Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
- Americans are now copying Russia and making hundreds of fake Facebook accounts to influence politics. Facebook removed 559 pages and 251 accounts for breaking its rules around spam and “inauthentic behaviour.”
- The departure of Square’s chief financial officer Sarah Friar has surprised both employees and outside investors, leaving both groups trying to predict what it means for the $28 billion payments company to lose its second-in-command. Analysts expressed concern following the news that Square may struggle to rebound from the loss – but staffers are happy to see Friar move onto a CEO role.
- The staff of a secretive Facebook initiative called Building 8 have been working to make the world’s first brain-computer interfaces, devices that essentially put the functionality of a laptop in your head. The initiative includes at least two major publicly reported projects: a noninvasive brain sensor designed to turn thoughts into text and a device that essentially lets you “hear” with your skin.
- Amazon and other companies are facing a postal-service price hike after months of criticism from Trump. The US Postal Service has proposed hiking prices on the delivery service utilized by Amazon by up to 12%.
- Hackers are using stolen Apple IDs to steal money in China, Tencent and Alipay warned. According to Bloomberg, it’s a rare breach of China’s financial services.
- Facebook will let users post ‘3D photos’ in their News Feeds. The feature will add depth to photos, making them look three-dimensional.
- Uber wants the SEC to allow it to give equity to drivers. It could potentially become a new type of compensation for gig economy workers, according to Axios.
- A new kind of Apple mapping vehicle has been spotted around Los Angeles. They are white Subaru Impreza wagons with a tower of gear sprouting from the roof and quite different-looking than the previously known Apple Maps vehicles, which were minivans.
- Scooter startup Lime is accusing the city of San Francisco of scooter discrimination. The startup was left out of the city’s scooter pilot programme, and it’s now trying to delay that programme’s rollout.
- Kanye West wants Apple to build an ‘iPlane’ for President Trump to replace Air Force One. West showed the president prospective designs for iPlane 1, which would be hydrogen-powered and built by Apple.
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