Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
- Apple quietly makes billions from Google Search each year, and it’s a bigger business than Apple Music. Google paid Apple $US9.4 billion in 2018 to be the default search engine on the iPhone, according to a new Goldman Sachs estimate.
- Apple’s rumoured subscription news service will reportedly be announced at an event next month. Apple will host a March 25th event at The Steve Jobs Theatre in its Apple Park campus where it’s expected to unveil its subscription news service.
- A US Senator has demanded that Apple and Google remove a Saudi Arabian government app that allows men “abhorrent” control over women’s lives. In a letter, UN Senator Ron Wyden told Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai that the app enables “surveillance and control of women.”
- Amazon’s latest acquisition further proves it wants to be everywhere in the home. Amazon’s acquisition of mesh Wi-Fi router startup Eero marks yet another effort by the retail giant to integrate its products and services into the home.
- Bill and Melinda Gates revealed their 9 biggest surprises from 2018 in a letter dedicated to Microsoft’s late cofounder. The Gateses surprises of 2018 included home DNA tests catching serial killers, sexist data, and the fact that toilets remain largely unchanged.
- Bill Gates also warned of the dangers of cow farts. He’s looking for climate-friendly ideas on dealing with methane produced by cows “when they belch and pass gas.”
- A lawyer at the heart of the National Enquirer’s war with Jeff Bezos used to work for Amazon for 9 years. American Media Inc’s Deputy General Counsel Jon Fine worked at Amazon from 2006 to 2015, and was focused primarily on publishing and the company’s Kindle business.
- Russia plans to disconnect the entire country from the internet to simulate an all-out cyberwar. It plans to redirect domestic web traffic internally, through the Russian government routing points rather than using the global infrastructure on which the web was built.
- Mike Pompeo is bringing the hammer down on Huawei on his European tour. Speaking in Hungary while on his European tour, Pompeo said it was “more difficult” for the US to partner with nations that didn’t distance themselves from Huawei.
- Reddit raised $US300 million at a $US3 billion valuation, and now it’s aiming to take on Facebook and Google. Reddit has focused its efforts over the past year on cleaning up its platform to build a better advertising model, Axios reports.
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