Good morning, Austin. We have cruised the internet to bring you the latest tech news. Here's what's happening:
Google amps up its virtual reality push
Google is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into virtual-reality films and programs ahead of the debut of its new Daydream service, Bloomberg reports.
Daydream is a hybrid store and software service that Google hopes will be the dominant way people engage in virtual reality.
An update to Android software that will support Daydream began rolling out Monday. The goal is to encourage the growth of the technology and ensure Google maintains a central role in helping people find things to watch.
As part of the initiative, the search giant will promote projects from Hulu and fund the production of 360-degree videos with YouTube stars. And it has partnered with video-game producers and sports leagues.
Amazon plans to launch music subscription services
Amazon hopes to debut two music subscription services in September, and one will be half the price of typical services, according to Recode.
The first will be similar to services from Apple and Spotify, which charge $10 a month for all the ad-free music you can stream.
But the second service will be half the price and only work on Amazon's Echo hardware. The company is still trying to decide whether to sell the cheaper service for $4 or $5, and has yet to finalize deals with major music labels and publishers.
Tech giants slam Homeland Security over social media proposal
A proposal that would seek to weed out security threats by asking foreign visitors about their social media accounts is being slammed by tech industry leaders.
Internet giants including Google,Facebook and Twitter said the proposal could "have a chilling effect on use of social media networks, online sharing and, ultimately, free speech online."
The Department of Homeland Security has been weighing whether to prompt foreign travelers arriving on visa waivers to disclose the social media websites they use — and their usernames for those accounts — as it seeks new ways to spot potential terrorist sympathizers.
But the Internet Association, which represents the tech companies, said the government's draft would grant customs officials unprecedented access to foreigners' private lives, since users often post sensitive details — from their political beliefs to their sexuality — on social media pages.
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