On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Wednesday menu.

More tech hearings on Russian-linked ads and misinformation in front of lawmakers today:

  • New revelation from Facebook: 120,000 Instagram posts by Russian election attackers reached 20 million Americans. (TechCrunch)
  • Related: UC Berkeley students launch a Chrome extension that detects Twitter bots. (Wired)

Apple changed up its strategy, limited lengthy iPhone X testing for most reviewers. (WSJ) Speaking of early reviews, Face ID not 10o percent reliable, critics say. (USA Today)

New York terror suspect was an Uber driver who passed the company’s background check. Uber is now in contact with FBI and has banned the suspect from the Uber app. (TechCrunch)

Self-driving car research has been around for about a decade. A look at its history. (Bloomberg)

Speaking of self-driving cars, Trump administration to drop Obama-era proposal to require that the cars be equipped with tech to communicate with one another, which experts say is a key safety feature. (AP)

Uber-SoftBank deal in jeopardy over spat about Travis Kalanick’s role. (WSJ)

Let there be light: Ikea’s new smart lights will power up from Apple, Amazon and Google devices. (Fortune)

Irish court rejects appeal against $1 billion Apple data center. (Reuters)

ICYMI: A bunch of new emojis have arrived on iOS 11. (Business Insider)


Photo: From left, Vice President and General Counsel for Facebook Colin Stretch, General Counsel for Twitter Sean Edgett, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Google Kent Walker are sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Nov. 1, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)


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