Among other looming tech trends, The Wall Street Journal says to prepare for foldable phones, 5G, more automated retail experiences, and privacy legislation. As for whether or not the climate will warm for tech company, The Journal says it can’t be any cooler than 2018. Among other embarrassments, “It felt like every week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and friends were apologizing for some major privacy blunder or platform manipulation,” it writes.
Chinese app developers are flooding the Indian marketplace, TechCrunch reports -- citing a new report in Factory Daily, which found that 44 of the top 100 Android apps in India were developed by Chinese firms. “The list of top Chinese apps includes major names like ByteDance, the world’s highest-valued startup which offers TikTok and local language news app Helo.”
Some mental health experts and police officials are calling Facebook’s efforts to address suicidal users as potentially harmful. “Facebook’s calls to the police could also cause harm -- such as unintentionally precipitating suicide, compelling nonsuicidal people to undergo psychiatric evaluations, or prompting arrests or shootings,” The New York Times reports.
Netflix is about to name Spencer Neumann as its new CFO, sources tell Reuters. Neumann would be coming from Activision Blizzard, which appears to be fine with his loss. In a new regulatory finding, in fact, the video game holding company said was preparing to fire Neumann for unspecified reasons.