Top News for August 7, 2014

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for August 07, 2014:

  1. Google’s YouTube unit has acquired Directr, which makes a mobile video editing app. The product is currently aimed at small businesses who want to make marketing videos. Read more at

  2. Google has also bought artificial intelligence application Emu. What's Emu? A messaging app that uses tech similar to Google Now and Siri --using machine learning to do anticipatory computing -- predict what you need based on your previous inputs. Read more at

  3. Google is partnering with Barnes & Noble to offer same-day delivery of books, toys and magazines. The service begins today. The move puts the companies into direct competition with Amazon, but only in the three markets they serve: Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more at

  4. This week, the FCC published many of the public comments it received about its forthcoming ruling on net neutrality. More than 1.1 million people submitted comments, a record for a FCC rulemaking measure. The proposed rule would allow for Internet service providers to charge for so-called fast lanes, in some cases. What's in those comments? Dan X O'Neill collaborates with government large and small to open up public data ... He heads the Smart Chicago Collaborative. Dan, welcome. Read more at

  5. A company that does background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says they’ve been hacked in what looks to them like a state-sponsored attack. The company is called US Investigations Services, or USIS. The attack probably involved the theft of personal information about DHS employees, according to a report in The Washington Post. Read more at

  6. Hasbro today announced a new, twenty-dollar version of its Monopoly board game called MyMonopoly. The game, which has its own website, enables players to customize the game with photos from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Shutterfly. The site guides users on how to print their pictures onto stickers, which are then placed on the board as customized property spaces, game tokens, Chance Cards and Community Chest Cards. Read more at

  7. For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 07, 2014.