Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) is “limited.” The Facebook CEO previously called negative remarks on AI, such as those made by Musk, “pretty irresponsible.”
2. SoftBank is reportedly interested in a multibillion dollar investment in Uber. The Japanese giant, however, is waiting for the company to find a new and strong leadership first.
3. Adobe is going to phase out Flash, the software millions of people have used to watch videos and play games on the web. The company says that the arrival of technologies like HTML5 is the reason why Flash is going away, although it will keep supporting it until 2020.
4. Niantic, the game company behind “Pokémon GO,” said that the reason why the recent Chicago event didn’t go as planned is because of “some network providers.” Carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile, however, said that they had no responsibility.
5. A US district court judge ruled that Apple will have to pay $US506 million (£388 million) in damages for infringing an intellectual property on microprocessors owned by the University of Wisconsin. The chips in question are Apple’s A7, A8, and A8X, which power the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPad Air 2 respectively.
6. US President Donald Trump claimed that, in a conversation with Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO promised him that he would build three “big, big, big” plants in the country. Chinese manufacturing company Foxconn is expected to make an announcement about building facilities in the US as soon as today, but it’s not clear if the two things are related.
7. A piece of Mac malware has reportedly been spying hundreds of macOS users for years. The so-called “Fruitfly” malware was already discovered and patched by Apple earlier this year, but it may have impacted up to 400 individuals, taking webcam photos and screenshots of their screens.
8. Food delivery service Deliveroo claims that it has started using an algorithm that allows it to cut delivery times by approximately 20%. The algorithm, named “Frank,” brought down the company’s average delivery time to 29 minutes, but UberEATS still claims its own average time to is 28 minutes.
9. Uber is implementing three new policies that the company describes as “driver-friendly.” It will speed up review times for driver licence registration, protect ratings against things the driver can’t control, and add the ability to adjust fares right in the app.
10. Google is adding SOS Alerts in Search and Maps to give users quick information in case of a crisis. Users will be able to see things such as updates from authorities, news articles, emergency telephone numbers, and other useful information all in one place.