On topic: Tech news to know now

We’ve got your Thursday tech tapas right here.

They’ve said it before and they said it again at yesterday’s shareholders meeting: Twitter’s top executives are hanging on to their shares, and have “a clear plan and vision” about the San Francisco company’s future, according to CEO Dick Costolo. Twitter shares are down more than 1 percent as of this post.

Amazon, Groupon are among sites with worst password security, according to a study, which also said more than half of 80 websites surveyed didn’t lock accounts after 10 incorrect password tries.

Report: Internet Explorer 8 zero-day flaw has gone unfixed for seven months so far.

Google reportedly planning to offer subsidized WiFi hardware for small and medium-size businesses.

Uber launches in Saudi Arabia, where woman aren’t allowed to drive and where there’s a dearth of public transportation.

Airbnb will hand over limited data about its hosts to the New York attorney general.

Obama didn’t choose his BlackBerry, it chose him. An interview with the NSA engineer who customized the president’s BlackBerry.

Comes with approved results! Sputnik is Russia’s relaunched “safe” alternative to Google.

A history lesson/reminder about Danger, the Palo Alto company co-founded by Andy Rubin that developed an early mobile platform.



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