10 things in tech you need to know today

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

  1. Google employees are worried that the search giant is still working on a censored search engine for China, according to The Intercept. A group of engineers discovered ongoing work on a batch of code associated with the search engine, despite promises from management that the project had been dropped.
  2. Jeff Bezos’ security chief is preparing a report based on his investigation into the leak of Bezos’ texts and information about his affair with a former TV personality to the National Enquirer. In the report, Gavin de Becker, the security chief, is expected to accuse the Enquirer of running the story as a favour to its Saudi investors, according to Vanity Fair.
  3. Google’s 2018 equity-wage analysis found that more men were underpaid than women. The findings – that more male employees were being underpaid based on the company’s methodology for determining fair salaries – has forced the company to reconsider more of its human resource policies outside of pay.
  4. America’s intelligence agency the NSA has shut down a controversial spying program that analysed domestic calls, according to The New York Times. The scheme was first disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and was ended under the US Freedom Act of 2015.
  5. Apple executives are taking a very hands-on approach to Apple’s TV shows as they seek family-friendly content, according to The New York Post. Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly among these executives, and has been giving out notes and feedback including “don’t be so mean.”
  6. Qualcomm accused Apple of violating several patents weeks before the two go to court for a major antitrust trial. The claims seek tens of millions of dollars in damages and are the latest in a long-running and ongoing legal battle between the two tech giants.
  7. Amazon removed anti-vaccination movies from Prime Video. On Friday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on concerns that Amazon is recommending products that discourage vaccination on its platform – for example, anti-vaccination movies.
  8. The servers running home robot Jibo are about to be shut down, and the robot is conveying the news to its owners with a message and a dance. Jibo raised millions in venture capital, but sold off its intellectual property as Amazon’s Alexa took over.
  9. MoviePass competitor Sinemia has been on a spree of terminating accounts over the past few days. The company has listed a variety of possible reasons why members’ accounts were terminated, and says they are eligible for a refund “based on the difference between your payments to Sinemia and the cost of your ticket purchases,” according to a copy of the letter viewed by Business Insider.
  10. Apex Legends, a challenger to Fortnite, has reached 50 million players in its first month. More than 2 million players downloaded Apex Legends during its first day, and it’s currently the most-watched game on Twitch, the top video game streaming platform.

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