Facebook is building its own operating system. German court bans Uber’s ride-hailing service.
ZuckAlone: Facebook has reportedly asked Mark Lucovsky, a co-author of Microsoft’s Windows NT, to build it a new operating system from scratch.
Facebook would benefit greatly from owning its own OS. Its Oculus hardware and its augmented reality glasses, for example, rely on Google’s Android OS. Moving to its own operating system would give Facebook more freedom, with not having to depend on rivals.
“We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us,” says Facebook’s VP of Hardware, Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth. “We don’t think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that’s the case. And so we’re gonna do it ourselves.” TechCrunch
Speaking of Facebook: Recently, a security researcher found a database of account info of 267mn Facebook users available in an unprotected format on hacker forums. More details here.
No Uber, No Cry: A court in Germany has ruled that Uber doesn't have the necessary license to operate a business that employs for-hire drivers. This effectively bars the ride-hailing giant from conducting business in the seven cities it operates in in Germany.
The case was brought by a Germany taxi association and, if it doesn’t comply with the ruling, Uber could pay fines up to €250,000 per ride. Endgadget
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