On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Friday menu.

The great “smog jog”: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went jogging in Beijing and posted a photo from Tiananmen Square. Naturally, people have questions, such as “how did you get past the Great Firewall?” Also, why wasn’t he wearing a mask amid all that smog?

“American Idol” creator now working on creating virtual pop stars — plus a digital incarnation of Elvis. (WSJ)

Facebook and Twitter in race to live-stream TV, reports the New York Post.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted Thursday a link to a short film made by blind man who says that getting a Mac at age 14 saved his life.

Cisco to invest $100 million in India’s digital push, in the latest of the company’s such investments around the world.

Adobe shares are up sharply today after its earnings report Thursday showed strength in its cloud services.

SEC tells Amazon it should allow shareholders to vote on a proposal on gender pay equity.

Shutterfly hires new CEO, Christopher North, from Amazon U.K. The Redwood City company’s CEO of 11 years stepped down last month.

Spotify reaches more than $20 million settlement with music publishers, in exchange for not getting sued over copyright. (NYT)

ICYMI: When she became Secretary of State, the NSA denied Hillary Clinton a secure BlackBerry like President Obama’s, so she used her personal email server.

And for those who care about such things: You can play a basketball game in Facebook Messenger, just in time for March Madness.


Photo: A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. Simon Fuller, creator of “American Idol” and one of the largest shareholders of the company that created the hologram, is now reportedly developing virtual pop stars. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)


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