Top News for March 6, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 06, 2014:

  1. Hundreds of IBM factory workers have gone on strike in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen to protest the unit’s sale to China’s Lenovo. Read more at wsj.com.

  2. Investigative journalist Leah McGrath Goodman, along with forensic analysts Sharon Sergeant and Barbara Mathews, believe they have unmasked the creator of Bitcoin, known as Satoshi Nakamoto, in a special report in Newsweek. They claim Nakamoto is a 64-year old Japanese-American who lives with his mother. And, yes, his actual name is Satoshi Nakamoto. Read more at newsweek.com.

  3. Getty Images are now free to use for bloggers. Getty has concluded that it can’t stop people from stealing its pictures and using them online. So instead, the company is enabling the free use of about 35 million pictures for what it calls “non-commercial” uses. Selected pictures have a new “embed” button that shows code, which bloggers and others can paste into their blogs or sites. The result is an image that’s still hosted on Getty, with Getty branding visible below the picture. Read more at businessweek.com.

  4. Facebook announced restrictions what users can and cannot say about guns. The change in policy came after pressure from gun control groups. A Facebook blog post said the company would remove any posts that offer to sell illegal guns without background checks or across state lines, among other changes. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  5. New Google Glass software from a startup called Emotient can read the emotions of people and inform the person wearing Glass. The San Diego announced $6 million in Series B funding this morning. The software is currently in beta, and so is Google Glass. Read more at gigaom.com.

  6. We told you yesterday about a ground-breaking deal between Dish Network and The Walt Disney Company that would enable Dish subscribers to get Disney content over the Internet to smartphones, tablets and PCs without paying for a separate cable subscription. Now, in an exclusive, Reuters is reporting that DirecTV is in talks with Disney for a similar arrangement. DirecTV is the No. 1 satellite operator with 20.3 million subscribers. Read more at reuters.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for March 06, 2014.