Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 09, 2013:
- Sony announced on a livestream this morning, a new PlayStation Vita coming to Japan October 10th for 18,980 yen, about US$190). The Vita PCH-2000 comes with 1 GB of onboard storage, is 15% lighter, 20% thinner and claims an additional hour of battery life. Sony also revealed the PS Vita TV, a set-top box that can play Vita titles on a TV as well as connect to a PS4 to play games remotely. The Vita TV will retail at 9,480 yen (US$95) from November 14 in Japan. Read more at cnet.com.
- Xbox Music for iOS and Android is launching today and will rival major streaming music providers like Spotify and Rdio. As a customer, the first six months of streaming will be free to attract users, who can then upgrade to the Xbox Music Pass ($10/month or $100/year), which includes mobile access. It's not yet clear if streaming will be free for the Xbox One version that launches this November. Read more at engadget.com.
- There's a new app for iPad that's making the news - it's called Coast. Surprisingly, the app is not about the trials and tribulations of the 35 year old soap by the name of Coast. It's actually a new web browser by Opera. Coast by Opera is an almost chrome-less browser that relies mostly on gestures to navigate. A left or right swipe replaces back and forward buttons. Bookmarks are displayed as big squares. The Opera team said it is looking into bringing the browser to other platforms outside of iOS. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Verizon's legal challenge against the FCC's 2011 open Internet rules goes to court today in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Verizon argues the rules are an "arbitrary and capricious" restriction of Verizon's free speech rights. One of the judges hearing the case, David Tatel authored the 2010 opinion that struck down the FCCs attempt to punish Comcast for net neutrality violations. Read more at reuters.com.
- Facebook is giving a few media partners access to its brand-new Public Feed API and Keyword Insights API. the former lets a network like CNN or Buzzfeed see a real-time firehose of public posts mentioning a specific word. The Keyword Insights API aggregates all the public posts mentioning a specific word and provides anonymous stats about the age, location, and gender of the users posting updates. The tools are designed to help news networks capitalize on responses to current events, but also to understand audience metrics and engagement for their own primetime programming. Read more at theverge.com.
- Google is trying to work out a deal with the European Commission to avoid a $5 billion fine. More than two months ago, the European Commission asked Google to address antitrust concerns such as blocking competitors in its search results and favoring Google's own services in its search results. EU Commission spokesperson Jonathan Todd said the commission is assessing Google's proposal, but didn't give any details as to what's in the proposal. Maybe unicorns and candy? Read more at reuters.com.
- Get ready for ads on Instagram. Facebook's photo-sharing service has topped 150 million users and is preparing to start displaying ads by the end of this year. Instagram posted that 50 million of their users joined in the last six months. Read more at usatoday.com.
- Remember all that talk about Amazon working on a new smartphone, and that maybe it might even be free in order to entice a lot more customers to the Amazon market? Well yesterday Amazon told AllThingsD that it has no plans to launch a phone this year, and, and even if it did, it wouldn’t be free. Although well into the tablet market, Amazon reportedly is still weighing what type of business model and product would set it apart in the competitive world of smartphones. Read more at allthingsd.com.
- Google, Facebook and Yahoo have filed suit with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requesting the right to publicly disclose the number and type of national security requests the companies have received under the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Director James Clapper has agreed to release aggregate numbers but this has not satisfied the companies. All three companies along with several dozen others, sent a similar request in a letter to Congress and the President in July. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Seagate announced a new hard drive designed for mobile devices like tablets. The Seagate Ultra Mobile hard drive is a 2.5-inch hard disk drive, but is just 5mm thick and could offer capacity of up to 500GB with a max transfer rate of 600MB/s. The new drives are paired with Seagate's Mobile Enablement Kit which allows a spinning disk to survive things like vibration, shock, and even a fall. Seagate says the Ultra Mobile hard drive also consumes very low power -- lower than that of most SSDs, actually. Read more at cnet.com.
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