10 things in tech you need to know today
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
- Instagram is facing pressure from Facebook to grow its ad business and has noticeably upped its focus on monetization after the departure of its cofounders last year. According to The Information, Facebook execs are worried that Instagram's growth could impact that of Facebook's.
- Google's widely used, beloved operating system Android won't feature a dessert-centric name for the first time in a decade. Instead, the next version of Android will be called Android 10, to make it easier to understand for users around the world.
- Apple reportedly has a new and improved set of AirPods in the works, which will probably cost more than $160. According to Bloomberg, the new AirPods will feature improvements such as water-resistance and noise-cancellation technology.
- Huawei's senior vice president Vincent Yang said Wednesday that the company has no plans just yet to launch a phone with its homemade Harmony operating system. Yang said the plan is to stay on Android and maintain "one ecosystem", despite threats that Google will pull Huawei's Android licence.
- Oracle is suing its own founder-chairman, Larry Ellison, and and its CEO Safra Catz for billions of dollars, after a decision by three of its board members. The subject of the lawsuit is Oracle's $9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite in 2016, a deal in which a company that Ellison controls - Oracle - paid a premium price to buy a company that Ellison owned.
- Apple's health team is in turmoil, with high-level staffers unable to agree on the direction of the team, according to CNBC. There have been a number of high-level departures after in-fighting over differing visions for Apple's impact in the health sector.
- HP CEO and President Dion Weisler is stepping down "due to a family health matter" and will be returning to his home in Australia, the company announced. He will be replaced by Enrique Lores, an HP veteran who currently leads the company's printer business.
- Google, Mozilla, and Apple have blocked an encryption certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government which enabled it to spy on people's internet activities. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that installing the browser certificate allowed the government to surveil which sites people were accessing, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
- News Corp, the media company that owns the The Wall Street Journal, is reportedly set to launch a news aggregation service to rival Google News, called "Knewz." The decision comes as News Corp's executives have become increasingly concerned about how existing platforms, like Google News and Facebook, surface content for its readers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
- Business Insider found the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's public accounts on social media and music-streaming services, including Pinterest, Twitter, and Spotify. His accounts are occasionally illuminating, with references to his journeys to and from his Paris mansion, to his female acquaintances, and even relationships between children and adults.
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