10 things in tech you need to know today

Alex Stamos.

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Alex Stamos.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Facebook’s former security chief Alex Stamos warned that “it’s too late to protect the 2018 elections” from meddling. Stamos was in charge of Facebook’s response to Russian hacking and meddling during the 2016 election, and he says it now risks happening again.

2. Apple banned Facebook’s security app Onavo Protect that also reports back on which apps people are using. Apple determined that the app violated its new rules on data collection, and it has now been removed from the App Store.

3. The $3.2 billion self-driving car company Zoox has ousted its CEO. CEO and founder Tim Kentley-Klay says that he was ousted “without a warning” because “the board chose a path of fear.”

4. Facebook has suspended 400 apps as part of its investigation into developer data. Facebook launched the investigation in March after the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal.

5. Facebook is warning 4 million users that another app may have mishandled their data. It took action against “myPersonality” after the developers failed to submit to the Facebook app auditing process.

6. Iran’s fake news push was much bigger than Facebook, and spread to Twitter and Google. A report from cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed fake accounts and information on Google+ and YouTube.

7. Uber will pay $1.9 million to former and current employees claiming sexual harassment. The ride-hailing company will pay an average settlement of just under $34,000 each to 56 current and former employees claiming sexual harassment.

8. Reddit users shared thousands of links from fake Iranian news sites which were exposed as misinformation. The links came from six sites exposed by security firm FireEye as hoaxes, rather than the genuine British and American news sites they appeared to be.

9. One of Facebook’s key dealmakers is leaving the company to be with his family in Hawaii. Facebook VP of Partnerships Dan Rose says he is leaving the company early next year.

10. It sounds like Jack Dorsey wants to massively change how you follow people on Twitter. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Jack Dorsey addressed the issue of bias on Twitter, and suggested that one fix would be to “break” the way people follow specific accounts and hinted instead that people would follow broader general topics.

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