Top News for June 12, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for June 12, 2014:

  1. Amazon has launched a streaming music service. Called Amazon Prime Music, the service offers access to more than a million songs and hundreds of playlists, according to Amazon. For Prime members, the service is free. Read more at mashable.com.

  2. Protests bring Uber a boost. The protests that brought traffic to a standstill in capital cities all over Europe yesterday actually led to an 850 jump in sign ups of new users. Cabbies took to the streets in Milan, Berlin, Paris and London, protesting Uber for not playing by the same licensing, safety and pricing rules as traditional cabs and black car services. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  3. Facebook is making big changes to how they choose which ads to show you. For starters, they're going to reveal what they know about you and the criteria they use to serve ads. And they're going to let you make changes to it. Read more at adage.com.

  4. Interesting news out of Houston, Texas. Comcast has turned 50 thousand residential routers into public wifi hotspots. The number of Houston Comcast customers that are part of a massive public wifi network is expected to swell to 150,000 by the end of June. Read more at chron.com.

  5. Starbucks is rolling out wireless charging stations to stores nationwide starting today. In a partnership with Duracell, the coffee seller will being at stores in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, then roll out nationwide to more than 7,500 stores. Read more at usatoday.com.

  6. A win for civil liberties, for now -- A US Appeals Court ruled that police and other law enforcement agencies must obtain a search warrant before getting location data stored in cellphones and smartphones. Read more at zdnet.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for June 12, 2014.