Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Friday.
1. Cryptocurrency investors on Coinbase got hit with thousands of dollars in “ghost” charges after a credit card systems glitch.One person reported having 50 repeat charges – totalling $US67,000 (£47,000) – hit their credit card at once.
2. “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor won’t return to the Amazon show after accusations of sexual harassment. Tambor, who has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his role, was accused of sexual harassment by two women in November.
3. Tesla’s Powerpack batteries may be used to support New York’s energy grid. It may team up with Con Edison, the largest electric company in New York.
4. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel doubled down on the new Snapchat redesign and said that complaints only “validate” the changes.Spiegel said that the time it takes for users to relearn an app after a redesign is a challenge for the company, but that Snapchat is “still very early in even the core app evolution.”
5. Bitcoin cleared $US10,000 (£7,080) for the first time in two weeks.Other cryptocurrencies were also up as crypto recovered from its early-February slump.
6. Amazon may merge Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Fresh.Both services deliver fresh groceries, though in different ways.
7. Apple probably makes less profit on the HomePod than Google and Amazon do on their speakers.Analysts at TechInsight calculated that it costs Apple $US216 (£152) to build a HomePod, and estimated the company makes a ~38% profit.
8. Peter Thiel is moving out of Silicon Valley and might leave Facebook’s board after his relationship with Mark Zuckerberg soured over his support of Trump. Thiel’s political leanings came under fire from many in Silicon Valley after the US presidential election because of his open support for President Donald Trump.
9. A new bug can crash any Apple device with just one simple character – and Apple’s working to fix it.A character from an Indian language is at the heart of a new bug concerning all of Apple’s operating systems.
10. All new iOS apps must soon incorporate the iPhone X’s notch, Apple said. Developers will need to obey the rule from April.
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