10 things in tech you need to know today, August 4
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- Trump reportedly said TikTok has until September 15 to find a US buyer or it will be banned — and that the US Treasury should get payment as part of the sale. Trump previously threatened to imminently ban the app, which is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company.
- TikTok’s owner ByteDance is looking outside of the US for its new TikTok headquarters. In a statement Monday to Reuters, ByteDance said it’s “evaluating the possibility of establishing TikTok’s headquarters outside of the US” to demonstrate it’s a “global company.”
- Ubisoft fired executive Tommy Francois after he was accused of sexual harassment. Sources with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider Francois was fired following an internal investigation into complaints made against him.
- Google released its new phone the Pixel 4a, which costs $350. The Pixel 4a comes with a 12.2-megapixel camera that offers many of the same features as the Pixel 4.
- Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy. Twitter said the FTC notified it of allegations that it improperly targeted ads at users based on information they had provided for “safety and security purposes,” in violation a 2011 agreement.
- GPS company Garmin reportedly paid hackers a multimillion dollar ransom to recover files after a cyberattack that left their services offline for several days last month. The malware used against Garmin has been attributed to Evil Corp, a Russia-based hacker group that was placed on a US sanctions list last year, according to Bleeping Computer.
- Elon Musk says Tesla will create a normal pickup truck if the Cybertruck doesn’t sell as a “fallback strategy.” Despite hundreds of thousands of Cybertruck pre-orders, Elon Musk told Automotive News that Tesla will build a “normal truck, no problem” if people don’t buy the unique design.
- Amazon is reportedly facing a new antitrust investigation into its online marketplace led by the FTC and attorneys general in New York and California. The agencies will coordinate on the probe and plan to interview witnesses starting in the next few weeks, according to Bloomberg.
- Snapchat is rolling out a new TikTok-like feature that will allow users to play popular songs over the videos they record. Users will have access to a selection of music from Warner Music Group and other music publishing companies.
- Singapore will make travelers wear electronic tags to enforce quarantine. Punishments for non-compliance can include fines of up to $7,272, imprisonment of up to six months, or both.
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