On topic: Tech news to know now

Tech news of the day, collected from across the Interwebs.

Yahoo boosts encryption efforts to thwart surveillance. The company’s newly hired chief information security officer, announced the moves, which the company had promised last year, Wednesday.

In case you missed the latest episode of the tech backlash in the Bay Area, protesters on Wednesday barfed on a Yahoo bus in Oakland.

Apple, Pfizer and others have formed a lobby group focused on patents.

Yelp reviews and free speech: Some companies say reviews are hurting business. A case will be heard by Virginia Supreme Court this month.

European Parliament votes to protect net neutrality, end roaming fees.

Tesla, others petition NHTSA to allow side rear-view mirrors to be replaced with cameras. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a rule that requires rear-view backup cameras in new vehicles.

Julian Assange is writing a book titled “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” which will recount the WikiLeaks’ founder’s ideological clash with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Amazon streaming device, a day later: Early Amazon Fire TV comparisons to Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku are in.


Photo:┬áPeter Larsen, Amazon’s vice president of Kindle,┬ádisplays the Amazon Fire TV, a new device that allows users to stream video, music, photos, games and more through their television, on April 2, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


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