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10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today
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Former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann.    Jackal Pan / Getty

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

  1. WeWork has temporarily shelved its IPO. The office-space company still plans to go public in the future, its new co-CEOs said in a statement on Monday.
  2. Facebook pushed back on reports that WhatsApp would be forced to hand over encrypted messages to UK police. The UK is close to signing a treaty with the US that would speed up the process for applying of US courts to get warrants for data like Facebook messages.
  3. Facebook now blocks people from sharing links to notorious piracy site The Pirate Bay. When users attempt to link out to the site, a notification says, "Your post couldn't be shared, because this link goes against our community standards."
  4. Pope Francis warned Silicon Valley that if it isn't careful with AI it could lead to an "unfortunate regression to a form of barbarism." The pope spoke at the "Common Good in the Digital Age" conference, which addressed potential dangers misinformation and technologies including artificial intelligence and cyber security.
  5. Levi's and Google are launching new denim jackets that can answer phone calls and control your music. Using a small tab that slips inside the sleeve, the jacket allows you to leave your phone in your pocket and use the sleeve almost like a touch pad.
  6. A new Tesla feature called "smart summon" that rolled out last week is wreaking havoc in parking lots, the Verge reports. The feature allows a parked car to find its owner from a maximum of 200 feet, and videos on social media show the cars getting into scrapes.
  7. Waymo and the AAA have partnered on trying to ease anxiety about self-driving vehicles. One goal is to help young people understand the benefits and limits of autonomous technology, so Waymo and AAA have developed a school curriculum for teachers to use with their students.
  8. Google wants to add an app to its Pixel smartphones that detects if it's been in a car crash and automatically dials 911, Engadget reports. The app will be called "Personal Safety," and if the phone detects a crash it rings its alarm and asks if the user is okay - if they don't reply, it calls the police.
  9. Reddit rewrote its community guidelines to crack down harder on abuse and took down a big forum for incels, the Verge reports. The new rules allow anyone who witnesses harassment on the platform, not just the victims, to report the behavior.
  10. Juul has said it will drop its support for Prop. C, the San Francisco measure to overturn a ban on e-cigarettes. The company has spent millions of dollars campaigning for the ballot measure.

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