10 things in tech you need to know today

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

  1. Facebook suspended 115 accounts the day before the US midterm elections. The accounts were brought to Facebook’s attention by law enforcement, who suspected links to “foreign entities.”
  2. Amazon plans to set up 2 different locations for its HQ2, in New York and Virginia. Amazon is said to have selected two cities as the site of its second headquarters: The Long Island City section of Queens, New York, and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, The New York Times reported on Monday evening.
  3. Facebook pulled Donald Trump’s controversial immigrant ad for violating its advertising policy on “sensational content.” After Fox News and NBC pulled the ad which was widely condemned as racist, Facebook decided to block it from paid distribution.
  4. Apple’s new MacBook Air and 2018 MacBook Pros physically disconnect the microphone when you close the lid to stop hackers from eavesdropping on your conversations.The cameras on the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pros aren’t disconnected, however, as the “field of view is completely obstructed when the lid is closed.”
  5. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff got into a Twitter beef with another exec over a controversial measure tackling San Francisco’s homelessness crisis. Proposition C is a ballot measure in San Francisco, California, that would tax the city’s largest corporations to provide more funding to homeless services.
  6. A new app can show you the voting history of your friends and coworkers, and even which political party they’re registered with. The app, called Vote With Me, provides information about the elections taking place in your district, lets you know whether a race is tight, and shows you how to prepare for Election Day.
  7. Electric scooter hire is coming to the UK under a deal struck by $US2 billion startup Bird. Bird is the first electric scooter company to launch in the UK, beating competitors like Lime and Uber to the punch.
  8. Twitter is struggling to curb fake Elon Musk accounts promoting cryptocurrency scams. The scammers are hacking a verified account, changing the display name to “Elon Musk,” copying his profile photo, and tweeting about a fake cryptocurrency giveaway.
  9. Amazon is launching a new delivery program and hiring thousands of drivers, with a warning against “peeing in bottles,” a source told Business Insider. Amazon is hiring its own fleet of full-time drivers to deliver packages to Prime customers, having previously relied on delivery services provided by UPS, FedEx, the US Postal Service, and contractors.
  10. A Chinese tech billionaire has been accused of plying a student with drink and then forcing himself on her during a trip to the US. The Minneapolis Star Tribune published a long account describing a student’s rape allegation against Liu Qiangdong, the billionaire founder of Chinese tech firm JD.com.

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