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10 things in tech you need to know today, November 23



Jeff Bezos Amazon protest
Amazon workers across Europe will protest


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

  1. Amazon workers across Europe will protest “inhuman” warehouse
    working conditions on Black Friday
    Protests will
    take the form of demonstrations in the UK, while workers in
    Spain and Italy are planning a 24-hour strike.

  2. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg admitted that she received emails
    about the PR firm Facebook hired to disparage its
    Previously Sandberg said she did
    not know Facebook had hired Definers Public Affairs.

  3. Alexa’s getting a news anchor speaking voice so it can read
    headlines to you
    Amazon trained Alexa’s new voice
    by using text-to-speech technology on audio recordings of real
    newsreaders to pick up on their inflections and nuances.

  4. Apple has reportedly slashed the price of its iPhone XR in
    Apple is granting subsidies to carriers in
    an attempt to get more people buying the phone, The Wall Street
    Journal reports.

  5. A group of price comparison websites have written an open
    letter accusing Google of flouting an EU ruling from June
    The EU fined Google €2.14 billion for
    abusing the dominance of its shopping platform. Google said it
    has complied with the order.

  6. The US government is trying to convince its allies to stop
    using Huawei phones
    US officials briefed their
    counterparts in countries where Huawei is commonly used to
    inform them of what they view as a cybersecurity risk, The Wall
    Street Journal reports.

  7. Google is tightening up its political ad application procedure
    ahead of EU elections in May 2019
    Google will
    require advertisers to submit an application and wait for
    verification before they can place a political ad.

  8. Tesla is cutting Model X and Model S prices by up to 26% in
    China to compensate for trade war tariffs
    “We are
    absorbing a significant part of the tariff to help make our
    cars more affordable for customers in China,” Tesla said in a
    statement sent to Reuters.
  9. California fire conspiracies have started to
    proliferate on YouTube
    . An
    investigation by Motherboard found YouTube’s autocomplete was
    pushing videos blaming the fire on a government conspiracy.
  10. The president
    of George Soros’s philanthropic organisation called for
    Facebook to be investigated by Congress
    Gaspard, president of Soros’s Open Society Foundations, also
    criticised the tech giant for revealing what it knew about
    Definers PR on the eve of Thanksgiving.

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