On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Wednesday menu.

Google buying Apple? Dow Jones Newswires accidentally sent that headline out Tuesday. Apple briefly rose in value during the two minutes the item was up. (BBC)

Google Home Mini was randomly recording and sending info to Google’s servers. The company said it has fixed the bug. (CNet)

A judge has ordered web hosting company DreamHost to turn over information about an anti-Trump website, but the identities of users who feared government retaliation will be redacted. (Politico)

Pierre Omidyar op-ed in Washington Post: 6 ways social media has become a direct threat to democracy.

Twitter does an about-face, lets Rep. Marsha Blackburn use the ad that mentions “baby body parts.” (Politico)

In a comment on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for his widely criticized, tone-deaf virtual-reality tour of Puerto Rico. (TechCrunch)

Sheryl Sandberg to discuss Facebook ads with Congressional Black Caucus this week. (Bloomberg)

Amazon introduces waterproof Kindle. (Bloomberg)

Equifax hack disclosed driver’s license data for more than 10 million Americans. (WSJ)

Former chief of staff for Mike Pence reportedly becoming Oracle’s new vice president of government affairs. (Politico)

Medium opens subscription program to all writers. (WSJ)

Hey, Mr. Postman: USPS working toward autonomous mail delivery. (FedScoop)

And if your family and friends are tired of your rants about the president, there’s “Hope,” a Siri-like politically minded bot built to hear out concerns about Trump and offer advice for what to do about it. (CNN)


Photo: Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, introduces the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center. (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP/Getty Images)


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