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Tech News Roundup 05/23/18

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Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 23rd, 2018

Apple will partially refund some iPhone users who paid for battery replacements last year

Apple said today it’ll refund customers who paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements on their iPhone 6 or later devices between January 1st, 2017 and December 28th, 2017. They’ll receive a $50 credit so long as the battery swap was done at an Apple-authorized service location.

‘There is no free lunch’, Macron tells tech giant CEOs

PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron told executives from the world’s biggest technology firms on Wednesday that he wanted innovation to be a driving force for the French economy, but also that they needed to contribute more to society.

Apple launches new privacy portal, users can download a copy of everything Apple knows about them

Apple has today launched its new Data and Privacy website, allowing Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates with your account, from Apple ID info, App Store activity, AppleCare history to data stored in iCloud like photos and documents.

Next Generation iPhone Chips Go Into Production

Apple Inc. manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has started mass production of next-generation processors for new iPhones launching later this year, according to people familiar with the matter. The processor, likely to be called the A12 chip, will use a 7-nanometer design that can be smaller, faster and more efficient than the 10-nanometer chips in current Apple devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the people said.

Internal Uber email announces shutdown of Arizona driverless car testing

Uber is shutting down testing of self-driving cars in Arizona after one of its cars killed a pedestrian in a March crash. In an internal email, Uber executive Eric Meyhofer wrote that Uber would be shifting its focus to Pittsburgh, where the company has been testing self-driving cars since 2016, and San Francisco, where Uber is headquartered.

Trump blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional, court decides

It is unconstitutional for public officials, including the president, to block Twitter followers who criticize them, a court ruled today in a legal dispute over President Trump’s account. The lawsuit, brought by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, argued that Twitter users blocked by @realdonaldtrump had their First Amendment rights violated.

New Windows 10 code may hint at upcoming Surface Phone

It looks like Microsoft is continuing to work on its oft-rumored Surface Phone, with code found in the newly-released Windows 10 17672 SDK making reference to a “Factory OS Andromeda Device”.

Okta’s PassProtect checks your passwords with ‘Have I Been Pwned’

Okta just launched a free browser extension for Google Chrome today. After installing PassProtect, your browser will compare the passwords you type with Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned. This extension isn’t necessarily for you, tech savvy readers of TechCrunch. But it could be a great way to warn your neighbor who doesn’t know anything about computers.

Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News

News Feed, the algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information. Working properly, it nourishes all the crops that different people like to eat. Sometimes, though, it gets diverted entirely to sugar plantations while the wheat fields and almond trees die.

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread. Now security researchers are warning that one group of sophisticated hackers has amassed a collection of malware-infected routers that could be used as a powerful tool to spread havoc across the internet, or simply triggered to implode networks across the world.

Comcast confirms plan to buy 21st Century Fox and control of Hulu

Comcast today said it is preparing an offer to buy major portions of 21st Century Fox, which would give it majority control of Hulu and other media properties. Walt Disney Company already has a $52.4 billion all-stock deal to buy the 21st Century Fox properties.

FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned.

Password Formulas Don’t Fool Hackers

Every time we write about passwords on Lifehacker, a few readers share their secret formula for creating passwords. According to Ryan Merchant, senior manager at the password manager Dashlane, those formulas are easy to hack. Dashlane recently analyzed 61 million passwords from years of large data breaches-passwords that are available to many security researchers, hackers, and even the public.

ZTE Estimates at Least $3 Billion in Losses From U.S. Ban

is estimating losses of at least 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) from a U.S. technology ban that’s halted major operations as clients pull out of deals and expenses mount, people familiar with the matter said.

The first phone with a true edge-to-edge display is coming in June

Back in February Vivo unveiled the Apex – a smartphone with bezels so slim that it’s the first phone we’ve seen that is arguably a true edge-to-edge display. Now, five months later, that phone looks like it’s becoming a reality: Vivo just released a teaser for an unveiling event in Shanghai on June 12.

Facebook Marketplace expands into home services

Facebook is entering the home services market. Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able to search thousands of home service professionals through a new feature that helps users locate top-rated and vetted professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others, as well as receive quotes.

Twitter adds candidate labels ahead of midterm elections

The label will be a small icon of a government building

Facebook Won’t Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore

Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today. Two-factor authentication helps protect users’ accounts from unauthorized access by requiring a code in addition to a password in order to log in.

Lyft will spend $100 million on new driver support centers

Lyft announced today plans to spend $100 million on a network of new driver “hubs,” where ride-sharing drivers can get low-cost oil changes, basic maintenance on their vehicles, and car washes, as well as access to “clean bathrooms.” The new investment is part of Lyft’s effort to lower costs for its drivers, who as independent contractors shoulder all the expenses associated with their work for the company.

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