Top News for May 21, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for May 21, 2014:

  1. eBay got hacked. The company posted a statement urging users to change their passwords, saying that the attackers "compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data." Read more at marketwatch.com.

  2. Linkedin today introduced a feature for ranking profiles. It’s called “How You Rank,” and it tells you if you’re hot or not based on a comparison of how many times people looked at your Linkedin profile compared to other people you’re connected with on the service. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  3. A photo startup called Bubbli announced yesterday that it has been acquired by Dropbox. So what the heck is Bubbli? The company names an app that lets you create what Google might call Photosphere -- essentially 360-degree, top-to-bottom photos that you can pan and zoom to see. The app also takes movies that have a similar effect. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  4. Google makes most of its revenue from advertising. So when Google bought Nest, which makes smart thermostats, people joked that Google would serve up ads to the thermostats as their business model. But, suddenly, the joke isn’t funny. Google does intend to display advertising on future thermostats, as well as refrigerators, car dashboards and other Internet of things devices. They also talked about putting ads on wearables, such as Google Glass type smart glasses and smart watches. Google admitted as much in a letter sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more at wsj.com.

  5. We’ve reported in the past about the upcoming Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. It’s the most well-known round smartwatch in development, and it runs on Google’s Android Wear platform. Today we learned that Motorola is crowdsourcing watch face designs. A contest called the Moto 360 Design Face-Off calls on everyone and anyone to submit their ideas for the ultimate watch face. Read more at plus.google.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for May 21, 2014.