Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
1. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is out after an internal investigation found he had had a “past consensual relationship” with an employee, violating company policies.CFO Bob Swan will take over as interim CEO.
2. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can collect sales tax on online purchases that cross state lines, even if the retailer does not have a physical presence in that particular state. The decision is not expected to have a major impact on Amazon.
3. Amazon employees are taking a stand against the firm’s contracts with law enforcement for facial recognition services. A group of employees have written a memo to CEO Jeff Bezos outlining their concerns.
4. Instagram has taken down a video posted by news outlet ProPublica, saying it was in violation of its rules because it identified members of a white supremacist group. The takedown sparked immediate criticism of how the Facebook-owned app polices content.
5. Google’s internal rebellion over military contracts reportedly began when 9 engineers mutinied over a mysterious technology. The technology, called “air gap”, may have helped Google win military contracts.
6. As part of Tesla’s recently announced move to cut 9% of its workforce, it will make big cuts to its solar division that it acquired two years ago. The downsizing will involve closing about a dozen installation facilities and ending its retail partnership with Home Depot.
7. Changes are coming to cinema subscription service MoviePass. The company will introduce surge pricing for popular movies, a bring-a-friend option, and a premium feature that allows customers to see movies in Imax or Real 3D.
8. Amazon and eBay have taken dozens of carbon monoxide alarms offline after the devices failed consumer safety tests. Consumer watchdog Which? said some of the devices being sold online were identical to ones that failed tests two years ago.
9. Twitter shut down access to Smyte’s API immediately after acquiring the trust and safety service. The change left Smyte’s customer base stranded, TechCrunch reported.
10. Hackers are trying to trick people into downloading fake versions of ‘Fortnite’ for Android. Bad actors are advertising “leaked” versions of “Fortnite”, which often turn up with a simple internet search for “How to install Fortnite on Android” or “Fortnite for Android.”
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