Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
1. Microsoft is building a new game streaming service that will work across Xbox, PCs and smartphones. The company also announced several studio acquisitions to boost its first-party game development.
2. Layoffs of thousands of staff at BT might be down to a potential sale, according to rumours inside the company. A sale might involve Deutsche Telekom.
3. A preliminary report into a Tesla vehicle crash raises new questions about its semi-autonomous system and the actions of the driver, Bloomberg reported. The report found that the driver had programmed the car at 75mph, and that he had his hands on the steering wheel for only 34 seconds during the minute before impact.
4. Facebook struck data-sharing partnerships that gave companies access to people’s friend data, even after revoking the feature for developers in 2014. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook gave access to the information to advertisers such as Nissan.
5. Several sets of the supposed Pixel 3 XL were leaked on Thursday. They show the new phone could feature wireless charging, but potentially no headphone jack.
6. Factory workers making products for Amazon in China are in conditions that violate Chinese labour laws, according to a China Labor Watch report. Workers who put together the Amazon Echo and Kindle tablet worked more than 100 hours of monthly overtime at peak – almost three times more than the monthly limit.
7. Elon Musk said some full Tesla self-driving features will arrive in August. The existing Autopilot technology in Tesla vehicles is not true self-driving software, but more a set of safety features.
8. Both Uber and Lyft are planning to move into electric scooters, with Uber seeking a permit in San Francisco. Lyft, meanwhile, is reportedly in talks to buy bike-sharing startup Motivate.
9. Chinese hackers reportedly made off with 614GB of information relating to secret US Navy projects. The breaches took place in January and February this year.
10. The cofounder of delivery robots startup Starship Technologies revealed that people kick the company’s robots. Ahti Heinla said it’s fine if people treat the robots as “anger management” and that the devices just drive on.
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