Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
- WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann personally invested $30 million in a startup and loaned money to its CEO — who was then fired for alleged gross misconduct. Neumann personally loaned $110,000 to Andrew Scobie, who was later dismissed from his role as CEO of energy tech company Faraday Grid.
- California-based game company Blizzard has banned a pro esports player and revoked his prize money after he voiced support for Hong Kong protesters. Blizzard appears to be arguing that Blitzchung’s statements about the Hong Kong protests offended “a portion or group of the public” or damaged the company’s image.
- Elon Musk privately called himself a ‘f—ing idiot’ for calling a cave diver a ‘child rapist’ without evidence. Lawyers for Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver hitting Elon Musk with a defamation lawsuit after Musk called him a “pedo guy,” unveiled new documents in the lawsuit on Monday.
- Google’s cleaners in London are threatening to go on strike over working conditions. A group of cleaners employed by a contract cleaning company used by Google is threatening to strike over what they allege are poor working conditions at its London offices.
- Twitter has admitted it ‘inadvertently’ used people’s email addresses and phone numbers, provided by users for account security, to facilitate targeted advertising. According to BBC News, the firm cannot say how many users around the world were affected.
- Sony has officially announced the PlayStation 5, and it’s launching during the 2020 holiday season. Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO, made the announcement via the official PlayStation blog.
- A bipartisan group of US Senators has reportedly called for ‘sweeping action’ to prevent social media sites being used to meddle in the upcoming presidential elections. According to the Washington Post, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report urged the White House and the executive branch to warn US citizens about the ways in which dangerous misinformation can spread.
- More than 30 civil rights groups have written an open letter calling for an end to Amazon Ring’s police partnerships, reports TechCrunch. A Washington Post report in August found that over 400 police US police forces have partnered with Ring to access to homeowners’ camera footage.
- Google has introduced a new feature called Stream Transfer that lets you transfer an ongoing music stream, YouTube video or podcast from one compatible device to the next. In a blog post, Google said the streams can be transferred using your voice, the Google Home app or the touchscreen on your Nest smart display.
- Instagram has rolled out its long-awaited new ‘dark mode’ feature on iOS 13 and Android 10. Instagram will be rolling out more new features this week, including the removal of the “Following” tab.
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