Happy Thursday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today:
Burger King hijacks Google Home
Burger King found a way on Wednesday to get attention for itself that doesn’t involve improving its food: a 15-second commercial that prompts Google Home devices to look up information on the company without the viewer’s permission. Google got wind of the hack and apparently shut it down, though if the ad is still running on television, it could possible continue to activate some Google Home devices, according to report on Buzzfeed.
Uber said to have tracked Lyft drivers
In the least surprising news of the week, it appears that Uber created software called “Hell” in order to create fake accounts that would give the company information on how many Lyft drivers were on the road and how many worked for both companies. The scoop came from The Information, which requires a subscription to read the full story.
Silicon Valley fights back on net neutrality
What do some of the major tech companies in Silicon Valley think about the FCC and Trump administrations take on net neutrality? Based on the activity of a lobbying group funded by Google, Facebook and others, it appears they’re beginning to push back on the issue.
Qualcomm must pay $815 million to BlackBerry
Qualcomm lost an arbitration battle with Canadian company BlackBerry to the tune of $815 million over royalty payments that BlackBerry said it overpaid. The case was decided in early March but was not announced until Wednesday.
The spare-parts iPhone
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