10 things in tech you need to know today

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1. Apple warns users to update iPhones, Macs, and Apple Watches after fixing a major spyware flaw. The company released an emergency update after learning of a vulnerability that allowed an Israeli spyware company to remotely infect Apple devices – without anyone clicking a link. Here’s everything you need to know.

2. Facebook has a system that grants elite users immunity from its content rules. Nicknamed “XCheck,” the program has protected Donald Trump, Doug the Pug, and other “influential” figures from being reprimanded for breaking the rules. More on Facebook’s special treatment for “PR risky” users.

3. Crypto’s cool kids are flocking to a social club that costs $US8,000 ($AU10,855) to join. Friends With Benefits is a Discord channel with 1,235 members – and it just landed a $US100 ($AU136) million valuation from Andreessen Horowitz and other top VCs. See why VCs and crypto enthusiasts alike are rushing to get in on the action.

4. Apple’s “California Streaming” event starts at 1 p.m. ET today. Apple is rumored to be announcing the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, and more new products. Here’s how to watch.

5. The prominent Facebook AI researcher who was at the center of its misinformation scandals has left the company. Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, who most recently led Facebook’s Responsible AI team, announced his departure on LinkedIn. Read more about Candela’s exit here.

6. Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash are suing New York City. The companies are suing the city for capping the fees they can charge restaurants, which they say could raise prices for customers and reduce earnings for delivery drivers. What we know about the lawsuit.

7. A Google manager recommended the company fire seven temporary workers rather than give them benefits. Google ultimately only fired one of the workers, with three months’ pay, and hired the rest to full-time positions, the company told The New York Times. Get the full rundown here.

8. Taco Bell is testing a new taco subscription. The company announced a 30-day test-run of a subscription that would give customers unlimited tacos for $US5 ($AU7). How to cash in on a free taco.

9. Cisco is scrambling to pivot to software. With its current business model under threat, experts say Cisco will need to pivot to software if it wants to survive – and that it’s running out of time. Here’s what analysts and former employees told us about the future of the company.

10. Amazon Web Services partners worry it’s pushing out the small firms that helped it rise. As AWS has grown into a massive $US59 ($AU80) billion business, its smallest allies are saying its ecosystem has become harder and harder to thrive in. Why some worry they’ll get squeezed out.


Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email [email protected] or tweet @JordanParkerErb.

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