On topic: Tech news to know now

Again we serve up some tech news links.

How much is Snapchat — the app that lets users send disappearing photos — worth? It is in talks to secure $$$ from investors including Alibaba that would value the California company at $10 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Morgan Stanley says in its latest note about Tesla that the electric-car maker could bring in $2 billion a year from energy storage.

Woman is suing Facebook for $123 million over revenge porn page she said the company failed to remove in a timely manner.

Oracle is opening a cloud center in Seattle.

23andMe gets $1.4 million NIH grant for genetic-database expansion.

Benevolent(?) Amazon says Hachette battle is part of push to lower e-book prices and boost authors’ income.

Groupon founder Andrew Mason launches his new venture: Audio city tours, starting with San Francisco.

IDC smartphone report: Shipments grew 23 percent in second quarter, with total number of 295.3 million setting a record high.

Instagram rolls out Bolt in limited release. It’s a Snapchat-style messaging app that’s not yet available in the United States. BTW, a San Francisco startup called Bolt had urged Instagram not to adopt its name.

Netflix for games? Electronic Arts announces subscription service (four games only for now) for Xbox One.

U.K. to allow driverless-car testing on public roads in January.

Oh snap — a selfie phone from Microsoft.

And speaking of Microsoft, its general counsel writes about how the company is fighting the government on turning over users’ email.

 

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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 (at) bayareanewsgroup (dot-com).