Top News for March 10, 2014

NSA

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

  1. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden began speaking to a crowd at South By South West this morning at 9am Pacific by way of Google Hangouts. With the US Constitution green-screened onto his background, Snowden said that the NSA is setting fire to the future of the Internet. And the folks at SXSW are the firefighters, he said. The theme of his comments was that technologists, more than lawyers or regular citizens, need to protect the public from government mass surveillance with encryption and other technological means. The conversation was facilitated by the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more at marketwatch.com.

  2. Unidentified hackers claim they broke into servers owned by the now defunct Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange and found evidence that the site’s owners kept Bitcoins they reported as stolen. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  3. Google is launching a software developer kit for Android-based wearable devices. Google’s Android, Chrome and Google Apps chief Sundar Pichai made the announcement at South By South West. He did not say whether the SDK would favor the time- and cards-based user interface Google developed for Glass, nor did he mention anything about the smartwatch Google is reportedly working on with LG. But he did say the kit would help with arbitrary wearable applications, such as smart jackets. The SDK is expected to be available to developers in about two weeks. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  4. Singer and songwriter Neil Young plans to unveil a portable digital music player this week at South By South West. Called the PonoPlayer, the device will be what Young called the “highest resolution” digital audio, according to leaked details of his announcement. Read more at pitchfork.com.

  5. Friday we told you about a startup social networking app for drunk people called Livr. The idea was a breathalyzer attachment to an iPhone, plus an app, which were combined as part of a social network you had to be drunk to participate in. Although nearly all the blogs and publications that covered it reported the news as fact, we called it a hoax. Later Friday, the so-called entrepreneurs behind it -- turns out they were comedians -- admitted that the product was fake and the whole thing was a joke. Read more at gizmodo.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for March 10, 2014.