Nokia, Mozilla surprise at MWC -- WHATSAPP finding its voice -- Netflix succumbs to COMCAST -- Industry giants push CLOUD FOUNDRY standard


February 24, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> BREAKING: Messaging giant WhatsApp, with 465M users, will add voice services in Q2 of this year, by Ingrid Lunden: "Today Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp -- acquired by Facebook last week for $19 billion -- announced that the messaging giant is finally moving into voice -- a move announced at MWC, the conference for mobile carriers that apps like WhatsApp are squarely disrupting. 'We use the least amount of bandwidth and we use the hell out of it,' he said. 'We will focus on simplicity.' Android and iOS first and then following on some Nokia and BlackBerry phones." TechCrunch

> The problem with WhatsApp's privacy boasts: They're not true Pando

> Crypto weaknesses in WhatsApp, 'the kind of stuff the NSA would love' Ars Technica

> A new glue for a new mobile kingdom ParisLemon

>> MOZILLA, NOKIA DRIVING THE DAY AT MWC: Mozilla shows $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone running Spreadtrum chips, by Matt Hamblen: "Mozilla and China-based chip maker Spreadtrum Sunday unveiled a chipset designed for $25 smartphones running the open source Firefox operating system... The chipset, dubbed the SC6821, runs in a working phone, which Mozilla and Spreadtrum officials showed to reporters and analysts at an event prior to Mobile World Congress here this week. However, they didn't say exactly when it might ship, other than in 2014." Computerworld

> This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide: The X will be released for just 89 euros ($122) in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America The Verge
> Nokia's forking of Android could benefit Google

> Nokia VP, mobile phones: 'Essentially the story is that Microsoft wants to connect the next billion people to the cloud.' Readwrite
> "FFOS $25 phone... Exists. Very very slow. And decent 2G Android is not much more. Very narrow opportunity window" @BenedictEvans
> Firefox OS getting interface revamp, lots of spit and polish Engadget
> Nokia says its new Android phones will create a 'gateway to Microsoft' GeekWire
> Hands on with the Android-powered Nokia X smartphone GigaOM
> How developers and consumers can get Android apps on the Nokia X 'It's not actually going to be that complicated, or so Nokia says.' Readwrite
> Beyond the smartphone: Facebook, Ericsson build an app lab for the developing world GigaOm

>> BULLY BULLY: Netflix to pay Comcast for smoother streaming, by Shalini Ramachandran: "In exchange for payment, Netflix will get direct access to Comcast's broadband network... In a statement confirming the broad outlines of the deal, the companies on Sunday said the agreement would provide 'Comcast's U.S. broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come.' In the wake of its deal with Comcast, Netflix is likely to agree to compensate other big providers." Wall Street Journal
> Comcast's traffic pact with Netflix is shrouded in secrecy Time
> Comcast's deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete WaPo/The Switch
> How Comcast's Netflix bullying could cost us all Gizmodo
> Inside the Netflix/Comcast deal and what the media is getting very wrong StreamingMediaBlog
> 'House of Cards' in 4K will eat broadband caps like popcorn shrimp TechDirt
> Marc Andreessen on net neutrality and competition Storify

>> SPRING CLEANING: Microsoft announces 'spring' update for Windows 8.1, by Tom Warren: "Microsoft says there will be 'easy' launching and switching of apps via the Windows 8.1 taskbar, alongside new mouse UI for right-click and closing apps. It's clear this is largely designed for mouse and keyboard users... PC makers will be able to use just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in future Windows 8.1 devices, a change that will help bring lower price points." The Verge
> Scaling Windows Phone, evolving Windows 8 Windows Phone blog
> Users mock Microsoft for asking their help on XP-to-Windows 8.1 upgrades Computerworld
> HP ships first 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel Atom InfoWorld
> Microsoft announces 9 new Windows Phone hardware partners, new OS features Windows SuperSite
> Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update Computerworld
> Microsoft, Qualcomm offer a Windows Phone design-in-a-box to handset makers GigaOM
> Microsoft said to cut Windows price 70% to counter rivals: From $50 to $15, for devices that retail for less than $250 Bloomberg
> Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone platform within 'weeks' TechCrunch

>> OPEN PAAS: Pivotal to spin out Cloud Foundry PaaS into separate foundation, by Paul Krill: "The Cloud Foundry cloud computing platform is gaining a degree of independence.... Pivotal on Monday will announce its intentions to set up an independent organization, known as the Cloud Foundry Foundation, to oversee the open source Cloud Foundry platform. The non-profit foundation will be part of plans to establish this summer a formal open governance model for the Cloud Foundry open source PaaS project. Pivotal, EMC, IBM, Rackspace, and VMware will serve as found "Platinum" sponsors, with each committing $1.5 million to the effort." InfoWorld
> SAP and Rackspace jump on the Cloud Foundry bandwagon GigaOm

>> HELP WANTED: Apple's 'gotofail' security mess extends to Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime and more, by Andy Greenberg: "First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch. Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple's desktop OSX operating system, a gaping Web security hole that leaves users of Safari at risk of having their traffic hijacked. Now one researcher has found evidence that the bug extends beyond Apple's browser to other applications including Mail, Twitter, Facetime, iMessage and even Apple's software update mechanism." Forbes
> Behind iPhone's critical security bug, a single bad 'goto' Wired
> iOS update quashes dangerous SSL bug Krebs on Security
> Why Apple's recent security flaw is so scary Gizmodo
> On the timing of iOS's SSL vulnerability and Apple's 'addition' to the NSA's PRISM program John Gruber/Daring Fireball

>> LUDICROUS SPEED: Huawei brings new super-fast LTE tech to affordable Ascend G6 smartphone and MediaPad M1 tablet, by Richard Lei: "This year's all about LTE Cat 4 for Huawei, which is why it's pushing this faster 4G technology into both the high-end market as well as the lower price points, in order to help drive its network business -- LTE Cat 4 only works if your carrier supports it, after all. At Mobile World Conference, the company announced the launch of two affordable devices that will come with this 150Mbps technology: the Ascend G6 4G and the MediaPad M1." Engadget
> Huawei's first smartband has a pop-out earpiece for voice calls Engadget
> Huawei E5786 is world's fastest MiFi, offering 300Mbps 4G LTE Pocket-lint
> China's Huawei seeks U.S. foothold in smartphone race: executive Reuters

>> HEY, OVER HERE: IBM boosts investment in new cloud services to attract customers, by Alex Barinka: "IBM is expanding its cloud services to lure customers to its SoftLayer Technologies Inc. business that it's counting on to help reverse seven quarters of falling sales... plans to spend more than $1 billion on cloud software development through 2015, a double-digit percentage increase from the past two years." Bloomberg
> TechBrief recalls: January 17, "IBM pumps $1.2 billion into global cloud data centers" InfoWorld

>> Juniper broadens SDN for carriers NetworkWorld

>> Poorly managed SSH keys pose serious risks for most companies Computerworld

>> HP makes play for network virtualization with OpenNFV program PCWorld

>> MasterCard launches in-app purchasing model, buys digital wallet C-SAM ZDNet

>> German email service w/encryption, server located in Germany t/h Hacker News

>> Best-selling home wireless routers wide open to attack, study finds Techworld

>> The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist? The Verge

>> The mobile spy in your pocket InfoWorld

>> Mapping Twitter topic networks: From polarized crowds to community clusters Pew Research

>> The Playboy interview: A candid conversation with Gawker's Nick Denton Playboy

>> The broadband barbarians will soon control the gates InfoWorld

>> Can early computer science education boost number of women in tech? Mercury News

>> Dual-screen YotaPhone has a second shot at greatness Engadget

>> Source code for Android iBanking bot surfaces on underground forum Computerworld

>> Mt. Gox resigns from Bitcoin Foundation Wall Street Journal

>> BITCOIN: $578 Coinbase

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Hand over phone to show someone something. By reflex, plunge hand into pocket to find phone to look while waiting. Feel super dumb." @ryan

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