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10 things in tech you need to know today



1. According to the findings of Facebook's researchers, the application is harmful to 360 million of its users. According to The Wall Street Journal, approximately 12.5 percent of users report that the app has a negative impact on their sleep, work relationships, and parental responsibility.


2. Musk, the CEO of Tesla, asked his Twitter followers on Saturday whether he should sell some of his company's stock. The answer was a resounding yes in every way.


  • Following the poll's launch, Musk tweeted, "I will abide by the results of this poll, regardless of the outcome." More than 3.5 million voters cast ballots, with 57.9 percent of those voting in favor.
  • "Whether the world's wealthiest man pays any taxes at all should not be determined based on the results of a Twitter poll," said Sen. Ron Wyden, the author of the billionaires' income tax proposal.
  • It is unclear whether Musk will actually sell his shares of company stock. It is estimated that the total amount would be approximately $21 billion.


3. Amazon may include prescription medications and lottery tickets in its cashierless supermarkets. The sale of medicine and lottery tickets, according to internal documents, has the potential to increase traffic and revenue on Amazon's website. It is being considered whether self-service medication pick-up lockers or an automated medication dispensing kiosk should be installed.


4. Volkswagen is bringing the iconic bus back to life as an all-electric vehicle, which will be available in 2019. The bus, which was popular in the 1960s and 1970s, is making a comeback as an electric vehicle, and Volkswagen has just unveiled the design of the production version.


5. An engineer who has been through three rounds of interviews with Google shares his advice on how to land a job. In the end, Rick Viscomi was able to learn from his mistakes and eventually landed a position at YouTube after interviewing with – and being rejected by – Google on three separate occasions. He explains how he was able to land the position, including how he practiced interviews and framed his passions as strengths.


6. Organizations are automating the process of writing thank-you notes to their employees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Gratitude robots" were created by Handwrytten, a Phoenix-based company that specializes in artificial intelligence. They can write notes and holiday cards with messages that are unique to them.


7. A summary of the ninth week of the Elizabeth Holmes trial is provided. When a former lab co-director expressed dissatisfaction with the lab's "lack of clarity," the jury heard testimony about investments made by Henry Kissinger, the DeVos family, and Walmart's heirs, among other individuals and entities.


8. What happens after the Switch has been flipped is unclear. Nintendo is making an effort to find out what's going on. Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is working on a successor console to the Switch, which has been on the market for five years.


9. Uber may soon be able to dispatch yellow taxis in New York City directly from its app, according to a recent report. Due to a shortage of drivers in New York City, users of the Uber app may see yellow cabs as an additional option in addition to "UberX."


10. An inside look at Zillow's dreadful first two weeks. Despite the fact that Zillow's leadership had positioned house flipping as the company's future, the strategy failed miserably. In a matter of weeks, Zillow went from making a big bet on home flipping to laying off 2,000 employees and losing $10 billion in market capitalization.

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