Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning:
Facebook shifts course after anti-Semitic ads go through
After the news site ProPublica investigated how easy it is to get ads targeting users with anti-Semitic views, the social network says it’s temporarily removing self-reported targeting fields as it figures out ways to improve the process. This comes not long after revelations that Facebook sold about $100,000 worth of ads, about 3,000 of them, to a Russian company linked to the Kremlin. And in brighter news at Facebook, the company is working on a “Snooze” button that would allow users to temporarily silence a page or person from your feed for a set period of time.
Bitmojis meet augmented reality (on Snapchat)
If none of those three terms mean anything to you, you can skip on to the next item. But if you like Bitmoji, those cute animated avatars customized around your appearance, you might want to know that you can now import your Bitmoji into real-world settings using Snapchat, reports Recode. It looks incredibly cute and may be worth a Snapchat visit if you haven’t used the app in a while.
Lyft may get an Alphabet cash infusion
Reports suggest that Google or CapitalG, Alphabet’s private-equity firm, might be making an investment of as much as $1 billion into the ride-hailing company Lyft. Alphabet has invested previously in Uber, but its Waymo unit is involved in a lawsuit with that company, which may be motivating Alphabet to expand its relationship with Lyft, which already works with Waymo on autonomous vehicles.
How much do social-media influencers get paid?
Another good piece from Recode: if you’ve ever wondered how much celebrities or Internet-famous people get paid to post ads to their Instagram, here’s your answer.
Google teasing a new Pixel?
In all the hype about the new iPhones this week, you may have missed this teaser ad from Google that suggests we’ll see a new phone (or phones) from Google on Oct. 4:
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