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Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Friday.
1. Lyft raised another $500 million (£376 million) in funding. The Uber rival is now valued at $11.5 billion (£8.6 billion).
2. Apple supplier Foxconn said it will stop using illegal intern labour to assemble the iPhone X. The Financial Times found that around 3,000 interns had been working illegal overtime at Foxconn.
3. Employees at Amazon’s main distribution centre in Italy are going on strike today for Black Friday. Workers at six Amazon warehouses in Germany are also striking.
4. Samsung’s next flagship smartphone may make an early appearance in January. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ may make their first appearance as early as January at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
5. Facebook is testing a “streaks” feature in Messenger that’s similar to Snapchat. It encourages users to keep their streak going when they send messages to their friends.
6. YouTube will block ads against creepy videos targeted at children. The company will also ban predatory comments left under videos showing minors.
7. Twitter is currently testing its new bookmark feature. Bookmarks will be a private way to save a tweet to read later.
8. Facebook will show off its giant solar drone for the first time in public at London’s V&A. It will be part of the Future Starts Here exhibition which starts in May.
9. Shares in “Angry Birds” maker Rovio fell 19% after disappointing results. Increased marketing costs meant that the company’s earnings remained flat in Q3.
10. China created a website for vigilante citizens to report leaks and fake news. China Army Network Report Platform, “accepts tip-offs about people who pretend to be military personnel on social media, malicious posts about the People’s Liberation Army, or leaks of potentially classified information.”