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

  1. Google announced “Project Stream,” an experimental video game streaming service which will allow people to play games for free from the Google Chrome browser. The first game available will be the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey,” but there are only a limited number of spots.
  2. Facebook appointed a 10-year company veteran to replace Kevin Systrom as the head of Instagram. Instagram has named Adam Mosseri, the current VP of product, to head up the photo sharing platform after the two cofounders announced they would be leaving the company last week.
  3. Google’s longtime advertising chief is leaving after 15 years to join VC firm Greylock. Sridhar Ramaswamy is leaving to join the venture capital firm, and will be replaced by Prabhakar Raghavan, vice president of Engineering at Google.
  4. Sony’s annual PlayStation conference has been canceled this year due to a lack of announcements. Sony’s PlayStation Experience will not be held in North America for the first time since its launch in 2014.
  5. Some iPhone XS owners are reporting that their new iPhones have problems charging. Affected iPhones won’t begin charging when the screen is turned off, only starting when the iPhone is awakened.
  6. Former students say that Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak’s $US13,200 coding bootcamp is ‘broken’ and sometimes links to Wikipedia. Last fall, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak launched a coding bootcamp called Woz U, but course materials were of low quality and many students felt like they did not get enough value out of the bootcamp to justify the $US13,200 it cost to enroll, CBS reports.
  7. Someone bought an unreleased Chromecast from a Best Buy store nearly a week before Google’s big hardware event.A Reddit user bought an unannounced and unreleased Chromecast streaming device from Best Buy over the weekend.
  8. Tim Berners-Lee launched his vision for an alternative web because he believes the current web is abused by powerful entities for their own agendas. The inventor of the world wide web posted a blog on Saturday laying out his vision to create a new, decentralized web.
  9. One of Tesla’s biggest bulls thinks Al Gore would be a good pick to replace Elon Musk as chairman. Gene Munster, a managing partner at the venture capital firm Loup Ventures, said Gore would be a good pick following Musk being made to step down as chairman by the SEC.
  10. The latest Google Easter egg is a secret text adventure game hidden inside Google Search. Thanks to a Reddit user who posted on the r/google thread, we now know about a secret game hidden inside Google’s code.

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