On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on as the tech world turns.

People are just shocked that eBay is bringing back billions of dollars (and taking a $3 billion tax hit) into the U.S. for “flexibility.” What might the company be preparing to buy? Its shares are down about 5 percent as of this post.

Hewlett-Packard is teaming up with Foxconn on cloud servers.

Google will stop scanning/data-mining email accounts associated with its Apps for Education suite.

FBI reportedly keeps Internet security flaws secret to defend against hackers.

Speaking of being in the dark, 36 percent of Internet users haven’t heard of Heartbleed, according to Pew Research.

Tesla’s Elon Musk hints that an announcement about a gigafactory or two is imminent.

Social talk: Will “Sign in with Google” mean the death of Google+?

Goodbye, Nexus, hello, Android Silver (reportedly Google’s high-end smartphone market push)?

Former FCC Chair Michael Powell says it’s good he made sure the Internet isn’t regulated like a utility. Yesterday, Troy Wolverton wrote that current FCC Chair Tom Wheeler again insisted he backs net neutrality.

Whee! $100 in bitcoin for each undergraduate at MIT.

ICYMI: Supreme Court says patent-suit winners can get their legal fees paid.



Photo of sign at eBay headquarters in San Jose by Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group


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