On topic: Tech news to know now

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

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone takes a look at Lab126, the Silicon Valley lab where the new, expected-to-be-unveiled today Amazon smartphone was born.

Apple is taking advantage of the Amazon-Hachette battle by discounting Hachette titles.

European court to rule on allegations that Facebook passes on users’ personal data to the NSA.

BlackBerry to offer 240,000 Android apps after striking a licensing deal with Amazon. BlackBerry shares are on the rise.

ICYMI amid the controversy over treatment of indie music labels, YouTube is launching a paid music service.

Last month, Twitter blocked content at Pakistan’s request. The company has now restored that content, some of which mocks Islam.

Harvard scientists send first scent via iPhone, from Paris to New York, ooh la la. Our own Steve Johnson wrote about the oPhone before.

Cyberattacks hit pro-democracy websites in Hong Kong.

And playing pays off: The world’s biggest video-game collection sells for $750,000.


Above: Screenshot from iBookstore


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