Top News for May 27, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for May 27, 2014:

  1. Financial Times reported yesterday that Apple will launch a smart home platform next week at its WWDC conference. The new system is based on iOS and would turn iPhones and iPads into remote controls for smart appliances. Read more at theverge.com.

  2. In vaguely related news, Google is talking to Dropcam about an acquisition, according to the news site The Information. Drop makes $150 cameras that stream and upload video to the cloud. Read more at theinformation.com.

  3. Apple users in Australia are saying their Apple products are being hijacked and held for ransom. Someone or some group appears to be infiltrating the “Find My iPhone” feature via iCloud, remotely locking the devices, then sending a message to the screens asking for $100 to unlock the devices. Read more at theage.com.au.

  4. An Iranian judge summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address privacy complaints about Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram. The judge also ordered that the government block both sites in the country. An Iranian Internet official was quoted in an Iranian newspaper article as referring to Zuckerberg as the quote “Zionist director of the company of Facebook” unquote. Earlier this month, an Iranian government committee that governs criminal web content also called for a ban on WhatsApp. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani refused the ban. Meanwhile, a Facebook group of Iranian woman called My Stealthy Freedom is causing a stir in the country because they’re posting pictures of themselves without a hijab covering their hair. The group triggered a counter-page opposing the women, called "Identify Advocates of Debauchery in Cyber Space." It sought to identify women posting pictures of themselves on Facebook and have them punished with whipping and prison time. The site appears to have been taken down. Read more at timesofisrael.com.

  5. The Chinese government is testing the banning of IBM servers from Chinese banks, according to a Bloomberg exclusive. The reason is either concern about NSA snooping, or retaliation for US accusations of Chinese government cyber-espionage. Also: The US is thinking about preventing Chinese hackers from attending American security conferences. Read more at businessweek.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for May 27, 2014.