10 things in tech you need to know today

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Facebook admitted that most of their 2 billion users probably had their data scraped by “bad actors” at some point. The issue lies in the reverse search feature, which allowed anyone to look up a Facebook user with their email address or phone number.

2. Facebook also admitted that 87 million user profiles were harvested by political research firm Cambridge Analytica, which is more than previously thought. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters during a call that the company had made a “huge mistake” in not admitting its responsibilities.

3. Facebook will limit developer access to user information as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And developers will need to get company approval before offering certain types of apps.

4. The changes to Facebook’s API briefly broke Tinder, which relies on the social platform for users to log in. Users reported that trying to log in sent them into a feedback loop, but Tinder eventually fixed the issue.

5. Google employees wrote a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai pleading with him to stop providing technology to the Pentagon that improves the accuracy of drone attacks. “Google should not be in the business of war,” the letter read.

6. Australian police have presented data from an Apple Watch as evidence in a murder trial. Myrna Nilsson was wearing the device when she was killed in 2016 – and police claim the watch shows she was killed at an earlier time than her daughter-in-law claims.

7. A rival to Uber called ViaVan has just launched in London offering carpooling rides. ViaVan said it pays drivers a higher commission than Uber, and has a different business model.

8. Snapchat has introduced group video calling. The feature lets users speak with up to 16 people in a group chat.

9. Apple is working on gesture control and a curved screen for future iPhone models, according to Bloomberg. The tech wouldn’t be ready for at least two years, however.

10. Apple pays female staff up to 26% less than male staff in the UK. The disparity is down to the fact Apple’s senior ranks are filled with men.