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Weekly Tech Roundup: July 7

Facebook reduces reach of users who share fake news

Social giant Facebook is continuing its message to stem the rise of fake news, propaganda and hate speech by cutting down on who sees content shared by users who have the habit of posting “low quality content”, including clickbait and spam.

Next iPhone might include facial recognition

When Apple’s next iteration of its flagship smartphone is released in the autumn, the TouchID fingerprint sensor might have been replaced with a 3D scanner, capable of unlocking the device via facial recognition. While TouchID was revolutionary when it launched in 2013, it comes with its drawbacks; it can only be opened when held in one hand, and doesn’t work with wet or dirty fingers. Facial scanning would be both more secure and more convenient.

Tencent attempts to regulate screentime for young users

In a bid to avoid mobile gaming addiction, Tencent has introduced real-name registration for players of its wildly popular ‘Honor of Kings’ multiplayer game. Users under 18 are limited to just two hours of gameplay per day. However, these measures have led to the emergence of a “black market” for adult user IDs.

Why Silicon Valley is still the best place to be a start-up

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, explains why Silicon Valley remains the best place in the world to be a tech entrepreneur, despite the fact that cities all over the world are developing their own thriving tech ecosystems. It’s all about a region’s ability to provide start-ups with access to resources which will in turn empower rapid scale, an idea Hoffman is exploring in an upcoming book.

Self-driving cars just had their best month yet

Industry experts believe that autonomous vehicles may be on the verge of progressing “from their infancy into adolescence,” thanks to a recent flurry of activity in both Congress and the private sector.

SpaceX delays launch  of rocket less than 10 seconds before lift-off

A guidance system error caused SpaceX’s computer to automatically shut down the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, with less than 10 seconds to go before lift-off. The rocket was intended to send a communications satellite into geostationary orbit.

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