Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. Facebook is facing increasing pressure from federal authorities as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The US Department of Justice’s investigation is now looking at Facebook itself, and the SEC and FTC have also joined the inquiry.
2. An engineer who was at the centre of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo now appears to be involved with a new autonomous truck startup called Kache.ai. According to TechCrunch, Anthony Levandowski is tied to the secretive Kache.ai despite not being listed in any of the company’s business filings.
3. Ride-hailing company Lyft is officially moving beyond cars and getting into the bike-sharing business. The company is acquiring Motivate, the company behind New York Citi Bikes and San Francisco’s Ford GoBikes.
4. Hundreds of app makers have access to millions of inboxes belonging to Gmail users, according to The Wall Street Journal. Gmail users who signed up for email-based services like shopping price comparisons and automated travel-itinerary planners are most at risk of having their private messages read.
5. Tesla has hit the important goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s per week. Tesla has struggled to ramp up production for the Model 3 since it was launched in July 2017, twice missing deadlines for its goal of producing 5,000 per week.
6. Facebook had to warn 800,000 users that it accidentally unblocked people they had already blocked on the social network. The bug meant that the supposedly-blocked users could view the profiles of people who had blocked them, and send them messages – which isn’t supposed to happen after you block them.
7. Some Samsung smartphone users reported that their devices randomly sent photos to their contacts without their knowledge and without any record. The issues appear to be exclusive to the most recent Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, and it’s unclear whether other models are affected.
8. Facebook is close to acquiring a London-based start-up called Bloomsbury AI to help it combat fake news, according to TechCrunch. Bloomsbury AI specialises in natural language processing technology, and has developed an AI called “Cape,” which can read text documents and answer questions about their contents.
9. MoviePass has filed paperwork to raise up to $US1.2 billion to stay afloat. The money will help keep the cinema subscription business going, but will also help fund some acquisitions.
10. Facebook is shutting down an anonymous app for teens it bought less than a year ago. The app, called tbh, was aimed at American high school and college students, and described itself as “the only anonymous app with positive vibes.
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