10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- The New York state attorney general is investigating WeWork amid layoffs. The company confirmed that it had been contacted by Attorney General Letitia James' office, which will reportedly focus on activities by WeWork's founder and former CEO, Adam Neumann.
- T-Mobile CEO John Legere is stepping down in May 2020. Legere will hand over the reins to COO and president Mike Siever.
- SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has told WeWork executives he wants the company to turn a profit by 2021. Masayoshi Son told WeWork executives to look for new sources of revenue as SoftBank attempts to rescue the company.
- Amazon is now letting you listen to music free on smartphones and TV, as well as online and Spotify investors are already nervous. The company published a blog post that said customers without a Prime membership or subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited could now access ad-supported music for free.
- Alibaba leaders have denied 'sensational' claims made in viral Weibo post that said the Chinese e-commerce giant misreported its Singles Day sales. Peng Mei - project manager for communications on Singles Day and PR director of Tmall, the retail site owned by Alibaba - responded to the allegations in a post on WeChat, threatening legal action.
- Google has bought CloudSimple, a startup that was once a key part of Microsoft's cloud strategy. CloudSimple was originally launched to help Microsoft woo VMware customers to compete with Amazon Web Services.
- Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann can still reportedly name directors to WeWork's board, even though he left the company. Adam Neumann can still influence the company through its board, according to a new Fast Company report.
- A new 'Half-Life' game is finally coming out after 12 years of waiting - but the catch is that it's for virtual reality only. Developer Valve called 'Half Life: Alyx' "a flagship VR game."
- Teens love Apple's AirPods, and they're putting them on their holiday wish lists more than ever before. That's according to a new survey from Piper Jaffray.
- Apple is holding a surprise event in NYC next month, and it sounds like it will be all about apps and games. The tech giant is holding an event on December 2 to highlight the best apps and games of the year in an unusual move.
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