10 things in tech you need to know today

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

  1. Amazon announced it is raising its minimum wage to $US15. The company will raise its minimum wage from November 1, with CEO Jeff Bezos saying the company had “listened to our critics.”
  2. Facebook is warning its first business customers that hackers may have obtained their internal data, a stunning security lapse for a business-focused product. Some of the people potentially impacted by Facebooks latest massive security breach are the earliest business customers of its corporate chat app Workplace, according to emails viewed by Business Insider.
  3. Facebook says it hasn’t seen any evidence that hackers used stolen keys to access users’ Tinder, Spotify, or Instagram accounts. Facebook says it can’t find any evidence that the hackers who compromised 50 million users’ accounts last week also used stolen “keys” to break into victims’ accounts on other apps and services.
  4. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it’s a “challenge” getting Congress up to speed on the need for new privacy regulations. Cook touted Apple’s restraint in terms of collecting information on its users in a new interview, and said he couldn’t imagine one of his successors steering the company in a different direction when it comes to user privacy.
  5. Microsoft announced three new premium Surface computers and a pair of headphones. Microsoft unveiled a four-pack of new Surface gadgets at an event in New York City on Tuesday.
  6. Bernie Sanders praised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for raising the company’s minimum wage. The Democratic senator has been an outspoken critic of Amazon and Bezos in the past, but on Tuesday he said he wants to give “credit where credit is due.”
  7. Tim Cook says Apple banned Alex Jones because it curates content, not because of politics. Cook denied that the decision was coordinated with other tech firms, some of which removed Jones from their services soon after Apple did.
  8. Ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to turn a funeral home where she held wild Halloween parties into a private women’s club. Residents in the area were not happy when Mayer threw the parties, and some are not any happier with the tech executive’s newest idea.
  9. A new shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police. A big new feature for iPhones this year is Shortcuts, an app that lets you write scripts for the iPhone, and one widely shared shortcut is called Police, which records police interactions and texts a predetermined contact that you’ve been pulled over.
  10. Amazon quietly ended its year-old program that was supposed to be like a better vending machine. Amazon announced Instant Pickup in August 2017, offering instant purchasing much like a vending machine, but has now quietly ended the program.

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