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Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
1. Apple is reportedly delaying some iOS updates, which include improvements to core applications, until next year. The company is reportedly choosing to focus on performance and reliability issues first.
2. Facebook announced that it’s banning all ads for cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and binary options. The firm said that it’s doing this to avoid “misleading or deceptive promotional practices.”
3. The US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating potential violations Apple may have made. The violations would concern security laws about Apple’s disclosure on the update that slowed down iPhones with older batteries.
4. Samsung has posted record profits for its fourth quarter, with $14.15 billion (£9.9 billion) mainly driven by chip sales. The mobile business, on the other hand, saw a 3.2% year-on-year decline to $2.25 billion (£.16 billion) in profit.
5. Verizon has reportedly dropped all plans to sell Huawei branded phones in the US. The carrier, facing pressures from the US government, will not even sell the latest Huawei smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, with which the Chinese manufacturer hoped to enter the market.
6. Snap has debuted a new style for its Bitmoji service, called Bitmoji Deluxe. The deluxe offering has 40 skin tones (up from 25), twice as many hair colours, and 50 different hair treatment options.
7. Apple is reportedly slashing orders of its crown jewel device, the iPhone X. Initial reports said that production has been curtailed to about 20 million handsets from the 40 million initial estimate, due to weaker-than-expected demand.
8. Google announced that it removed over 700,000 apps from the Play Store last year for policy violations. The firm said that the massive increase, up 70% from last year, has to do with smarter machine learning algorithms.
9. Microsoft has updated the apps of the Office suite on iOS. The update includes co-authoring, iPad drag-and-drop and universal link support, and OneDrive support inside iOS’ native Files app.
10. Apple is reportedly losing ground in India despite its recent efforts in the country. The main causes of its market share loss seemingly have to do with the high cost of iPhones, and core services like Maps and Siri not working well locally.