Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
- More than 500 million Facebook users’ personal data was left exposed on public servers by app developers. Researchers at security firm UpGuard found that the user data, which had been harvested from Facebook by third-party app developers, was sitting without any password protection on public Amazon servers it had been uploaded to.
- Ve rizon on Wednesday turned on its mobile 5G network, promising significantly faster speeds than the 4G LTE networks people have been using so far. For now, only one phone can connect to Verizon’s 5G network: the Motorola Moto Z3, which needs a “Moto Mod” attachment to connect to it.
- Coming on the heels of Apple’s second-generation AirPods announcement, Beats has announced a new pair of wireless earbuds, the $250 Powerbeats Pro. And while the two headphones bear some similarities, the pricier Powerbeats are a more premium choice that have more to offer when it comes to custom fitting options and audio quality.
- Linus Torvalds, who created the Linux operating system, said he detests social media, including the platforms Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. “I absolutely detest modern ‘social media’ — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. It’s a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior,” Torvalds said in an interview.
- WeWork has acquired Managed by Q, a platform for office tenants to hire on-demand service workers for office-management tasks like cleaning or staffing reception desks. Managed by Q was most recently valued at $249 million in a financing round in January and had raised $85 million since 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- Facebook is paying The Daily Telegraph to run a series of positive sponsored stories about it. The British newspaper is running dozens of stories that defend Facebook on controversial subjects like terrorism, hate speech, and cyber-bullying.
- British AI startup Onfido raised $50 million led by SBI Holdings, an early spinoff from SoftBank. Onfido uses artificial intelligence to scan official documents such as drivers’ licences and passports to confirm people’s identities.
- Tesla produced 77,100 vehicles in the first quarter of 2019, the company said on Wednesday. Analysts polled by Bloomberg were expecting total production to be 64,400 vehicles.
- Two Theranos whistleblowers created a company to help tech startups avoid making mistakes and becoming the next Theranos. Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz have launched an organization that teaches ethical practices and decision-making to entrepreneurs building their own companies.
- Apple is being sued over allegations of a defect in the Apple Watch Series 3 that causes the battery to swell and the screen to potentially pop off the watch’s main body or crack. A woman says that Apple declined to replace her Apple Watch Series 3 under warranty after she experienced this problem, and instead quoted her an out-of-warranty repair price of $229.
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