On topic: Tech news to know now

It’s your Friday fun-day tech-news roundup.

In case you hadn’t heard, and if you had your “i” on a watch from Apple, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company will unveil smartwatches (yes, plural) possibly in the fall.

In the department of People Have Too Much Free Time: College students have hacked the Yo app. The Yo app, of course, is the mobile app that allows people to send each other one-word messages. Guess which word?

Can HP really make a whole new breed of computer — basically a mini data center — it’s calling The Machine?

Amid its battle with Hachette, Amazon cuts delay on shipping at least one title by the publisher: a book written by JK Rowling under a pseudonym.

In other shopping news, Google buys wireless startup Alpental. And  Twitter buys SnappyTV, which makes software for editing short video clips.

The right to disappear? A house belonging to former Royal Bank of Scotland boss is no longer on Google Street View. Some are thinking censorship.

No. 1 Chinese automaker SAIC Motor says it will start a VC firm in Silicon Valley.

The Bay Bridge is bedazzled. Tech folks want LED lights on the Golden Gate Bridge next.

Annoying people wherever he goes? Googler Kevin Rose of Digg fame, whose S.F. house has been picketed, is now planning to tear down a Portland house from the 1800s. People there aren’t happy.

Network it, girl. Entrepreneur Barbie comes with smartphone, tablet … and LinkedIn profile.

Uncle Sam wants you: A look at the effort to lure coders from Silicon Valley to the nation’s capital.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere apologizes for saying that competitors Verizon and AT&T are “raping” customers.

From our own Josh Richman: Silicon Valley applauds Kevin McCarthy’s ascent.

Oh joy! GoPro is integrating its camera into new BMWs.

Tech money propels Sunnyvale to 8th snobbiest midsize city in the country. Will it turn up its nose at the survey results?


Photo: The Bay Bridge lights project is tested late Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, 2013 in San Francisco.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)



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