Android users will be able to use Google’s mobile operating system in their cars starting in 2021. Google and the world’s biggest auto group Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance (RNMA) are partnering to develop a dedicated in-car system to control GPS and entertainment functions. Users will be able to download specific apps for cars through Android’s Play Store.
Elon Musk’s space transportation company SpaceX named its first private voyage passenger for a trip around the moon on Monday as Japanese billionaire and founder of Zozo Yusaku Maezawa. British cave diver Vernon Unsworth, who aided in the rescue of 12 Thai boys, is suing Elon Musk for defamation citing repeated accusations of child abuse.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he has added $2 billion to a charitable fund to help the homeless and create a network of schools. The charity is called the Day One Fund and comes after Bezos was criticized for not doing enough charitable work. The charity will contribute to ‘existing nonprofits that help homeless families.’
Apple introduced its newest round of iPhones and a new smart watch on Wednesday, continuing its tradition of constant evolution. Apple released its largest phone yet, the iPhone XS Max, priced at $1,099. The new Apple Watch features an electronic heart sensor approved by the FDA. Apple announced the software update to iOS 12.
Twitter announced on Thursday it had ‘permanently suspended’ conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from the platform for sharing tweets and videos that violate company policies more than once. Facebook removed a feature which enabled users to translate Burmese posts and comments. The feature was found to be flawed by a Reuters investigation.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey answered questions about their companies’ vulnerability to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company has no plans to sell its self-driving car research sect and is on track to launch a first public offering in 2019.
Amazon became the second American company after Apple to reach a value of $1 trillion on Tuesday. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are scheduled to testify on Wednesday in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about foreign manipulation of social media sites. Google officials are expected to skip the hearing.
President Trump has issued a warning to Google, Facebook, and Twitter, saying they ‘are treading on troubled territory’ amid accusations of bias. Trump accused Google of rigging search results for the phrase ‘Trump news’ and told the tech companies to be ‘very careful.’ The administration announced on Tuesday it is ‘looking into’ the regulation issue.
Hundreds of Google employees have written to the company in protest of plans to launch a ‘censored search engine’ in China. They claim the plan raises ‘urgent moral and ethical questions’ and asked for more transparency. The employees criticized the company for making plans ‘in secret.’ Google has not commented on the plans.
Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify took aggressive steps to penalize conspiracy theorist and right-wing talk show host Alex John for violating hate speech policies. The companies deleted years of John’s content from their platforms, including podcasts published by John’s website Infowars. The move has sparked debate about technology companies blocking the spread of objectionable material.