10 things in tech you need to know today

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

  1. Amazon employees are gearing up to confront CEO Jeff Bezos at an all-staff meeting this week about selling facial recognition software to law enforcement. Employees are urging their colleagues to put pressure on the company at an all-staff meeting Thursday by inundating CEO Jeff Bezos with questions, Recode reports.
  2. Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian says “hustle porn” is “one of the most toxic, dangerous things in tech right now” at Web Summit on Tuesday. “Hustle porn” is the fetishization of extremely long working hours, and Ohanian said he let his own mental health go when he built Reddit.
  3. Marc Benioff invited Elon Musk to dig tunnels in San Francisco for a new transportation system, and the Tesla founder accepted. The Salesforce CEO asked Musk on Twitter whether the Boring Company could come to San Francisco, and Musk replied: “Sure, we can do it.”
  4. Facebook said that the 100 accounts it removed ahead of the midterm elections for “inauthentic behaviour” may well be Russian.Facebook’s head of cyber security policy told TechCrunch that the company blocked over 100 accounts after receiving a tip-off from law enforcement that they could be connected to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.
  5. A federal judge ruled that chip seller Qualcomm must licence some of its technology to competitors. The preliminary ruling came in an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm brought by the US Federal Trade Commission in early 2017.
  6. The FCC is calling for all phone carriers to implement effective caller ID by 2019. The FCC’s Chairman Ajit Pai said this was important in combating “illegal robocalls.”
  7. The president of Samsung says “we should really worry about ethics” as artificial intelligence moves into your DNA. Samsung Electronics president Young Sohn told Business Insider about his concerns around AI exploits health and DNA data.
  8. One of Microsoft’s fastest-rising stars is leaving the company with the intention of “getting back to building new things.” Javier Soltero, who came to Microsoft after his startup, Acompli, was acquired in 2014, is leaving after four years.
  9. Samsung is hinting that it will reveal its long-awaited foldable phone on November 7. Samsung’s foldable phone has been nicknamed “Galaxy F” and “Galaxy X.”
  10. Tinder’s paying user base went up from3.8 million last quarter to 4.1 million this quarter, and is projected to bring in $US800 million in revenue this year. Tinder’s parent company Match Group surpassed its forecasted revenue for Q3.

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