On topic: Tech news to know now

We’ve got your Monday tech news links right here.

CVS, Rite Aid disable Apple Pay (and Google Wallet) in their stores. Why? They’re backing an alternative payments system.

Thousands of Hungarians protest a planned tax on Internet traffic. Meanwhile, taxes on information technologies are threatening to block economic growth, according to a research group’s report today.

Silicon Valley startup Yardarm Technologies says police agencies are testing its Internet-connected smart guns.

Taking aim at Google’s Chromecast: Amazon unveils $39 Fire TV stick for streaming TV.

Eleventh-hour save: Twitter takes over Twitpic, which had been seeking a buyer.

After the report that the Whisper app was tracking supposedly anonymous users, a couple of employees including the company’s editor in chief have reportedly been placed on administrative leave.

IBM offers ebola-tracking system for Sierra Leone.

Fitbit unveils three new wearables.

ICYMI: San Francisco-based Shuddle is an Uber for kids.


Photo: Tim Cook introduces Apple Pay. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)


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