Top News for August 12, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for August 12, 2014:

  1. Some of the main creators of Apple’s Siri virtual assistant are building what they believe will be a better assistant called Viv. Their startup is called Viv Labs. Read more at wired.com.

  2. Mike, let's turn our attention to Healthcare.gov and the federal government's IT strategy. The Obama administration has launched a new U.S. Digital Service -- which strives to enact best practices for future IT projects. The service is headed up by Mikey Dikerson, a Google veteran. Read more at thehill.com.

  3. A Comcast customer named Tim Davis was promised by Comcast that he wouldn’t be charged for a specific service. When they charged him anyway, they refused to remove the charge -- until, that is, he played a recording of their promise. The news comes in the wake of a similarly aggressive and exploitative call recorded by technology journalist and entrepreneur Ryan Block about three weeks ago. Read more at arstechnica.com.

  4. Google and 5 Asia telecom companies are spending about $300M to build and operate a trans-pacific broadband connection between the US and Japan. Part of Google's broader strategy to offer high-speed Internet service via the air, sea and land. Read more at reuters.com.

  5. CNN’s Erica Fink reports that some Uber employees are cheating in their car-on-demand competition with Lyft. She says that Lyft provided evidence to CNN that 177 Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 Lyft rides since last October. Read more at cnn.com.

  6. For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 12, 2014.