10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
- UK chipmaker ARM told staff to suspend business with Huawei, according to an internal memo seen by the BBC. The move could devastate Huawei, which relies on ARM architecture for its phones.
- British carriers EE and Vodafone dropped Huawei devices from their new 5G networks over worries that customers wouldn't get Android support. Google pulled Huawei's Android license earlier this week.
- Apple sent out invites to WWDC, its annual developer conference. The company is expected to announce new software for its iPhone, iPads, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac products.
- People dressed as poop emojis and other protesters swarmed Amazon's annual shareholder meeting in Seattle. The meeting attracted a lot of protesters, who criticized the company for its treatment of workers and environmental issues.
- Amazon won the battle over whether it can sell its controversial facial recognition technology to the government. Two shareholder proposals about Amazon's facial recognition software Rekognition were voted down at the company's shareholder meeting on Wednesday.
- UK fintech startup is now worth $3.5 billion after a secondary share offering that allowed its founders, employees, and investors to sell portions of their stakes. Investors and experts said the deal, still unusual in Europe, gave TransferWise greater flexibility to choose when it floats.
- Google's AI booking service, Duplex, is still relying on real people in call centers to make sure things go right. The New York Times reported that about 15% of calls started by the AI service required human intervention.
- Huawei's CEO Ren Zhengfei said he admires Apple and buys his family iPhones when they are not in China. Ren was addressing calls for an Apple boycott in China after Huawei was blacklisted by the US, according to The South China Morning Post.
- Silicon Valley chip startup CNEX is accusing a Huawei executive of involvement in the theft of trade secrets. The allegations were made as part of a lawsuit which is set to go to trial on June 3rd.
- Indonesia restricted access to Facebook and WhatsApp to stop the spread of fake news after riots erupted that killed 6 people and injured 200. While text and voice messages can be sent, photos and videos sent through WhatsApp and posted on Facebook are being blocked or slowed.
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