Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. Jan Koum, the billionaire co-founder of WhatsApp, is leaving Facebook three years after agreeing an acquisition. Koum will take time off to enjoy his hobbies, like collecting Porsches and ultimate frisbee.
2. Apple deleted a job posting that had hinted at moves to design its own chips and cut out Qualcomm and Intel. The listing is the closest thing to official confirmation that Apple plans to build its own 5G modem, instead of buying off-the-shelf components from Qualcomm or Intel.
3. Facebook’s annual developer conference kicks off today, and the company will probably have to answer thorny questions about how it will move past the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A look at Facebook’s F8 schedule suggests a toned down event focused on VR, AR, and Workplace.
4. A US court has convicted the former CFO of Autonomy for fraud over a deal to sell to HP. Sushovan Hussain has been convicted of wire fraud and other crimes relating to government claims that he inflated the firm’s value before its sale.
5. Fitbit announced a move to Google’s cloud computing service as part of a big push into healthcare. The company will share data with the healthcare data, as part of an expansion beyond consumer devices.
6. 911 calls made by Facebook employees revealed Mace attacks and random strangers demanding to see Mark Zuckerberg. Over the past year, there was roughly one 911 call made from Facebook’s California headquarters every two days, about everything from medical emergencies to suspicious vehicles.
7. An analyst with a strong track record of correct predictions about Apple is leaving his job to focus on other companies. Ming-Chi Kuo will leave KGI Securities after six years, likely slowing the flow of Apple rumours.
8. Oculus is developing an immersive virtual reality theatre experience that will feature real actors. The idea is that actors will perform live, while people watch from their own homes.
9. A CNN investigation found that 103 Uber drivers in the US were accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers over the last four years. Five drivers said they were not given training around issues of harassment or assault.
10. Facebook is investigating claims by a security researcher that one of its employees might be abusing their position to stalk women online. The researcher, Jackie Stokes, posted screenshots of Tinder messages from a purported Facebook employee that suggested they might be using privileged access.