10 things in tech you need to know today

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MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito resigned.

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

  1. MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito resigned after a New Yorker exposé showed he quietly worked with Jeffrey Epstein to secure anonymous donations. Emails showed Epstein also worked as an in-between for other wealthy donors, including Bill Gates and Leon Black, and that Epstein had a role in determining what his donations would be used for at MIT, contradicting previous statements from Ito and the university.
  2. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman defended Joi Ito to author and fellow MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award jury member Anand Giridharadas in a private email, Giridharadas tweeted on Friday. Epstein attended a dinner Hoffman hosted to honor an MIT neuroscientist "a few years ago", Vanity Fair reported in July.
  3. Apple's biggest event of the year is happening this week — here's everything it's expected to announce. Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, and more.
  4. Apple responded to Google's discovery of an iPhone hack, and took Google to task "stoking fear among all iPhone users that their devices had been compromised." Apple confirmed that the hack had been targeted at Uighur Muslims, an oppressed minority living in China.
  5. Google Maps is still pointing people who search for abortion clinics to anti-abortion groups, a new report found. The problem stems from how businesses categorize themselves in Google listings, anti-abortion clinics or organizations that deter abortions often use the same keywords as abortion clinics or places that help with carrying out abortions.
  6. An astronaut is urging NASA to form a new spacesuit program now if it hopes to get back to the moon in 2024. "An integral system required to put boots on the moon are the boots," panel member Sandra Magnus, a former astronaut, said during a meeting on Friday.
  7. Nintendo quietly changed its policy of adding monthly classic games to its Switch console. Twenty games were added all at once on Thursday — over 60 NES and SNES games are now part of the Nintendo Switch Online service.
  8. Leaked Apple documents reveal that Siri was designed to deflect questions about feminism and #MeToo, report says. The project instructs Siri developers to respond to such requests either by disengaging, deflecting, and informing because Apple wants its virtual helper to appear guarded and neutral.
  9. An investigation by China Labor Watch found the world's largest iPhone factory was breaking Chinese laws on how many temporary staff a factory can employ, Bloomberg reports. Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn confirmed the report.
  10. WeWork reportedly hired the parents of a high-ranking exec as real estate brokers for a Miami lease, among other potential conflicts of interest. WeWork didn't disclose a collection of deals involving the family members of company officials in its IPO documents, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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