Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. US officials are quizzing Apple over its decision to slow down iPhones with older batteries and why it wasn’t more transparent with consumers. Apple is expected to provide an answer by January 23.
2. Sophisticated hackers who gain control over WhatsApp’s servers could listen in to any group conversation on the messaging app, researchers have found. The flaw undermines WhatsApp’s claims of end-to-end encryption, they said.
3. South Korea said it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, as it carried out raids on local servers for allegedly not paying tax. The announcement triggered a crypto selloff.
4. 100 tech leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple chief Tim Cook signed a letter insisting that US policymakers pass a law that protects Dreamers, undocumented migrants who came to the US as children. They warned that they would lose “valuable talent” if the government scrapped an existing programme to protect Dreamers.
5. YouTube has put its movie starring disgraced vlogger Logan Paul on hold, after public outcry over his video featuring a dead body. The film had been due to debut on YouTube Red, the video platform’s subscription service.
6. Apple’s delayed release of the iPhone X gave its biggest rival Samsung a major boost in the UK. According to new Kantar Worldpanel statistics, Samsung took advantage of the two month delay to boost its market share in the UK through sales of its Galaxy S8 flagship.
7. Carphone Warehouse was fined £400,000 after the hack of 3 million customers last year. The original hack compromised thousands of customer credit cards.
8. Amazon has opened up its virtual Dash buttons to third parties, who can implement the re-ordering buttons on smart devices with screens. The virtual buttons let you re-order goods, just like the physical versions.
9. Samsung has said it will unveil its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, at Mobile World Congress in February. It’s likely there will be updates to Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant.
10. Facebook is testing a new section of its app called “Today In”, which promotes local news and events. Facebook is using machine learning to surface content in six test cities in the US.