Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
- Facebook opened up its election "war room" to the press ahead of the US mid-term elections in November.& Facebook has built a physical "war room" in its California headquarters to try and avoid repeating the mistakes of the 2016 US presidential election.
- eBay is going to war with Amazon over an alleged scheme to steal business.& eBay is suing Amazon for allegedly infiltrating eBay's internal messaging system to poach high-value sellers.
- The fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi hangs over SoftBank as it looks to raise another $100 billion fund.& Japanese conglomerate and tech investor SoftBank is under scrutiny over its ties to Saudi Arabia, a major backer of its $100 billion Vision Fund.
- Uber is reportedly making a new service to provide short-term jobs in security, hospitality, and more. The new service could be a major expansion for the California tech company, and comes as the company gears up for an IPO.
- Amazon is opening a new office in Manchester as it makes a big bet on research and development in the UK.& The new office, based in the Hanover Building, will accommodate at least 600 staff.
- Tesla is finally making a lower-cost Model 3.& Tesla is introducing a lower-priced version of its Model 3 sedan, with a base price of $45,000.
- YouTube announced a new partnership with Eventbrite to show tour listings on official music channels. This feature is currently only available in the US.
- The game developer behind "Grand Theft Auto" and "Red Dead Redemption" is embroiled in an ongoing controversy about working hours.& Rockstar Games came under fire earlier this week after cofounder Dan Houser claimed employees were working 100-hour weeks to finish the company's upcoming game, "Red Dead Redemption 2."
- Careem, a ride-hailing company in acquisition talks with Uber, raised $200 million from Saudi backers.& The deal was co-led by Kingdom Holding Company, the investment vehicle for Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and other existing backers.
- Apple sent out invitations for the new iPad event.& Apple will launch new products in Brooklyn, New York on October 30.
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