10 things in tech you need to know today

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1. Instagram is pausing plans for “Instagram Kids.” The app, which would have been for kids under 13 years old, received so much backlash that execs decided to put the project on hold. Here’s everything we know so far.

2. Tesla’s new software update can grade your driving skills. The highly-anticipated update will let drivers with good safety scores request its Full Self-Driving beta. See the safety factors that determine if you can get FSD.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is experiencing an executive exodus, complaints of low salaries, and burnt out employees. Once the “It Girl” of celebrity brands, the wellness company has had at least 140 employees leave since 2019. Employees explain why they left – or were forced out of – Goop.

4. A Black Google employee said security took him off the campus because they didn’t believe he worked there. The employee, an associate product manager and Harvard alum, shared his story in a viral tweet first reported on by Forbes. Get the full rundown here.

5. Your Whole Foods delivery order is going to get $US10 ($AU14) more expensive. After years of offering delivery free for Prime members, Amazon is tacking on a $US9 ($AU12).95 ($AU14) delivery fee starting Oct. 25. Here’s what you need to know about the change.

6. Google has begun its courtroom battle with the EU. The tech giant is seeking to overturn a $US5 ($AU7) billion antitrust fine issued in 2018. Lawmakers say Google used Android’s dominance to push its own apps and services. More on that here.

7. Amazon is bringing in a pay cut of up to 23% for workers who guide trucks and drivers into its delivery stations in the UK. The marketplace giant claimed the pay cut will align the UK with its pay structure across Europe. More details on the cuts here.

8. Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ has an audience of more than 50 million people, according to the McLaren CEO. Zak Brown said the show had substantially helped bring fans into Formula 1. Read more about Brown’s thoughts on the hit show.

9. Employees are leaving Cybersecurity firm Tanium. Employees are leaving the $US9 ($AU12) billion company, citing uncertainty over whether the company will ever have an IPO, and concerns about it losing military contracts. How the uncertainty took its toll on Tanium.

10. Prosecution lands some punches in the Elizabeth Holmes trial. Reporting from the trial, Adam Lashinsky describes damning testimony from a former Theranos lab director, who recounted faulty blood tests – and Holmes’ push to conceal the problems. Read more from inside the courthouse.


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

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