Top News for June 6, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for June 06, 2014:

  1. The biggest telecom in the world outside of China admitted that governments routinely spy on its customers. International telecom giant Vodafone said in a report today that governments have direct access to the company’s infrastructure, enabling spy agencies to listen to conversations, often without even asking Vodafone permission, as well as track the location of users and even monitor the web sites they visit. Read more at telegraph.co.uk.

  2. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since the first revelations from the Edward Snowden trove of leaked NSA documents were published. Read more at theverge.com.

  3. The biggest difference between printed books and digital ones, besides the fact that one is made out of dead trees and the other out of digital code, is that you can own a printed book. But you usually can’t own a digital one. The same goes for digital music files, movies and other downloadable content. Instead, you basically borrow digital content from the actual owners, which are companies like Amazon and Apple. Now Congress is looking at whether its time to change all that. Read more at gigaom.com.

  4. Apple’s iWatch will launch in October and will have a curved OLED touchscreen, according to a new report in the Nikkei Asian Review. Unnamed industry sources told the paper that Apple intends to build between 3 and 5 million iWatches a month. Read more at nikkei.com.

  5. Much of our coverage of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics was spent asking the question: Why? WHY? You commented on CNET today about a piece on Buzzfeed, of all places, that said Apple’s acquisition was all about arrogance and ignorance and panic on the part of Apple. Can you tell us about Buzzfeed’s report, and also give us your own take on it? Read more at cnet.com.

  6. We told you yesterday that government-owned media in China launched an attack on Microsoft Windows 8, claiming that the operating system is insecure, and enables foreign governments to collect information about Chinese society and the economy. But now, Microsoft is countering those claims on its Weibo account. Weibo is a popular Chinese microblogging site. Microsoft said in their post that they have never provided any kind of help to any government to attack another government and that no such backdoor into Windows 8 machines exists. Read more at weibo.com.

  7. A new software application called OpenXanadu quietly shipped in late April. The software enables users to create documents that have source documents embedded in the document itself. Big deal, right? The thing is that the software has been in development since 1960. It’s the most delayed software in history. Xanadu's developer Ted Nelson coined the term "hypertext.” Had Nelson been more aggressive about shipping, he could have beat Tim Berners Lee and we’d be surfing the Xadadu right now instead of the web. Read more at xanadu.com.

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