Top News for February 12, 2014

European Commission

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

  1. The European Commission wants control of the Internet to be moved from the United States and distributed globally. Among their stated reasons is a “loss of confidence” in the US following the NSA surveillance revelations. Read more at europa.eu.

  2. The Verge’s Tom Warren reports this morning that his sources say Microsoft may allow Android apps to run on Windows and Windows Phone. Read more at Gizmodo.com.

  3. The use of smartphones in the workplace is growing fast. Today there are 132 million people who use their smartphones or work, and that’s expected to grow to 328 million workers by 2017, according to a report from the mobile security solutions provider, Good Technology. Read more at Recode.net.

  4. Microsoft was accused of censoring global Bing search results on behalf of the Chinese government. But Microsoft says it was just a “glitch.” According to the Chinese freedom-of-speech group GreatFire.org and confirmed by Reuters, searches conducted globally in Chinese showed different results than the same searches in English. Read more at TheGuardian.com.

  5. Google said today that it’s acquisition of Nest is a done deal. Nest is a startup that makes smart thermostats and smart smoke detectors.

  6. Twitter is testing a redesign that makes Twitter look more like Facebook or Google+. The new look focuses on pictures and a Google-like “cards” interface and isn’t the usual vertical stream. Read more at Mashable.com.

  7. Snapchat users are being spammed with pictures of smoothies. It’s caused by a new spam outbreak that redirects people who receive messages to an AllRecipes.com page for a "Berry Delicious" smoothie. The messages appear to come from actual Snapchat friends. Snapchat is trying to put a lid on it. Read more at Wired.com.

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