Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on five particular stories of interest today.
Twitter Adds an Activity Stream
Twitter has partially redesigned its web application to expand the breadth of users’ individual newsfeeds.
FTC Probe Examines Android, Web Search Complaints
According to unnamed sources, members of the FTC’s antitrust division are looking into allegations that Google prevents smartphone manufacturers that use its Android operating system from using competitors’ services; that it promotes listings from its own products listings above most other results; and that it scrapes information collected by competitors — particularly local business review services, such as Yelp — in its own products and then demotes said competitors’ sites in its search results.
David Cameron Threatens To Prevent Suspected Criminals From Using Social Media
In the wake of riots in London, which were partly organized on social networks, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has told Parliament that the government is determining whether it is possible to prevent suspected criminals from sending messages via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook in the future.
Twitpic Founder Launches Twitter Clone
In what may be merely a publicity stunt, Twitpic founder Noah Everett has unveiled Heello, his feature-for-feature copy of Twitter. The move comes just a day after Twitter rolled out a Twitpic competitor.
911 Will Soon Accept Texts, Photos
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has outlined a five-step plan to update the technology that powers the 911 emergency response system with support for text messages, voice calls, videos and photos, as well as automatic location information.
Smartphone manufacturer HTC is purchasing a 51% stake in Beats Electronics for $309 million.
The District Attorney of San Mateo County has determined that no one at Gawker Media-owned tech blogGizmodo is criminally responsible for the purchase and reporting of a stolen iPhone 4 prototype last year.
Hulu is plotting an international expansion, starting with a move into its first foreign market, Japan, later this year.
Occipital, developer of the RedLaser and 360 Panoroma apps for iPhone, has raised $7 million in Series A funding to develop a next-generation computer vision platform.