Top News for July 21, 2014

NSA

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for July 21, 2014:

  1. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed in an interview published over the weekend that military people working at the NSA sometimes shared sexually explicit pictures found during surveillance. He spoke via a Google video Hangout to the Planet Earth Conference in New York, calling on developers to build security and privacy into everyday technology products, saying that his “future work” will involve building such products in the future. Read more at theguardian.com.

  2. The New York-based Human Rights Foundation is hosting a two-day hackathon in San Francisco on August 2 and 3 to brainstorm new ways to get outside information to the citizens of North Korea. Instead of working on ways to hack into North Korean systems, this session aims to find new methods for reaching the North Korean public. Read more at theguardian.com.

  3. BlackBerry has hired former Sybase president Marty Beard as Chief Operations Officer. Read more at zdnet.com.

  4. According to Variety, Hasbro and 3D printing company Shapeways have paired on a pilot project to let you print your own My Little Pony fan art ... kind of. Hasbro has selected a few "super fans" to upload their custom pony art, and consumers can order these special editions to be printed and sent to their homes. Read more at variety.com.

  5. Twitter wants to improve its direct message feature to compete with mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp and Line. In a Wall Street Journal interview, Twitter Vice President International Operation Shailesh Rao said that the company hopes to compensate for slow Twitter user growth in the US with more users in Latin America and Asia. Read more at theguardian.com.

  6. We told you Friday that Lenovo was ending sales in the United States of sub-10-inch Windows tablets because of low demand. But over the weekend, Lenovo posted a clarification, saying they have no such plans, and intend to keep selling the tablets. While they have canceled sales of the ThinkPad 8 tablet, and they are out of stock on the 8-inch Miix product, they do plan to keep selling the Miix in the US once they produce more -- which should happen in time for the holiday buying season. Read more at lenovo.vom.

  7. For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for July 21, 2014.