Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
1. The UK’s data watchdog, the ICO, raided Cambridge Analytica’s offices on Friday over the use of personal data in political campaigning. The ICO’s raid came after Cambridge Analytica’s now-suspended CEO Alexander Nix was captured on video offering to entrap politicians through bribery.
2. Facebook has taken out full newspaper ads in the US and UK to apologise for the way the firm mishandled user data so it ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica. “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it,” says the ad.
3. Snap quietly acquired a 3D gaming engine startup called PlayCanvas last year. The British startup lets developers create lightweight, immersive virtual reality, augmented reality, and games inside the browser.
4. Uber has officially pulled out of Southeast Asia and sold its operations there to major local rival Grab. Uber gets a 27.5% stake in its rival and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join Grab’s board.
5. The FBI has been using dead people’s fingerprints to try and unlock their iPhones. According to Forbes, the first known case was when police unsuccessfully pressed the dead Ohio State attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s finger to his iPhone in 2016.
6. Apple CEO Tim Cook described the Cambridge Analytica situation as “dire” and took the opportunity for a dig at competitors which rely on hoovering up user data to make money. Cook called for some “well-crafted” regulation.
7. Some users are annoyed because Facebook has been logging their call and contact data. The issue is down to an old Android API.
8. Software company Pivotal has filed to go public, rounding out the list of tech firms floating on Wall Street this year. The company generated $US500 million (£353,000) in revenue last year, according to its filings.
9. South Korea has fined Facebook 396 million won (around £259,000) for slowing down user connections by rerouting connections through ISPs in Hong Kong and the US rather than local providers. South Korean law prohibits such slowdowns.
10. Indian streaming music service Saavn will merge with Reliance-owned competitor JioMusic in a deal worth $US1 billion (£706,000). It looks like Saavn will continue to be available on app stores for now.