In the fourth issue of Tech Weekly, we feature news about Zoom, Facebook, Google, Apple, YouTube, Microsoft, TSMC, Discord, Spotify, Netflix, Ubisoft and Amazon.

Fraud ring uses stolen data to scam unemployment insurance programs

Fraudsters have been using stolen identity data to milk unemployment insurance systems with poor security.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/stolen-data-used-for-unemployment-fraud-ring-174618050.html

Zoom down for many users in US, UK

Users report being unable to host or join videoconference calls.

Read more at https://www.cnet.com/news/zoom-down-for-many-users-in-us-uk/

General Atlantic to invest $870M in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Platforms has agreed to sell its 1.34% stake to General Atlantic, the latest in a series of deals the top Indian telecom operator has secured in recent weeks.

Read more at https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/17/general-atlantic-reliance-jio-platforms/

Amazon will start reopening French warehouses on May 19th

Amazon is poised to reopen French warehouses on May 19th as it reaches a deal on COVID-19 safeguards for its workers.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/amazon-to-reopen-french-warehouses-may-19-005721818.html

Apple gets early approval for $500 million iPhone throttling settlement

Apple's $500 million settlement over iPhone throttling has received preliminary approval, but COVID-19 is pushing back the final go-ahead.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/apple-iphone-throttling-settlement-preliminary-approval-214239514.html

Ubisoft Sues Apple and Google Over Distribution of Alleged 'Ripoff' Game

Ubisoft filed a complaint in federal court in Los Angeles, claiming that the game "Area F2," developed by Qookka Games, is a "near carbon copy" of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, aiming to "piggyback" off its popularity.

Read more at https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/16/ubisoft-sues-apple-ripoff-game/

Facebook acquires Giphy to integrate with Instagram

Facebook is acquiring Giphy, a popular website for making and sharing animated images, or GIFs, and will integrate it with its Instagram photo-sharing app

Read more at https://venturebeat.com/2020/05/15/facebook-acquires-giphy-to-integrate-with-instagram/

Google's Chrome browser will block battery-draining, data-guzzling ads

Google is working to make the Chrome browser shut down ads that drain your device’s battery life or needlessly consume your internet’s bandwidth.

Read more at https://mashable.com/article/google-chrome-browser-ad-blocker/

Facebook releases Avatars

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Facebook today rolled out its Avatars — the Bitmoji-esque cartoon lookalikes users can make of themselves — to users in the US.

Read more at https://thenextweb.com/basics/2020/05/15/facebook-avatars-how-to-get-yours/

Netflix is starting to restore normal streaming quality in parts of Europe

Netflix is working to restore streaming quality in various European countries following government requests for the company to reduce bandwidth usage out of fear that it was putting too much stress on broadband connections.

Read more at https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/15/21259954/netflix-streaming-quality-europe-bitrate-pandemic

US bans companies from selling chips to Huawei

The Trump administration plans to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei, ramping up tensions between the US and China.

Read more at https://thenextweb.com/politics/2020/05/15/us-bans-companies-from-selling-chips-to-huawei/

Spotify's web player works with Safari again

After almost three years, loyal Safari users can finally listen to Spotify in the browser once again.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/spotify-safari-web-player-returns-144227704.html

Facebook to build internet cable 'circumference of Earth'

The cable will wrap around Africa bringing faster internet access to the continent.

Read more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52676253

Discord adds drop-in, drop-out video chats

Discord's new Server Video feature makes it easier to video chat on the platform.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/discord-adds-dropin-dropout-video-chats-120545406.html

Apple chip-maker TSMC is building a $12 billion plant in Arizona

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), which manufactures processors and other chips for Apple, NVIDIA and many other firms, has confirmed that it will build a $12 billion chip fab plant in Arizona.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/tsmc-12-billion-chip-plant-arizona-083518143.html

Microsoft open-sources its coronavirus threat data for security researchers

For the last couple of months, cybercriminals have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to launch a series of attacks on individuals and companies, with a COVID-19 angle. In order to fight these threats, Microsoft has open-sourced its threat knowledge to help the security community build protective solutions for users.

Read more at https://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2020/05/15/microsoft-open-sources-its-coronavirus-related-threat-data/

YouTube experiences brief outage across the globe

Disruption comes as more people turn to streaming services during the pandemic.

Read more at https://www.cnet.com/news/youtube-experiencing-outage-across-the-globe/

Apple to launch a new iPad and a new iPad mini with bigger screens

Apple is planning to launch a new 10.8-inch iPad and a new iPad mini with a screen that could be as large as 9 inches, according to a new investor note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors. The note also mentions a potential 2022 release date for Apple’s rumored augmented reality glasses.

Read more at https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/14/21259365/apple-10-8-9-inch-ipad-mini-ming-chi-kuo-ar-glasses-headset

Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR

In one of its more interesting acquisitions in recent memory, Apple has purchased NextVR. The company confirmed the deal to CNBC. The two had worked together to produce and broadcast basketball games and highlights in virtual reality.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/apple-buys-nextvr-192608476.html