Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for February 06, 2014:
- The Turkish government passed new laws that make it easier for them to censor the Internet and surveille the public. The laws have triggered both outrage by opposition parties and protests in the streets of Istanbul. They allow the Turkish equivalent of America’s FCC, which is called the TIB, to block any web site without a court order. It also requires Internet providers to store all user activity data for two years, and hand it over when requested by the government. Read more at asljazeera.com.
- Last night on Tech News Tonight we reported that after its first quarterly earnings as a public company, Twitter stock was down almost 13% in after-hours trading, due to investor concerns over slowing user growth. And...it's fallen further. Twitter shares fell almost 25% this morning, which represents a loss of about $9.8 billion in market value. The stock, which debuted at $26 in November, hit a low of $50 in early trading. The shares peaked at $74.73 in late December. Read more at reuters.com.
- IBM is putting its Watson artificial intelligence system to work boosting technology in Africa. The company is investing $100 million over the next decade to fund Watson-based projects at its Africa Research laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya. The company also plans to open new IBM Innovation Centers in Lagos, Nigeria; Casablanca, Morocco; and Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more at zdnet.com.
- A startup called Refresh launched a Google Glass app today that presents a “dossier” on the people you meet. It harvests this information from sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Github, AngelList, Yahoo, and Zillow. It also connects to your calender, and shows you a dossier on people you’re about to meet. Read more at venturebeat.com.
- 2013 wasn't a great year for HTC. The company's sales dropped 30% last year, its third annual decline, due to product delays, a shrinking marketing budget, and competitors like LG and Lenovo, and HTC also posted its first annual net loss. However, Chang Chialin, chief financial officer and head of global sales for Taiwan-based HTC tells Bloomberg that an updated version of the One smartphone, a new wearable device, and a better focus on marketing will turn things around this year. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- Amazon has acquired Double Helix Games, the maker of “Silent Hill,” “Killer Instinct” and many other titles. Amazon said that Double Helix Games now available and currently in development will be supported in the future. We reported previously that Amazon was rumored to be working on a low-cost game console that would compete with Xbox and Playstation. Read more at techcrunch.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for February 06, 2014.