Stories for Nov. 20, 2013
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Google posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months, and reminding residents to get out and ask their neighbors to sign up for the fiber service in order to get access in their neighborhood. Google notes that while it doesn’t have a date, the sign up process will take place next year. Meanwhile AT&T has already announced four neighborhoods where it will deploy fiber at 300 Mbps speeds beginning in December.

Good news for everyone lining up to get an Xbox One: Microsoft’s new game console will have a YouTube app available at launch, after all. YouTube announced the app on its blog Wednesday, explaining that it will make use of both voice and gesture control, and […] Read more »

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The city of San Francisco revealed 11 finalists today for its entrepreneurship-in-residence program, which will pair startups with major public sector problems. Three to five winners will be announced early next year. The city received nearly 200 applications for the program.

The finalists are: Birdi, Compology, Arrive Labs, Beyond Lucid Technologies, BuildingEye, Indoo.rs, Leventis Labs, MobilePD, Mozio, Regroup and Synthicity.

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Ford revealed today that it has hit a critical milestone in the connected car world: the automaker has produced 10 million Sync-equipped vehicles since launching the technology just six years ago. Calling every Sync vehicle connected is a bit of stretch, since in its most basic form it’s essentially a voice command and control system. But Ford has been adding features to Sync over the years, allowing it to integrate with apps on those smartphones. Sync is also becoming standard across most of Ford’s vehicle lines. Since January of 2012, Sync has arrived in 6 million cars.

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Instagram started experimenting with advertising recently. It is only following what its members have already started doing – embedding commercial messages into instagrams they share. It might pose an interesting challenge for the photo network. Read more »

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LG’s Smart TVs may be reporting a tad too much information back to the company’s servers, according to a detailed and convincing post by British blogger “DoctorBeet”. Apparently in the name of targeted advertising, it appears some of the sets are monitoring not only what channels are being watched (even when told not to), but also details of files stored on external hard drives hooked up to the TV. And here comes the really dumb bit: they’re sending that data back to LG’s servers sans encryption. I’m awaiting comment from LG.

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The New Jersey Attorney General has fined online video gaming company E-Sports Entertainment for exposing its players, who utilize the service to play “anti-cheat” CounterStrike competitions, to code that turned their computers into rogue Bitcoin miners, according to Wired.  The Attorney General’s statement said that the malicious code came in an update package, infecting up to 14,000 computers and allowing ESEA to monitor gamers’ computers and use them to mine a total of 30 Bitcoins.  In addition to the Attorney General’s fine, the company faces a class-action suit in California.

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