10 things in tech you need to know today
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
- Google CEO Sundar Pichai warned employees in a leaked memo not to become too political at work. Google is under increasing political pressure from President Donald Trump and his allies, which has accused the search giant of being biased against conservatives.
- The White House is considering an antitrust investigation into 'online platform bias' at Google and Facebook. A proposed executive order would ask federal law enforcement to "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws," to "protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias."
- China banned the hugely popular game streaming service Twitch. The ban came after a spike in popularity, probably caused by users watching an eSports tournament.
- Apple is exerting more control over the types of original shows it wants to put on Apple Music. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company isn't keen on anything that's too graphically violent, sexual, or risky.
- Facebook is quietly working on a major system to help users understand each other in different languages. The firm working on M Suggestions, a Facebook Messenger feature that would translate chat in real-time.
- A former OpenTable employee has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly making hundreds of bogus reservations at Chicago restaurants to undermine a rival booking service. Prosecutors found 300 fake reservations made for at least 45 Chicago restaurants using Reserve, aiming to hurt the company's reputation.
- Comcast beat Rupert Murdoch in a $40 billion bid for Sky, Europe's biggest pay-TV company. The move allows Comcast to open its doors to the European market and access to online video streaming.
- Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt has predicted that the internet will split in two by 2028. China, he says, will have its own branch of the internet.
- British fashion startup Farfetch went public on Friday, with its shares rising as much as 53%. According to CNBC, the company raised $885 million, giving it a valuation of $6.2 billion.
- Twitter warned users on Friday about a bug that had possibly exposed their direct messages to third-party developers. The company claims it is unlikely that any messages were shared incorrectly, but warned users out of caution.