10 things in tech you need to know today


Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. A self-driving Uber car hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona while in autonomous mode. Uber suspended its entire self-driving car programme as a result.

2. The UK’s data regulator has a warrant to raid political research firm Cambridge Analytica and seize its servers, after Facebook suspended the firm for misusing user data. Facebook had already sent in its own investigators to Cambridge Analytica, but “stood down” after the Information Commissioner’s Office got involved.

3. Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive, Alexander Nix, was filmed by Channel 4 boasting that the research firm could entrap politicians with sex workers. Cambridge Analytica nonetheless denied using such tactics.

4. Facebook’s stock price took a hammering through Monday as politicians lined up to slam the company over the way it policed third-party use of user data. The firm had dropped around $US35 billion by close of trading.

5. A Business Insider investigation has found it’s incredibly easy to buy illegal fake luxury goods on Facebook Marketplace, with few protections for buyers in place. We spoke to sellers who tried to obtain our bank details and phone numbers.

6. Amazon is tracking how many people return to its cashierless Go supermarket after an initial visit. Shopping frequency will probably help determine whether Amazon decides to expand the concept.

7. Secretive virtual reality startup Magic Leap has given a preview of its platform to third-party developers with a “creator portal” that offers resources for people who want to build apps for its yet-to-launch headset. The portal lets people preview apps in a simulator.

8. Facebook’s longtime and vocal head of security, Alex Stamos, may leave the company in August because he disagrees with how it handles big issues like fake news. Stamos merely commented on Twitter that “it’s true” his role at Facebook had now changed, but didn’t confirm or deny his departure.

9. Google is expanding its Instant Apps program to games, meaning Android users can find a game via the Play Store, click the “try now” button, and immediately start playing without downloading an app. The idea is to help people find more new games.

10. BlackBerry’s shares rose after the firm announced a partnership with Microsoft, providing security for Office apps.The firm’s share price was up 5% on Monday.