any newly downloaded DRMed ebooks until after you upgrade to Adobe DE 3.0. If you're using a preferred 3rd-party reading app, you won't be able to download any new DRMed ebooks until after the app developer releases an update. And if you're using an existing ebook reader, you'd better plan on only reading DRM-free ebooks until further notice." The Digital Reader
> Adobe Photoshop veteran John Nack moves to Google to work on digital photo team TechCrunch

>> 500 Startups adds two new venture partners and announces its eighth accelerator class TechCrunch

>> Stumbleupon and Uber founder Garrett Cap is raising $75M for company-building venture Expa TechCrunch

>> Interview with Woz: To innovate, get personal InfoWorld

>> Autonomy made 80% less UK profit than stated, Hewlett-Packard finds The Guardian

>> AT&T system would restrict content access, charge fees to prevent 'bandwidth abuse' FierceWirelessTech

>> Apple's latest crackdown: Apps pulling the (unique) advertising identifier, but not showing ads, are being rejected from App Store TechCrunch

>> Windows XP support cutoff poses data breach risk for retailers InfoWorld

>> Google barge must move from island construction site in San Francisco Bay, state orders The SF Examiner

>> Apple acknowledges continuing issues with OS X Mail, offers manual workaround MacRumors

>> Samsung's probable Galaxy S5 launch event -- "Unpacked 5" -- is on Feb 24 in Barcelona Ars Technica

>> US wants cars to find each other through airwaves and warn drivers PCWorld

>> President Obama confident FCC will use authority to save Net neutrality Huff Post Tech

>> Forrester: HTML5 apps still not as good as native apps InfoWorld

>> Cryptography breakthrough could make software unhackable Wired

>> Microsoft's Kinect is now guarding the Korean border Kotaku

>> To grow, Microsoft must deemphasize Windows WindowsITPro

>> Paul Levy, the web bully's worst enemy Washingtonian

>> BITCOIN: $907 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Hell is couples being romantic with each other on Facebook" @pieratt

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