Happy Friday, Austin! Your calendar may be dense with holiday parties and shopping, but take some time to get up to speed on today’s tech news:
Evernote backtracks after privacy backlash
Facebook takes steps on fake news
As expected, Facebook has started to address criticisms that the social network has done little to stop the spread of misinformation and fake news stories on its platform. In a blog post, the company said it’s testing out new features to more easily flag and report stories that users believe may be fake and to show readers that they have been marked as such. Meanwhile, some conservative groups feel this may threaten free speech, and outside of Facebook, others are taking up the challenge of using AI to combat fake news.
Oracle in the news
Oracle reported $9 billion in revenue its second-quarter earnings report, slightly below expectations, though the company is trumpeting its cloud-computing revenue. But the bigger news for most is probably that Oracle co-chief executive Safra Catz will join president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team after a Wednesday meeting with tech executives at Trump Tower. Catz plans to stay at Oracle while in this role.
AirPods no longer just theoretical
After some concern that Apple was having trouble making the technology in its wireless AirPods work and delaying them from reaching stores, the company said they will be available on Monday. Supply still appears to be tight online, but those who want to buy the Bluetooth buds may be able to score them in-store.
Hoverboard + chores?
And in case you think so-called hoverboards are useless, here’s an example of a kid using one to turn himself into a snow plow. And they say there are no more heroes.
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