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MOTO X. (The X stands for Texas) June 26

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phoneGoogle revealed Thursday that it has two new sophisticated Android smartphones in the works, one of which will have the unprecedented distinction of being made in the United States.

An HTC One smartphone customized to be “Google’s take on Android” will make its US debut on June 26 at a price of $599, the head of Android, Chrome and Google Apps said at an AllThingsD conference in California.

“It’s a great device,” Google executive Sundar Pichai said during an on-stage interview.

Google Edition handsets by Taiwan-based HTC will be compatible with carriers AT&T and T-Mobile.

Pichai made the disclosure a day after Motorola Mobility head Dennis Woodside said on the same stage that the company’s was preparing to release its first smartphone since being bought by Google.

The smartphone would be called Moto X and be made in a facility near Fort Worth, Texas, Woodside said.

It is the first smartphone that is going to be built in the United States,” Woodside said, noting that the plant would employ about 2,000 people by August.

“We think that it is going to allow us to innovate and iterate that much faster.”

Components for Motorola smartphones will come from Taiwan, South Korea, the United States and elsewhere with about 70 percent of the assembly done in Texas, Woodside said.

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2013/05/31 at 1:26 am

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Provo Utah to become 3rd Google Fiber city

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Google to acquire Provo, Utah’s fiber, transform it into Google Fiber

Utah city owes a $39M bond for its iProvo network—that’s chump change to Google.

The third-largest city (population: around 112,000) in Utah began building its own municipal fiber network in 2004, but was looking to sell it by 2011, because like other similar municipal networks, it was simply too expensive to operate.

(For the more conspiracy-minded, Provo is also about 27 miles outside a massive National Security Agency data center that is set to be completed this year.)

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2013/04/17 at 7:06 pm

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Google Fiber is coming to Austin!!

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2013/04/06 at 12:59 am

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If you haven’t gone to see this Friday or Saturday, definitely make some time to go today because it is at times mind blowing. New and unreleased games and systems, VR environments and custom interfaces, panel sessions about topics ranging from Minecraft and Mindfulness to the future of NASA.

As usual, the best part about this event is that it is totally free and open to the public!

Located in the Palmer Event Center right behind the Long Center just south of the lake.

(A recording of the Mindful Minecraft talk will be my next post)


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2013/03/10 at 10:29 am

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Texas proposes one of nation’s “most sweeping” mobile privacy laws

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If signed into law, cops would finally need a warrant to get location data.

by Cyrus Farivar – Mar 6 2013, 7:37pm CST

If the bill passes Austin, Texas could lead the nation in mobile privacy protection.

Privacy experts say that a pair of new mobile privacy bills recently introduced in Texas are among the “most sweeping” ever seen. And they say the proposed legislation offers better protection than a related privacy bill introduced this week in Congress.

If passed, the new bills would establish a well-defined, probable cause-driven warrant requirement for all location information. That’s not just data from GPS, but potentially pen register, tap and trace, and tower location data as well. Such data would be disclosed to law enforcement “if there is probable cause to believe the records disclosing location information will provide evidence in a criminal investigation.”

Further, the bills would require an annual transparency report from mobile carriers to the public and to the state government.

Under current federal case law and statute, law enforcement generally has broad warrantless powers to not only track suspects in real-time based on their phone data, but also to access records of where and when calls were made or text messages were sent or received—and all of this is provided by the carriers.

“Location information can reveal a great deal about an individual’s professional and personal life—her friends and associates, her participation in political or religious activities, her regular visits to a health clinic or support group, and more,” said Chris Conley, an attorney with the ACLU of Northern California.

“That’s why we think it is essential that the government get a search warrant, approved by a judge, before demanding this kind of information from cell phone providers. The Texas bill would require just that. In addition, the Texas bill would also require companies to report how often they receive such demands from law enforcement and how much information they disclose. This kind of transparency is essential to carry on an informed dialog about appropriate law enforcement powers in the modern world.”


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2013/03/07 at 12:15 am

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Gondolas in Round Rock? City Council members say they love the idea

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For our earlier gondola coverage, see here.

American-Statesman Staff

ROUND ROCK —Round Rock City Council members said they loved the idea.

Frog Design’s Austin office came up with the idea last year and has unsuccessfully sought an audience with Austin city officials. “Who wants to be the test case for some completely new technology?” Rob Spillar, Austin’s transportation director, said in December.

Michael McDaniel, a principal designer with Frog Design, thinks the answer could be Round Rock, which recently passed the 100,000 population mark, and is beginning to consider options for public transportation.

The system would be similar to cable car networks in Barcelona, Spain, and Medellín, Colombia — and designers say Round Rock’s system would be more complex than either of those.

Officials say Round Rock has an opportunity to start from scratch in a way Austin, with an established bus system and a more recent commuter rail line, cannot.

“At some point we’re going to have to put a transit system in place,” Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said. “We have an opportunity to think outside of the box.”

McDaniel said the company — which hasn’t built a wire system, only conceptualized them — envisions the system linking with multiple forms of transportation, “so it goes door-to-door.” That could include a bike and car-sharing service with a “Netflix-style membership” that would allow riders to get from the gondola stations to their final destinations.

McDaniel said the wire system would cost $12 million to $24 million a mile, compared with the city of Austin’s estimated $100 million a mile for a proposed urban rail system.

McGraw said the city is not proposing anything yet. Thursday’s presentation, McGraw said, gave Frog Design “a public forum to present the idea to the region to see if this is a viable alternative.”

McDaniel said he hopes it will at least generate discussion with officials in Austin. So far, though, that seems unlikely.

Austin transportation department spokeswoman Leah Fillion said the department hasn’t changed its stance since December when Spillar, an enthusiastic proponent of the city’s urban rail initiative, said he was not interested.


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2013/02/17 at 10:00 am

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Moyers & Co. – Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide?

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Moyers & Company Show 205: Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide? from on Vimeo.

Full Episode: Moyers & Co. – Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide?

America has a wide digital divide — high-speed Internet access is available only to those who can afford it, at prices much higher and speeds much slower in the U.S. than they are around the world.

But neither has to be the case, says Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Crawford joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest — rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.

“The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we’re creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality,” Crawford tells Bill.

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2013/02/11 at 12:00 pm

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