On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the end-of-the-week menu.

Could Google, Facebook and Twitter be blocked in Russia? Russia’s media watchdog warns the companies about violating Russian Internet laws, which include handing over data about bloggers and blocking websites.

Uber news: Uber test car spotted in Pittsburgh — spokeswoman tells Pittsburgh Business Times it’s part of the company’s “early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems.” Uber is seeking a $1 billion credit line from banks, according to the Wall Street Journal. And French court upholds restrictions on unlicensed taxis.

Researchers: Wiping Android phones using “factory reset” option can leave valuable data behind.

Speaking of valuable data, dating site Adult FriendFinder has been hacked, exposing more than 3.5 million people’s sexual preferences, secrets and fetishes.

“TrueView for shopping” will allow YouTube viewers to shop directly from the site.

Early Twitter investor Chris Sacca says he won’t hold back anymore and will begin voicing his concerns about the company.

Founder Ev Williams wants publishing tool Medium to be more social.

Wayin, the company whose CEO is Scott McNealy, has transitioned from social network startup to one that helps companies turn social-network posts into marketing messages.

Lifestyle site Brit + Co., started by former Googler Brit Morin, raises $23 million.

A view of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada, courtesy of a video shot by a drone.

 

Photo: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, left, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval shake hands after a press conference where Nevada was announced as the new site for Tesla’s Gigafactory, in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 4, 2014. (Cathleen Allison/Associated Press)

 
 

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