Here is the summary of the tech-related news you need to know from August 3 to August 5 (Monday to Wednesday). Every mid-week, we’ll shine various stories on Big Tech’s in the spotlight. The TechVisibility team discussed some of the top-tech writing we’ve seen from across the world, as well as main interviews, reports and features.
ByteDance, which serves as the TikTok’s parent firm, assured its staff that TikTok’s “only target” for President Donald Trump is to outlaw it, not push a sale to Microsoft. On Monday, US President Trump said he set Microsoft a September 15 deadline to purchase the US company from TikTok. The large break in the transaction would go to the US Treasury.
The EU confirmed it is conducting a full-blown competition probe into the sale of Google’s Fitbit. The inquiry would focus on how the deal will give Google by hoovering Fitbit customer records. It gave an undue edge over rivals in the ad market.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s longtime marketing director, is stepping down. His resignation marks the tech giant’s third high-profile executive shake-up in the last 18 months. Schiller will stay as an Apple Fellow at the firm. Greg Joswiak, another longtime employee, will take his position.
Amazon • Deliveroo UK
UK approved Amazon‘s offer to buy a 16 percent share in Deliveroo online grocery. The decision was made less than a week after US senators questioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about what they viewed as monopolistic behavior. UK food delivery blockchain company Deliveroo said it had strengthened its financing and core market.
Next month, Amazon’s UK retailers get slapped with a price hike when the business absorbs the burden of a proposed digital levy targeted at major companies. Amazon’s UK platform will increase prices for vendors by 2 percent, beginning in September.
Hackers infected several large YouTube accounts with various Bitcoin schemes. The latest attack carries parallels with the techniques used last month by hackers that have infected hundreds of high profile Twitter accounts.
Senate signed a bill that limits private businesses from using facial recognition feature. Establishments will need to seek approval from individuals before screening them using facial recognition software. The bill will prevent businesses from offering biometric signatures to individuals, such as facial ID or fingerprint.
In early April, WhatsApp prohibited users to forward the messages once it started circulating. The decision was made to reduce misinformation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the messaging app is taking a step further by helping users double check messages before sending it.
Gaming company Blizzard is experiencing a significant internal pushback following a compensation memo that reveals large wage discrepancies among workers. According to reports, Blizzard paid its employees “so little” while its CEO was earning $40 million. Hence, the staff forced themselves to overwork and skip meals to pay their own bills.
In the US, T-Mobile has launched its standalone 5 G network. T-Mobile is the first major telephone carrier to launch a standalone architecture like this.