December 15th, 2015

10 things in tech you need to know today

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  1. Twitter will give Biden the @POTUS account. The social media giant announced that President-elect Biden will inherit the handle on Inauguration Day.

  2. Exclusive: Google's founders struck a deal with Sundar Pichai. When Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped away from Alphabet last year, they struck a deal with CEO Sundar Pichai: you can call us, but we won't call you.

  3. An Airbnb exec resigned over Chinese data requests. Sean Joyce, a former deputy director of the FBI, resigned in 2019 over concerns about how the platform shared information with Chinese authorities.

  4. Wirecard's former CEO will be forced to testify to lawmakers. Markus Braun is expected to be called back to testify to a German parliamentary investigative committee after stonewalling his initial testimony.

  5. Inside the rise of conservative social media Parler. The new social media company burst from obscurity this fall as conservatives fled mainstream social-media platforms in search of a free-speech oasis away from misinformation moderation on Facebook and Twitter.

  6. Facebook has been condemned for hosting a neo-Nazi network. The social media giant is under fresh pressure to tackle extremism for hosting a white supremacist network with more than 80,000 followers, per The Guardian.

  7. Manchester United was hit by a cyber attack. The English football club claimed it was the victim of a "sophisticated" cyber attack but that fans' personal information remained safe.

  8. GoDaddy employees were caught in a scam. Scammers tricked the workers into transferring certain targeted domains, focusing mostly on cryptocurrency platforms.

  9. Customers ordering the new PS5 from Amazon were shipped random items. Some said they received products they had never ordered, including a coffee machine, a foot massager, and cat food.
     
  10. We took a look at hyped fintech Lanistar. The self-declared future unicorn was briefly in trouble with regulators after hyping up its banking services with celebrity Instagram ads and a branded Bugatti.

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