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10 things in tech you need to know today, November 21



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

  1. Mark Zuckerberg gave an interview to CNN about the bombshell
    New York Times exposé
    The Facebooks CEO said
    stepping down as chairman is “not the plan,” and voiced support
    for his COO Sheryl Sandberg.
  2. In a memo
    obtained by TechCrunch, Facebook’s outgoing head of public
    policy Elliot Schrage said he was to blame for hiring the PR
    firm Definers
    Schrage confirmed that Facebook
    asked Definers to smear critics, including George Soros.

  3. Facebook’s ad platform crashed, causing chaos just days before
    Black Friday
    Facebook’s Ad Manager crashed
    leaving would-be advertisers unable to create new campaigns.

  4. Apple’s App Store and Apple Music went down for 32
    It’s not clear what caused the problems,
    or how they were fixed.

  5. Snapchat’s parent company is trying again with a new version of
    its Spectacles glasses, this time with two cameras, at a price
    of $350
    According to Cheddar, Snap is planning to
    produce around 24,000 pairs of the newest model, a huge
    difference from the 800,000 units the company ordered of its
    first generation glasses in a big overestimate of customer

  6. Facebook staff have voiced a “huge upswell” of support for
    Sheryl Sandberg after she reportedly feared for her job, a
    company exec told Business Insider
    Walker, one of Facebook’s most senior executives outside the
    US, also said that the internal debate around Facebook’s crisis
    management has been “robust.”

  7. Jeff Bezos named his newest “shadow,” a technical adviser who
    will follow the billionaire CEO to all of his
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has named Wei Gao
    as his new technical adviser, according to a CNBC report.

  8. Israel is pleading for help from the US government after Airbnb
    removed listings in Israeli settlements in West
    While Palestine’s chief negotiator welcomed
    Airbnb’s decision, Israel called it a “wretched capitulation.”

  9. Pixel 3 users are reporting that the best smartphone camera in
    the world has a crippling bug
    Google Support and
    Pixel Community Managers have confirmed that Google is aware of
    the issue and that a fix is in development.

  10. Amazon employees are reportedly already buying up apartments in
    New York City, and they started before the company even
    announced HQ2
    In the week since Amazon announced
    plans to open headquarters in Long Island City, a neighbourhood
    in Queens, New York, brokers say they’ve seen a spike in
    interest from employees, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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