Top News for March 3, 2014

Microsoft

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 03, 2014:

  1. Oscar host Ellen Degeneres pulled together a pack of celebrities for what she said would be the most-tweeted selfie ever, and it was, breaking both the previous record held by president Obama and also Twitter, which crashed. At show time this morning Ellen’s retweet count approached 3 million. Samsung was a major advertiser for the show, and Ellen appeared to be use a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on stage during the show in what appeared to be a paid product placement. Backstage, the photo tweets and selfies continued, but with an iPhone, according to a detailed analysis by Search Engine expert and journalist Danny Sullivan. Read more at marketingland.com.

  2. We reported last month that Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a virtual assistant comparable to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The Verge’s Tom Warren has dug up new information about how Cortana looks and functions. Read more at theverge.com.

  3. Microsoft is planning to make Xbox Live cross-platform. Tom’s sources say Microsoft is building a platform to extend Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games. Read more at theverge.com.

  4. Microsoft is still reshuffling executives after the promotion of Satya Nadella as CEO. BizDev VP Tony Bates and marketing chief Tami Reller are leaving Microsoft. These departures are expected to be officially announced tomorrow. Executive VP for advanced strategy, Eric Rudder, will replace Bates. Marketing exec Chris Capossela will replace Reller. Mark Penn, a former political aide to the Clinton family and the architect of Microsoft’s negative Scroogled campaign, is becoming Microsoft’s chief strategy officer. Read more at businessinsider.com.

  5. Apple has retired the awkward “iOS in the Car” branding in favor of CarPlay. The new name and more details were rolled out over the weekend in an Apple press release. CarPlay is a dashboard screen and system that enables an iPhone connected via a Lighting cable to be interacted with through the screens, buttons, microphones and speakers built into the car. Read more at 9to5mac.com.

  6. Police in Florida were caught by the American Civil Liberties Union of using a cell phone tracking device 200 times without a warrant. The tracker is called a “stingray,” and it works by simulating a cell tower to trick phones into revealing their locations. Police said it was OK to bypass the law, however. Why? Because they signed a nondisclosure agreement with the company that makes the tracker! Read more at aclu.org.

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