Tech Digest Daily Digest: Elon Musk Suspends Twitter Fake Account Deal


Elon Musk has said his $44billion (£35billion) deal to buy Twitter has been temporarily put on hold after he asked about the number of fake or spam accounts on the social media platform. He said he was waiting for information “supporting [the] calculation that spam/fake accounts actually represent less than 5% of users”. Following the announcement, Twitter shares fell 25% in premarket trading. Mr Musk has spoken out about cleaning up spam accounts. Twitter reported more than two weeks ago that fake accounts accounted for less than 5% of its daily active users in the first three months of this year. BBC

The idea of augmented reality glasses that instantly project a cinema-sized screen in front of you might look like a concept from the latest sci-fi blockbuster. But they should become reality next week, with the launch by EE of the Nreal Air Goggles UK. The futuristic glasses look like a normal pair of sunglasses from the front, but have two OLED displays hidden behind the lenses. When connected to a smartphone, these can project a virtual 201-inch Imax-size screen 20 feet in front of your eyes, allowing you to stream movies and play games over 5G on the go. Ahead of their UK launch via EE on May 20, MailOnline’s Shivali Best got to grips with the £399.99 smart glasses. Daily mail

Shell UK has announced the extension of its ambition to install EV chargers across the region with a new target for the end of this decade. By 2030, the company aims to have 100,000 public electric vehicle charging stations across the country. 11,000 of them are expected to be fast chargers in places such as charging hubs, forecourts, supermarkets and other destinations. The company described the initiative as ensuring that 90% of all UK drivers are within 10 minutes’ drive of a Shell fast charger. gasoline square

The ‘sinister side’ of Amazon Alexa is to be investigated by MPs, who fear smart speakers are spying on their owners. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is launching an investigation to explore how virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, as well as wearables such as Fitbits, affect their users and the implications for privacy and data collection. The committee said its inquiry would “examine the risks and benefits of the growing popularity of connected technology in the home and beyond, whether it should be properly designed to protect everyone in society and to what extent the rules currents governing smart technology are fit for a rapidly changing future.” Telegraph

Cryptocurrency values are taking another punch amid a resumption of broader flight from risk amid growing fears of an inflation-fueled global recession. A crash in the value of a so-called stablecoin, TerraUSD, was widely blamed for sparking a selloff in crypto assets that saw Bitcoin hit a 20-month low at some point on Thursday. The largest cryptocurrency by market value bottomed just above $25,400 after TerraUSD broke its peg to the US dollar. The stablecoin — so named because these digital tokens are pegged to the value of traditional, regulated assets — plunged late Wednesday. Sky News

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