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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
- Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is “opening up remote hiring aggressively” and expects half of its employees may be remote by 2030. The announcement could help reshape workplace cultural norms around the world, and transform Silicon Valley.
- Amazon Prime Day will reportedly be in September, two months later than usual. Reuters reported in April that Amazon was delaying Prime Day until at least August, and expected to absorb a $100 million loss due to the shift.
- Four Democratic senators wrote a letter calling on the DOJ and FTC to scrutinize Uber’s potential acquisition of GrubHub. The senators wrote the timing of the rumored acquisition is particularly troubling during the pandemic, “when consumer demand has increased and when restaurants are more desperate for revenue than ever.”
- Magic Leap has secured $350 million in a new investment round as it tries to secure the future of the company. The company is working on its next headset, Magic Leap 2, but has made a shift to the enterprise market.
- Netflix will start notifying users about inactive accounts and deleting subscriptions for those who don’t respond. Users can reactivate their account within 10 months if they want to keep the same profile.
- Twitter is testing a feature that will let you control who can reply to your tweets and keep “reply guys” at bay. The feature would let you allow only people mentioned in a tweet to reply to it.
- Nearly 10,000 students ran into issues submitting their AP exams because of technical glitches. Incompatibility with photo file format was a major factor in students being unable to submit the entirety of their tests.
- Japanese tech giant NTT is pouring $230 million into a Silicon Valley research lab to build hyper-realistic “digital twins” of people for medical research. NTT, a 300,000-employee telecommunications company, launched the research labs in July.
- A Dutch court has ruled under GDPR that a grandmother must delete pictures of her grandchildren she posted on Facebook because they did not give their consent, the BBC reports. The mother of the children had requested multiple times for the photos be removed.
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