Top News for March 12, 2014

Green Throttle Games

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

  1. PandoDaily's James Robinson published an exclusive yesterday saying that Google bought some of the assets from a company called Green Throttle Games. Read more at pando.com.

  2. The web turns 25 today. World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first draft proposal for the hyperlinked information management system that would one day usher in the web, and with it Facebook, Google, cloud computing and most importantly, TWiT and Tech News Today. To mark the anniversary, Berners-Lee is calling for a “Magna Carta” or “bill of rights” for the web to protect its independence from censorship, surveillance and control. Read more at webat25.org.

  3. The tech pubs are reporting on Apple’s release of iOS 7.1, talking about bug fixes, enhancements and support for Apple’s CarPlay initiative, mostly. But one overlooked feature is major improvements to Apple’s iBeacon system. Read more at beekn.net.

  4. The NSA is reportedly spreading malware by using fake Facebook servers. The distribution of this malware could be automated and deployed at a massive scale. The payloads themselves could be “tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam” and could also track Skype and other Voice Over IP calls, among other capabilities. This information was reported in an exclusive this morning on The Intercept, which exists to report news from documents uncovered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Read more at firstlook.org.

  5. Well it’s not as exciting as a mystery barge, but Crain’s reported yesterday that Google is close to signing a lease on Greene Street in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, just around the corner from an Apple Store. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  6. Twitter crashed again yesterday, and was out for a half an hour. Big deal, right? Well WIRED columnist Mat Honan thinks it’s a very big deal. In an opinion column posted today called “Why Twitter Can’t Keep Crashing,” Mat pointed out why Twitter is just too important these days to crash like it did when it was an irrelevant plaything for Silicon Valley access journalists. Read more at wired.com.

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