10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- 8chan, the controversial messaging board linked to three mass shootings this year, struggled to stay online through Monday as various service providers refused to host it. It came back online after securing the services of BitMitigate, but went offline again after service provider Voxility cut off access to BitMitigate and the websites it hosts.
- President Trump on Monday urged social media companies to create tools for identifying mass shooters before they attack. He said he is directing the Department of Justice to work with local and state agencies as well as social media companies to "develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike."
- A memo posted on an internal Google message board alleging discrimination and retaliation is reportedly reverberating within the tech giant. In the memo, a female employee charged that managers discriminated against her and another woman because of their pregnancies and retaliated against her when she spoke out on behalf of the other woman.
- The vulnerability that led to the Capital One data breach was a result of a misconfigured Capital One system that communicates with the Amazon Web Services cloud platform, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The type of vulnerability has been known about by security researchers for years.
- A 14-year-old far-right YouTuber with nearly 1 million followers has been kicked off the platform for violating its hate-speech policies in a video calling the LGBTQ community pedophiles. After her channel was terminated, Soph tweeted an image of herself holding what looked like a gun and the caption, "youtube headquarters here I come," according to Buzzfeed, but then later said the tweet was a joke.
- Chinese state media says Huawei is testing a smartphone with its homegrown HongMeng operating system to rival Google's Android OS. Global Times said the device would be priced at around $288, and said HongMeng would be "an alternative to Google's Android OS."
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sold more than 500,000 shares on Thursday and Friday, raising $990 million. The shares were in addition to the $1.8 billion worth of stock he sold earlier in the week, and it isn't clear why he's selling.
- The US government is warning that attempting to change the $5 billion FTC settlement with Facebook could result in a far worse deal, after a non-profit challenged the settlement in court. The government argued that litigation with Facebook, rather than a fine, would probably result in a worse outcome for users.
- New research has bucked claims from electric scooter firms that their vehicles are a particularly green way to get around. Researchers at North Carolina State University looked at the lifecycle of scooters and found they produce higher emissions per passenger mile than a crowded bus, an electric moped or bike, and walking.
- Joe Marchese is CEO of newly announced Attention Capital, a holding company that is buying media and technology companies betting a shift is underway in how people spend their time and attention. In its first deal, Attention Capital is acquiring, with James Murdoch's Lupa Systems, a controlling stake in Tribeca Film Festival parent Tribeca Enterprises.
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