Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 6/18/2013 2:32 pm


Yahoo is the latest company to disclose how many requests for user data it has received from U.S. government agencies, putting the number between 12,000 and 13,000 in the six months that ended on May 31. Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell said in a blog post late Monday that the most common requests concerned fraud homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations. Yahoo says it plans to update the report twice a year. Internet companies have asked the U.S. government to be able to share how many requests it received related to national security and how it handled them. Those requests were made as part of Prism, the recently revealed highly classified National Security Agency program that seizes records from Internet companies.

The nation's energy secretary says a solar-powered plane that landed outside Washington early Sunday will one day offer a payoff for people on the ground. The spindly one-man craft called Solar Impulse has been flying cross-country in short hops as part of a 13-year privately funded European project. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz praised the effort at a news conference Monday at Dulles International airport where the plane landed. He said the plane's cutting-edge technology will improve energy use in cars and buildings by leading to better solar cells and batteries, electric motors, lightweight material and general efficiencies. The plane, which left St. Louis on Friday, will finish its test flight across America later this month when it files to New York.

It happens from time to time on the Internet: a company mistakenly posts an offer that's too good to be true -- and ends up being flooded by consumers looking to cash in on the error. Thrifty Car Rental is the latest to run into that problem. But it won't take the financial fall for the mistake. It says it won't make good on an offer for a free one-day rental. The company -- owned by Hertz -- says the free, one-day rental was meant for a select group of top customers who already had rented extensively from Thrifty. But it was mistakenly sent to those who simply had signed up to get emails from the company. Thrifty says it's sorry for -- but won't honor the free rental to those other than those who were supposed to get it.

App Store Official Charts for the week ending June 17, 2013:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.)
2. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)
3. Facetune (Lightricks Ltd.)
4. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
5. SpongeBob Moves In (Nickelodeon)
6. Kingdom Rush Frontiers (Ironhide Game Studio)
7. AfterLight (Simon Filip)
8. Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
9. Camera+ (tap tap tap)
10. Survivalcraft (Igor Kalicinski)

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Candy Crush Saga, (King.com Limited)
2. Vine (Vine Labs Inc.)
3. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Gameloft)
4. Dumb Ways to Die (Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd.)
5. Toca Hair Salon 2 (Toca Boca AB)
6. Hi Guess the Brand (Man Zhang)
7. Snapchat (Snapchat Inc.)
8. Trucker Parking 3D (Tapinator LLC)
9. YouTube (Google Inc.)
10. Instagram (Burbn Inc)

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. SpongeBob Moves In (Nickelodeon)
2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
3. Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD (Ironhide Game Studio)
4. Plants vs. Zombies HD (PopCap)
5. Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up! (Disney)
6. Survivalcraft (Igor Kalicinski)
7. Man of Steel HD (Warner Bros.)
8. Pages (Apple)
9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Aspyr Media Inc.)
10. iMovie (Apple)

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Gameloft)
2. Toca Hair Salon 2 (Toca Boca AB)
3. Candy Crush Saga, (King.com Limited)
4. Dumb Ways to Die (Metro Trains Melbourge Pty Ltd.)
5. Trucker Parking 3D (Tapinator LLC)
6. YouTube (Google Inc.)
7. Hair Salon - Fun Kids Games (George CL)
8. Dots: A Game About Connecting (Betaworks One)
9. Skype for iPad (Skype Communitications S.a.r.l.)
10. Crazy Dentist - Fun Games (George CL)
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