On topic: Tech news to know now

Once again, we’ve scoured the Interwebs and are sharing our findings.

Google offers new end-to-end encryption tool, which could make it a lot harder for NSA to snoop on emails

Google also called out other email providers for not providing encryption; Comcast says it soon will.

Facebook says its audio-recognition feature isn’t always listening: “The user is in complete control.”

Google confirms one of its Project Loon balloons crashed near Yakima, Wash., last week.

Big patent deal: After agreement with Samsung, Interdigital pushes for Apple patent deal.

Peter Thiel — yes, that one — Reid Hoffman, other tech bigwigs back campaign-finance reform super PAC formed by Lawrence Lessig.

In this episode of Uber trouble, a couple of items.
Driver allegedly kidnapped woman he picked up (as a fare) from a club in Los Angeles.
Also, an Uber driver was charged Tuesday in San Francisco with physically assaulting a passenger in November.

Amazon reportedly now restocking some Hachette titles.

That’s entertainment: Online video viewing is up 250 percent; apps soar in popularity, according to Adobe Video Benchmark Report.

YouTube accused of trying to strong-arm independent record labels.

Egyptian police seek ability to monitor Facebook, Twitter, etc. in real-time for signs of dissent.

Gild, a hiring startup that uses algorithms to find software developers — supposedly helping diversity — raises $13.5 million from Menlo Ventures, others.


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Levi Sumagaysay is editor of the combined SiliconBeat and Good Morning Silicon Valley. She also helps take care of SiliconValley.com, the Mercury News tech website. Email: lsumagaysay@bayareanewsgroup.com