Top News for May 1, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for May 01, 2014:

  1. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a smattering of other Facebook execs unveiled new products, services, features and standards for developers yesterday at the company's first F8 developers conference in three years. Read more at mashable.com.

  2. As we’ve reported on previous episodes of Tech News Today, Facebook is buying the virtual reality startup Oculus VR, which makes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. But now, a videogame company called ZeniMax says they own the intellectual property behind the Oculus Rift. Read more at wsj.com.

  3. AT&T wants to buy DirecTV, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The combined company resulting from such a merger would be close in size to Comcast after it acquires Time Warner Cable. Read more at wsj.com.

  4. Snapchat started rolling out this morning a new version of its mobile app. Their goal is to “move beyond messaging.” Read more at wsj.com.

  5. Zach Epstein of the Boy Genius Report posted an exclusive look this morning at what he claims is Amazon’s upcoming smartphone. The phone is unusual because it has four infrared cameras that support a 3D, hologram-like interface. The image was created for internal use by Amazon designers, according to Epstein’s sources. And it doesn’t look much different than your garden variety Android smartphone: It’s black, with a rounded bezel, a single button on the front, rocker dials on the side for volume control and so on. The phone is supposed to launch by the end of September. Read more at bgr.com.

  6. Google added a new feature to its Google Now service: It will remember where you parked your car. The feature uses your phone’s sensors to detect when you’re in a moving vehicle or walking. When it notices you walking immediately after driving, it will assume that you parked your car. Of course, it can’t tell if you’re a driver or a passenger -- or even a passenger of a bus or taxi. (Jason) Read more at androidauthority.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for May 01, 2014.