10 things in tech you need to know today

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAT&T admitted it paid for insights into Donald Trump.

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

1. AT&T admitted it paid President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in December 2017 for “insights” into the Trump administration. The bombshell revelation comes after the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels tweeted about the transactions.

2. Facebook radically transformed the company on Tuesday, by reorganising and assigning new leaders to many of its major product teams. Under the new structure, Facebook will be divided into three teams: family of apps, central product services, and new platforms and infrastructure.

3. Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed off advances in the company’s virtual assistant at its annual I/O developer’s conference. The firm demoed Assistant talking to a real person over the phone to book a hair appointment.

4. Google also revealed details of its Android P operating system. One feature will keep track of how often you use your phone.

5. Users will soon be able to soon be able to automatically add colour to old black and white photos using Google Photos. The feature could let people view their old family photos in a revolutionary new way.

6. Cambridge Analytica’s founder, Nigel Oakes, said the company won’t be rebranding under a new name. There was speculation the firm could regroup under a new company, Emerdata, but Oakes revealed that company had gone into administration.

7. The White House will meet Silicon Valley executives to talk about artificial intelligence. The executives will be coming from 38 companies, including tech titans Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Intel; and from companies familiar with using AI like Ford and United Airlines.

8. Japanese HR giant Recruit Holdings will buy jobs site Glassdoor for $US1.2 billion. The company will continue to operate independently, it said.

9. Facebook will block ads relating to Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion that don’t come from advertisers inside the country.The worry is foreign actors could try and influence the vote.

10. Facebook defended end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp, suggesting the company isn’t about to give in to governments pressuring the firm to weaken the app. The company admitted that encryption can help bad people do “bad things” but the trade-off was worth it to give millions of people security.

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