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Top News for January 24, 2014

Apple

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for January 24, 2014:

  1. [me] Today is the Macintosh’s 30th birthday. The Apple website home page has been changed with an interactive timeline of the history of the product line, plus a video. They also added a "your first Mac" page, where readers are asked to talk about their first Mac. Read more at time.com.

  2. [sl] Princeton said last week that Facebook would lose 80% of its users in the next few years. Yesterday, Facebook struck back. The social giant said in a mock study that Princeton would lose all of its students by 2021. Read more at facebook.com.

  3. [me] Sony may turn your TV into a mirror for putting on makeup. A patent published this month a “makeup mode” for a TV set. The idea is that you’d push a button, and the camera would show a reversed video (mirror image view) of the user. But instead of showing the background, the TV would surround the user with white light. The light would light up the face with true colors. Read more at wsj.com.

  4. [sl] A German court has ordered Google to block sex pictures involving Formula One boss Max Mosley, because although Google had not taken the pictures it was responsible as a distributor of the images. The pictures were taken from a video filmed by the no-longer-in-print News of the World tabloid and uploaded to the web back in 2008. The block follows a French case that ended up with Google being ordered to remove links to the pictures. Google says it will appeal the latest ruling. Read more at reuters.com.

  5. [me] Don’t you hate smartphone bloatware that you can’t delete? So does the South Korean government, apparently. Any pre-installed software on phones must be deletable by users, according to new guidelines that go into effect in April. The rules affect phones made by Samsung and LG, two of the world’s biggest brands. Read more at zdnet.com.

  6. [sl] If you’re tired of link-bait headlines from sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy, I’ve got a browser plug-in I think you’re going to like. It claims to automatically transform hyperbolic viral headlines into what they really mean. It works by finding the words link-bait headline over-uses, and changes those words to make them more accurate. For example, the word "Incredible" is changed to "Painfully Ordinary." Read more at downworthy.snipe.net.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for January 24, 2014.