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.
Zoom down for many users in US, UK
Users report being unable to host or join videoconference calls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook to build internet cable 'circumference of Earth'
The cable will wrap around Africa bringing faster internet access to the continent.
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Discord adds drop-in, drop-out video chats
Discord's new Server Video feature makes it easier to video chat on the platform.
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.
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.
YouTube experiences brief outage across the globe
Disruption comes as more people turn to streaming services during the pandemic.
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.
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.