10 things in tech you need to know today

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1. Apple has taken the wraps off its new MacBook Pro. For the computer’s first redesign in five years, Apple has done away with the TouchBar, and has reintroduced MagSafe charging (farewell, USB-C chargers). See what else was unveiled yesterday, from next-gen AirPods to more MacBook features.

2. An ex-Walmart exec wants to build a $US400 ($AU539) billion utopian city. Marc Lore wants to build a futuristic city, called “Telosa,” that would be built “equitism,” a mash-up of equality and capitalism. Telosa’s first “settlers” will likely be selected through applications – and could move in by 2030.

3. Big Tech is facing a reckoning. We spoke with the people leading the charge. Tech giants are struggling to clamp down on scrutiny from within: Facebook has had a rough few weeks after a series of whistleblower disclosures, Google employees launched a union earlier this year – the list goes on. These 18 workers-turned-activists are forcing scrutiny of the industry.

4. Microsoft’s president told Bill Gates to stop emailing a female employee. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Brad Smith confronted Gates more than a decade ago over “inappropriate” emails. More on that here.

5. Facebook says it’s hiring 10,000 people to help build the “metaverse.” The company said it would hire thousands of people across Europe to help fulfill Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of a metaverse, a theoretical virtual space where people can access the internet. Inside Facebook’s metaverse plans.

6. Zoom and HP want to build a $US17,000 ($AU22,914) office pod for video calls. Working alongside Room, a prefab office-pod maker, the two companies are trying to create a soundproof pod for video conferencing that can be assembled within hours. Check out the Room for Zoom.

7. Google’s CEO said companies that fail to go carbon-free will lose the talent war. The company’s goal to go carbon-free isn’t just about climate change, CEO Sundar Pichai told Bloomberg – it benefits recruiting too. Why he believes Gen Z won’t work for “a company which they feel is polluting.”

8. An adult who got addicted to Instagram shares her experience quitting the app. This writer argues the app isn’t just harming teens – it also took a toll on her productivity. How she used a digital detox to feel lighter and more in control.

9. Facial-recognition tech vendors lament “misinformation.” At a top surveillance conference in Washington, industry insiders discussed facial-recognition misinformation, called racial bias in facial-recognition a “myth,” and expressed concerns that the industry is “under attack.”

10. Amazon is hiring for 500 data science roles right now. The company is hiring more than a dozen different titles from engineers to scientists – and most candidates can expect a six-figure salary. Here’s how much engineers, researchers, and other positions are getting paid.


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

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