10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
- Facebook is adding a new e-commerce feature called Shops to let businesses sell products through the social network. Facebook said it accelerated the rollout of the feature to help small businesses affected by COVID-19.
- Google said it will no longer build custom AI tools for fossil fuel extraction as it looks to distance itself from the oil and gas industry. The announcement followed a Greenpeace report revealing a number of cloud computing services provided by tech companies to the energy industry.
- Uber paid its laid-off hourly workers far fewer weeks of severance than others, but the company now plans to retroactively pay them more. The hourly workers are still largely unaware of Uber's plans to pay them more, according to a source familiar with the matter.
- EasyJet says hackers stole 9 million customers' personal data, including email addresses and credit card details. EasyJet said it has closed off the unauthorized access and will notify affected customers this week.
- Google CEO Sundar Pichai refuted a report that the company scaled back its diversity programs in order to avoid conservative backlash. "We probably have more resources invested in diversity now than at any point in our history as a company," said the Google chief.
- Mark Zuckerberg said he is "worried" about China setting the agenda for tech regulation during a live streamed conversation with an EU commissioner. "I think the best antidote to that is having a clear regulatory framework that comes out of Western democratic countries and that can become a standard around the world that we can show works well," Zuckerberg said.
- A court in Texas selected its first jury via Zoom. The case is a summary jury trial, which means the jury's verdict will be non-binding.
- Joe Rogan's podcast is moving exclusively to Spotify. It's the platform's latest addition to the podcast empire it's building to compete with Apple and Google
- When Facebook reopens its offices in July it will limit them to 25% occupancy and require employees to wear masks, Bloomberg reports. Sources told Bloomberg the company outlined to staff globally how it plans to handle a return to major job sites starting July 6.
- Zoom no longer lets users in China sign up for free accounts, Nikkei Asian Review reports. This is reportedly due to "regulatory requirements" in China forcing users to sign up for paid accounts.
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