10 things in tech you need to know today

GettyGoogle kicks off its developer conference today.

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

  1. The next major iPhone update coming this fall will reportedly make Apple’s own core apps much more useful.The new software, likely to be called iOS 13, will reportedly sprinkle many minor updates across Apple’s roster of apps like Apple Maps, Reminders, iMessage, and Health among others that could make them more compelling options to third-party alternatives.
  2. Apple has bought more than 20 companies since November, but we only know about six of them. The disclosure came during an interview with CNBC on Monday, in which CEO Tim Cook said the company mostly acquires for talent and intellectual property.
  3. Google’s biggest conference kicks off today. From game streaming to smartphones to mind-blowing AI, Google is likely to have news and announcements that cover a wide span of products.
  4. Over 100 Riot Games employees walked out protesting the company’s policy on forced arbitration after a scathing news report and a lawsuit. The walkout follows months of turmoil at the video game studio over allegations of sexism and misconduct.
  5. Uber and Lyft drivers are planning to strike this week, and it highlights the challenge the 2 ride-hailing giants face as public companies. Many drivers, classified as contractors and not employees, are unhappy with declining pay.
  6. Facebook is going to release a vast trove of data to academics about how it impacts elections and democracy. The data will be accessible to over 60 researchers from 30 institutions, MIT Tech review reports.
  7. Carta, the startup building a stock exchange for startups, says its own valuation increased nearly $US1 billion in five months. Carta announced Monday that it closed $US300 million in Series E funding that valued the company at $US1.7 billion.
  8. Microsoft just teased a futuristic new AR version of “Minecraft.” Similar to how “Pok√©mon Go” works, the “Minecraft” app teased by Microsoft inserts the world of “Minecraft” into reality through a smartphone.
  9. Google may soon make it harder for advertisers to follow you around the internet. Google is reportedly set to roll out a dashboard-like function in its Chrome browser to offer internet users more control in fending off tracking cookies.
  10. Facebook has been “labelling” and categorising posts from users by hand, including posts marked private. One former Facebook privacy manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed unease about users’ posts being scrutinised without their explicit permission.

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