On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech.

Netflix is losing high-profile movies such as “Hunger Games” after Hulu signs contract with cable provider Epix. (In Netflix blog post, company says it’s focusing on original content.)

Google announces new app that lets Android Wear smartwatches work with the iPhone.

Google reportedly shut down a secret Google Maps project called “Google Here,” apparently because Larry Page thought it was too invasive. That’s according to Fortune.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how Apple’s next iOS will allow ad blocking — in a threat to publishers and Google.

ICYMI:

  • Citing previously undisclosed email, Reuters reports that Russia’s Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s top security companies, urged his employees to “rub out” rival antivirus software maker AVG.
  • Uber hires two security researchers who recently hacked a Jeep Cherokee.
  • Google has rolled out a service, added to its sponsored results, that pairs home-service professionals with people who need repairs.
  • In a tweetstorm over the weekend, Minecraft founder Markus Persson, who sold business to Microsoft for $2.5 billion, reveals he feels isolated and unhappy. In a tweet today, Persson, aka Notch, said: “fwiw, while there are articles about my depression because I had a bad day and vented on a trend I saw, I’m sitting here having a nice day.

 

Photo from Associated Press

 
 

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