10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- Apple took a direct shot at Google and Facebook with a new service called "Sign in with Apple." Announced at its developer conference WWDC, the service is a fast and secure way to sign into apps and websites.
- Apple officially announced it's killing off iTunes. With macOS Catalina, the contents of iTunes will now be split up between three apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
- Apple announced "iPadOS," a brand new operating system for the iPad. This means the iPad will no longer run on the same software as the iPhone and iPod.
- Apple is finally adding "dark mode" to the next version of the iPhone's operating system. Dark mode on iOS 13 will make most of Apple's own apps take on a darker color scheme, making it more comfortable to use an iPhone in darker settings.
- SoftBank is trying to raise another monster $100 billion fund, but it's reportedly having trouble finding investors, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. SoftBank told the Journal that reports the company is having difficulty raising money for the second Vision Fund is "misleading and even inaccurate."
- The DOJ will police Apple in the federal government's new surge in tech antitrust enforcement. The news comes as the two federal government agencies responsible for antitrust oversight - the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission - appear to be divvying up major tech companies for future investigations.
- The head of the Justice Department division reportedly preparing an antitrust investigation into Google used to be a lobbyist defending Google against antitrust concerns. Makan Delrahim once lobbied on behalf of Google during one of its most important and controversial acquisitions.
- House Democrats and Republicans announced an investigation that will look into whether tech industry giants have become anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. "A small number of dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication, and information online," the panel said in a statement that did not name any companies.
- The creator of the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot is back with an Apple-exclusive show about a world where America never quit the space race. "For All Mankind" is coming to Apple TV Plus, the iPhone maker's forthcoming premium TV subscription video service.
- A YouTuber who fed a homeless man a toothpaste-filled Oreo was given a 15-month prison sentence. Kanghua Ren, otherwise known as ReSet, was also given a 20,000 euro (about $22,390) fine.
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