Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
- The cofounder of HQ Trivia and Vine Colin Kroll has died at the age of 34. Kroll was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday night.
- A report prepared for the Senate on Russian disinformation was leaked to the Washington Post. The Post obtained a draft of the report, which found that a Russian interference campaign, “sought to benefit the Republican Party – and specifically Donald Trump.”
- The private Facebook photos of millions of users were accidentally shared with 1,500 apps. Facebook said on Friday it had found a bug that gave as many as 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of up to 6.8 million users.
- Livestreaming giant Twitch opened a new San Francisco headquarters. The nine-floor office is a gamer’s paradise, with two six-person competitive gaming rooms, two live-streaming rooms, and a full arcade.
- Uber has been quietly settling big legal fights in the run-up to its IPO, Bloomberg reports. Uber’s lawyers have been settling high-profile disputes as the company races rival Lyft to an IPO.
- Amazon reportedly wants to curb selling “CRaP” items it can’t profit on, like bottled water and snacks. Amazon is rethinking its strategy around items it sells that it refers to internally as “CRaP”, which stands for “Can’t realise a profit,” according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
- Apple will release a software update for Chinese iPhones next week to comply with the Qualcomm ruling, Bloomberg reports. Apple said the update will affect features covered by patents, such as adjusting photographs.
- A woman is suing Apple because she didn’t think the iPhone had a notch. Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a “notch” on the top of the device to make room for the front-facing camera.
- Google just announced it’s shutting down its Allo messaging app for good. The smart chat app never gained the traction Google was hoping for, and it will be sunset in March 2019.
- Salesforce is hiring its first chief ethical and humane use officer to make sure its artificial intelligence isn’t used for evil. Salesforce will hire Paula Goldman to the role and she will report to chief equality officer Tony Prophet.
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