10 things in tech you need to know today
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- Current and former Ubisoft employees made further allegations of sexual harassment by executives at the company, saying that editorial vice president Tommy François boasted to colleagues of masturbating. Ubisoft has been roiled in recent weeks by allegations of assault and inappropriate behavior.
- Congress has postponed a major antitrust hearing that would have had the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google testifying together for the first time. The highly anticipated hearing, initially scheduled for noon on Monday, planned to examine the business practices of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, with lawmakers probing whether those companies used their market power to crush smaller rivals.
- A Google employee posted an anonymous survey asking whether working from home was hurting workers' mental health, and two-thirds of the nearly 10,000 respondents said yes. The companies where the most employees feel remote work is hurting their mental health are Yelp, Facebook, PayPal, and Yahoo. The companies where the fewest employees feel remote work stress are Snapchat, Workday, and T-Mobile.
- Google gathered data from people's Android devices that showed how competitors' apps were being used, according to a new investigation from The Information. The revelation could factor into ongoing antitrust investigations against Google, which are probing whether the company used its hardware and software advantages to quash competition.
- More than 1,000 Twitter employees and contractors had access to the internal tool that was core to its giant hack. A large number Twitter employees and contractors had access to internal tools that could change user account settings and hand control to others, two former employees said, making it hard to defend against the hacking that occurred earlier in July.
- SAP has announced that Qualtrics, the subsidiary it purchased for $8 billion in 2018, will be going public. The company said that SAP's board has already approved the deal, and that it plans to maintain its majority stake in the company even after the IPO.
- A new ad fraud scheme called Hydra is stealing millions from advertisers by impersonating app traffic, fraud watchers said. The operation was detected a year ago by Israeli company Protected Media, which recently brought it to the US ad industry's attention.
- Apple announced it would give US retail employees and hourly workers paid time off on Election Day to vote or volunteer at a polling place, Bloomberg News reported Friday. The news comes after nearly 400 other companies joined a nonpartisan coalition called Time To Vote to encourage employees to vote by giving paid time off on Election Day, including Twitter and Uber.
- Quibi is paying a network of digital media sites to write about its original shows, borrowing a tactic from Netflix, Hulu, and other streamers. The mobile-video startup, which launched in April, has a deal with Static Media's content studio that resulted in paid posts about Quibi programming on entertainment sites like Looper and Nicki Swift.
- Device startup Garmin was hit by a huge outage through Thursday thanks to a ransomware attack. An employee said they first learned of the attack on Thursday morning.
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- Poor demand for Star Health’s IPO forces investment bankers to cut down on promoter offerings; GMP at ₹10 discount
- No crypto ban in India — SEBI will reportedly be pulled in to regulate the sector
- TSMC begins pilot production of 3nm chips; expected to power Apple's next generation processor
- Google Pixel Watch reportedly in the works, to arrive in 2022
- Amazon aims to make AWS the greenest cloud options with investments in renewable energy projects