Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
- Google has rejected calls to remove a Saudi government app which offers a tool for men to control where women travel. The company told the office of Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who had called for its removal, that the app does not violate its terms of service.
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told the European Union and Canada that if they pursued legal measures the company disagreed with then Facebook would consider other “options” for investment and growth. Canada gave her the written reassurance she sought the same day.
- Lyft publicly filed its S-1 on Friday to kick off the final sprint of the initial-public-offering process, which could see the ride-hailing startup go public as soon as April. The firm saw $US2.2 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018, according to the filing.
- Square co-founder Tristan O’Tierney died Feb. 23 at age 35 from causes relating to addiction, local media reported. O’Tierney joined Square in February 2009 and built the original iPhone app as the head developer.
- Facebook hassles users to hand over their phone number for two-factor authentication, but then won’t let them opt out of its phone number lookup setting. TechCrunch reported that a phone number can be used to look up users, even if they hide that number on Facebook.
- YouTube’s CEO is trying to tell parents and advertisers that the company will do more to keep its youngest users safe amid reports of predatory behaviour in video comment sections. Susan Wojcicki said the company will no longer allow comments on videos that feature young children or “risky behaviour” by minors.
- More than half of people are not confident about their privacy online, according to a study commissioned by Facebook, which has endured a torrid year when it comes to data protection. The Inclusive Internet Index shows people are revealing less about themselves online, which could be bad news for firms like Facebook that rely on data to target advertising.
- US security experts, including a former FBI official, explained that the US is afraid of yielding control of 5G networks to China, after years of the US dominating internet infrastructure. Their comments came as the US stepped up its lobbying against Huawei and its 5G equipment.
- UK financial startup Revolut has denied a report that it switched off software designed to detect money laundering on its platform. CEO Nik Storonsky said: “At no point during this time did we fail to meet our legal or regulatory requirements.”
- Facebook is thinking about using “cartilage conduction” technology to provide sound without using headphones. In a patent, Facebook describes using the tech to vibrate your ears, so you can hear sound coming from a headset without blocking out the ambient audio of the world around you.
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