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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. YouTube and Facebook promoted a right-wing conspiracy about a Florida shooting survivor. The YouTube video was first in the site’s list of trending videos on Wednesday, but was later removed.
2. Twitter is getting tough with bots.It has updated its API guidelines to limit simultaneous actions across multiple accounts.
3. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has invested $50 million (£36 million) in the newly formed Signal Foundation. The organisation is non-profit, and it will maintain the Signal app.
4. Google is recommending Android devices to businesses.The recommendations don’t extend to Samsung devices, however.
5. Intel has begun rolling out updated patches for Spectre. The chips updated are those from the Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake families.
6. Nest has added Google Assistant support to its Cam IQ security camera. The company is also launching a new $5 a month tier for its Nest Aware service.
7. Qualcomm has launched a new augmented reality/virtual reality headset. The Snapdragon 845 headset has eye and body tracking tools.
8. Uber has launched a new service called Uber Express Pool. It gives cheaper fares to those willing to walk to shared rides, and it’s starting in San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Denver, and Boston.
9. Apple is reportedly in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt.It’s a key ingredient in manufacturing batteries.
10. Google has launched AdSense Auto ads. The new ads use machine learning to optimize placement and monetization choices.