Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Friday.
1. iPhones, iPads, and Macs are all affected by the big Google-discovered processor flaw, but Apple’s already issued a first set of fixes. Apple said the fixes don’t affect the performance of its devices.
2. Ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is reportedly planning to sell $US1.4 billion (£1 billion) of shares in Uber.SoftBank recently negotiated a deal to buy up Uber shares from investors and employees at a 30% discount, in a deal valuing the startup at $US48 billion (£35 billion).
3. Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving the company in August.His departure will reportedly coincide with the full vesting of his Apple shares.
4. Intel now says it has a fix for the Spectre bug that Google found to be unfixable.“By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 per cent of processor products introduced within the past five years,” Intel said in a press release on Thursday.
5. Spotify said it now has 70 million subscribers. The company was valued at as much as $US19 billion (£14 billion) last year, and is targeting a direct listing in the first half of 2018.
6. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge for 2018 is to fix all the bad things happening on Facebook. “We currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools,” Zuckerberg said.
7. The FCC chairman received death threats before cancelling his CES appearance. Ajit Pai abruptly withdrew from the conference on Wednesday.
8. The Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game console in US history. The console has sold nearly 5 million units in the US alone since launching in March.
9. Elon Musk pitched Trump on SpaceX’s mission to colonize other planets. The meeting happened at Trump Tower in New York.
10. Malicious Android software imitates Uber’s layout to trick you into giving up your login details. Security firm Symantec described the Uber mimicry as a “novel monetisation technique.”
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