Top News for March 4, 2014

Apple

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 04, 2014:

  1. Apple CFO and senior vice president Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September after 18 years with the company. He’ll be replaced by Luca Maestri, who is currently Apple's vice president of finance and corporate controller. Read more at businesswire.com.

  2. Facebook is in talks to acquire a drone maker called Titan Aerospace. The company makes drones that can fly on solar power for five years without landing. Facebook wants to build 11,000 of the drones to bring Internet connectivity to parts of the world that do not have it, according to an article in TechCrunch, which broke the story. The price of the acquisition is said to be $60 million. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  3. Sony announced today that its PlayStation 4 console has sold more than 6 million units worldwide. Read more at joystiq.com.

  4. The US Justice Department is siding with TV broadcasters and against Aereo. In a Supreme Court filing yesterday, the Justice Department said Aereo steps on TV copyrights, and asked the court to overturn a lower-court ruling that found Aereo to be legal. Aereo uses tiny antennas -- one per customer -- to capture TV from the airwaves and stream it to viewers over the Internet. Aereo says they’re merely renting TV antennas. TV broadcasters and now the Justice Department say they’re selling content without paying the content creators or distributors. Read more at recode.net.

  5. Twitter accidentally sent an email to many users today telling them their Twitter passwords had been reset. It all started Monday evening when Twitter locked some users out of their accounts. They then sent an email to those users saying “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We've reset your password to prevent accessing your account." Except there were no hackers. Just an internal code error. Read more at recode.net.

  6. Microsoft today launched Skype for Outlook.com worldwide. Plus, Microsoft added a few new features and a bug fix. Read more at venturebeat.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for March 04, 2014.