Apple just showed how serious it is about keeping its products a secret until they’re released
The tech giant has fired one of its engineers after his daughter, named Brooke Peterson, posted a video on YouTube showing the soon-to-be-released iPhone X.
Apple is known for being secretive about its products until they are officially released. While Peterson said her video was not meant to be a serious review of the product, it appears Apple thought differently.
The iPhone X is scheduled to be released on Friday.
A debate has grown over Google’s hamburger emoji
During the weekend, author Thomas Baekdal posted the following tweet:
I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top pic.twitter.com/PgXmCkY3Yc— Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) October 28, 2017
The tweet created an immediate debate on social media about the placement of cheese on a hamburgers and led to examination of other tech companies’ hamburger emojis.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai also eventually responded to Baekdal’s tweet, saying this:
Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday:) if folks can agree on the correct way to do this! https://t.co/dXRuZnX1Ag— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) October 29, 2017
In more serious news, major tech companies are set to release earnings this week
Apple and Facebook will be among the more than 120 S&P 500 companies to release quarterly earnings reports this week.
Facebook is scheduled to release earnings on Wednesday, while Apple’s earnings should be released Thursday.
Major tech companies such as Facebook and Google have been questioned lately for their role in the 2016 presidential election, as well as their increasing market power. But they still appear to be getting a lot of consumer support.
Last week, despite some of those concerns, three of the largest tech companies - Alphabet/Google, Amazon and Microsoft all scored impressively in each company’s earnings report. Market analysts will be watching closely if the same happens with Apple and Facebook.
Facebook, however, still has major problems to deal with
A report published today in Bloomberg highlights some of the problems Facebook is having in fighting misinformation.
Facebook has been trying to change its attitude about fake news after multiple reports showed Russian agencies used the social network to spread misinformation regarding the 2016 presidential election.
But Facebook, according to Bloomberg, has relied on third-party fact checkers to combat misinformation that continues to appear on its site. The fact checkers, though, are only able to handle a certain load.
The battle to catch all of the misinformation on its site shows the challenge Facebook faces as it also prepares to answer questions from the U.S. Congress regarding its role in the election.
Here is what Facebook told Bloomberg:
There is no silver bullet. This is part of a multi-pronged approach to combating false news. We have seen real progress in our efforts so far, but are not nearly done yet.
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