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10 things in tech you need to know today

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10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

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  1. Apple unveiled a redesigned iPad Air, new Apple Watches, Fitness service, and more at its big September event. Apple device owners can tune into guided workouts from top trainers, and even view their Apple Watch metrics onscreen.
  2. Kim Kardashian said she would freeze her Facebook and Instagram accounts in protest at the ‘spreading of hate’ on the platforms. “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy,” she wrote.
  3. Microsoft reportedly upset TikTok’s owner during negotiations by describing the app as a security risk. Sources also told Reuters that Microsoft’s bid — which was more than $20 billion — did not satisfy ByteDance’s investors.
  4. The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly working on an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. The agency hasn’t decided yet whether to sue Facebook, but is building its case as part of its year-long investigation into the company, according to the report.
  5. US senators gave Google a grilling over its ad dominance – and a glimpse at what an upcoming antitrust lawsuit might hold. It follows an historic antitrust hearing with the big four tech giants — Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple – in July. 
  6. Swedish fintech Klarna became Europe’s latest decacorn startup after raising $650 million at a $10.65 billion valuation. The company specializes in “buy now, pay later” credit for retailers and customers and operates across Europe and the US.
  7. A new survey showed women in tech still report high rates of harassment three years after the #metoo movement. Almost half of female tech employees said they had been harassed, and the majority of those who reported it to HR said their harasser faced no repercussions.
  8. Anonymous founders are posting brutal reviews of venture capitalists on VC GuideSome of the reviews discuss which VC has offered “exceedingly non-standard term sheet that harms companies,” which one is a “legend,” and which one is “really a hidden gem in the investment community.”
  9. Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, has died at the age of 94. Gates Sr. was an accomplished attorney and a fixture in the Seattle-area community.
  10. Minecraft partnered with a supercomputing startup that boosted its maximum player numbers by 900%. Hadean CEO Craig Beddis told Business Insider he was extremely proud to have Minecraft — the world’s biggest video game — as the first paying customer for the firm’s new Aether Engine.

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

  1. The UK government announced it will remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, and telecoms companies will be banned from purchasing Huawei 5G equipment from next year. UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the decision was due to major sanctions imposed on the Chinese firm by the US government.

  2. Amazon is launching 20 healthcare clinics in five US cities as part of a pilot program for warehouse workers and their families. The clinics were in the works before the pandemic and will not offer testing or care related to COVID-19, a company spokesperson told Business Insider.

  3. Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Uber and Lyft accusing the companies of misclassifying drivers as contractors and denying them benefits and workplace protections. The companies argue that reclassifying drivers as employees would put many of them out of work and reduce their flexibility.

  4. When you search for identical videos on Google it pushes YouTube results above others, the Wall Street Journal reports. Google owns YouTube, and sources familiar with the matter told The Journal executives at Google decided to engineer it so YouTube gets priority.
  5. The US reversed a new visa policy requiring international students to take in-person classes after it was challenged by universities and tech companies, Bloomberg reports. The US government announced the new requirement last week.
  6. Amazon said it made a policy relaxing its rules on workers’ “time off task” to let them wash their hands, but workers suing the company say they were never told this. Amazon made the claim as part of a court case brought by six workers who claim it didn’t do enough to protect them following the onset of the pandemic.
  7. A company half-owned by the Chinese government has been planting ‘back doors’ in the tax software American companies need to do business in China since 2018, researchers say. In June, Trustwave first published a report that the giant IT firm Aisino planted malware in its tax software.
  8. A startup founded by former AWS engineer Bindu Reddy has released open source tools to help counteract one of the biggest problems in artificial intelligence, biased data. This new tool is launching as Abacus.AI raises $13 million in Series A funding led by Index Ventures.
  9. Airbnb is asking guests to donate money to hosts. Airbnb rolled out a new tool that encourages guests to send “kindness cards” and cash donations to their former hosts “impacted by COVID-19.”
  10. A class-action lawsuit was filed against Google claiming it tracks people on hundreds of thousands of apps even when they opt out. The lawsuit accuses Google of violating wiretap law and California privacy law by recording what users are looking at in apps.

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    1. Former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun was arrested in Germany on Tuesday, days after the company reported that $2.2 billion was missing. An arrest warrant was issued by Munich police in name of the former paper billionaire for market manipulation and over false statements of data that portrayed the payments group as financially stronger. 
    2. The Trump administration has called Huawei a ‘parasite’ and warned prime minister Boris Johnson not to let it attach to the UK. This follows Boris Johnson’s approval of a plan to allow Huawei to build part of its 5G network, despite fierce opposition from Washington.
    3. Amazon says it’s creating a $2 billion green energy fund to invest in companies working to build a carbon-free future. The company also accelerated its plan to become fully carbon-neutral, now targeting 2025. 

    4. Ex-employees of Microsoft’s game streaming platform Mixer say the company failed to act when they complained about a manager’s misconduct, including allegations that she referred to partners as “slaves” and herself as the “slavemaster.”Microsoft on Monday announced plans to shut down Mixer.
    5. Ben & Jerry’s is halting paid advertising on Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram over the company’s hate speech policies, the company announced in a tweet Tuesday. The ice cream maker joins a growing list of advertisers boycotting the platform at the urging of civil rights groups who say Facebook has been unwilling and unable to fix the problem.
    6. Twitter on Tuesday flagged and restricted another tweet from President Trump violating its policy against abusive behavior. The tweet from Trump threatened vandals who were spray-painting a historic church near the White House with “serious force.”
    7. Facebook must comply with an order by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to curb data collection from users, a top German court ruled on Tuesday, in a setback for the U.S. social network company. The Federal Court’s stay order backs the Federal Cartel Office’s original view that Facebook abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
    8. Apple announced on Monday that it will let developers appeal if it rejects their app from the App Store and will also let them challenge the store’s policies more generally. The news comes after a week of developer backlash over Apple’s policy of charging a levy of up to 30% on in-app purchases.
    9. TaskRabbit’s CEO, one of tech’s few Black female executives, is stepping down. Stacy Brown-Philpot joined TaskRabbit in 2016, oversaw its sale to Ikea, and will stay on with the company until August to allow leadership time to find a successor.
    10. Disney-backed education startup Kahoot has become a unicorn worth more than $1 billion after raising $28 million of funding. Kahoot’s platform offers learning via games, and attracted new backers as learning-from-home explodes during the pandemic.

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.

    1. Elon Musk said on Twitter his factories are “working on ventilators” for a possible shortage caused by coronavirus. On Thursday, Musk signalled that plans for production were already underway, tweeting: “We’re working on ventilators, even though I think there will not be a shortage by the time we can make enough to matter.”
    2. Facebook expanded its ad ban to include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 test kits to discourage pandemic price-gouging. The move comes weeks after Facebook banned ads for face masks as well as ads for coronavirus cures.
    3. Twitter will crack down on tweets about fake coronavirus treatments and misinformation. In a blog post, the company said it will require users to remove tweets that deny expert guidance, encourage the use of fake treatments, or contain misleading content purporting to be from experts.
    4. After days of going back and forth with authorities, Tesla will shut down its Buffalo and Fremont plants — both of which are in states hard hit by the coronavirus. Operations will cease at the end of the day on Monday, March 23rd.
    5. Netflix will reduce the quality of its streams in Europe to avoid straining the internet during the coronavirus outbreak. The company announced Thursday it would reduce bit rates for 30 days across Europe after CEO Reed Hastings spoke with EU Commissioner Thierry Breton about reducing traffic to European networks.
    6. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with healthtech startups Babylon and Thriva to discuss scaling up coronavirus testing. Those present offered the government suggestions on how they could help scale up the number of coronavirus tests available to the public.
    7. Amazon’s Prime Pantry service is temporarily closed after orders spiked. Prime Pantry is one of many grocery-delivery services that are experiencing a spike in demand as more people stay at home due to the virus.
    8. The US’s top doctor called on Kylie Jenner and other influencers to help young people understand the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. Even as the number of coronavirus cases reported in the US nears 10,000, some young adults have been ignoring calls to avoid large crowds and isolate themselves to stem the spread of the disease.
    9. SoftBank is reportedly looking to raise $10 billion to support startups reeling from the coronavirus outbreak. The Japanese conglomerate is reportedly seeking $5 billion from outside investors, which it will match with its own $5 billion.
    10. Grubhub announced last week that it will suspend up to $100 million in commission fees for independent restaurants impacted by the coronavirus, but the deal comes with some major caveats. To get their fees deferred, restaurants must commit to partnering with the online delivery company for an additional year.

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

    1. Hackers tried to infiltrate the World Health Organization, the latest in a string of cyberattacks aimed at health officials during the coronavirus pandemic. WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said the identity of the hackers was unclear, but the effort was unsuccessful.
    2. Tech billionaires including Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg promised 18 million masks to fight COVID-19. Panic buying means masks are in short supply even for hospital staff, so much so that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that as a last resort healthcare workers should use a bandana or scarf.
    3. Microsoft canceled its Inspire partner conference ‘as an in-person event’ due to coronavirus crisis. The decisions follows Microsoft’s earlier cancelation of its Build developer conference, which it moved it to an online-only event.
    4. Amazon Prime deliveries are delayed for as much as a month as the company shifts to focus on coronavirus. Customers ordering items deemed “non-essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are seeing delivery dates up to a full month away.
    5. SoftBank-backed real estate brokerage Compass just slashed 15% of staff as coronavirus hits the housing market. An email to staff reviewed by Business Insider also revealed other cost cutting measures, including a 25% reduction in the executive team’s salary and CEO Robert Reffkin reducing his salary to $0.
    6. Elon Musk has delivered 1,000 ventilators to help California hospitals treat COVID-19 patients, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. Musk has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, but said last week that his factories would produce ventilators, “if there’s a shortage.” 
    7. An Amazon’s Oklahoma City general manager told employees in a voicemail on March 23 that an Amazon fulfillment center worker in the city was diagnosed with coronavirus. Amazon is working with the local health department to determine what the effect may be on other employees, according to the voicemail shared with Business Insider. 
    8. As startups face layoffs and cash freezes, will-writing startup Farewill is hiring extra staff to deal with an increased demand for its service. The firm finds itself in the unusual position of trying to hire 15 to 20 new staff to cope with a spike in demand, in part thanks to older customers now being unable to access high-street services.
    9. Airbnb hosts are furious that the company is sticking them with the cost of letting guests cancel due to the coronavirus crisis. Many say their business have been hit hard by the change Airbnb made; some say they can only last a few months without the money they make from Airbnb, because it represents the bulk of their income.
    10. Amazon is offering some kids movies and TV shows for free as families stay inside amid the coronavirus outbreak. Shows like “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and movies like “Shrek Forever After” are now available to stream for free on Amazon’s Prime Video service. 

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.

    1. Nine Tesla employees criticized the company’s response to the novel coronavirus in interviews with Business Insider. Workers criticized a lack of hand sanitizer, mixed messages from CEO Elon Musk, and poor enforcement of social distancing.
    2. Tesla will temporarily lay off some employees in Norway for at least one month at the beginning of April, according to internal email sent on Tuesday by a Tesla’s director in the region. A significant drop in demand and an inability to hold events, both driven by the spread of the novel coronavirus, have left Tesla’s stores and service centers in Norway with more employees than they can use.
    3. Chinese government-backed hackers targeted US companies in a widespread campaign, and the researcher who discovered the attack warns it could ‘signal a shift’ in how the two countries spy on each other. FireEye revealed on Wednesday that between January 20 and March 11, a group known as APT41 targeted 75 organizations across nearly every economic sector, including finance, construction, defense, tech, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, media, and oil and gas industries.
    4. The CDC would set up a coronavirus ‘surveillance and data collection system’ as part of the Senate’s $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill sets aside at least $500 million for public health data surveillance and modernizing the analytics infrastructure. 
    5. The 2020 iPhone could be delayed for months — reportedly because Apple’s worried no one will buy it. More than just supply and manufacturing issues, Apple is worried that “the current situation would significantly lower consumer appetite to upgrade their phones,” according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review
    6. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will keep using video call app Zoom for the government’s private weekly meeting, despite security and privacy concerns. Cybersecurity experts have raised questions around Zoom’s security and data privacy policies, with reports that the Ministry of Defence has banned staff from using it.
    7. Amazon finally shut a US warehouse indefinitely after 3 workers tested positive for COVID-19. Originally the facility was only supposed to remain closed for 48 hours, but staff protested returning as the warehouse is focused on the return of non-essential items such as sneakers and watches.
    8. Face mask price-gougers set up a black market on Facebook and Instagram using anonymous profiles. Unlike third-party Amazon sellers or hand sanitizer hoarders, it’s unclear whether these face masks even exist, since many of the sellers are using stock photos and imagery ripped from other websites.
    9. Facebook named Robert Kimmitt, a former deputy Treasury secretary and US ambassador to Germany, as its lead independent board director on Thursday. Another board member, Jeffrey Zients, will be stepping down at the company’s next shareholder meeting.
    10. A startup called GoodSAM has come out of nowhere to help recruit 650,000 volunteers in the UK to help in the COVID-19 fight. The firm, which has eight full-time employees, was given the task of designing a new service to find volunteers in just three days.

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

    1. China enacted a sweeping new law that bars people from posting negative content online, and it could be used to suppress coronavirus news. The new law, which took effect Sunday, bans “dissemination of rumors” and anything “destroying national unity.”
    2. Facebook is pulling out of SXSW due to coronavirus fears. It’s the latest company to pull out of the SXSW tech and culture festival due to fears around the COVID-19 outbreak.
    3. Two Amazon employees in Italy have contracted the coronavirus. The affected employees are based in Milan, Italy, and are now in quarantine.
    4. Apple will pay up to $500 million to end a lawsuit claiming it intentionally slowed down iPhones. The company faced intense backlash in 2017 after admitting the updates slowed down phones, and has faced fines previously over the same issue.
    5. China is reportedly making people download an Alibaba-backed app that decides whether they’ll be quarantined for coronavirus. The app represents an unprecedented use of consumer smartphone technology in a public health crisis — and privacy advocates are worried.
    6. Google, Coinbase, and Twitter are all telling some employees to work from home this week amid the spread of coronavirus. Google isn’t the only tech company to test such a policy, as Silicon Valley begins to adapt its practices around the coronavirus outbreak.
    7. Self-driving tech developer Waymo announced its first-ever outside funding with $2.25 billion — and its CEO said spinning off from Alphabet is ‘certainly a possibility’. The round was led by investors Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Mubadala Investment Company, the company said.
    8. Elon Musk is vowing to support Twitter boss Jack Dorsey against the activist hedge fund trying to oust him. Musk voiced his support for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who is under attack from activist investor Elliott Management — and so did Twitter employees.
    9. Another VP has fled Uber amid a spate of high-level departures. Matthew Mengerink is the latest in a string of vice presidents to leave the ride-hailing giant after the heads of New Mobility and Uber Eats departed in recent months.
    10. Google scientists built an adorable four-legged robot that taught itself to walk without human help. The little robot learned to walk in just 1.5 hours — eat your heart out, Bambi.

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    Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei. REUTERS/Aly Song Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google has canceled its biggest event of the year because of coronavirus concerns. It’s the latest major conference to be canceled.Airbnb may delay its public float to 2021 as coronavirus sends shivers through the market. The…

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

    1. Google has canceled its biggest event of the year because of coronavirus concerns. It’s the latest major conference to be canceled.
    2. Airbnb may delay its public float to 2021 as coronavirus sends shivers through the market. The firm has been working toward a stock market debut and was reportedly looking to start the process around March or April.
    3. An Amazon employee in Seattle tested positive for coronavirus, the company said in an email to employees. The company confirmed the case on Tuesday and said the individual was now under quarantine. 

    4. Huawei could be in big trouble as new documents suggest it broke sanctions on Iran by shipping it US equipment from HP and Microsoft. The equipment included hardware and software from companies including Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft.
    5. Apple’s major supplier says normal production will resume in China by the end of March. Foxconn said more than half its seasonal workforce in the country had restarted work following the coronavirus outbreak.
    6. WeWork just gave its US tenants guidance on coronavirus outbreak — weeks after the outbreak started. The company closed over 100 buildings in China because of the threat of the virus, but US members say they received little information before Tuesday.
    7. Robinhood’s cofounders have blamed ‘stress to its infrastructure’ from an ‘unprecedented load’ for outages during huge market gyrations. Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev have explained what caused outages that plagued the stock-trading app over the past two days.
    8. Startups and investors are at war with the UK’s competition regulator over its aggressive approach to deals like the Amazon-led $575 million investment in Deliveroo. Tech lobby group COADEC wrote to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak on Tuesday stating that delays caused by regulatory probes risk killing off British startups.
    9. Facebook is finally giving WhatsApp users a dark mode option — months after other apps made the switch. WhatsApp may be late to the dark mode game, but now iPhone and Android users can start saving their eyes — and batteries.
    10. Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is set to release its first smartwatch — and it looks exactly like an Apple Watch. The two watches have the same case shape and a similar-looking rubbery band, and come in almost identical colorways.

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

    1. Donald Trump’s repeated threats have ‘irritated’ the UK and it plans to defy him and strike a deal with Huawei. Trump has threatened to cut off its intelligence-sharing arrangement with the UK if the deal goes ahead.
    2. Europe’s popular challenger banks Revolut, Monzo, and Starling are in a fundraising arms race. Unicorn fintech startup Revolut is set to close funding on Thursday that is expected to value the company at $5 billion. 
    3. ‘Great for the bottom line but awful for society’: More than 350 Amazon workers slammed its climate policies in defiance of a crackdown on dissent. Amazon confirmed it won’t allow employees to ‘publicly disparage’ the company.
    4. Jeff Bezos hosted an extravagant after-party for a secret club whose members wear gold medals, and it was attended by Ivanka Trump and Bill Gates. Bezos hosted the after-party for the Alfalfa Club dinner, an elite event that hosts political figures, top business executives, and celebrities.
    5. Sold-out Amazon sellers are warning shoppers about counterfeit face masks as demand soars amid coronavirus fears. The sellers are warning shoppers against buying counterfeit products in disclaimers on their product pages.
    6. So many drones and aircraft swarmed the site of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash that the FAA was forced to close the airspace. The restriction is in effect until the end of the month to prevent aircraft from entering the airspace, a rare occurrence for crashes.
    7. Hillary Clinton slammed Mark Zuckerberg as ‘authoritarian’ and predicted that Facebook is ‘going to reelect Trump’. Clinton also called Mark Zuckerberg “Trumpian” and said Facebook’s ads policies would “reelect Trump” in a new interview.
    8. Byte, the US homegrown competitor to TikTok, admitted to a huge bot problem just 2 days after launching. Byte is the latest hot new looping video app, built by a cofounder of Vine.
    9. Motorola is warning people not to add screen protectors to the new Razr, and says bumps and lumps under the screen are ‘normal’. The company is setting expectations before Razr fans get their hands on the highly anticipated Razr foldable smartphone revival.
    10. Vermont could be the first state with emoji license plates. The bill would allow Vermonters to add emoji to vanity license plates, which no US state currently allows.

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

    1. Huawei is set for a ‘limited’ role in Britain’s 5G networks. The UK’s decision comes despite US pressure to block the Chinese telecoms giant.
    2. The UK’s top cyber officials have warned that Huawei has poor cybersecurity and that its processes are opaque, even as it’s greenlit for 5G. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre warned that Huawei could be forced by China to hand over information about the UK.
    3. Strong iPhone holiday sales delivered record-breaking revenue for Apple. The tech giant reported record-breaking revenue in its first-quarter 2020 earnings on Tuesday as iPhone revenue returned to growth.
    4. Facebook’s $130 million ‘Supreme Court’ will be able to overrule even Mark Zuckerberg, and it’s now got its first director in Thomas Hughes, a longtime advocate for freedom of information and expression. The social media behemoth is spending $130 million to create an oversight board that can overrule even Mark Zuckerberg himself, and Hughes became its first director Tuesday.
    5. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is working to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. It’s thought the virus’s outbreak could affect Apple’s production performance, Bloomberg reports.
    6. A New York Times reporter who covers Saudi Arabia was targeted by the same spyware used to hack Jeff Bezos, according to a new report. The Saudi government has a well-documented history of retaliating against journalists who cover it critically.
    7. More than 350 Amazon workers slammed its climate policies in defiance of a crackdown on dissent. Employees put their names to demands such as reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030; spending more cash on fighting climate change; and shuttering home security arm Ring.
    8. Apple CEO Tim Cook says 5G is still in its ‘early innings’ even though rivals like Samsung are already selling 5G phones. When asked about Apple’s plans for a 5G iPhone in 2020, Cook said the network
    9. Facebook’s Jay Parikh, the veteran datacenter exec who helped the company cope with explosive user growth, is the latest insider to have left. Parikh helped Facebook scale the technology that powers its global network and was part of Mark Zuckerberg’s inner circle.
    10. A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people in quarantine amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. “Hello everyone. Cute Little Peanut is serving food to you now,” the robot said according to a translation. “Enjoy your meal.”

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

    1. Amazon-owned Ring has said it will introduce new security features after hackers broke into a camera in an 8-year-old’s bedroom, where they could watch and talk to the child. A Tennessee family said that hackers broke into a Ring home-monitoring camera in their 8-year-old daughter’s bedroom, and the intruders were able to watch and speak to her.
    2. Uber is reportedly in talks to sell its Uber Eats delivery business in India to local rival Zomato. According to TechCrunch, the deal currently values Uber Eats’ business at $400 million.
    3. Google halted the rollout of the latest version of Chrome, thanks to a bug that wipes user data. The issue has affected Android apps, and resulted in users losing login data.
    4. Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo broke ground in Europe by buying Oxford startup Latent Logic. As well as buying up Latent Logic’s tech and talent, Waymo announced that it would establish its first European engineering hub. 
    5. The banking information of 29,000 Facebook employees was stolen in ‘smash and grab’ theft from an employee’s car. The data was reportedly stored on unencrypted corporate hard drives, which the thief stole from a Facebook employee’s car.
    6. WeWork is overhauling its employee compensation plan, according to a memo sent to staff on Thursday by its head of people that was seen by Business Insider. The package includes base salary, an annual cash bonus, and annual equity grants. Previously, employees had equity but not through an annual grant system.
    7. The CEO of a Silicon Valley startup was quietly fired after allegedly spending over $75,000 at strip clubs and charging it to a company credit card. Eric Gilmore, the CEO of Silicon Valley startup Turvo, was fired back in May after it was discovered he spent more than $75,000 at strip clubs and expensed it, Bloomberg reported.
    8. Apple is reportedly rolling out a new perk for employees: free genetic testing at its on-site wellness clinics. The free genetic tests, which will reportedly be carried out through a partnership with Color Genomics, are one of many health perks Apple is rolling out for its workers.
    9. Uber’s co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick sold off close to $166 million shares over the last week, continuing to offload his stake in the ride-sharing giant. The ousted chief executive has sold off a little more than $2 billion worth of Uber stock since the company’s post-IPO lockup period in early November, an act that has rapidly liquidated his stake in the company. 
    10. ByteDance, the $75 billion company that owns TikTok, has been trialling a new music app called “Resso.” Resso has been rolled out in India and Indonesia, and a spokesperson said it’s still in its beta-testing phase. 

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    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

    1. Facebook just bought Beat Games, the developers behind virtual reality mega-hit “Beat Saber.” Beat Games will operate as a standalone studio within Facebook’s Oculus Studios
    2. WeChat users in the US say the app is censoring their messages about Hong Kong. This is the latest in a pattern of Chinese censorship extending into the US.
    3. Facebook tried to buy wearable tech company Fitbit but was outbid by Google, CNBC reports. Google announced its acquisition of Fitbit for $2.1 billion on November 1. 
    4. Indian cab app Ola announced plans to take on Uber in London in 2020, just one day after Uber lost its license to operate in the city. Ola shares a major investor with Uber, Japanese mega-investor SoftBank.
    5. Adult performers are slamming Instagram for deleting their accounts, saying they’re held to a higher standard than other users. Instagram says that the accounts were deleted for violating community standards, and some have been reinstated.
    6. An anonymous Microsoft engineer appears to have written a chilling account of how Big Oil might use tech to track its workers’ every move. Writing in Logic Magazine, the engineer recounted how managers at an oil firm wanted to use artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data from GPS trackers to analyze CCTV video footage to track workers’ behavior.
    7. A vintage Macintosh floppy disk signed by Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and valued at $7,500 is up for auction. Back in August, a “Toy Story” movie poster with Jobs’ signature went up for auction with a minimum bid of $25,000.
    8. WeWork offered about 1,000 people a surprisingly good deal to move to a contractor then sent some of them a letter with another deal. In addition to cutting 2,400 jobs last week, WeWork is also moving roughly 1,000 people on its janitorial and facilities staff off its payrolls by sending them to contract companies.
    9. Amazon is partnering with a pharmacy chain so Alexa can now remind people to take their medication, TechCrunch reports. At first only customers of Giant Eagle Pharmacy, a chain in the Midwest and East Coast, will be able to access the feature.
    10. Twitter is going to delete any accounts that haven’t signed in for six months on December 11, The Verge reports. The purge will leave a lot of usernames open for use again.

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