- The YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized to the LGBTQ community for not banning videos involving homophobic slurs last week. However, she believes that in light of company policies they made the right decision. The apology followed a tumultuous week for YouTube following its decision not to remove videos from one of its stars Steven Crowder after the conservative commentator made repeated homophobic remarks about Vox journalist, Carlos Maza.
- Facebook is going to launch new Portal video-chat devices in Fall 2019. Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth wouldn’t disclose total sales of the Portal, which launched in October 2018 and lets users video-call their contacts and utilize other apps, but described them as “really good.”
3. Uber’s biggest rival in Europe says it occasionally has profitable quarters because it has grown sustainably and focused on not burning cash. Taxify, which has rebranded to Bolt, said Uber and Lyft’s tepid IPOs had helped the firm because it showed investors in ride-hailing firms were more focused on the bottom line.
4. Hackers stole photos of travelers’ faces and license plates collected by the US Customs and Border Protection agency. The hackers gained access to the images through a subcontractor’s network, which then transferred the photographs to its network in violation of CBP policies, the agency said.
5. Facebook has quietly switched off Graph Search, a tool that allowed researchers and investigative journalists to search the social network in powerful ways, according to Vice. The closure may have come as the firm focuses on privacy.