Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. Facebook is officially launching its big attack on TV. It’s a new video section called “Watch” that includes videos from well-known publishers.
2. Google is holding a company-wide meeting today to discuss the controversial diversity memo. CEO Sundar Pichai cut short his vacation and returned home to deal with the situation.
3. Android creator Andy Rubin’s new company Essential has raised money from investors including Amazon. It’s still not clear when the company’s smartphone will be released.
4. Fired Google engineer James Damore gave his first major interviews to controversial right-wing YouTube channels. Damore spoke to niche YouTube channels before going to mainstream media outlets.
5. Over half of Google employees polled say it shouldn’t have fired the engineer behind the controversial memo. Google employees on anonymous app Blind voted in favour of keeping Damore employed.
6. Electric car startup Faraday Future has lost yet another executive. Alan Cherry, its vice president of human resources, is leaving the firm.
7. Tesla’s pro-union workers say a skipped step with the Model 3 could lead to injuries during “production hell.” Tesla skipped a standard trial of the new equipment for Model 3’s assembly line.
8. Facebook is cracking down on deceptive ads for porn and diet pills. The practice is known as “cloaking.”
9. The Indian government has blocked access to a popular website that archives the web. The Internet Archive is blocked on several internet service providers in the country.
10. Code suggests that the iPhone 8 will include a virtual home button that can be resized. Users can’t change the colour, though.