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5 Things to Know With Your Morning Coffee — Tuesday, August 24, 2021

August 24, 2021
By Corey Noles

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Tesla’s Autopilot System is Under Investigation Again

Once again, the federal government is investigating Tesla’s autopilot system. It appears that 11 times over three-and-a-half years, a Tesla did not recognize emergency vehicles lights and caused crashes resulting in one death and 17 injuries. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration launched the investigation in response to those crashes. photo

Tech Giant Samsung to Get Into the Semiconductor Game

Samsung announced plans this week to invest $205 billion over the next two years. The plan is to up its investments in semiconductors, biopharmaceuticals, and telecommunications to enhance its global presence. Company representatives said they expect the move to create 40,000 new jobs.

Facebook Brings Back Voice and Video Calls to Main App

Facebook has quietly rolled out a new beta version that brings voice and video calls back to its main app. It’s currently in the experimental stage and only affecting a limited number of users. There is speculation that Facebook could be trying to streamline its suite back into fewer apps.

Airbnb Offers to Temporarily House 20,000 Afghan Refugees

Airbnb announced it is working with resettlement agencies to find temporary housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees. The plan is to match them with hosts offering homes for free or deeply discounted rates. The housing will be paid for by Airbnb or by contributions to its nonprofit.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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