TC Roundup: Facebook ties up with nine publishers to directly inject news

13 May, 2015

Facebook ties up with nine publishers to directly inject news: Facebook Inc tied up with nine news publishers to launch "Instant Articles" that will let them publish articles directly to the social network's mobile news feeds. (Reuters)

Tokyo bans drones in public parks after radioactive quadcopter lands on prime minister's roof: Yes, you read that correctly. In a classic case of one idiot ruining the fun for everyone else, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government today banned the use of radio-controlled helicopters and drones in all public parks and gardens.

The new ordinance comes on the heels of the April 22 discovery of a small, camera-equipped drone on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office. According to The Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo Metropolitan Police tested the drone for hazardous materials and found trace amounts of radioactive cesium. The 50-centimeter quadcopter, reportedly a DJI Phantom (pictured above) was even emblazoned with the radiation warning symbol. (Tech in Asia)

Chinese army bans smartwatches, wearable tech over security fears: The new Apple Watch may be a hugely popular gadget in China but smartwatches pose a serious threat to the 1.6 million-strong People's Liberation Army, according to the country's leading military newspaper.

The warning was a carried in a Liberation Army Daily report amid China's effort to bolster cybersecurity and plug security loopholes created by overseas-made technology. (CNBC)

Master of your domain? Maybe in .com but not in .sucks: Apple Inc., Citigroup Inc., and the San Francisco 49ers are among companies rushing to protect their brands from critics and pranksters by buying up new Internet addresses that end in ".sucks."

Through the end of the month, the new domain suffix is being made available by Vox Populi Registry Ltd. only to trademark holders, for about $2,500 a pop, as part of a wider expansion of Web names beyond the familiar ".com." But starting June 1, Vox Populi will drop the price to $249 and let anybody attach the available word of their choice. (Bloomberg)

Smartphone maker Xiaomi launches money market fund: Xiaomi has launched an online money market fund in China to compete with similar products from Alibaba and Tencent, as technology companies continue to make inroad into finance. (Financial Time)