Top News for June 10, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for June 10, 2014:

  1. A new hacker group with ties to China’s army has been implicated in stealing American, European and Japanese secrets. According to the security company CrowdStrike, the Shanghai-based unit has specialized in hacking satellite, aerospace, and communication companies. The group is codenamed "Putter Panda." Read more at reuters.com.

  2. Salesforce.com is the latest company trying to make a fashion statement in the wearable market. The cloud CRM company has launched Salesforce Wear -- a developer pack to help write enterprise applications for the weable market, notes ZDNet. Read more at zdnet.com.

  3. eBay plans to shut down its eBay Now local delivery service, according to an exclusive by Harrison Weber at VentureBeat. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  4. There's a new debate about who caused IBM's current revenue and business woes. Quarterly revenue at IBM has fallen eight quarters in a row. Some experts blame IBM's struggle to shift from big hardware sales and enterprise software licenses to cloud computing. Others blame the CEO transition from Sam Palmisano to Ginni Rometti in January 2012. But here's a new spin on the problems: Perhaps Lou Gerstner, the CEO who saved IBM in the 1990s, bears some of the blame for the company's latest setbacks. Read more at gigaom.com.

  5. Honeywell introduced today a competitor to Google's Nest Thermostat. It's called the Honeywell Lyric and it costs $279. Like the Nest thermostat, you adjust the Lyric with either a round dial or a smartphone app. The thermostat connects via your home WiFi network. Unlike the Nest, the Lyric uses your phone's location to figure out when to change the temperature. When you leave, it goes into energy-saving mode. Read more at wsj.com.

  6. RadioShack is trying to remain relavant -- and trying to remain in business -- after reporting a Q1 loss of nearly $100 million earlier today.The retailer's big bet for a turnaround involves Fix It Here -- a program to fix phones and tablets that have cracked screens, broken buttons, water damage and more. But could we also see a return to the days when Radio Shack made its own devices -- the type of devices that people actually want? Read more at usatoday.com.

  7. A new mobile app called DinnerTime won't let your kids use their phones until they're done with dinner. The app temporarily bricks kids' phones at dinner time, then brings them back to life afterwards. The app also has a Bed Time mode, which locks devices all night. Both parent and child need to run the app, and the apps are synced. The parent app can be either iOS or Android, but the child version supports only Android. DinnerTime is free, but for $1.99 you get more detailed usage reporting and the ability to link to up to 5 kids' phones. Read more at thenextweb.com.

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