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Now in Tech: 1/30/2018
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Liz Page
By Liz Page
Jan 30, 2018

Facebook to promote local news on your feeds

Facebook announce in a blog post that it will start prioritizing local news on users' news feeds. It echoes with the social media giant's latest effort to return to social network function between friends and family, and news of demographic proximity will get elevated among other content that are generated by national outlets, who may carry more political and divisive topics. This feature will start from the US and gradually roll out to other regions.


Indian ride-hailing service Ola is reaching to Australia

One of Uber's global competitors, Ola backed by Didi Chuxing, is expanding territory to Australia as driver recruitment has already commenced in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. This move marks Ola's first overseas expansion in an increasingly competitive ride-hailing market. Uber now operates in 20 cities in Australia and New Zealand.


Google's $1.1 billion HTC deal is done

Announced back in September 2017, Google's acquisition of majority of HTC's smartphone business is finally complete. Google will receive an incoming of over 2,000 HTC engineers, who constitute most of HTC's smartphone design division, and a non-exclusive license for HTC's intellectual property per the agreement. With the Pixel as Google's only smartphone that is not quite mainstream, this acquisition sees Google's ambitious move to expand presence in smartphone market.

Jackpotting is now hitting US ATMs

A new hacking called "jackpotting" targets ATMs and triggers them to dispense large amounts at hackers' will. The wave is now imminently bashing US ATMs, as the Secret Service warns banks and financial institutions on the this attack. In the warning reveals“targeted stand-alone ATMs are routinely located in pharmacies, big box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs.”


Faraday Future sued former exec for stealing trade secrets

Faraday Future, the EV startup in trouble, has filed lawsuits against former CFO Stefan Krause for stealing trade secrets and poaching employees to form another EV startup, Evelozcity. Faraday Future alleges Krause was working for both firms before leaving the company, and had encouraged employees not only leave the company but also carry along secret files with them.
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