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Tech News for today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know today.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist remarks about Priscilla Chan by two former staff. Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent, has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist, homophobic, and transphobic comments.
  2. Uber’s first quarterly earnings report as a public company topped Wall Street expectations. Uber’s stock price has stuttered since it began trading in early May, but it rose about 4% following the report.
  3. Mark Zuckerberg dodged a barrage of calls for him to give up some power at Facebook and instead said government need to step up to the plate. Calls for management changes dominated Facebook’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday.
  4. Salesforce is refusing to let its customers use its software to sell semi-automatic guns. Salesforce is the latest company to take action against gun sales in the wake of mass shootings, following moves by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify.
  5. People are freaking out about Uber’s plans to bar riders with low ratings, comparing it to a dystopian “Black Mirror “ episode and China’s social-credit system. The company did not say what minimum riders would need to meet or what infractions might ding them the most.
  6. Elon Musk says he lost money running Tesla last year. Musk was responding to a New York Times report which claimed that he made more than the next 65 highest-paid US CEOs put together in 2018.
  7. $4.3 billion startup SoFi plans to buy the naming rights to Los Angeles’ new NFL stadium for $400 million. Located in Inglewood, the stadium will be the home of the Rams and the Chargers.
  8. Google is cracking doting App developers that include “loot boxes” in their games, requiring them to start disclosing the odds of wining. Apps designed for children will also now have to specify their target age range.
  9. Bollywood Music channel T-Series beat out PewDiePie after a months long battle to become the first YouTube channel to reach 100 million subscribers. The achievement comes after PewDiePie pleaded with his fans to stop campaigning for him with the “Subscribe to PewDiePie” meme that was referenced during the Christchurch, New Zealand, shootings.
  10. Apple and WhatsApp are trying to fight off plans from British spies to ghost their way into your encrypted messages. GCHQ’s so-called “ghost proposal” would require messaging services to build a system for secretly adding government entities to private chats.

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