Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Thursday.
1. Google faces a second massive fine from the EU — this time over Android. The EU is reportedly planning to hit Google with a second significant fine.
2. Some Microsoft employees are bracing for layoffs to be announced Thursday. Conference rooms have been booked in preparation.
3. The iPhone 8 could cost $US1,000 (£772) or more, but analysts say there will be big discounts. US carriers are likely to offer “assertive promotions” alongside the new, redesigned iPhone.
4. Twitter let a celebrity with millions of followers post revenge porn for 30 minutes before it was taken down. Rob Kardashian’s verified Twitter account posted nude, body-shaming photos he said were of his ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna.
5. Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has a deal with Nokia to “explore” artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The deal allows the two companies to use each other’s patents.
6. Mark Zuckerberg thinks universal basic income is a “bipartisan idea” worth exploring in the US. “This is a novel approach to basic income in a few ways,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page Tuesday.
7. Lyft’s growth is rocketing and the company is now doing a million rides a day. The company is on track to hit an annualized run rate of 350 million rides.
8. One of the world’s biggest bitcoin exchanges has been hacked. The data for 30,000 customers of Bithumb has been compromised.
9. A female employee reportedly called Tesla’s factory a “predator zone” at a meeting where some workers described sexual harassment. Tesla said it has already put in place leadership and policy changes.
10. Google DeepMind and the NHS were let off lightly by the UK data regulator, lawyers say. The Information Commissioner, the UK data regulator, ruled on Monday that DeepMind’s deal “failed to comply with data protection law.”
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