Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for February 19, 2014:
- The FCC today said it will re-write the rules for net neutrality. The new guidelines will strongly support net neutrality, which means that companies will be prevented from charging different rates or offering different speeds based on the source of Internet content. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit cancelled the FCC's authority to impose net neutrality rules because of how it classifies Internet providers. Read more at wsj.com.
- Everyone’s an influencer on LinkedIn now. The business-oriented social site has expanded its influencer feature to all users. The feature allows the publishing of long-form articles. It used to be available only to hand-selected celebrities. Read more at linkedin.com.
- Microsoft relaunched its cloud storage service today. What used to be called SkyDrive is now branded OneDrive. Plus, Microsoft made a few changes to the service. Read more at recode.net.
- A New Zealand court ruled today that the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was legal. The ruling may increase the chances that Dotcom will be extradited to the United States to face online piracy charges. Read more at bbc.co.uk.
- Dutch telecom giant KPN is partnering with Silent Circle, the US company that makes software for secure calls and messages. KPN is the first telco in the world to offer Silent Circle products, and these will be made available to customers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Read more at gigaom.com.
- Evan Blass posted an allegedly leaked photo of what he called the All New HTC One on his Evleaks Twitter feed. Read more at twitter.com/evleaks.
- Amazon’s virtual currency, called Amazon Coins, are now available on all Android devices for users in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. It used to be offered only on Amazon’s own Kindle tablets. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- China's anti-monopoly regulator said today that Qualcomm is over-charging for patents and abusing its market position. The San Diego-based company faces fines of more than one billion dollars. Read more at qz.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for February 19, 2014.