Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- Hackers stole photos of travellers’ faces and licence plates collected by the US Customs and Border Protection agency. The hackers gained access to the images through a subcontractor’s network, which then transferred the photographs to its network in violation of CBP policies, the agency said.
- YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the LGBTQ community for not banning videos involving homophobic slurs last week, but maintained that she believed the company made the right decision based on its current policies. The apology followed a tumultuous week for YouTube following its decision not to remove videos from one of its stars Steven Crowder after the conservative commentator made repeated homophobic remarks about Vox journalist, Carlos Maza.
- President Donald Trump said on Monday while speaking with CNBC that tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon “discriminate” against him. Trump also briefly commented on the issue of regulation in the tech industry over antitrust concerns, saying that “obviously, there is something going on in terms of monopoly.”
- Salesforce is acquiring Tableau, a publicly-traded data visualisation company, for $US15.7 billion.Tableau’s price tag makes it considerably more expensive than Salesforce’s last mega-acquisition of Mulesoft for $US6.5 billion in March 2018.
- Facebook is going to launch new Portal video-chat devices in Fall 2019. Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth wouldn’t disclose total sales of the Portal, which launched in October 2018 and lets users video-call their contacts and utilise other apps, but described them as “really good.”
- Facebook has quietly switched off Graph Search, a tool that allowed researchers and investigative journalists to search the social network in powerful ways, according to Vice. The closure may have come as the firm focuses on privacy.
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke at a Google all-hands meeting for the first time in 6 months. The pair recently ended their 6-month, internal quiet period, according to a CNET report on Monday.
- Uber’s biggest rival in Europe says it occasionally has profitable quarters because it has grown sustainably and focused on not burning cash. Taxify, which has rebranded to Bolt, said Uber and Lyft’s tepid IPOs had helped the firm, because it showed investors in ride-hailing firms were more focused on the bottom line.
- Intel is acquiring Barefoot Networks, a Silicon Valley startup that had raised over $US150 million from giants like Google, Dell Technologies Capital, Alibaba, and Goldman Sachs.Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Intel says that Dr. Craig Barratt, the CEO, and his team will be joining the chip giant after the deal closes, which it expects will happen in the third quarter of 2019.
- YouTube’s crackdown on extremist videos has inadvertently shut down educational channels featuring old Nazi footage. The videos were taken down in the wake of YouTube’s announcement it would crack down on bigoted content and videos that glorify Nazi and other extremist ideologies.
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