Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
1. Apple may release a slew of new iPhone models later this year, including grey, white, blue, red, and orange colour options. Right now, the iPhone 8 is available in silver, black, gold, and red.
2. European Parliament sent controversial plans to reform copyright law back to the drawing board. Critics had said the directive might have ended memes.
3. Apple is reportedly relying less and less on chipmaker Intel. The firm has reportedly told Intel it won’t be buying its 5G modem chips for iPhones planned for 2020.
4. A new report has found that big tech firms including Facebook and Google aren’t fully compliant with GDPR, Europe’s strict new privacy rules. The report said the firm’s new privacy policies were “vague” and “insufficient.”
5. Investors are fleeing Social Capital, the young venture firm founded by early Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, to start a fund of their own. Founding partner Ted Maidenberg is joining a new firm being launched by Arjun Sethi, who left Social Capital in June.
6. Facebook apologised for flagging parts of the Declaration of Independence as hate speech. This is the latest example of how the social media giant is struggling to police hate speech without censoring legitimate expression.
7. Google’s Project Loon is close to finalising a deal that would bring its balloons and rural internet to Kenya.Project Loon launches balloons into the stratosphere that are designed to act like floating mobile phone towers.
8. Singapore’s regulator has said the merger of ride-hailing firms Uber and Grab has reduced competition and increased prices. The watchdog is threatening fines and to breakup the companies.
9. Facebook is in talks to produce a reality show following soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Variety reported. The deal could amount to Facebook’s biggest original series deal to date.
10. Elon Musk’s representatives are talking with Thai authorities to help the soccer team that’s trapped in a cave. Musk may offer up technology from his companies, such as Tesla‘s Powerwall home batteries, to help locate and rescue the team.
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