Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. Snapchat’s biggest ever redesign is planned for December 4. There will be major layout changes that make the app easier to use, sources tell Business Insider.
2. Bitcoin hit an all-time high after developers called off plans to split the digital currency, CNBC reports. SegWit2x was a divisive proposal to help bitcoin scale and grow, but more and more developers have dropped their support.
3. Apple is reportedly working on a futuristic augmented reality headset. It could ship as early as 2020.
4. YouTube is reportedly pointing kids to thousands of violent, and inappropriate videos. Disturbing videos from obscure producers can be found sprinkled in among more child-friendly ones.
5. The FBI can’t figure out how to unlock the Texas church shooter’s phone, and Apple has offered to help. The issue threatens to reignite the fight over encryption.
6. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has bashed Microsoft, saying “they just can’t keep that management team in place.” He made the remarks at an analyst event at the annual Dreamforce conference.
7. Apple’s market value has passed $US900 billion (£685 billion), an all-time high. Its stock is up 52.6% in 2017.
8. The team behind “Pokémon Go” is making a “Harry Potter” game for smartphones. Niantic is developing “Harry Potter Wizards Unite,” and more info will be made available next year.
9. Apple is working on a 2018 iPad with facial recognition, Bloomberg reports. The new device will allegedly have slimmer edges and Apple’s new Face ID tech.
10. Silicon Valley will no longer have its own version of the Oscars. TechCrunch is ending the Crunchies, its annual award ceremony.
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