10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

instagram ceo kevin systrom

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Instagram cofounder and CEO Kevin Systrom (L) and designer Diane von Furstenberg.


Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

    1. The two founders of Instagram will quit Facebook, amid reports of tensions with CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, CEO and CTO of Instagram, said they want to explore their creativity again.
    2. Snap has partnered with Amazon for a new feature called Visual Search, which will let users buy items through its app. Users can point the Snap camera at products, which will bring up more information and an option to buy via Amazon.
    3. The White House has distanced itself from a draft executive order which outlined a potential bombshell investigation into online bias at social media and tech firms. Officials have said the leaked draft is not official policy.
    4. Pandora has been acquired for $3.5 billion by Sirius XM. The deal would create the world's biggest audio entertainment company.
    5. Amazon held acquisition talks with food delivery firm Deliveroo - twice. According to The Telegraph, the most recent talks took place nine months ago.
    6. Facebook is being sued by an ex-content moderator who says she got PTSD from exposure to graphic and 'toxic' content on the job. The former employee, Selena Scola, is attempting to launch a class action case against Facebook
    7. Venture capital firm Social Capital is continuing its implosion, with founder Chamath Palihapitiya letting go of four partners after a call with his investment committee. Palihapitiya has publicly insisted the firm is not in dire straits.
    8. Privacy advocates and techies have criticised Google for changes to its browser Chrome that mean web users are automatically signed in when visiting any Google property. Critics said Google had not been upfront about the change.
    9. A significant new study from JP Morgan has found that few people make substantial money driving for Uber or from other gig economy jobs. On average, gig economy workers earned just $828 a month.
    10. Apple has closed its acquisition of music recognition app Shazam, and says the service will become ad-free. It remains unclear how Shazam might integrate into Apple's music streaming service.

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