10 things in tech you need to know today

Getty/AP/Business Insider compositeJeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez.

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

  1. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer publisher of “extortion” over naked photos in extraordinary blog post. “No real journalists ever propose anything like what is happening here,” Bezos said.
  2. Jeff Bezos essentially accused the National Enquirer of having a political motive for exposing his affair, and insinuated a Donald Trump connection. Bezos suggested the Enquirer’s publisher may have written the story as a favour to or at the behest of President Trump.
  3. Amazon’s CEO had a snappy response to the notion that his naked selfies showed poor business judgment. He personally built Amazon up to become one of the most valuable and important companies in the world. “I will let those results speak for themselves,” he said.
  4. Facebook was clobbered by a landmark EU ruling that could mean major changes to the way it does business. Germany’s antitrust regulator has told Facebook it must stop forcing users to allow it to collect and combine their data from sources outside Facebook.
  5. $US1.85 billion Postmates has filed to go public. The food delivery company is working with JPMorgan and Bank of America as its lead underwriters, according to Bloomberg.
  6. Apple is killing the “Do Not Track” setting in Safari because it could be used as a way to track people. The setting was supposed to tell advertisers and webmasters that you didn’t want to be tracked, but it was rarely respected.
  7. Twitter has 126 million daily users. That’s 48% fewer than Snapchat, but it says the numbers aren’t comparable. Twitter on Thursday disclosed it daily active user figures for the first time.
  8. Apple ran a “thorough security audit” of FaceTime after the catastrophic eavesdropping bug and found a second flaw. “A thorough security audit of the FaceTime service uncovered an issue with Live Photos,” Apple said in a disclosure.
  9. Instagram is going to ban all graphic images of self-harm. It follows the social network being blamed for the suicide of British teenager, Molly Russell.
  10. Woody Allen is suing Amazon for $US68 million after the tech giant killed his movie deal. The suit claims Amazon refused to release Allen’s most recent movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” and terminated its four-movie production and distribution contract without cause.

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