On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech.

Read it and weep. Top 400 billionaires’ wealth rises to $3.896 trillion, according to Bloomberg. Tech people at the top of the list: Bill Gates (1), Jeff Bezos (7), Mark Zuckerberg (8) and Larry Ellison (10). Larry Page and Sergey Brin are Nos. 11 and 12.

Experts estimate that fewer than 10 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion Android phones are encrypted, as some Android phone makers hesitate to adopt encryption for fear it will slow some of the cheaper models down. (WSJ)

Speaking of phones and encryption… and Apple vs. FBI: Reuters takes a closer look at what might happen if the government pushed to obtain Apple’s iOS source code. (We mentioned last week that the government’s filing included what some viewed as a threat to do so.)

Former engineer’s gender bias lawsuit against Twitter: Tentative ruling makes class-action status possible, but she can’t lump in anti-recruitment complaint.

Moody’s: FCC privacy proposal could hinder broadband providers’ ability to compete with digital advertisers such as Facebook and Google.

Marketing battle: Going after Adobe, Oracle and Salesforce, Google introduces Analytics 360. (NYT)

Twitch not just for gaming anymore. Now streaming: Julia Child marathon. (NYT)

Expanding its video-on-demand offerings, Sony PlayStation Vue launches “Slim” TV bundles starting at $30 a month.

And nobody has done it yet, so Google has raised the reward for “persistent compromise of a Chromebook in guest mode” to $100,000. (Company blog post)


Photo: Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, holds the Amazon Kindle Fire HD at the product’s introduction in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012. According to a new Bloomberg list, Bezos is the seventh-richest person in the world. (AP/Reed Saxon)


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