Today’s Tech Sightings:
The race to connect the world to the Internet is heating up with another company getting into the fray. OneWeb has a plan to bring satellite connectivity to billions of people around the globe in partnership with Airbus, which will build more than 900 satellites to offer full coverage. The first batch will launch in 2018.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you might have a problem. A new report from security firm NowSecure says a bug in the device’s Swift keyboard software lets hackers install malware on the phone, eavesdrop on calls, and potentially take control of the user’s network.
HTC users in the United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, and China might soon see advertisements crawling into their BlinkFeeds. HTC just announced that it is rolling out “native promotions,” effective immediately, as part of a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of these types of ads.
A Taiwan court ruled to fine Apple $647,124 for engaging in anti-corruption practices. Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission previously fined another Silicon Valley company for violating the island’s laws by requiring telecom partners to receive approval for pricing its products ahead of release.
It’s not easy to build an empire; and Mark Zuckerberg has built the lucrative Facebook that has the loyalty of more than 1.4 billion people all over the world. Yet the Facebook CEO, an extravagant Harvard dropout now worth about $33.4 billion, remains a down-to-earth guy. Writer Jillian D’Onfro offers a snapshot of Zuckerberg’s charmed life.
With Elop’s departure from Microsoft, the former Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, will head a new department that combines Windows software and devices. Elop joined the company as part of Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition over a year ago.