10 things in tech you need to know today

Larry Page, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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

1. Apple is reportedly preparing to release a cheaper MacBook Air. It isn’t clear whether the rumoured new MacBook Air will feature a major redesign, or will look similar to existing models but with upgraded internal hardware.

2. Facebook admitted it made a mistake running a survey over the weekend. The survey asked users what the company’s policy should be for when adults ask underage girls for sexual images.

3. Google is selling US restaurant review guide Zagat to restaurant review company The Infatuation for an undisclosed sum. Google bought the company for $US151 million (£109 million) in 2011.

4. Apple is reportedly planning to launch high-end, over-the-ear, noise-cancelling, wireless headphones. The Cupertino giant is said to be actively working on the device, which might be ready for the end of 2018.

5. Amazon is reportedly in talks with big banks, including JPMorgan Chase, about a checking-account-like product for those without bank accounts. The product would be primarily targeted at a younger audience.

6. Google’s search app for iOS has added an extension for iMessage in the US. The search giant also added a Safari share sheet option to see related content suggestions, and iPad drag and drop support.

7. Facebook has reportedly been testing a “breaking news” label for articles. The program, currently in beta, is being expanded to 50 more publishers in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Australia.

8. Microsoft has announced it will offer a new localised Azure service to government clients in mid-2018. The new service is set to be a combined offering of Azure Stack and Azure Government.

9. State-run TV network CCTV and Tencent Research have conducted a new, 8,000-person survey in China. 76.3% of Chinese respondents have responded saying they believe artificial intelligence is a threat to privacy.

10. Long-time VMware executive Jeff Jennings has left the company and joined Google’s cloud division. His departure stoked worries that if Dell goes through with a potential reverse merger of VMware, an idea that Wall Street hates, more talent will jump ship.