Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for May 30, 2014:
- We told in on a past episode that Google was required by the European Union to let people be “forgotten” on the Google Search engine. Now, Google is complying by offering a web page where people can submit URLs they want Google to delete from their Search index. Google will review each submission on a case-by-case basis and decide what to keep and what to delete from the European versions of Google Search. Read more at wsj.com.
- Apple is talking to retail store chains about an Apple mobile payment system. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports that the payment service would enable iPhone users to buy things in retail stores using their phones, and the payment would be processed through their existing iTunes accounts. Read more at 9to5mac.com.
- We told you yesterday about the sudden and mysterious demise of TrueCrypt, an open source encryption application. Visitors to the TrueCrypt web site since Wednesday have been redirected to a page on the open course community site SourceForge advising users to stop using the product because of “unfixed security issues.” It turns out that the anonymous volunteer developers of TrueCrypt just got tired of doing it, and made a hasty, if awkward, exit. But now, a group of other security experts are planning to develop a fork of TrueCrypt and make it a going concern again -- if they can work out the legal rights to the code. Read more at grc.com.
- Samsung and AT&T unveiled a rugged version of Samsung’s top phone called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. The phone is shock, dust and water resistant and has a convenience key on the phone's spine to launch outdoor-oriented apps. You take take photos underwater. Read more at att.com.
- Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics has a lot of people scratching their heads. Why would Apple acquire a company that makes mediocre headphones and a streaming music service hardly anybody uses? Read more at medium.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for May 30, 2014.