News Fuse for August 6, 2013

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Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for August 06, 2013:

  1. The Washington Post Company announced yesterday it will sell the Washington Post Newspaper, several local newspapers and Comprint Printing to Jeff Bezos for $250 million. The remaining bits of the Post Company, such as Salon.com, Kaplan Test prep and Foreign Policy Magazine will continue separatelyunder a new name. Bezos will become the sole private owner of the Washington Post newspaper and said in a memo that publisher Katherine Weymouth and the entire staff will remain in place. No layoffs are planned. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  2. After reports that a 3rd party iPhone charger caused a Chinese woman's fatal electrocution, Apple has launched a trade-in program designed to get official USB power adapters to more customers. If a user suspects their charger to be faulty, Apple will dispose of it, and for $10, provide a new official adapter. The promotion will run until October 18th. Read more at theverge.com.

  3. After the news hit that there was a vulnerability in the Tor Browser Bundle that compromises privacy, the Tor Project is telling people to stop using Windows and disable JavaScript to get your privacy back. The Tor Project says the attack code is Windows-specific even though the Tor Browser Bundle for Firefox vulnerability is cross-platform. The Tor Project also says in the future, the Tor Browser Bundle will have an easier interface so you can configure JavaScript settings. Read more at pcworld.com.

  4. A new Nielsen study showed a "statistically significant causal influence" between a spike in Twitter commentary about a TV show and a spike in tune-in. Nielsen found that the volume of Tweets caused statistically significant changes in Live TV Ratings among 29 percent of the episodes, though the study didn't state how much the increase was. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  5. IBM's formed a new development alliance with Google, NVIDIA, motherboard maker Tyan, and others, in an effort to reverse the dominance that Intel has in server processors, and open up the power chip’s innovations to the world at large. In the company's words, the move will make: “POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time as well as making POWER IP licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform." Read more at gigaom.com.

  6. Samsung announced that it is now mass producing the industry's first 3D vertical NAND flash memory. Why is this a big deal? Well, vertical NAND gets around a density barrier. By using a 3D cell structure, Samsung is capable of cramming more memory on a chip. The structure also allows for improved reliability and speed. Samsung hasn't announced which devices will take advantage of vertical NAND just yet. Read more at engadget.com.

  7. MVNOs are having a big day. FredomPop announced it's first WiFi Hotspot for Sprint's LTE network. FreedomPop will sell the device for $150 with it's normal 500 MB of free LTE data a month. TextNow, a WiFi based calling and text app will become an MVNO selling 500 MB of data, 750 minutes of outgoing calls and unlimited incoming calls and texts for $18.99 a month. The service will work on Sprint's network when WiFi isn't available. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  8. Undated documents reviewed by Reuters show A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans, and concealing how such investigations start - from defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. Federal agents are reportedly trained to "recreate" the trail and cover up where the real information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. Read more at reuters.com.

  9. Wisconsin network engineer Brenda Koehler has filed a lawsuit against Indian firm Infosys for violating the Civil Rights act of 1964. Koehler alleges Infosys hired a Bangladeshi worker on an H-1B visa for a VMWare/Windows administrator position instead of her. Koehler is VM-ware certified with a master's degree in information systems and 17 years of experience. Her suit seeks class action status alleging 90% of Infosys's 15,000 US employees are foreign workers. Infosys denied the accusations stating the company is "an equal-opportunity employer." Read more at itworld.com.

  10. Stop the presses Jeff Bezos. A report from Variety says that Comcast is currently working on a new anti-piracy scheme. When a customer would download a work illegally, a pop-up message would appear with legal ways to purchase the same content from Comcast or a third party. Variety says Comcast is in preliminary discussions with content companies and other ISPs to bring in this new method into being. Read more at arstechnica.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 06, 2013.