On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Friday menu.

Google Cloud, a new unit headed by former VMware CEO Diane Greene, combines Google cloud services and corporate software as the company tries to compete with Amazon and Microsoft. (Reuters)

Google’s Indonesian offices raided by authorities after warning on tax-audit refusal. (Bloomberg)

Facebook plans major ad campaign to encourage users to use Facebook Live. (WSJ)

Marc Andreessen says he’s “free as a bird” since taking a break from Twitter. (Bloomberg)

Apple’s big European tax bill: Apple and Ireland are expected to argue that the EU kept them in the dark about a shift in the focus of the investigation. (Bloomberg)

Udacity’s self-driving car engineering nanodegree program has received more than 11,000 applications for 250 spots. (Reuters)

Can Facebook save endangered languages? It’s not an “ROI” kind of thing, says a company exec, but the social network now has 101 language options and is working on translating more. (CNNMoney)

Apple’s next iPhones will be made of glass, says one analyst. (Business Insider)

Today is ICANN handover day, when control over the organization that oversees internet domain names is being transferred from the U.S. to an international governing body. But four states have filed a lawsuit to block the transfer. (USA TodayThe Hill)

 

Photo: Former VMware CEO Diane Greene on Sept. 7, 2007.  She joined Google last year and is senior vice president of its enterprise business. (Pauline Lubens/Mercury News)

 
 

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