YOUTUBE drops needle on iRadio, Spotify -- GOOGLE flies banner ads -- WOZ doesn't need Air -- HP entering 3D printing -- 'Cloud Corridor'? Really?


October 24, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> COMING ATTRACTIONS: YouTube close to launching subscription music service, by Alex Pham: "YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year... designed with mobile listening in mind, will have a free component and a premium tier that offers unlimited access to a full catalog of tracks similar to what's already available via YouTube's parent company, Google Inc., via its All Access subscription music service. Premium features would include the ability to cache music for offline listening and removing ads. The free tier is likely to be unlimited, on-demand access to full tracks on all platforms, including mobile... In that sense, the paid tier is more of a 'soft sell' as YouTube's primary goal is to continue to amass ears and eyes to its mobile platform to sell ads." Billboard

>> STAT DU JOUR: Apple has sold 170M iPads to date, implying sales near 15M in Sept. quarter, by Neil Hughes: "Though many customers were waiting for Tuesday's announcement of new iPads, Apple still managed to ship near 15 million units in the September quarter, new data provided by the company implies." Apple Insider

>>>> Why would anyone buy an iPad 2 now? The Verge

>>>> Whither liberal arts? The missing iPad story Stratechery

>>>> Steve Wozniak bashes iPad Air: "I don't want one" Macworld UK

>>>> T-Mobile goes tablet crazy: Offers free 200MB monthly data, $0 down for all tablets (including iPad Air) Venture Beat

>>>> How to get the most money for your old iPad TechHive

>> THE FLAK DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH: Microsoft exec scoffs at talk that Apple's free iWork threatens Office, by Gregg Keizer: "Microsoft's head of communications took shots today at Apple's decision to give away its iWork productivity software, calling the move 'an attempt to catch up... Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino,' [Frank] Shaw wrote. 'So let me try to clear some things up.'" Computerworld

>>>> Apples and oranges, by Frank Shaw Official Microsoft Blog

>>>> Microsoft tries to discredit iWork as competition, but ends up looking desperate Cult of Mac

>>>> "Non-standard" Any gains in iWork usage are just icing on the cake for Apple -- but any corresponding loss in Office ... is very bad news for Microsoft. Daring Fireball

>>>> Apple's free software is the ultimate fragmentation fighter Time

>>>> Apple's new iWork apps are great, but iCloud sharing has some serious flaws CITEworld

>> TROLL TRAP: Finally, a bill to end patent trolling, by Joe Mullin: "The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has introduced a bill that directly attacks the business model of 'patent trolls.' The bill has a real chance at passing, with wide backing from leadership in both parties." Ars Technica

>> Stop patent trolls. Support the Innovation Act of 2013 EFF

>> RICKROLL: Google testing huge banner ads for branded queries, by Barry Schwartz: "In 2005, Google promised that banner ads would never come to web search, saying: There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages. There will not be crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site. Ever. Eight years later, it seems Google may be ready to break that promise." Search Engine Land

>> MASHUP: LinkedIn Intro embeds professional profiles into Mail for iOS, by Susie Ochs: "... places a strip of LinkedIn profile information on every email you receive in the default Mail app for iOS. So if you get an email from someone you don't know, you can see at a glance their headshot, company, and title, with a handy button to let you add them to your LinkedIn network with one tap... You can link Intro to your Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud -- no Exchange support at the moment." Macworld

>>>> Intro, an email-based stalking tool VentureBeat

>>>> LinkedIn releases revamped iPad app one day after iPad Air launch SlashGear

>>>> "The new LinkedIn iPad app is a godawful mess. Bizarrely organized, junky design, hard to parse. Unusable and unhelpful. Deleted." @MobileGalen

>> ENTER GORILLA: HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014, by Simon Sharwood: "HP CEO Meg Whitman has told the Canalys Channels Forum in Bangkok that the company will enter the 3D printer market in the middle of 2014. 'We are excited about 3D printing,' Whitman said, adding that it is a natural business for HP to enter given its heritage in printers. 'We want to lead this businesses. HP labs is looking at it.'" The Register

>> THEY'VE GONE TO PLAID: The fastest Internet ever is encased in a laser beam pipeline to the moon, by Becky Ferreira: "Now, the lunar orbiter has helped set a new record for high-speed Internet. Starting on October 17, scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center have been running NASA's very first laser communication tests. They've successfully transmitted data over the 239,000 miles between their ground stations and LADEE at a record-breaking 622 megabits/second download speed. That's right: the fastest Internet connection in the world right now is actually not in this world. It's encased in a laser-beam pipeline between the moon and Earth." Motherboard

>> BUBBLE WATCH: Pinterest does another massive funding -- $225M at $3.8B valuation, by Kara Swisher and Liz Gannes: "While comScore showed Pinterest had 24.9 million unique monthly users in September, that is only in the United States and is desktop only. As AllThingsD previously reported, in March alone, after mobile and international is added, it had close to 50 million unique monthly users worldwide." AllThingsD

>> DEPARTURE LOUNGE: Dadi Perlmutter to leave Intel early next year, by Arik Hesseldahl: "Perlmutter, who heads up Intel's Architecture group, the business unit that designs and manufacturers its chips that go into personal computers, servers and other devices, will leave the company in February... had been a leading but unsuccessful contender in the race to succeed former CEO Paul Otellini." AllThingsD

>> Tech companies are trying to rename downtown San Francisco the "Cloud Corridor" Buzzfeed

>> Former Apple CEO Sculley mulls BlackBerry bid The Globe and Mail

>> Deathmatch review: Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Mavericks InfoWorld

>> Windows 8.1: The key security improvements InfoWorld

>> Microsoft keeps the Azure hits coming InfoWorld

>> Scott Berkun's open letter to new Microsoft CEO & the problem with competitive advantage Business of Software

>> Analysis of new Mac Pro video shows how it's assembled in the US 9to5Mac

>> HP Chromebook 11: Pretty, cheap, and incredibly frustrating CITEWorld

>> China's Alibaba to expand U.S. reach with new investment group PCWorld

>> ICANN starts rolling out new generic top-level domains in Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic scripts PCWorld

>> Secrets and lies: A coding cover-up InfoWorld

>> HP said to be seeking to sell Mobile patents Bloomberg

>> Use MongoDB to make your app location-aware InfoWorld

>> AngularJS dumps old browsers, cozies up to new frameworks InfoWorld

>> Coursera partners with 13 institutions to pass 100 total, sees over 5 million students and over 500 courses too TNW

>> TWEET O' THE DAY (BROGRAMMER EDITION): "Event supposed to be for entrepreneurs, VCs, but these heels (I've seen several like this) ... WTF? #brainsnotrequired" @jorgecortell

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