Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
1. Leaked photos suggest that the next MacBook Pro’s keyboard will be part touchscreen. Photos have emerged purporting to show the upcoming device’s chassis.
2. Microsoft is teaming up with Xiaomi to pre-install its apps on the Chinese smartphone maker’s devices. Xiaomi is also buying 1,500 patents from Xiaomi, The Wall Street Journal reports.
3. Jeff Bezos has spoken out about investor Peter Thiel’s war on Gawker, saying that when you “seek revenge … you should dig two graves, one for yourself.” Thiel has secretly been funding legal battles against the news site in an attempt to bankrupt it.
4. Elon Musk says the first Tesla Roadster that Tesla sold was “completely unsafe.” The vehicle came out in 2008.
5. Ford is asking itself three questions at its “most important inflection point in history.” Ford CEO Mark Fields says the company is “transitioning from an auto company to an ‘auto-mobility company.'”
6. Y Combinator has appointed a leader for it basic income pilot project in Oakland. The legendary Silicon Valley startup accelerator plans to give people free money to test a revolutionary economic idea, Fortune reports.
7. A founder launched a $14,000 (£10,000) smartphone after laying off employees at his other company. Moshe Hogeg has laid off all his Israeli employees as he focuses on Sirin Labs.
8. There are now more people blocking ads on mobile than desktop, a new report claims. PageFair estimates that there are 419 million people blocking ads on smartphones worldwide, compared to 198 million blocking ads on desktop computers.
9. Facebook is reportedly planning an encrypted version of its popular Messenger app. The Guardian reports that users will be able to switch on end-to-end encryption if they want.
10. Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo could be much cheaper. A new report claims that Google’s upcoming smarthome device, the Google Home, is built around a Chromecast — an existing (and cheap) Google streaming device.
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