10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- In a leaked all-hands recording, Jeff Bezos has addressed Amazon's rising political spending. In the meeting last month, Bezos said that except for certain 'extreme' issues, 'you have to be able to work with people who don't agree with you on everything.'
- TikTok admitted that it hid disabled users' videos appearing on the app's main feed, claiming the 'blunt' policy was used to prevent bullying. The video sharing site admitted that it previously had a policy in place which limited the reach of videos posted by disabled users.
- The cryptocurrency community is up in arms after programmer Virgil Griffith gave a talk on blockchain in North Korea and was then arrested. Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin defended Griffith, and said he hoped the US "shows strength rather than weakness and focuses on genuine and harmful corruption."
- Mark Zuckerberg had a secret dinner with Trump in October, and he really doesn't want to share what they talked about. Zuckerberg answered questions about his private October dinner with President Donald Trump for the first time, but he didn't share much.
- Tinder has said 'there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products'. While Match Group screens sex offenders on its paid service, Match.com, it doesn't take that step on its free apps, including Tinder.
- YouTube said it deleted more than 300 Trump reelection campaign ads, without saying exactly why. The site said it removed more than 300 Trump campaign ads, CBS' "60 Minutes" reported. The president has long accused Silicon Valley of being anti-GOP.
- Amazon is getting into the quantum computing game, which Microsoft, IBM, and Google are already racing in. The tech giant has partnered with the startups D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti to announce a new service that allows people to try quantum computing with the cloud.
- The FBI says the photo-editing app that went viral this summer is a 'significant counterintelligence threat' because of its ties to Russia. It said FaceApp's Russia ties, which exposed its data to Russia's 'robust cyber exploitation abilities,' made the app a threat.
- Retailers like Nordstrom and Amazon are selling items like a $60 AirPod 'carrying strap' to capitalize on people's anxiety around losing a wireless earbud. A meme circulating on Monday pokes fun at retailers like Nordstrom and Amazon that have started selling accessories to prevent AirPod loss.
- Armed robbers raided an Amazon truck just before Black Friday as package theft runs rampant across the country. The robbers made off with 60 packages before fleeing the scene. Police released tips on how to keep your holiday packages from being stolen.
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