10 things in tech you need to know today

‘The Witcher’ is being adapted into a Netflix TV series. CD Projekt RED

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

  1. Business Insider ran 2 fake ads pretending to be Cambridge Analytica – and Facebook failed to catch that they were frauds. Facebook’s new political ad transparency tools allowed Business Insider to run adverts as being “paid for” by Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy that dragged Facebook into a major data scandal this year.
  2. Sundar Pichai emailed Google staff saying he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the firm’s record on sexual misconduct. The email came after news emerged that Google employees were planning a walkout to protest the company’s handling of the sexual-misconduct allegations.
  3. Twitter is testing a toggle to let users easily switch between a chronological and an algorithmic timeline. Only a small number of iOS users can test the feature at the moment.
  4. Apple offered to buy augmented-reality startup Leap Motion multiple times, but people familiar with the matter told Business Insider that negotiations fell through.Insiders said the figure discussed was between $US30 million and $US50 million, a fraction of the company’s Series B valuation of $US306 million.
  5. Group video calls on FaceTime are finally here, but you may be left out if you have an older Apple device.FaceTime can now support video chats for up to 32 participants, thanks to the iOS 12.1 update that was released earlier this week.
  6. Online scammers are bombarding young ‘Fortnite’ players with fake offers for free v-bucks, the game’s digital currency. More than 4,700 websites are fraudulently offering free v-bucks as a front for phishing and information collection.
  7. Elon Musk said Tesla vehicles will be able to find open parking spots without driver assistance by next year.While the AutoPark feature identifies possible parking spots for drivers to choose, Musk suggested that it will eventually be able to both find and choose a parking spot without driver assistance.
  8. Lime recalled thousands of scooters after reports of some catching fire. Lime has recalled 2,000 electric scooters in three US cities, it said Wednesday.
  9. Netflix is turning one of the world’s most popular games into a TV show – and we just got a first look at its main character. “The Witcher” is coming to Netflix in 2019, with Henry Cavill playing the main character Geralt of Rivia.
  10. Waymo has become the first company that’s allowed to test autonomous cars without a backup driver in California. Waymo received a permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Tuesday to test autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers on public roads, the DMV said in a statement.

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