10 things in tech you need to know today, October 21 - Josh Loe

10 things in tech you need to know today, October 21

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Mark Hurd delivers a keynote address during the 2013 Oracle Open World conference on September 23, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

  1. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd died aged 62 on Friday. Oracle employees and other tech workers took to Twitter to mourn the CEO and express their condolences to his friends and family over the weekend.
  2. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren slammed Mark Zuckerberg for his remarks on free speech and said Facebook is spreading lies that could impact the 2020 election. Biden’s campaign accused Zuckerberg of “feigned concern” for free speech while Warren said that Facebook is accepting millions of dollars for ads with misinformation. 
  3. Google said it will roll out a new option for its Pixel 4 that would require users to have open eyes to use its face unlock feature. In a statement to The Verge, Google said that this software update will be rolled out “in the coming months.” 
  4. Facebook said it would consider using stablecoins based on national currencies for its controversial cryptocurrency, according to a Reuters report. Libra chief David Marcus said in a panel on Sunday that he cares most about “the mission” and that “there are a number ways to go about this,” adding that Libra needed to “demonstrate a lot of agility,” according to Reuters.
  5. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon dinged Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra, saying it will never happen. Dimon said that Libra is a “neat idea that’ll never happen.”
  6. Facebook removed more than a dozen closed groups promoting unlicensed medicines after a Business Insider investigation. Facebook deleted at least 14 groups where unlicensed and potentially dangerous medicines were promoted and sold, after Business Insider flagged them to the site.
  7. A Republican senator gave Libra its first voice of support in Congress after its rocky start with regulators and partnersSouth Dakota Senator Mike Rounds came out as Libra’s first major supporter in Congress on Thursday praising the company’s “entrepreneurial spirit.”
  8. Apple will reportedly launch new AirPods as early as this month. Apple may release a new pair of more expensive, high-end AirPods with noise-reduction and a new design as early as this month, according to a new report from Chinese news outlet United Daily
  9. A leaked video reveals Adam Neumann told staff earlier this year that his family had 100% control of WeWork and that even in 300 years his descendants would be in control. He said his five young children would “stay the moral compass of the company” and that even in 300 years his descendants could control WeWork, even if they weren’t CEO.
  10. The UK government is considering using facial recognition tech to age-block porn viewers. A junior minister in the UK government has said it is considering using facial recognition to verify porn watchers, even though plans for a so-called “porn block” were ostensibly scrapped on Wednesday.

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