Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are this morning’s headlines:
Your Twitter followers might drop; Obama’s, Trump’s already have
Twitter is beginning to pull inactive and locked accounts from users' follower counts — a move that's already costing prominent users like President Trump and former President Obama tens of thousands of followers.
Trump had lost about 100,000 of his roughly 53.4 million Twitter followers as of Tuesday night, The Washington Post reported, while Obama had lost about 400,000 of his 104 million followers during the same period of time.
The drop in followers came shortly before Twitter formally announced Wednesday that it would start removing “locked accounts” from follower counts as part of a push "to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter."
Broadcom agrees to buy CA Technologies for $19B
Broadcom Inc., a semiconductor maker whose acquisitions have reshaped the chip industry, reached an agreement to purchase CA Technologies for about $19 billion, branching out into software to diversify its business.
Broadcom offered $44.50 per share in a transaction valued at $18.9 billion, according to Bloomberg.
Under Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan, Broadcom has transformed itself through a string of acquisitions into one of the world’s largest chipmakers. Last year, Tan launched an ambitious attempt to grow even bigger -- through the purchase of rival mobile-chip maker Qualcomm Inc.
That hostile takeover bid was blocked in March by the U.S government on national-security grounds. With a deal for CA, Broadcom is seeking to move into software used to manage business planning and other processes.
Uber lays off 100 workers in its self-driving team
Uber is scaling back its self-driving team in the wake of the fatal Arizona crash and the subsequent shutdown of its autonomous operations.
The ridesharing company has confirmed that it laid off about 100 employees in its self-driving vehicle team. It didn't specify their roles, but noted that most were in its Pittsburgh team while others were in Uber's home territory of San Francisco. Quartz sources reported that these were vehicle operators.
A spokesperson stressed that this wasn't the end to Uber's driverless vehicle plans, but that you might have to wait. "Our team remains committed to building safe self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months," Uber said.
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