10 things in tech you need to know today
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- Facebook took down a Chinese disinformation network that spread propaganda across Southeast Asia and the US. Facebook said in a blog post that it had removed two coordinated disinformation campaigns, one from China and another from the Philippines.
- Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory posts. Nick Clegg, the firm's head of global affairs, said the network has plans for scenarios like widespread civil unrest, or an unclear result if mail-in votes are counted slowly.
- Arm's cofounder Hermann Hauser claims the chip designer's licensees are 'not happy' about its $40 billion sale to Nvidia. His concerns echo worries by analysts that Arm's sale to a large chipmaker would compromise its successful licensing model.
- President Trump and Beijing both hinted at blocking the Oracle-TikTok deal amid huge confusion about who will own the app. Each party is attempting to publicly spin the deal to their advantage, causing huge confusion over the final shape of the deal or even whether it will take place.
- The DOJ is reportedly narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's search dominance. Attorney General William Barr has pushed to sue Google before the election, overruling DOJ attorneys who said they needed more time to build their case.
- Activists are chasing Palantir across the US this week to protest its contracts with ICE. The groups staged a "good riddance" protest outside Palantir's former Palo Alto office, as well as an "unwelcome" protest at Palantir's new Denver headquarters, where it just moved.
- Tim Cook said parts of Apple's home-working model would stay forever. The Apple CEO said that the success of remote working during the pandemic meant the tech giant would not "return to the way we were."
- Trump's claim that the TikTok deal includes a $5 billion payment is terrible for venture capital and appears 'illegal," according to an expert. Trump keeps claiming that the TikTok deal includes a $5 billion payment from the companies involved that will be used to fund a new education program.
- Jeff Bezos is about to open a tuition-free preschool called the Bezos Academy where 'the child will be the customer.' The Amazon CEO shared a photo of one of the classrooms on his Instagram, revealing that the school, which is located in Des Moines, Washington, will open on October 19.
- Check out the pitch deck kitchen startup Kbox Global used to raise its second fundraise of 2020 amid a major food delivery boom. The ghost kitchen startup has raised £12 million ($15 million) in a fresh funding round from Balderton Capital to disrupt the soon to be $1 billion dark kitchen market.
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- Night curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodra and Rajkot to get extend by 15 days
- Whether we like it or not, Indians are already partaking in the superfood ‘trend’
- India records 16,488 new COVID-19 cases and 113 deaths in last 24 hours
- Maharashtra to conduct class 12,10 exams from 23 and 29 April
- Here is what to expect from Maruti, M&M, Hero, Bajaj Auto and other automakers in February auto sales