10 things in tech you need to know today

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10 things in tech you need to know today
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1. People are slamming Elon Musk after he tweeted asking for sketch ideas for his "SNL" appearance tomorrow night. Journalists, unions, and politicians gave him sarcastic suggestions - including that he should pay more taxes or donate his wealth. Despite the uproar, Pete Davidson defended Musk hosting this weekend's episode.

2. A 1997 article said Bill and Melinda Gates agreed he could spend one long weekend a year with his ex. The Time magazine article said he could spend the weekend at his ex-girlfriend's North Carolina beach cottage. More on that arrangement.

3. Understanding Elon Musk's multibillion-dollar compensation plan. Elon Musk is superrich (like, depending on the day, wealthiest-person-alive rich). But the exact details of his compensation plan are complicated. So we broke down how his elaborate pay agreement works.

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4. Twitter now prompts users to check their tweets for "harmful or offensive" content before posting. The feature uses AI to detect harmful language in a tweet a user has composed, and can distinguish between offensive content, sarcasm, and "friendly banter." How the feature works.

5. Coinbase is closing its San Francisco HQ as it plans for a decentralized workplace. While the cryptocurrency-trading platform had first said it would just downgrade its HQ, Coinbase will now be shutting it down entirely in 2022. A look at the company's remote-first strategy.

6. Facebook pays lofty salaries to members of its "Supreme Court" that can overrule Zuckerberg. The tech giant pays members of its 20-person Oversight Board six-figure salaries, only for it to tell Facebook to solve its own problems. More on that here.

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7. A bottle of red wine that aged for 14 months on the International Space Station is up for sale. Christie's auction house is selling an out-of-this-world bottle of Bordeaux from 2000 - and it could fetch up to $1 million. Here's the scoop on the space wine.

8. Jeff Bezos' former No. 2 said he'll email his old team at Amazon if he notices a "defect." Jeff Wilke, who oversaw Amazon's consumer business before stepping down earlier this year, said he'll still pay close attention to customer service - and will let his former team know if there's a problem.

9. VC firms are scrambling to get into crypto investing. In the wake of Andreessen Horowitz's plans to raise a $1 billion crypto fund, other venture capitalists are rushing to be a part of the action. Get the full rundown.

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10. A key investor in Snowflake and UiPath is betting big on VAST Data. VAST Data, a hot startup that makes it cheaper and easier for companies to analyze their AI data, tripled its valuation in a year to $3.7 billion. Here's why investors are bullish on the startup.


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

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