Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. Russian operatives reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on Google ads during the 2016 presidential election. The ads, which appeared on Google Search, YouTube, and Gmail, were allegedly designed to spread disinformation.
2. Microsoft’s dream of Windows on phones is officially dead. The company is looking to augmented reality as the future.
3. Apple’s head of design says some people “misuse” iPhones. There is increasing focus on how smartphones can be addictive.
4. YouTube is banning some videos on modifying guns after the Las Vegas shooting, CNET reports. It no longer allows videos that show how to fit “bump stocks,” devices that allow guns to fire more quickly.
5. Uber’s head of HR says she never met with Susan Fowler, the woman whose blog post exposed the company. Fowler’s allegations of sex discrimination set off a chain of scandals that culminated in the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick.
6. Twitter removed a tweet from a US Republican Congresswoman who boasted of stopping “the sale of baby body parts” in a Senate campaign video. Marsha Blackburn’s video ad was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
7. IBM wants US lawmakers to protect “Dreamer” migrants by the end of the year. It is flying its 31 Dreamer employees to Washington DC .
8. Pro basketball player LeBron James will star in the first big advertising push for self-driving cars. The commercial comes from Intel.
9. The 2019 iPad Pro may have the same facial recognition tech as the iPhone X. That’s according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as reported by MacRumors.
10. A cartoon Mark Zuckerberg toured hurricane-struck Puerto Rico in virtual reality, The Verge reports. There was a strange contrast between the seriousness of the situation and the CEO’s cartoon appearance.
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