10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today
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1. Spotify is increasing its prices. Spotify is upping the prices for some of its Premium subscriptions on April 30, affecting users in the US, UK, and Europe. Here's which plans are getting more expensive.

2. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin called NASA's decision to award SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract "unfair." Blue Origin filed a protest against NASA's contract with SpaceX to send humans to the moon, saying the deal was "flawed" and that NASA "moved the goalposts at the last minute." Everything you need to know about Blue Origin's protest.


3. These 12 companies are best positioned to ride out Apple's latest privacy changes. The new privacy change will make it harder for advertisers to target and measure their ads. Insider identified the companies that are most likely to survive Apple's change.

4. Lyft has ditched its plans to make its own self-driving car. Instead, it will sell its self-driving technology unit to Toyota for $550 million. Uber has also abandoned plans to create autonomous vehicles. More on Lyft's sale.

5. Tesla revealed $101 million bitcoin profit following its massive cryptocurrency investment. The company bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin in February. See more revelations from Tesla's Q1 report.

6. Microsoft and Alphabet blew past Wall Street expectations with their respective first-quarter earnings. Google's ad business bounced back during the quarter, while Google Cloud saw growth. Microsoft benefited from pandemic demand for its cloud services.

7. A "SWAT team of nerds" is the reason a Florida company took over a huge chunk of the Pentagon's internet. The Pentagon's Defense Digital Service (DDS) team told AP it's running the project to boost security. Get the full rundown here.


8. SpaceX was approved to fly thousands more satellites at a lower orbit. Despite pushback from competitors, the FCC approved SpaceX's application to have 2,824 satellites at a lower orbit. Here's what that means.

9. Ex-Tanium employees are receiving bids to buy their shares, but the company often grabs those shares itself. We spoke with four former employees of the $9 billion cybersecurity firm who are getting LinkedIn messages and emails from firms asking to buy their shares. This is what they told us.

10. Some Basecamp employees are distraught over its ban on political discussions and ending of wellness benefits. Cofounder David Heinemeier Hansson told Insider that some employees were thankful for the changes, while others were "deeply upset". More on the fallout here.

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Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @JordanParkerErb.


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