10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- Samsung says it will delay the consumer launch of its folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, after reviewers reported their review units malfunctioning. Samsung says it will announce the new release date in the coming weeks.
- Tesla kicked off a special event on Monday to show off its robo-taxi tech. Some experts have warned that CEO Elon Musk's previous comments about Tesla's self-driving software could be unsafe and even unethical.
- Elon Musk slammed rivals' self-driving car tech, saying "anyone relying on Lidar is doomed." Lidar is a honeycomb-looking sensor that many companies, including Alphabet's Waymo, rely on to give their self-driving cars an understanding of the road and what's on it.
- Elon Musk tweeted that one of Tesla's key suppliers, Panasonic, is culpable of having put a "constraint" on Model 3 production, Bloomberg reports. Panasonic makes the lithium ion batteries that go in Tesla cars.
- Facebook hired a top State Department lawyer to be its new general counsel. Jennifer Newstead, a top lawyer at the US State Department, is joining the beleaguered social networking firm.
- Two Google employees who spearheaded the walkout against sexual misconduct say the company has retaliated and demoted them. In response, the two women say they're hosting a "retaliation town hall" Friday for employees to attend and share their own stories of retaliation.
- The CEO of a data science learning startup worth $184 million made "uninvited physical contact" with an employee while dancing at a bar, sources say. DataCamp disclosed in an April blog post that an unnamed DataCamp executive made "uninvited physical contact" with an employee back in October 2017 and that the company had taken "corrective actions."
- Apple reportedly signed a $1.5 billion, 5-year deal with Amazon's cloud. The iPhone maker now reportedly spends over $30 million a month on AWS on average, up over 10% from the same period last year.
- A group of Microsoft and GitHub employees came out in support of Chinese tech workers protesting the infamous "996" work hours. The term "996" is a reference to the idea that many tech workers work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week, even though such practices are illegal in China.
- Elizabeth Holmes got a delay in setting her trial date partly because of the mountains of evidence pertaining to Theranos' downfall, the Wall Street Journal reports. A lawyer for Holmes' former deputy said it would be tricky gathering witnesses because some are billionaires who are, "very difficult to schedule."
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