10 things in tech you need to know today

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10 things in tech you need to know today
Jack Ma on May 16, 2019 in Paris, France.Chesnot/Getty Images

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    1. Twitter locked Trump's account. The firm will keep the account locked unless the president deletes three incendiary tweets posted before and during rioters storming the US Capitol.

    2. Facebook removed a video of Trump claiming election fraud. Facebook's vice president of Integrity Guy Rosen said on Twitter that the firm removed it "because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence."

    3. Parler users called for bloodshed. As a mob smashed its way into the US Capitol, calls for an armed revolution echoed through right-leaning apps Parler and Gab.

    4. Jack Ma's Ant Group is under pressure. Officials and government advisors familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that Chinese regulators see Ant Group's data collection as giving it an unfair competitive advantage over other lenders.

    5. Tim Cook is paid almost $15 million. The Apple CEO's pay package totaled $14.7 million last year - around a 28% jump from 2019, the company disclosed in its annual proxy statement on Tuesday.

    6. Exclusive: Inside Haven's downfall. Amazon's health venture with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway, is disbanding after its first major bet shut down and dozens of employees left.

    7. WhatsApp will share data with Facebook in India. An update to its terms of service details how WhatsApp will share information about users' devices, transaction data, phone numbers and other information with its parent.

    8. Amazon is selling a coronavirus spit test. The FDA authorized DxTerity's COVID-19 saliva test, which requires no swabs, on December 9, and it was made available to buy on Amazon on Tuesday.

    9. Exclusive: Fintech startups are benefiting from the bitcoin boom. Revolut says it has attracted 300,000 new cryptocurrency customers over the last 30 days.

    10. SoftBank-backed Improbable posted a heavy loss. The simulation software startup posted steep losses and higher revenue growth for the 7 months to 31 December 2019.
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