Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we're checking out today.
President on fake news: it's not great
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg may think fake news is not the company's biggest challenge, but the president may beg to differ. On Thursday, President Barack Obama said the spread of false information on social media platforms is a threat to democracy and free speech, Recode reports. You can view his full remarks in their story.
Deal closed on Tesla/SolarCity
Elon Musk's Tesla Motors closed its $2 billion deal to acquire clean-energy company SolarCity, Bloomberg reports. Both companies have had a wild ride on the stock market of late. The deal gets Tesla into the rooftop solar panels business.
"Alexa, text poop emoji to my boss"
Amazon's Echo is about to get a significant new skill. AT&T will allow its customers to send text messages via the voice-activated devices such as the Echo, Amazon Dot and Amazon Tap, which promise to be hot items this holiday season. The service starts today and the wireless carrier has instructions on how to set it up. I tried it this morning and it does work!
Apple has just launched a program for iPhone 6 Plus users who have been plagued with flickering display issues, which has been dubbed the "Touch Disease" hardware flaw. It's offering to repair the problem for $149 or to refund the difference if customers already paid more to get it fixed. Apple said the problem is due to dropping the phone, not a design flaw, and it's unlikely users with the problem will be thrilled to pay for a repair on what appears to be a widespread issue, says 9 to 5 Mac.
Pizza by drone: this is really happening
The dream of having pizzas delivered by drone got one stop closer for all of us as Dominos began testing out the idea in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. Right now, the delivery radius is about one mile. The future feels like it's almost here! You can check out a video below.
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