Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for July 31, 2014:
- Samsung posted a 25 percent drop in second-quarter profits, the third straight quarter of profit declines for the company. The company also said the rest of the year would “remain a challenge.” Read more at cnet.com.
- Canada is accusing China of hacking into the main computer network of its leading research body. China's foreign ministry calls this an irresponsible accusation. But this isn't the first time China has been accused by other governments of hacking into national security resources ... joining us to talk about this is Steven Chase, reporter at the Globe and Mail in Toronto. Read more at reuters.com.
- European regulators are getting ready to take action against Google for abusing Android’s 80 percent market share, according to a report by Reuters. The action will come after a nearly four year investigation. Read more at reuters.com.
- Verizon is planning to throttle or slow down the service of its unlimited data plan users starting in October, and the FCC Chairman isn't happy about it. In a letter, Chairman Tom Wheeler calls the plan "disturbing" and "deeply troubling". Read more at theverge.com.
- Facebook and OkCupid have been in the news lately because we learned they’ve been doing experiments on users. Facebook changed some users’ News Feeds to be more negative to see if that would change what they did on Facebook. And the OKCupid online dating site lied to some users about their compatibility with other users to see if that changed their relationships. Slate senior technology writer Will Oremus wrote a humor piece on the subject, where he quoted OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder saying: “Guess what, everybody: If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.” Read more at slate.com.
- FCC 'deeply troubled' by Verizon's throttling of unlimited data customers Read more at theverge.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for July 31, 2014.