Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 07, 2013:
- Twitter stock launched on the NYSE today. Shares were sold at IPO of $26. Those investors made quick money if they sold as they stock opened at $45.10 shot up to $50 and seems to have leveled off in the mid-40s. For comparison Facebook IPO was $38. It shot up to only $45 on its first day then plummeted well below IPO for more than a year. Twitter is not expected to be profitable until 2015. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- A fire whose origin is still unknown destroyed the book, film and microfilm scanning center located next door to Internet Archive's office in San Francisco. While power interruptions caused some outages on archive.org, staffers say no data has been lost, and no one was hurt. The current estimated value of scanning equipment lost in the fire is $600,000, and a call is out for donations to help rebuild the scanning facility. Read more at boingboing.net.
- Microsoft wants you to stop, collaborate and listen -- well mostly collaborate because now Office 365 supports the ability for multiple people to see each other edit the same document. The feature is now live on the web versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Word also gets continual autosave, so you won't have to worry about losing your changes. Read more at cnet.com.
- Google’s finally admitting they have secret barges in Portland, Maine and San Francisco Bay. A spokesperson told TechCrunch, “Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” Yes from private country with a party deck to ‘interactive space.’ Way to douse our barge party with cold water Google. Apparently Google isn't even allowed by law to talk about wild parties. Sarah? Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Google was ordered by a Paris court to filter nine images linked to 73-year old former Formula One president Max Mosley in a lawsuit seeking to block search results referring to a “Nazi-themed” sex party. Mosley was awarded 1 euro in damages by the court in a dispute that goes back to 2008 - Mosley originally won a 60,000-pound breach-of-privacy award in a U.K. court from News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World for publishing the Nazi-themed “orgy” story. A judge ruled there was no Nazi theme and the story wasn’t in the public interest.. Google called the latest ruling “troubling." Read more at businessweek.com.
- According to 9to5Mac's sources, Apple is getting its stores ready to replace and repair parts for the iPhone 5S and 5C. The old Apple model was you bring in a busted phone, they charge you for a whole new one. The repair program will cover several components such as the rear camera and the screen. AppleCare customers get the repairs for free, but something like a touch screen repair will cost about $150 if you're not covered. Read more at cnet.com.
- Netflix and Marvel announced 4 new 13-episode live-action series and a miniseries coming to Netflix starting in 2015. The first series will follow blind attorney Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, followed by series about Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, all taking place in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of NYC. Those 4 series will culminate in a mini-series called “The Defenders” about a dream team of self-sacrificing heroes. Read more at cnet.com.
- Say hello to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti – a new gaming card that's a bulked up version of the GTX 780. It'll go for $699 in the US. Nvidia claims a performance bump of around 12% over the GTX 780, and 25% more GPU cores over the GTX 780. There's also 4GB of GDDR5 on-board memory, and the card features Nvidia's G-SYNC tech, which synchronises the monitor's refresh rate to the GPU's render rate meaning that images appear the instant they are rendered, for smoother gameplay. Read more at techradar.com.
- The New York Times reports AT&T charges the CIA $10 million a year for access to metadata about calls by suspected terrorists overseas. AT&T performs searches for specific phone numbers in its database, which includes all calls that transit AT&T’s line whether an AT&T customer or not. The system is not under warrant since it focuses on overseas calls. If one end of a call is located in the US, AT&T masks that metadata. AT&T voluntarily provides the data as a paid service. Read more at nytimes.com.
- Hey, want to make some money? There's a new program called the "Internet Bug Bounty" by HackerOne that will pay you to tell them about bugs in things like PHP, Perl, Rails, and Open SSL. The Internet Bug Bounty is backed by Facebook and Microsoft along with help from Chrome and Etsy. The vulnerabilities must meet several criteria including being novel and be widespread to collect cash. Read more at zdnet.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 07, 2013.