Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. The Google employee who wrote the anti-diversity manifesto was fired after CEO Sundar Pichai called it “Not OK.” The engineer, who has been named as James Damore, sent a statement to Reuters.
2. Supporters raised more than $US12,000 (£9,200) for arrested security researcher Marcus Hutchins after he couldn’t make bail. Hutchins has been accused by US prosecutors of helping to create and sell the Kronos banking trojan.
3. Apple is reportedly working to make the iPhone 8’s face scanner work even on flat surfaces. Leaked code from software for the upcoming HomePod references something called “Pearl” that could be the iPhone’s face scanner.
4. Uber cofounder and board member Garrett Camp said Travis Kalanick won’t be CEO again. “We are committed to hiring a new world-class CEO to lead Uber,” Camp said in an email to Uber employees.
5. Netflix made its first ever acquisition by buying comic book publisher Millarworld. The company is now going to team up with Netflix on some exclusive projects.
6. Peter Thiel has reportedly expressed doubts about his support for President Trump. “There’s a 50% chance this whole things ends in disaster,” Thiel reportedly said in January.
7. Some employees are rumoured to hate the open floor plan at Apple’s new $US5 billion (£3.8 billion) campus. The head of Apple’s chipmaking team reportedly reacted angrily to the open layout.
8. Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal reportedly has a new CEO. Former Kobalt Music Group president Richard Sanders has reportedly been given the role.
10. The driverless van seen in Virginia was actually being driven by a man hidden in the driver’s seat. It was a research project to see how people react to driverless vehicles.