Top News for February 26, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for February 26, 2014:

  1. The US House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that legalizes the unlocking of phones for customers who ware switching carriers. But only for individuals. At the last minute, the bill was changed to keep a ban on bulk unlocking. Read more at arstechnica.com.

  2. A security company said yesterday that it discovered a hoard of stolen credentials from about 360 million user accounts being sold on online black markets. Read more at reuters.com.

  3. Motorola didn’t unveil anything at Mobile World Congress. But in a press conference yesterday, they revealed some of their plans for this year. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  4. Out of the box, Google Glass isn’t much of an augmented reality device. That would require a Glassware app that can recognize objects and tell you about them in real time. A startup called Blippar has created such an app, and they unveiled it today. Read more at fastcompany.com.

  5. President Barack Obama has four options for fixing the National Security Agency phone surveillance mess, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The president asked intelligence agencies and the attorney general to present options to him for how to bring more oversight to the NSA's phone surveillance program. The deadline was in March, but they presented those options ahead of schedule. Read more at wsj.com.

  6. One of China’s major copycat companies, called Goophone, is already promoting a rip-off counterfeit of the Galaxy S5, just two days after Samsung itself unveiled the product. They stole the model name too. Their phone is called the Goophone S5. It has mediocre spects and a low price -- just $300. Read more at engadget.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for February 26, 2014.