Welcome to a new ongoing series of posts called “This Week in Tech”. The idea of this series is to bring you some of the most interesting stories from around the technology world each Friday. Stories will include feature articles on news from the tech industry. The series will also highlight cool new inventions, apps, and startups we discover each week. We hope bringing this series to you each Friday will help keep you informed while also giving you some more lighthearted reads for the end of your work week.
1. Google has announced a massive reorganization. It will become an subsidiary of an entirely new parent company called Alphabet.
2. IBM’s Watson could learn how to identify cancer and heart disease from X-rays and MRI scans. IBM plans to train Watson using 30 billion images — including X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans — from Merge, a healthcare company it recently acquired.
3. Russia is threatening to ban Reddit. Roskomnadzor, the Russian government agency in charge of media in the country, says it is “preparing” to block it because posts on the site contain advice on how to grow marijuana.
4. Samsung has announced its latest Galaxy phones, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. They will both go on sale on August 21.
5. Facebook cancelled a student’s internship after they pointed out a major privacy issue before starting there. Aran Khanna built a browser plugin that made use of the fact that people who used Facebook Messenger shared their location with everyone they messaged with by default.