Top News for May 15, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for May 15, 2014:

  1. The Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of a preliminary proposal by chairman Tom Wheeler to allow “paid prioritization” or Internet "fast lanes,” basically killing net neutrality in the United States. But the FCC asked for additional public comment, including whether Internet access service should be reclassified as a “telecommunications service” or common carrier like the telephone system is. Read more at wsj.com.

  2. We told you this week about the European Union Court of Justice ruling that Google must remove or edit information or links from its search engine upon request. The so-called “right to be forgotten” ruling was unexpected, and greeted with controversy. Requests for Google to delete links are already pouring in. Advocates of the “right to be forgotten” say the ruling is welcome. Opponents say it amounts to censorship and reduces the value of the Internet. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that German privacy officials say Google is already working on a process for handling complaints about links. Read more at wsj.com.

  3. The Chinese company Xiaomi unveiled today in Beijing its first tablet. The Android-based MiPad is the same size as an iPad Mini, but costs only $240. The tablet comes in fruity colors, and its design looks similar to Apple's iPhone 5C line. Read more at reuters.com.

  4. In other new tablet news, Samsung sent press invitations today for an event called the "Galaxy Premiere 2014," to be held in New York City June 12. Read more at adnroidcentral.com.

  5. We told you last week that Apple is pursuing a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. This morning, Re/code’s Peter Kafka reports that the deal may have been delayed until some time next week. The report did not say what caused the delay. Read more at recode.net.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for May 15, 2014.