Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
1. The first “Pokémon GO” event turned out to be a disaster, and people are getting refunds and bonuses. The event took place in Chicago and hosted about 20,000 people in Grant Park, but a server outage made the game impossible to play.
2. China is forcing the citizens of Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority area, to install spyware on their phones. People who won’t cooperate risk up to 10 days in jail.
3. SoundCloud is stopping a group of people from downloading and storing its content. The team behind “The Archive Project” announced its intention to store all of SoundCloud’s files amid concerns that the company would shut down, but a request from SoundCloud itself put an end to the operation.
4. Amazon’s new Business division is off to a promising start according to Bill Burkland, the UK head of operations. Burkland compared Amazon Business to the firm’s colossal Amazon Web Services arm, and said that Business is part of the company-wide commitment to create 5,000 new jobs in Britain.
5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he’s partnered with Apple to co-star in an ad that features the Siri digital assistant. You can watch the entire clip, called “Dominate The Day,” on Apple’s official YouTube channel.
6. Game of Thrones’ first episode has reportedly been illegally streamed over 90 million times across the globe. The figure trumps the 16 million figure HBO provided, which combines both television and the company’s own streaming service.
7. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has joined Instagram. His first post shows the Alabama factory that his Blue Origin space company will use to build the New Glenn rocket.
8. You can now buy a replica of Mark Zuckerberg’s signature t-shirt for $US46 (£35). Vresh Clothing, the company behind the product, won’t offer the original $US300 (£230) grey t-shirt Facebook’s CEO buys from designer Brunello Cucinelli, but will give its customer something “as close as possible to the original.”
9. People at Amazon have started moving into the firm’s new London headquarters, according to a company executive. The move comes as a vote of confidence in spite of Brexit, and will see approximately 5,000 staff occupy the 600,000 sq. ft. building located between Shoreditch and the City of London.
10. The UK government wants to double down on drone security. A new bill proposal will ask owners of drones heavier than 250g to register their device and attend safety awareness courses.
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