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10 things in tech you need to know today, November 28



Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg’s empty chair.

Sainhas, House of Commons

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

  1. Mark Zuckerberg was humiliated
    by international lawmakers on Tuesday for failing to give
    evidence on Facebook scandals
    Zuckerberg declined
    repeated requests to answer the questions of the self-described
    International Grand Committee. As a result, the committee
    decided to leave an empty chair for the Facebook CEO.
  2. A cache of secret Facebook
    documents are said to reveal that it was warned about a
    potentially huge data issue involving Russia back in
    . That’s according to a UK lawmaker who
    reviewed the sealed Facebook papers. The firm later said
    it investigated the issue and “found no evidence of specific
    Russian activity.”
  3. A former Facebook employee
    posted a 2,500-word memo about racial discrimination at the
    . In a goodbye note to colleagues he
    subsequently shared publicly, Mark S. Luckie wrote: “Facebook
    has a black people problem.”
  4. Google CEO Sundar Pichai
    has agreed to testify in front of US Congress in December,
    according to The Washington Post
    . Pichai will be
    grilled on a string of issues, including plans to launch a
    censored search engine in China and sexual misconduct at the
  5. YouTube just gave a big
    clue that its $12-a-month Premium service is headed for
    extinction after only eight months
    . Starting in
    2019, new original content on YouTube will be available for
    free with advertisements, rather than being available
    exclusively through the company’s subscription service, YouTube
  6. Google employees are
    petitioning management to shut down work on a controversial
    censored search engine for China
    . The petition was
    signed by 11 Google engineers, with a note that said more
    signatures would be coming.
  7. Uber was fined nearly
    $1.2 million over the giant 2016 data hack
    . Two
    fines were imposed by Britain’s Information Commissioner’s
    Office and the Dutch Data Protection Authority after the breach
    impacted 50 million riders and seven million drivers.
  8. Amazon says Black Friday
    and Cyber Monday 2018 were the biggest shopping days in its
    . Amazon said it sold “millions” more
    products from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday than it did during
    the same 2017 holiday period.
  9. A Facebook glitch has been
    causing messages from users’ pasts to resurface — and people
    are calling it a ‘cringe-fest.
    A glitch caused by
    software updates caused the messages to show up as if they were
    new, Facebook said in a statement. For some, it resurfaced
    unwelcome memories.
  10. There’s a 23-year-old coder who
    uncovers hidden app features that tech giants like Facebook
    want to keep secret
    Jane Manchun Wong is a star
    in the world of reverse-app engineering. She was the first to
    discover Facebook was testing an “unsend” message feature.

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