10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

  1. Leaked documents obtained by a right-wing activist group have provided an interesting insight into how Facebook has considered tackling organised harassment campaigns. Project Veritas claims it has evidence of an anti-conservative bias at Facebook, but Facebook says the group is misinterpreting the info and it shows nothing of the sort.
  2. Apple’s autonomous car project layoffs targeted engineers and project managers, it revealed in a filing. Those affected will officially be out of a job in mid April.
  3. Nintendo announced two brand-new Pokémon games coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Two new Pokémon games are called “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield.”
  4. TikTok was fined $US5.7 million by the FTC for violating children’s privacy rights. In an update released on Wednesday, users will now have to verify their age.
  5. TikTok was bigger than Instagram last year after passing the 1 billion download mark. The short-form video app has now been downloaded 1 billion times across Android and iOS, according to Sensor Tower figures.
  6. Amazon announced on Wednesday that it’s backing out of moving into a huge Seattle office building. Ten months ago Amazon threatened to abandon the move if the city went ahead with a head tax on large businesses.
  7. IBM apologised after its online jobs page asked applicants if they were “yellow” or “mulatto.”IBM’s job application site featured a drop-down menu in which applicants had to list their ethnicity, and options included “yellow” and “mulatto.”
  8. Volvo’s high-performance Polestar brand just unveiled Sweden’s answer to the Tesla Model 3. The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan designed to rival Tesla’s hot-selling Model 3.
  9. Elon Musk’s erratic Twitter behaviour escalated on Wednesday when he changed his name to “Elon Tusk.” It’s the latest in a strange social-media saga for the billionaire this week, after US regulators accused him of misleading investors in a tweet last week.
  10. A Hawaiian war god statue that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff bought for $US7 million and donated to a museum could be a Tiki bar tchotchke worth just $US5,000. The Benioffs, who own land in Hawaii, donated the carving to Bishop Museum in Honolulu, where they felt it belongs.

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