10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Apple founder Steve Jobs.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg’s security chief is leaving after an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Liam Booth’s departure comes after he was accused of serious misconduct, including sexual harassment and racism by two former staffers. A spokesman for the Zuckerberg family said it found no evidence of misconduct.
  2. Instagram is trying to crack down on bullying with a new way to stop people from commenting publicly on your photos without having to block them. The app will let users “restrict” people’s comments with a mute-style feature, and use AI to flag offensive comments before they’re posted.
  3. Bill Gates said Steve Jobs could be both an “asshole” and a wizard who cast “spells” on people. Speaking in a segment on leadership on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” which aired Sunday, Gates said Jobs was able to “mesmerize” people.
  4. Biographer Walter Isaacson revealed that Jobs thought Apple CEO Tim Cook was “not a product guy.” Current Apple CEO Tim Cook is most well-known for operations and management.
  5. Researchers studied 25,000 leaked Huawei resumes and found troubling links to the government and spies. While the study is not conclusive, it is likely to further exacerbate anxiety about the Chinese tech giant.
  6. Facebook and Twitter reportedly aren’t welcome at a coming White House social-media summit. The White House is scheduled to host a social-media summit on Thursday, in which it is meant to discuss “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”
  7. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly refused to believe that people thought he was more like Bill Gates than Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. Facebook conducted polling in 2017 to figure out public perception toward CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives, Bloomberg reported.
  8. Sony is reportedly developing its own foldable smartphone. If true, Sony joins a growing list of major tech companies like Samsung and Huawei in developing devices with foldable screens.
  9. Elon Musk says a “massive effort” is required to get Tesla driverless cars to “99.9999%” safety. In a tweet, Musk said intersections with lots of traffic lights and shopping mall parking lots are among the technology’s biggest challenges.
  10. A Forbes report described misogyny at Badoo, the dating app owned by Andrey Andreev, who also owns Bumble. Forbes interviewed 13 former Badoo employees both on and off the record about behavior at the company, which they said included drug-fueled parties, the objectification of women, and sordid software updates.

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