Happy Friday, everyone. We've collected the best tech news stories from around the web to start your day:
Apple hires away BlackBerry talent to build autonomous car software
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has hired the former head of BlackBerry's automotive software division to help build autonomous vehicle software.
(Who knew BlackBerry had an autonomous software division?) Dan Dodge, the executive hired by Apple, will take over leadership of Apple's cars initiative which Bloomberg reports is code named Project Titan.
The Dodge hire is important because it signals a shift in strategy toward developing an autonomous vehicle driving system rather than developing an Apple car, though the article notes that Apple is still trying to design a car.
Microsoft sheds nearly 3,000 jobs
Now is not a great time to work for the company formerly known as Nokia, which was bought by Microsoft in 2014.
Recode reports that Microsoft is cutting an additional 2,850 jobs as it cuts back on its smartphone efforts. These cuts come on top of 1,850 layoffs announced in May.
The article explains that Microsoft has essentially shed nearly all of the Nokia mobile phone business it acquired in April 2014 for $7.2 billion.
Online retailer Amazon reports record profit. Again.
Amazon has reported its third straight quarter of record profit. This is unusual for Amazon because the company has traditionally held a strategy that its profits should be re-invested back into the business.
One interesting part of Amazon's success is that it's not strictly because people are buying more products from Amazon. It's largely the result of the success of Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing division, which is used by startups, governments and even large corporations.
Amazon Web Services revenue int he quarter was $2.89 billion. This unit will be on track to exceed a gal of reaching $10 billion in sales this year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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