10 things in tech you need to know today

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicFormer Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

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

  1. Apple will be the focus of a new EU antitrust investigation after a complaint from Spotify. The Financial Times reports that the probe will launch this week after Spotify said Apple abuses the dominance of the App Store.
  2. Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a massive strike this week over work conditions and pay rates. On Wednesday, May 8, drivers in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, are planning to strike between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  3. Facebook’s tool to stop suicides by monitoring your posts reveals a worrisome gap between tech giants and healthcare experts. A Harvard psychiatrist is worried the tool could worsen health problems by homing in on the wrong people or escalating mental-health crises.
  4. Tesla warns employees of “potential consequences” if they leak secrets to “people who will do anything to see us fail.” Tesla emailed employees warning them of ramifications for violating their confidentiality agreements, according to company emails obtained by CNBC.
  5. Your iPhone’s battery life isn’t as long as Apple says it is, according to a new report by consumer group Which?. Apple’s iPhone XR strayed the furthest from the company’s claims.
  6. Huawei, the Chinese tech giant embroiled in controversy, overtook Apple to become the second-largest smartphone maker. Huawei is thriving as global smartphone sales are continuing to decline, according to statistics from the International Data Corp.
  7. A Facebook-led organisation is about to change the $US469 billion semiconductor industry forever. Engineers at the Open Compute Project, a powerful industry organisation founded by Facebook, are working on a new way to design, build, and buy chips.
  8. This CEO sold his startup to Snap and pins its success on avoiding a common early-stage problem. PlayCanvas boss Will Eastcott said the firm had been successful because, unlike other early-stage startups, it wasn’t scrabbling for technical founders.
  9. Amazon is hiring hundreds more people to start package delivery companies. Delivery partners who are accepted into Amazon’s program, which was launched last year, could earn about $US300,000 in annual profits operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles.
  10. Travis Kalanick asked Uber’s board if he could help ring the opening bell on IPO day, but CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rejected his request. Khosrowshahi has offered to allow Kalanick to join other company directors on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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