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Today's Tech: Google slammed by Spanish watchdog, Zuckerberg sells £1.4bn in shares, and The Washington Post gets hacked


A recent application to the US Patent and Trademark Office has revealed Apple's plans to introduce new interactive features to its maps app.

The Interactive Map patent published yesterday would allow users to view multiple layers of content overlaid on maps, capable of displaying shops, petrol stations, journey routes and other information pulled from the internet.


There has been a sharp jump in the number of takedown requests Google receives from governments for political content this year, according to the company's annual transparency report. The report published yesterday covers the first half of 2013, noting every request that the internet giant receives from government agencies to take down material from the web. In the period covered by the report, Google received 3,846 government requests – 68 per cent more than the second half of 2012.

Spain gets scroogled?

Spain's privacy watchdog has fined Google 900,000€ (£750,000) for breaking data protection laws in the country by not being clear to users about how their data is used.

Investigations into Google's use of personal information in cloud storage services are also ongoing in five other European countries, including France and Holland. The issue stems from March 2012, when the internet giant introduced new mandatory terms of service to its users of its cloud services.

The Washington Post gets hacked

The Washington Post was the victim of a serious security breach. According to a story posted on the newspaper's website, hackers targeted Washington Post servers and accessed employee logins and passwords. Workers are being asked to change their passwords.

The Post said the extent of the breach is not yet clear, though it does not look like subscriber data, including credit card information, was stolen. It also does not seem to be the case that the hackers were able to access the paper's online publishing or email system.

Death and taxes

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is to sell £1.4 billion of his own shares in the company in order to cover tax costs. In total nearly £2.4 billion of shares will be made available to the public by Facebook and its founder, which could signal the social network's intention to make a large acquisition. It is the first public offering since last year's IPO, coming at a time when Facebook's share price is soaring at £33.92.