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10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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

  1. Facebook has revealed new details about its plan to create an oversight board to oversee content moderation on its platform. The nominally independent body will have the power to make binding decisions about what is allowed on Facebook, will have up to 40 members, and will be funded by a trust that sits separately from Facebook.
  2. Google is weirdly lagging in the smartwatch space despite originally beating Apple to the punch on development — and it's still not on track to catch up, sources told Business Insider. The firm was meant to launch an own-brand smartwatch in 2016, but the plans changed and the watch was yanked from the Pixel line of products.
  3. Facebook is working on smart glasses with Ray-Ban, code-named 'Orion'. Facebook has partnered with Luxottica to develop augmented-reality Ray-Ban glasses, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.
  4. Reviewers have been testing out the iPhone 11 this week, and most recommended the iPhone 11 as a worthy model for anyone who has been putting off upgrading their older iPhone. Reviewers specifically called out the improved battery life on the iPhone 11.
  5. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that when he called British diver Vernon Unsworth a 'pedo guy,' he didn't mean 'pedophile.' Musk is fighting a defamation suit brought by Unsworth and, in a court filing on Monday, claimed that the term "pedo guy" meant "creepy old man," rather than "pedophile."
  6. Huawei is courting the tech industry by opening up about its 5G kit and offering $1.5 billion to software developers to build out an app ecosystem, according to Bloomberg. China's largest technology company aims to ramp up investment in its developer program over the next five years, Deputy Chairman Ken Hu told attendees at an annual conference.
  7. FBI agents raided the home of MyPayrollHR's top executive as part of a fraud investigation into the company accused of vanishing with up to $35 million and leaving thousands without a paycheck. The home of the head of MyPayrollHR, Michael Mann, was raided on Monday afternoon, an FBI representative confirmed to Business Insider.
  8. WeWork has cut a small number of staff hours after delaying its IPO. The company made the job cuts in a New York City arm that manages on-demand office rentals, sources told Bloomberg.
  9. SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it 'did not anticipate' there'd be any 'significant disruption' to residents who live there. Several residents of the village told Business Insider they do not plan to accept the offer, which expires in less than two weeks.
  10. A website called ImageNet Roulette has gone viral on Twitter for allowing people to upload their selfies and then have an AI try and guess what kind of person they are, with weirdly specific results. Users upload photographs of themselves and the AI uses this dataset to try fits them into sub-categories, but some people of colour found the AI used racist terms.

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