Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
1. Google Cloud COO Diane Bryant is leaving the company less than a year after coming on board. It’s possible that Bryant is under consideration for the top job at Intel after its CEO Brian Krzanich resigned.
2. A new study from researchers at Northeastern University contradicted the popular belief that your phone is secretly recording you in order to serve you targeted ads.But the study did find that some apps may be taking screen recordings and sending them to third parties.
3. Tesla pulled out all the stops in the final week of June to meet its goal of making 5,000 Model 3 vehicles in a week, according to employees speaking to Reuters. Tesla CEO Elon Musk paced the Model 3 line, snapping at his engineers when the around-the-clock production slowed or stopped because of problems with robots, one worker said.
4. Amazon is opening its second cashier-less store in Seattle. Customers can simply walk in, scan their phone, and leave with their desired items because Amazon is able to track was customers buy without them having to get rung up by a cashier.
5. Nikita Bier, the founder of anonymous polling app tbh, said he plans to stay on at Facebook with his team to create new products even though his app is shutting down. Facebook acquired tbh last October, but announced the app’s closure on Monday due to “low usage.”
6. Wikipedia Italy blocked all online articles to protest the EU’s new copyright rules. All of its pages were set to a redirect to a page raising awareness about the copyright directive, which critics say might kill memes.
7. Uber is in talks with Dubai ride-hailing company Careem to merge their services in the Middle East, according to Bloomberg. It’s possible Careem would manage both firms’ day-to-day operations, or that Uber could acquire Careem.
8. Facebook’s new rules for political ads have ended up blocking ads that contain the word “bush” and “Clinton”, thereby barring legitimate ads for gardening services, a waxing salon, and singers. The issues show how far Facebook has to go in applying AI moderation to its platform.
9. A court has ruled that reviews site Yelp can’t be forced to take down libelous reviews. The decision means liability lies with anyone who posts a falsely negative review, and not Yelp itself.
10. Facebook has hired the team behind UK startup Bloomsbury AI to help fight fake news. Rather than a full acquisition of the company, Facebook has taken on Bloomsbury AI’s team in what’s sometimes called an “acquihire.”
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