Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. Facebook said a single Russian group spent less than $1 (75p) on three ads during the Brexit vote, which were seen by 200 British users at most. The MP probing Russian meddling in the referendum, Damian Collins, disputed Facebook’s claims and said the firm needed to carry out further investigations.
2.The FCC will vote to repeal net neutrality in the US today, but 18 attorneys general have asked the agency to delayed the vote. They wanted to delay because of the millions of fake public comments left on the FCC’s plans.
3. Three US men have pleaded guilty to the Mirai botnet attack, which took down Reddit, Twitter, and other popular sites last year. The three men had launched the attack in order to get an advantage in the popular game “Minecraft.”
4. iPhone X adoption has overtaken that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, new analytics show. Mixpanel data shows iPhone X adoption currently stands at 4.76%, ahead of the iPhone 8 Plus at 3.59% and the iPhone 8 at 2.78%
5. Spotify, Deezer, and other European digital firms have once again written to EU officials to complain about their larger US rivals. A joint letter argued that US firms like Amazon and Apple “abuse” their position to maintain dominance.
6. Microsoft will integrate artificial intelligence into its search engine Bing for smarter use – such as getting multple answers to a question, and conversational search. It’s also struck a partnership with Reddit to surface results from the site more effectively.
7. Google will roll out Assistant to older phones and tablets running Android. Assistant will now be available on phones running Android Lollipop 5.0, tablets on 7.0 Nougat, and 6.0 Marshmallow.
8. Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he’s “thinking” about a much-demanded feature for the platform, an edit button. Dorsey asked users for their top feature suggestions and asked for more detail from those who suggested the edit button.
9. Bitcoin briefly slumped on Wednesday below $16,000, resulting in futures to temporarily halt trading on Cboe’s exchange. Futures trading on Cboe has only been available since Sunday.
10.Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya has again criticised Silicon Valley culture, this time Uber. He described Uber as “the great American tragedy” playing out in a company.