Happy Friday, Austin! Let’s gear up for the weekend with some TGIF tech stories, shall we?
Apple TV to get 4K, but why so late?
Bloomberg reports frustration at Apple in its Apple TV team, which, as one source says, was supposed to be a revolution, not an evolution. The story reveals that an upcoming version of Apple TV will be capable of showing 4K-quality programming, but that’s a feature that already exists in set-top boxes from Roku and Amazon. Sales are also down for the product and Apple hasn’t been able to launch a subscription TV service after years of trying. In other Apple news, the company announced its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) event will move to San Jose and runs June 5-9.
Facebook’s big open letter
Mark Zuckerberg surprised the tech industry with a lengthy open letter called, “Building Global Community” on Thursday detailing the ways that the company will deal with fake news and support open and inclusive communities with the goal of making the world a better place. It amounts to a new mission statement for the massive social network. The site Recode described the 6,000-word piece as “ambitious, wide-ranging, well-intentioned and sometimes naïve.”
Samsung exec arrested over corruption scandal
The head of Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was arrested on Friday amid accusations of bribery and influence peddling. Reuters reports that prosecutors have 10 days to indict Lee.
AT&T offers unlimited wireless for all, but boy is it pricey and limited
AT&T introduced a $100 unlimited wireless plan, the last of the major carriers to do so, but there are a few catches. “Unlimited” includes throttling of speeds after 22 GB are downloaded Some tech blogs were underwhelmed by the plan, which doesn’t offer mobile hotspot tethering, and which The Verge called “The worst yet.”
It’s Friday. Let’s blow up a planet
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