7 Things We Learned in Tech World This Week, From Apple’s Blunder to Elon Musk’s Pivot to Boring

Apple’s FaceTime blunder shows it has its own privacy concerns, while Facebook’s year of bad press did nothing to scare users away

Tech stalwarts came into the week expecting the big news to come from quarterly earnings reports.

But that didn’t factor in a major bug hitting FaceTime or Facebook’s latest faux pas reigniting its feud with Apple, its Silicon Valley neighbor.

It was hard to keep up, so let’s review six lessons we learned this week, from Apple to Facebook to Elon Musk.

1. Apple Isn’t Infallible 

Apple has spent much of the last year publicly championing itself as the tech giant that truly cares about protecting its customers. This came as Facebook and Google, to a lesser extent, battled multiple data privacy scandals over the course of 2018. At one point last spring, Apple chief Tim Cook couldn’t help himself from needling Facebook over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying he “wouldn’t be in this situation” if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

And yet, Apple had it’s own privacy headache this week. A major FaceTime bug allowed iPhone users to listen to the audio on someone else’s phone — even…

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Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @seanb44