Here are the top trending stories from the world of technology. News that we feel every tech enthusiast should keep a tab on.
Apple threatens to sack employee over TikTok Viral Video
A TikTok viral video claiming that the data of a stolen iPhone is 100% safe unless it is unlocked can lead to sacking of an Apple employee. Apple is reportedly angry over their hardware engineer Paris Cambell for responding to a query of an iPhone owner whose phone was stolen. In a viral TikTok video, Cambell is seen giving assurance to the owner that thieves cannot access the data of her iPhone as it is still locked and advised not to remove the Apple ID from the device. Although Cambell turned up as a savior, Apple seems to be least amused. Cambell claims that she has received a call from Apple’s store manager, warning her to remove the video or else she will be fired.
Elon Musk scores a rare victory over Twitter
Elon Musk and Twitter trial is yet to begin on an official note but it seems that Musk may have scored an important morale victory over the microblogging platform. The tech billionaire has managed to secure an important order from the court, ordering Twitter’s top former executive to hand over several documents to Musk. According to Musk, these documents are key in determining the exact number of fake accounts on Twitter. As we all know, Musk and Twitter deal had collapsed over the contentious issue of fake accounts. The much anticipated Musk-Twitter trail will officially start in October this year.
WhatsApp Rival Signal’s customer data gets hacked
The instant messaging app Signal, which counts Elon Musk among its high-profile users, said that the phone number and SMS verification code of its nearly 2000 customers have been compromised. However, the Signal app will have to blame its communication partner Twilio for this hacking fiasco. Twilio, which provides SMS verification services to several companies including Signal, saw its system recently breached by hackers. Later it turned out that the Signal was one of the many Twilio’s customers whose data was breached due to this hacking incident. Signal has said that it will officially notify all those 2000 customers whose data has been hacked.
China’s Netflix ‘iQiyi’ launches streaming services in India
In a rather surprising turn of event, China’s massively popular streaming service IQiyi – often dubbed as China’s Netflix – has been found to be offering streaming services in India. This has been discovered by popular startup portal Entrackr. According to Entrackr, IQiyi did not do any big marketing or promotion before its launch in India and the launch was done almost silently. Entrackr also claimed that IQiyi may not be complying with many local laws and IT rules. Now it is to be seen whether IQiyi will be going the TikTok way. TikTok along with many other Chinese apps were banned by the Indian government almost two years back. iQiyi is listed in the New York Stock Exchange and counts Chinese tech giant Baidu as one of its investors.
Serena Williams to become a full-time venture capitalist
Tennis superstar Serena Williams, who is about to retire in a matter of few days, has announced that she will turned into a full-time venture capitalist in her post-retirement life. The tennis superstar had launched her VC firm Serena Ventures in 2014 and until now her VC firm had invested in dozens of startups. But all these investments were done by her managers. However, with Serena now having much more spare time due to retirement, she said that she will be taking venture capital as a full-time profession. Serena Williams has enjoyed a glitter career, winning mindboggling 23 grand slams and becoming the most successful female player in the history of Tennis.