Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
- A bunch of people mysteriously received text messages in the middle of the night that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day. Sprint said the issue was the result of a maintenance update that occurred overnight and caused old messages to be resent for some customers.
- WeWork’s coding boot camp Flatiron School has laid off dozens of employees. About 9% of the company’s employees were given notice on Thursday, according to one source familiar with the cuts.
- SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son gave a wildly optimistic financial presentation about how the Japanese firm will turn WeWork profitable. He forecast hockey stick growth for the office-sharing company – once its slashes its massive operating expenditure.
- One of Trump’s top tech advisors hit out at China and Huawei during a speech at Europe’s biggest tech conference. Michael Kratsios, chief technology officer of the United States and one of President Donald Trump’s top tech advisers, gave a speech at Web Summit – at which Huawei was also present.
- EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she doesn’t want to break up big tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. She said by breaking them up, “you just have many more problems.”
- Vestager also said there was no limit to how artificial intelligence could help humanity. She said the technology could be used to tackle major issues such as climate change.
- Huawei’s billionaire CEO said Trump should meet him in China because he can only afford a paper airplane. “He has private jets and he can come to China anytime, and I do not have private jet,” said Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei.
- Kim Kardashian says she no longer posts to Instagram and social media in real-time after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris. These comments were made on stage at The New York Times’ DealBook conference, where Kardashian also said that eliminating likes on Instagram would be “really beneficial,” and that “really high up people” at Facebook ask for her opinions on addressing mental health.
- Facebook’s ex-security chief Alex Stamos says tech companies need to get better at hunting and detecting employees being recruited as spies. Stamos’ comments came after two former Twitter employees were accused of spying for Saudi Arabia.
- Uber founder Travis Kalanick reportedly raised $400 million for new company from Saudi Arabia. It’s the first known investment by the kingdom since the murder of the American journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
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