Techmeme
June 19, 2013, 2:50 PM

Top News

Apple:
HBO GO & WatchESPN Come to Apple TV  —  iTunes Viewers Now Purchasing Over 800,000 TV Episodes & Over 350,000 Movies Per Day  —  Apple® today announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on Apple TV® joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers. iTunes® users …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple TV Gets a Bit Bigger, With HBO and ESPN Apps (For Most, but Not All of You)  —  Apple's TV hobby just got a bit bigger: Apple has added five new content providers to its sort-of set-top box, notably Time Warner's HBO Go and Disney's WatchESPN.  Also available as of today …
More: iMore and GigaOM
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. school board OKs $30 million for Apple iPads  —  L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy stepped out of a Tuesday Board of Education meeting during a vote to spend $30 million on iPads because, he said, he owns a small amount of stock in Apple.  (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / March 13, 2012)
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
As Fab Raises Another $150 Million at a $1 Billion Valuation, E-Commerce Industry Looks On Warily  —  Here's an interesting exercise I tried recently when talking with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists involved in e-commerce: “I say ‘Fab’; you say?”  —  “Inspiring.”  —  “Ballsy.”  —  “Ambitious.”
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Ponders His Legacy In Never-Before-Seen 1994 Video  —  EverySteveJobsVideo (via The Loop) today released a never-before-seen video of Steve Jobs in 1994, while he was at NeXT, pondering his legacy in the personal computer field and whether he thought he would be remembered for his work in the future.
Michael Lee / ZDNet:
Researchers able to predict Apple iOS-generated hotspot passwords  —  Summary: Although iOS generates seemingly random passwords for its hotspots to eliminate the use of ‘default’ passwords, researchers at a German university have found that they are able to break these passwords in under a minute.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process  —  Obama and other NSA defenders insist there are robust limitations on surveillance but the documents show otherwise  —  Since we began began publishing stories about the NSA's massive domestic spying apparatus, various NSA defenders …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Add Qualcomm as Surface RT Supplier  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), seeking to break into the market for tablet computers, will update its Surface RT using chips from Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), people with knowledge of the company's plans said.  —  Some new versions of Surface …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Feedly Cloud Goes Live To Replace Google Reader's Backend, Power New Web Version Of Feedly's App  —  In 10 days, Google's RSS feed-reading service Google Reader will shut down for good.  In its wake, developers working on products in the RSS ecosystem have been stepping up to deliver apps, tools and other services to fill the void.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
HTC Butterfly s revealed: 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, UltraPixel camera sensor (video)  —  HTC's just pulled back the proverbial curtains on the Butterfly s at its Taiwan launch event.  It'll arrive boasting an identical-sounding 5-inch 1080p display, front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers and Sense 5 as expected.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
TripAdvisor Continues Acquisition Spree, Buys GateGuru Mobile App For Real-Time Travel Info  —  Travel portal TripAdvisor continues to push ahead with its mobile and social acquisitions: today the company announced that it has acquired GateGuru, a mobile app that provides real-time information on airports, weather, and flights.
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
Google's Effort to Skirt Regulation May Invite More Scrutiny  —  Google's motto is “don't be evil.”  But its recent acquisition of Waze, reportedly for $1 billion in cash, shows that just because you're not evil, it doesn't mean you can't be aggressive in pushing the boundaries of the law.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Viacom joins Twitter Amplify program to pump up second-screen volume (and insert more ads)  —  Movie and TV giant Viacom hopped on the Twitter Amplify program to pump up the second-screen volume, starting with its 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on August 25.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Bath salts and booty: watch a drug-fueled John McAfee uninstall his antivirus software  —  The strange tale of John McAfee keeps getting stranger.  In a video posted to YouTube last night, the antivirus software founder and part-time fugitive callously sends up the program he helped create.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Power Testing: Can Two New Laptops Really Last All Day?  —  Most consumers pay little or no attention to the processors and other chips that power their computers, and rightly so.  In recent years, changes to the design of these chips haven't made major, noticeable differences in everyday computing tasks.
More: iMore and Macworld

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 2:50 PM ET, June 19, 2013.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks