10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
- Samsung announced its foldable smartphone on Wednesday. The Galaxy Fold will cost a whopping $1,980 when it launches on April 26.
- Samsung also introduced its new Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus phones. The new smartphones come with significant design, feature, and spec overhauls compared to previous models.
- Sen. Mark Warner blasted Google for the hidden Nest microphone. Sen. Warner told Business Insider in a statement that federal agencies and Congress, "must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy."
- A major privacy advocacy group is calling on the FTC to force Google to divest the Nest business after it failed to let consumers know about a hidden microphone. The longtime privacy advocacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action.
- Mark Zuckerberg started his 2019 challenge of doing public debates. Zuckerberg took part in an interview with Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain.
- Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't want "a camera in everyone's living room," but seemed to forget that Facebook sells a camera that goes in living rooms. Jonathan Zittrain pointed out that Facebook sells a camera-equipped device for the living room - Facebook Portal, its smart speaker with video calling.
- Apple once gifted Karl Lagerfeld a custom $25,000 Apple Watch, but the fashion icon might have never set it up. Karl Lagerfeld, the German designer and creative director of the fashion houses Chanel and Fendi, died aged 85 on Tuesday.
- SpaceX is about to launch an Israeli mission to the moon and if successful, it would be the world's first private lunar landing. SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization based in Israel, designed and built the 1,300-pound lunar lander called "Beresheet," which means "in the beginning."
- Elon Musk said Tesla will make 500,000 cars this year, and then immediately backtracked. "Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week," Musk tweeted in a hasty retraction.
- Mark Zuckerberg is due to meet the UK's culture secretary in California on Thursday. Jeremy Wright told the BBC he hopes to discuss "ways to prevent online harm" with Zuckerberg.
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