Facebook published a research paper this month revealing that it manipulated its users' emotions by controlling the number of positive and negative posts shown on news feeds, a move that has caused a backlash among social networkers and brought to light the lack of safeguards to protect users.
"It is simply a terrible thing to do to intentionally evoke a negative emotional response from someone without their knowledge or consent," said Jeremy Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of digital operations at Allison+Partners, a communications consulting firm.
Google wants to be everywhere with its Android operating system powering our cars, wearables and TVs. That's a noble idea, but Apple wants to be everywhere too. This means the battle continues as to which company is going to control our lives.
Google unveiled three new smartwatches at its software developer's conference Wednesday. "It's the same old story, instead of looking on your phone to see your text and who's calling you, check your wrist. I don't know any young people that wear watches now and I don't see them running out to buy one," said Jefferson Graham, tech columnist at USA Today.
Google announced it's testing out a new web domain registration service that could drive business to its existing apps.
GoDaddy currently dominates among companies that register domains, but a similar service from Google could be a better, more streamlined option, according to Sascha Segan, lead analyst at PCMag.com.
Oracle has been on the radar recently amid reports that it's in talks to buy a software maker Micros Systems for more than $5 billion.
The deal for Micros Systems, which makes software for retailers and hotel chains, would be Oracle's largest acquisition since it bought Sun Microsystems for $5.6 billion in 2009, according to Reuters.
Jeremy Rosenberg, head of digital for Allison and Partners, said that in order for Oracle to remain competitive against the cloud giants Salesforce.com and Rackspace.com, it will need to continue to integrate its acquisitions into its software offerings.
Samsung is at it again, unveiling the new Galaxy Tab S at its "Tab into Color" mobile event in New York this week. The tablet, now available for pre-order, comes in two screen sizes, 8.4 inches or 10.5 inches, and costs $400 to $500.
Samsung is aiming to stand out in the tablet space with its high-resolution super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 pixel screen) but will still have to compete with other tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Apple's iPad, iPad Mini and the rumored iPad Air 2 that is expected to be unveiled this fall, said Andrea Smith, technology editor at Living in Digital Times.
The Galaxy Tab S has customizable settings and privacy features to set your tablet to "kids mode" and includes a fingerprint sensor, according to the company.
—By CNBC's Erika Santoro
Twitter shareholders have been on a roller coaster ride, with the latest upswing coming on news of its chief operating officer's departure.
Ali Rowghani resigned over a "fundamental disagreement" with CEO Dick Costolo over what the COO role entailed, CNBC previously reported.
Twitter's shares were up more than 4 percent in midday trading Thursday.
Leading up to the news, the microblogging site hadn't been making as much money as investors had expected and the possible sources of the company's long-term revenue growth have been unclear, according to Michael Gorman, Engadget editor in chief.
"I think it sounds like probably the folks on Wall Street are with the higher-ups at Twitter management right now and they believe that kind of removing some responsibilities away from the COO and eliminating that position is going to be the right move," Gorman said.
A new high-tech medical alert device, which is aimed toward the elderly and those with special needs, is now available to not only help aging consumers stay in control of their lives but also to help them stay connected to their family caregivers in times of an emergency.
The GreatCall Splash can quickly summon assistance or emergency services through a click of a button, said Dean Williams, vice president of technology for the safety product company GreatCall. It can also survive up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water, comes with a simple charging cradle and has a clip on the back to attach it to a piece of clothing.
Prepaid cellphone plans could get more expensive if a Sprint and T-Mobile merger is sealed.
That's because often cheaper prepaid plans initially came about as a way for wireless carriers to get their foot in the door with consumers, noted Mike Prospero, reviews editor at Laptop Mag.
"The reason Sprint and T-Mobile offer these plans is a way to grab market share at the expense of revenue. Combined, they would have nearly as many subscribers at AT&T and Verizon, so there'd be less incentive to offer lower-cost deals," Prospero said.