Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for October 23, 2013:
- Yesterday Sarah told you how Uk Prime Minister David Cameron was upset at Facebook for allowing a video of a beheading to be posted on its site. Facebook had changed its stance after a six-month moratorium, saying users should be free to watch and condemn such content and that “if the video were being celebrated, or the actions in it encouraged,” their approach would be different. Today Facebook decided to just go ahead and condemn it itself, saying the video appears to, improperly and irresponsibly glorify violence.” Facebook says its overall policy hasn’t changed since yesterday but advises users to post controversial content in a responsible manner. Read more at theverge.com.
- BlackBerry Messenger officially launched on Android and iOS yesterday, and says it was one of the best single-day openings for a mobile app ever. On iOS, it became the number one free app in more than 75 countries in the first 24 hours, including the US, Canada, the UK, Indonesia and most of the Middle East. BBM received 60,000 five-star reviews on Google Play from about 87,000 reviews. Blackberry's back, baby! Too soon? Read more at telegraph.co.uk.
- The unannounced LG G Flex made its TV debut in Argentina. The curved phone was demonstrated on air by a reporter. The G Flex has a 6-inch curved screen and has buttons on the back similar to the LG G2. The Verge got its hands on even more pictures of the device and says the G Flex will launch next month in Korea, but no release is planned in the US or Europe. LG still has made no official statement on the G Flex. Read more at theverge.com.
- Be careful calling yourself a hacker. The US District Court for the State of Idaho has issued an injunction for the seizure of Southfork Security’s computers without warning on a request from competing security firm Batelle Energy Alliance. Southfork’s chief Corey Thuen used to work for Battelle, which accuses Thuen of stealing code. To issue the seizure order the judge had to be convinced that Thuen was a risk to destroy evidence. Since Southfork’s website had the phrase “we like hacking things and don’t want to stop” and two law journal articles stated hackers like to conceal their identities, Batelle argued Thuen was a hacker who must like to conceal things. The judge agreed and issued the order. Read more at digitalbond.com.
- After recording its first quarterly loss this month, HTC is closing "at least one" of its four main handset manufacturing lines, and reducing its production capacity by at least a fifth. The company's Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho tells Reuters that "when you have less demand you work with less facilities to optimize your costs." but, the company tells the Verge "HTC IS NOT SHUTTING DOWN NOR DOES IT HAVE PLANS TO SELL ANY OF ITS FACTORY ASSETS." A very telling earnings call is scheduled for November 5th. Read more at theverge.com.
- On an earnings call, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the company is looking to expand into original movies. Netflix will spend less than 10% of its money on original content compared to HBO's 40%. What kind of original movies will hit Netflix first? Sarandos says the company is looking at several documentaries. Read more at variety.com.
- Android users can now watch Aereo TV service on their devices if they live in an Aereo region and subscribe to the service of course. Oh and they need to run Android 4.2. Let me start over. People in New York City, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Salt Lake City who have a device with Android 4.2. You can run Aereo on it now. Read more at theverge.com.
- A video posted to YouTube shows The DualShock 4 controller is at least somewhat compatible with the PlayStation 3. YouTube user Udetto showed the controller running Urban Trial Freestyle, but it only runs with a wired connection, and Udetto adds that the controller's performance varies depending on each game. The DualShock 4 will be released on November 15 in North America and on November 29 in Europe, separately from the PlayStation 4----with an recommended retail price of $59.99. Read more at gamespot.com.
- Game publisher Big Fish, purveyor of fine games like Cut the Rope & Bejeweled has partnered up with Blue Stacks to enable Android games to be played through its Windows and Mac apps. BlueStacks makes a virtual Android environment that can run on OS X and Windows. Android developers who implement the Big Fish API plug-in into their titles to make them compatible. Read more at venturebeat.com.
- LG just released its first Firefox OS-based phone in Brazil called the Fireweb. It's a modest phone with a 4-inch screen at a 480 x 320 resolution powered by a 1GHz Qualcom processor with 4GB of storage. The LG Fireweb is on sale at Vivo Brazil for about $200 USD for pay as you go customers or around $60 for subscribers. Read more at engadget.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for October 23, 2013.