10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
- Apple is reportedly set to finally ditch iTunes with the next big update to the Mac operating system. In its place, Apple will reportedly announce three new apps for Macs that allow users to access their music, TV shows and movies, and podcasts in separate places.
- A Google Cloud outage took down Snapchat, YouTube, and Gmail in parts of the US on Sunday. Google's cloud monitoring site indicated the issue began around 12:25 p.m. PST on Sunday and is impacting large portions of the United States and parts of Europe.
- The FTC and the DOJ have come to a new agreement which would place Amazon and Google under closer government scrutiny, The Washington Post reports. Three people familiar with the matter told the Post that the two government agencies are divvying up the tech giants, with the FTC focusing on Amazon and the DOJ setting its sights on Google.
- The US Justice Department is preparing a potential antitrust case against Google according to The Wall Street Journal. Per the Journal, the Justice Department has already been in touch with third-party critics of Google.
- Huawei has stopped several smartphone production lines after being blacklisted by the US blacklist, according to a report from the South China Morning Post. The company previously revved up efforts to become the world's largest smartphone vendor in response to President Donald Trump's administration adding the company to a trade blacklist.
- Facebook has made 'material missteps' in the past 18 months, according to a close ally of Sheryl Sandberg. SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie said Sandberg, a SurveyMonkey's board member, was nonetheless one of the best people to fix Facebook's issues.
- A study from Tinder found that the LGBTQ community is more likely to come out online before formally coming out to friends or family. Results of the survey mirror the increasing popularity coming out on the internet in YouTube videos, Instagram photos, blog posts, and online communities.
- Elon Musk says hit video game "Cuphead" will be playable on the Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X cars. The hit shooter game will be available later this summer, Musk told IGN podcast host Ryan McCaffrey.
- Twitter apologized for suspending the accounts of Chinese government critics ahead of the Tiananmen Square anniversary. Though Twitter is banned in China, many users including human rights lawyers and activists employ virtual private network software to post.
- Pro-gamer Ninja said he wants to be more than just "the Fortnite Guy," but the world's most popular gamer is headed into uncharted territory. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is the most popular professional gamer in the world, with more than 22 million YouTube subscribers and 14 million followers on Twitch, Amazon's streaming platform.
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