On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech.

Chinese tech and media giant LeEco opened its U.S. headquarters in San Jose on Thursday, touting a partnership with electric-car maker Faraday Future and a future autonomous-driving research center. The San Jose headquarters can hold up to 800 workers, the company said in a press release. Also Thursday, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported that LeEco is making a deal to buy land in Santa Clara owned by Yahoo.

Earlier this week, we included an On Topic link to a Wall Street Journal op-ed by former Politico CEO Jim VandeHei, who brought up Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s name as a possible leader of a third U.S. political party. In a filing this week, Facebook got even more people talking about the possibility of Zuck as a politician, or even president. (Although he’s not old enough yet.) That’s because the proxy statement contained a provision that would allow him to retain control of Facebook if he left it for a “government position or office.”

Supreme Court approves rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction, which civil liberties groups say will greatly expand the FBI’s hacking authority. Congress has till Dec. 1 to reject or modify the change.

Google-EU antitrust settlement (on search) is unlikely, which means Google will probably have to pay up this year, Reuters is reporting.

Facebook layoffs: 40 people in LiveRail ad-tech division reportedly hit, although they have a chance to look for jobs within the company.

Microsoft banishes Google from Cortana, says its own Bing will provide a better search experience.


Photo: From left: Danny Bowman, chief revenue officer at LeEco; Matt Mahood, president & CEO of San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce; Luo Linquan, Chinese Consul General in San Francisco; Brian Hui, head of North America Operations at LeEco; San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo; and Shawn Williams, chief administrative officer at LeEco, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new LeEco North American headquarters on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Tony Avelar/Invision for LeEco/AP)


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