Top News for August 14, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for August 14, 2014:

  1. Apple banned two controversial chemicals from part of the manufacturing process for iPhones and other Apple products. Apple environmental head Lisa Jackson posted on a company blog that benzene and n-hexane have been banned in the final assembly factories during the building of Apple products. Read more at gizmodo.com.

  2. A startup today launched an iOS-based platform called Spring, which reviewers are saying it like Instagram but with instant ecommerce. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  3. A German blogger named Florian Kiersch claims to have seen and obtained screenshots of an experimental interface for Google Hangouts. The project is called UltraViolet. Like Facebook Home, it would put chat heads on top of other pages on a PC desktop while running the Chrome browser -- it’s a Chrome plug-in. Google hasn’t announced the product, and it’s not ready to ship, according to Kiersch. Read more at stadt-bremerhaven.de.

  4. A member of a Chinese anti-monopoly advisory committee has been fired for taking money from US chip-maker Qualcomm. Zhang Xinzhu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a university professor, was accused of sacked for taking quote “huge rewards” from Qualcomm, which is the subject of an anti-trust investigation in China. Qualcomm denies both the anti-trust charges and also denies ever paying Zhang. The Wall Street Journal says Qualcomm hired a U.S. company to provide an economic analysis as part of its defense against the anti-trust charges. Zhang consults for that company. Read more at bloomberg.com.

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