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1. Facebook has a data sharing agreement with Chinese telecom giant and cell phone manufacturer Huawei. For years, US intelligence officials have raised national security concerns about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government.
2. Facebook and WhatsApp employees reportedly had trouble working together, The Wall Street Journal reported. Some Facebook employees ridiculed WhatsApp’s secrecy, and resented the bigger desks and nicer bathrooms that were granted to WhatsApp when it moved to the company’s campus last year.
3. In a memo obtained by Business Insider, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi instructed employees to say they “have the D” during meetings. Khosrowshahi intended “the D” to mean that employees have the authority to make a decision, but to some younger employees it sounded like slang phrase “getting the D,” which means having sex.
4. Apple is adding a new feature to its $159 AirPods called Live Listen. The technology would make it easier to hear conversations in noisy places.
5. Tesla expects to make 5,000 of its Model 3 cars in a week by the end of this month, company CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday. But Musk admits that production on the Model 3 has been “hellish.”
6. A data breach has exposed 92 million accounts on DNA testing and genealogy website MyHeritage, the company said on Tuesday. But because the passwords were hashed, hackers only had access to a scrambled string of text.
7. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple had never asked for or received user data from Facebook as part of the pair’s data sharing agreement. “We’ve never been in the data business,” he said.
8. Wall Street analysts were underwhelmed by Apple’s push into augmented reality at its annual developer conference. The company announced its updated ARKit 2, but analysts have yet to see a killer AR app.
9. Tesla shareholders voted to keep CEO Elon Musk as the chairman of the company’s board of directors on Tuesday. A shareholder had proposed that the company replace Musk, who has served as the chairman of Tesla’s board of directors since 2004.
10. Instagram might soon let users post videos up to an hour long, posing a threat to YouTube. So far, Instagram hasn’t allowed people to post footage longer than a minute.