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. Google received a $US5 billion fine from Europe’s competition watchdog for abusing its dominant Android mobile operating system. The European Commission said Google illegally required manufacturers to pre-install some of its own apps and services in order to access the Google Play app store.

2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took harsh criticism on Wednesday after he said that the social network wouldn’t ban Holocaust deniers from Facebook. Zuckberg said that, although he finds Holocaust denialism deeply offensive, it’s not Facebook’s job to prevent anyone from saying something false, but rather to combat fake news and misinformation that’s spread maliciously.

3. Embattled Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologised for a baseless insult against British cave diver Vern Unsworth. Musk said he had called Unsworth “pedo guy” because he was angry.

4. Samsung is reportedly planning a foldable smartphone that will be released next year, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The phone will reportedly have a 7-inch display and will fold in half like a wallet.

5. The woman with the power to break up Google, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, said it won’t be the “silver bullet” to ensure greater competition. There are lots of rumours that the European Commission could split Google up, and that Vestager would be the one to wield the axe.

6. Amazon said it won’t produce its own networking switches that would compete with Cisco, contradicting a recent report.Cisco’s stock shot up about 3% after the denial.

7. Apple released new versions of the MacBook Pro last week, which included quieter keyboards and new specs that boost performance. The general consensus among reviewers seems to be that there’s a big improvement in performance, but other features like the quieter keyboards aren’t as exciting.

8. Facebook said that it will begin removing fake news that leads to violence. Posts will be reviewed in partnership with local organisations, including threat intelligence agencies, which Facebook says are in the best position to evaluate threats.

9. Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo has laid off employees in North America. The layoffs mark a big scale-back in US operations.

10. Samsung might be preparing to launch a $US300 speaker featuring its smart assistant Bixby. Samsung reportedly plans to market its speaker as a premium device.

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