News Fuse for August 16, 2013


Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for August 16, 2013:

  1. The Washington Post published documents it received from Edward Snowden earlier this summer reporting that the US NSA broke its privacy rules 2,776 times in a one year period reported May 2012. The report was a self-audit meant for the NSA's top leaders. Members of Congress could only read the report in a secure room and would not be allowed to take notes. The incidents ranged from typos to computer error, to workload issues. The Post reported that the secret court known as FISC ordered one fiber optic cable tap stopped in October 2011 for violating the 4th amendment. One of the documents published details how to strip out details when reporting incidents o FISA Amendment Act overseers. Read more at

  2. The Verge reports that Nokia will be launching a 10.1-inch Windows RT powered tablet in an event in New York tentatively scheduled for September 26th. There's even a picture of the tablet - or an alleged picture of the back of the tablet floating around on the Internet. If the pic is real, apparently Nokia hopes you like magenta RT-powered tablets running on LTE networks. Read more at

  3. Bloomberg reports Samung will announce a smartwatch under the name Galaxy Gear at its Unpacked 2 event during the IFA conference in Berlin September 4. The watch will reportedly run Android and be able to make calls, handle email and surf the Web. Get ready to squint! Read more at

  4. Dell, the company, not the man, reported financials for its fiscal second quarter. The company's net income fell 72% compared to the same time last year. For the second quarter, Dell pulled in $204 million - last year it made $732 million. The declining numbers still were better than the low expectations set by Wall Street and shares rose less than 1%. Read more at

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  6. Sony has reached a preliminary deal to with Viacom to carry its TV channels on a pay-TV service to be delivered over the Internet. Viacom's channels include MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET and Logo. The Wall Street Journal reports Sony plans to offer the service for owners of its game consoles and TVs. Intel, Google and Apple are all reportedly looking to start similar services but have not struck any deals. The details of the Sony-Viacom agreement have yet to be determined. Read more at

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  8. Yesterday, Google revoked access to Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone. This was Microsoft's second attempt at a YouTube app and Google's second rejection of such an app. Microsoft had enough and posted a lengthy blogpost entitled "The limits of Google's openness" saying that Google's reasoning for rejecting the YouTube app is "nothing other than excuses" and that "Google's reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can't give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting." Microsoft said Google has set up impossible to overcome roadblocks and Google knows it. Strong words. Let's see what Google says. Read more at

  9. The Wall Street Journal Digits blog reports Apple has posted on LinkedIn more than 200 jobs available in China. Among the jobs are an environmental affairs program manager, a security specialist and a store specialist. Apple has struggled with accusations of environmental and human rights violations at its Chinese manufacturing partner FoxConn. China is seen as essential to Apple's ability to continue to grow worldwide sales. Read more at

  10. Mercedes gave Wired a demo of its car with Google Glass integration. The first app it showed off was sending navigation data from Google Glass to the Mercedes in-dash navigation system. Mercedes’ North American R&D President & CEO says the company has been "working with Glass for roughly six months and meeting with the Google Glass team regularly." Read more at

  11. Google Cloud Storage, an enterprise-level service used by the likes of Ubisoft and Best Buy will begin automatically encrypting its clients data. 128-bit AES encryption will be applied to data before it is written to disk. Google will use the same key system it uses for its own data. User data and metadata is encrypted using a unique key, which is then encrypted using a second key associated with the data owner, which is in turn encrypted using a "regularly rotated" master key. Google will hold these keys. Amazon has offered 256-bit AES encryption on its competing S3 service since 2011. Read more at

  12. The Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign hit a milestone by having over $10.3 million pledged. This amount is more than the Pebble smartwatch picked up via crowdfunding. Canonical is still looking to raise $32 million in total. Only 6 more days left to fund the Edge. So if my math is right, there's a better chance the mythical Apple television set will launch tomorrow than the Edge getting funding. Read more at

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 16, 2013.