Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. WikiLeaks sent multiple messages to Donald Trump Jr. before and after the 2016 election — at one point asking if founder Julian Assange could be Australian ambassador to the US. WikiLeaks often encouraged Trump Jr. to share links, and even leak his father’s tax returns.
2. British authorities are reportedly worried that Russia might be using Kaspersky software to spy on Barclays bank customers. An anonymous Whitehall source made the claims, but Kaspersky, Barclays, and the UK’s intelligence agency have denied aspects of the report.
3. Google is deleting videos posted by extremists as part of an ongoing crackdown on terrorist content. The company has removed videos by radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, after governmental pressure to do more to tackle extremism online.
4. Tesla has been hit with another lawsuit claiming its factory is a “hotbed” of racist behaviour. It’s the third lawsuit filed by a black worker claiming racial slurs at Tesla’s workplace.
5. Apple will stick to a three-tier iPhone model next year, releasing multiple devices including a 6.5-inch iPhone X. That’s according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently makes the right call on Apple.
6. A venture capitalist and board member at Space X and Tesla, Steve Jurvetson, has resigned from the investor DFJ after sexual harassment allegations. Jurvetson denies the accusations and said he plans to take legal action.
7. Uber rival Lyft is finally expanding beyond the US — to Canada. The company’s first city outside the US will be Toronto.
8. Bill Gates is turning his philanthropic efforts to Alzheimer’s. The Microsoft cofounder has pledged $US100 million (£76.3 million) from his personal funds to invest in startups and a fund which fight dementia.
9. Apple is making slow progress on hiring more diverse workers. Less than a third of the firm’s leadership is female, while 66% of its leaders are white.
10. Amazon is mulling a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video, its Netflix-style streaming service which offers TV like “The Man in the High Castle.” The company is talking to networks about providing content to the channel, according to Ad Age.
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