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Tech News Today for July 21, 2017

Tech News for Friday July 21, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reports that Lyft is forming its own driverless car development division. The company says it will develop its own hardware and software, but they won't be building their own cars, just the kits to make the cars self-driving. Lyft will hire hundreds of engineers for its new office called Level 5, which is the final level of autonomy, where cars really drive themselves. What do you think about Lyft's late entry into the race? Read more at wsj.com.

It is time to update your iPhone and iPad, especially if you use Wi-Fi. The security update has been available since Wednesday and a writer at CNET says if you haven't installed it, you really should. Without the update, hackers could access your device through the iPhone's Wi-Fi chipset while you're searching for a signal. The vulnerability affects all phones and tablets with three types of Broadcom chips. Read more at cnet.com.

Axios says Google, Apple, and Amazon have spent record amounts on lobbying this year. Just in the last three months, Google has spent 5.93 million dollars. Apple has spent 2.2 million dollars and Amazon has spent 3.21 million dollars. We should note that although a lot of this money is spent to combat some of the current president's policies, the companies have also spent a lot lobbying Republicans when it serves their interests.  Read more at axios.com.

Megan Morrone and guest host Lindsey Turrentine discuss the US FTC's investigation of Amazon's pricing policy.  Is it misleading customers? Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and get it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.

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