The Tech Brief | 10 Things You Need To Know This Morning In Technology

PictureHere’s everything you need to know this morning for #TechTuesday.

1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company will introduce a “new product line” on April 30

PictureBusiness Insider – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again tweeted out tantalizing news about the company. Musk announced that the company will introduce a “new product line” on April 30 at its Hawthorne, California facility. But there’s a catch. – Read More

2. Amazon Launches “Home Services” Business, Wants To Give You Drum Lessons

PictureThe Verge – Amazon started out as an online bookstore, but has since expanded into selling almost any physical goods you can think of. But the company believes a lot of the stuff people buy on Amazon are things they could actually use help assembling, installing, or learning to enjoy. “We have 85 million Amazon customers who have shopped for products this past year that often require a service afterwards,” said Peter Faricy, vice president for Amazon Marketplace. Read More

3. Newly Unsealed Documents Show Steve Jobs’ Brutal Response After Getting A Google Employee Fired

PicturePando Daily – In early March, 2007, as Google was expanding fast and furiously, one of its recruiters from the “Google.com Engineering” group made a career-ending mistake: She cold-contacted an Apple engineer by email, violating the secret and illegal non-solicitation compact that her boss, Eric Schmidt, had agreed with Apple’s Steve Jobs. Read More

4. Feds Demand That Reddit Identifies Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum

PictureWired – Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing anonymous online sales on the open internet. Now the feds have noticed. And they’re telling Reddit to cough up a few of those users’ real-world identities. Read More

5. Inquiry of Silk Road Website Spurred Agents’ Own Illegal Acts, Officials Say

PictureUSA Today – A Secret Service agent and a DEA agent with lead roles in the investigation to take down the Internet drug bazaar Silk Road allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site and hid their booty in offshore accounts.
Former DEA agent Carl Force, 46, of Baltimore, the task force agent charged with going undercover to communicate online with Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht, known as Dread Pirate Roberts, allegedly used several online aliases to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin from Ulbricht, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday. Read More

6. Inside Facebook’s Futuristic New Campus (Photos)

PictureBusiness Insider – Facebook employees have started moving into the main building at the company’s new campus, an expansion of its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Designed by noted architect Frank Gehry — who also designed Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall and Spain’s Guggenheim Museum — the new building is a massive project several years in the making. Read More

7. IBM Plans $5B Internet of Things Push, Lures The Weather Channel Away From AWS

PictureGeekWire – IBM is betting big on the Internet of Things — the idea that connected devices (everything from refrigerators to toasters to automobiles) will be able to provide real-time data that makes our lives easier. The tech giant announced Monday night that it will spend $5 billion over the next five years to install and develop Internet of Things systems worldwide. In total, more than 2,000 IBM researchers, software developers and consultants will work on the efforts. Read More

8. Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment

PictureGizmodo – The Supreme Court has confirmed in a ruling that if the government places a GPS tracker on someone’s person or their belongings, the act counts as a search—something that remains protected by the Fourth Amendment. Read More

9. Netflix Plans To Create Netflix Global, By Removing Geo-Blocking and Allowing Subscribers Access To All Content

PictureTorrent Freak – In recent months Hollywood has pushed Netflix to ensure that VPN users can’t access their services. Netflix honors these requests, but according to CEO Reed Hastings there’s a better way to deal with the issue. The company would like to get rid of Hollywood’s geographical restrictions entirely and render ‘VPN piracy’ obsolete.
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10. Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service Makes Star-Studded Splash

PictureCNET – Streaming music service Tidal relaunched Monday with high-quality audio at $9.99 a month as the artist-owned alternative to the likes of Spotify, backed by Jay Z and more than a dozen other well-known musicians.
The star-studded unveiling of Tidal will test whether streaming music’s competitive field is still fresh enough for a flashy newcomer. Read More

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