Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he supports Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, calling universal basic income “obviously needed.” Yang is a venture capitalist from New York who believes in providing universal basic income for American citizens, medicare for all, and addressing the impact of automation on the economy.
- Amazon is looking to open a brick-and-mortar liquor store in San Francisco. The company has applied for a liquor license and approval from the city to open a storefront at its warehouse in San Francisco.
- Professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins admonished streaming site Twitch for letting other streamers — and porn – promote themselves on his now inactive channel, Engadget reports. Ninja left Twitch earlier this month for an exclusive partnership with Mixer, Microsoft’s video game streaming platform.
- Audi created a sleek-looking $2,000 electric scooter which combines the handlebar function of a scooter with the rider positioning of a skateboard. Audi says it will offer the e-tron Scooter for sale in late 2020.
- Apple has strange ASMR videos on its YouTube channel that have nothing to do with Apple. ASMR audio and videos are hyper-focused on gentle, quiet, sometimes repetitive motions or audio that’s designed to mesmerize, entrance, and relax.
- Amazon’s Alexa devices are being made by Chinese schoolchildren illegally working overtime. An investigation from China Labor Watch found that more than 1,000 children ages 16 to 18 were employed as “interns” at a Foxconn factory in Hengyang.
- Coworking space startup WeWork could unveil its IPO filing as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported last week. The company confidentially filed to go public in April and was valued at $47 billion in its most recent private funding round in January and has raised $10 billion in funding since 2011.
- Trump is reportedly planning an attempt to regulate Facebook and Twitter over alleged anti-conservative bias. According to CNN, Trump is planning an executive order that could have significant implications for how internet companies moderate content.
- People with “subprime” credit scores are reportedly getting approved for Apple’s new credit card. The bank behind the card, Goldman Sachs, has been approving users for the card who have “subprime” credit scores at the direction of Apple, CNBC reported.
- President Trump told reporters on Friday that the US won’t be doing business with Huawei. The White House later clarified that Trump was referring specifically to the ban of US government agencies using Huawei technology or products.
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