Top News for June 9, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for June 09, 2014:

  1. Amazon is launching a payment service today for subscription payments and recurring payments of any kind. Read more at reuters.com.

  2. Cybercrime costs the world between $375 billion and $575 billion a year, according to a new report by U.S. officials and economists. Read more at wsj.com.

  3. A Swiss programmer named Frederic Jacobs discovered an interesting privacy feature in Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 -- the operating system generates random MAC addresses from your phone. A MAC address is a unique identifier on any device that connects to WiFi. In recent years, companies have been harvesting the MAC addresses of smartphones to track the behavior of shoppers and even people walking by on the street. Read more at qz.com.

  4. Microsoft might build Kinect -- or something like it -- into future Windows phones. The Verge’s Tom Warren reports that a future phone code-named McLaren may have sensors that enable in-the-air gesture control for the phone. Read more at theverge.com.

  5. Artificial Intelligence software passed the Turing Test for the first time ever. (The Turing Test is passed when 30 percent of judges believe an artificial human is real after a typed conversation.) The event happened Saturday at a Turing Test competition at the University of Reading. The software is called “Eugene Goostman,” and interacts as a 13-year-old Ukranian boy. Judges grilled the artificial boy about what he likes, and about his family and the software convinced the judges that he was a real person. Read more at reading.ac.uk.

  6. Today’s Google Doodle was created by a an 11-year-old girl. Audrey Zhang won the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition, beating out more than 100,000 other entries. Her drawing is called "Back to Mother Nature” and it shows a water purification system that looks like a submarine with wings. Google’s professional doodlers turned her drawing into an animation for the google dot com site. Zhang won a $30,000 college scholarship. Plus Google donated $50,000 for education to her school and $20,000 in Zhang’s name to the charity water project, which provides clean water to schools in Bangladesh. Read more at youtube.com.

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