Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
1. Microsoft will lay off thousands of staff as it cuts 10% of sales jobs. That could mean up to 5,000 staff, and the redundancies began on Thursday.
2. Fitness tracker firm Jawbone is shutting down and liquidating its assets. Its founder and CEO Hosain Rahman has started a new company, Jawbone Health Hub, which will focus on medical hardware and software.
3. Streaming service SoundCloud will cut 40% of staff, or 173 jobs, as it bleeds cash and tries to stay independent. The firm said earlier this year it was at risk of running out of money.
4. Qualcomm is trying to stop Apple from selling certain iPhone and iPads in the US. The company claims the devices infringe on six of its patents, as part of a long-running legal dispute with Apple.
5. Nokia looks like it will produce smartphones with super high-end cameras after HMD Global, which licences the Nokia brand, struck a deal with camera tech firm Zeiss. A previous Nokia and Zeiss partnership resulted in the Nokia 808 PureView, which packed a 41-megapixel camera.
6. Some of the UK’s hottest banking apps went down yesterday, due to issues with a supplier that provides their underlying technology. Monzo, Revolut, and Starling Bank were all affected by the GPS outage.
7. Google Maps is making it easier for disabled users to flag whether a business is wheelchair-friendly. People can see accessibility information on a business’ listing and add it in directly themselves.
8. Professional camera firm RED, which makes high-end cameras for shooting films, is making a $US1,200 (£925) smartphone called the Hydrogen One. The phone will apparently display 3D holographic content without the user needing glasses.
9. Hackers are trying to break into US power stations, including nuclear power operators, through phishing attacks. The hackers have sent fake CVs to trick targets into opening malicious messages, but there’s no evidence it’s worked, according to the New York Times.
10. Uber will finally allow tipping in its app, after years of resisting. People can now tip their Uber drivers in 100 cities in the US, including New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
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