10 things in tech you need to know today
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- Social media firms are trying to fact-check Trump. Trump claimed in posts that "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election," which Twitter labelled as "misleading" while Facebook reminded users "final results may be different from initial vote counts."
- Polling places had some technical hiccups. Glitches temporarily delayed voting at some polling places on Tuesday, but officials said there was no evidence they were caused by cyberattacks.
- YouTube gave Fox news a boost. A researcher found tweaks to YouTube's recommendation algorithm meant it was promoting fewer fringe misinformation videos, but seems to have amplified the reach of Fox News videos.
- Ant Group's IPO was suspended. The suspension came a day after Chinese regulators met with Jack Ma and top executives.
- Amazon is trying to promote Black leadership. In a leaked recording, an Amazon exec told employees the company will double Black leaders this year and ban 'noninclusive' language from documents.
- The NSA pre-emptively struck against Iranian hackers. The US has taken action against foreign adversaries aiming to disrupt the 2020 election in recent weeks, said NSA director Paul Nakasone.
- Facebook will allow premature victory declarations for states. The company clarified its policy to the Wall Street Journal after it initially said it would label posts prematurely claiming election victory.
- It looks like Prop 22 is going to pass. Proposition 22 is a California ballot measure that would exempt rideshare drivers from the state's new gig economy labor law.
- Uber's pursuit of Prop 22 lost it a worker. A former Uber engineer said he quit the company after he felt pressured to support Proposition 22, and Lyft has also lost two senior execs.
- A gaming billionaire fired a titanium gnome into space. Gabe Newell, president of gaming company Valve, is launching the 3D-printed gnome which is inspired by the game "Half-Life."
- 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