Top News for March 13, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 13, 2014:

  1. Apple, Microsoft, Google and Cisco collectively hold about $163 billion in US government debt, much of it offshore, which earns them tax-free interest paid for by American taxpayers, according to a report this morning by Nick Mathiason writing for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Read more at thebureauinvestigates.com.

  2. A new study found that people who click through to news sites from social networks tend to be less engaged. The report, published by the Pew Research Center today, found that it’s hard for content sites to maintain connections with people coming from Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or even Search, for that matter. Read more at niemanlab.org.

  3. Emotions on social networks can spread like a virus, according to a new study that tracked 100 million Americans and a billion social messages. Read more at wsj.com.

  4. A report coming out of India says that Microsoft may give Windows Phone away free to two Indian phone makers. The Times of India Sources told him that Lava and Karbonn have convinced Microsoft to licence Windows Phone without charge, which would be a first for Microsoft. Read more at indiatimes.com.

  5. We told you weeks ago that Amazon was thinking about raising the price of its Prime service. Today, the company made it official. The price of Prime has gone up from $79 to $99 per year. Prime gives Amazon customers unlimited free two-day shipping on many items, plus access to streaming movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video. The old price is in effect for one more week, so if you want to save twenty bucks, you’d better be quick about it. Read more at businessinsider.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for March 13, 2014.