10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today
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1. ICYMI: A judge ruled a massive blow against Apple's App Store business on Friday. Apple must allow app makers to monetize their apps without paying Apple, the conclusion to a months-long legal battle between "Fortnite" maker Epic Games and Apple. Here's what the ruling means for both Epic and Apple.


2. SpaceX is launching its first civilians into orbit this week. The civilian crew - a billionaire, a physician-assistant, an engineer, and a scientist - has spent the past five months training for their three-day trip. Photos show how they trained for their spaceflight.

3. Elizabeth Holmes trial: The defense wins the opening round. Writer Adam Lashinsky was at the court (need a cheat sheet? Here's everything you might have missed in the first week) and found the defense offered a more compelling argument than the prosecution, presenting a sympathetic narrative about Holmes. Here's what he saw during the opening arguments.

4. Mark Zuckerberg says WhatsApp is adding an extra layer of security. After a ProPublica investigation found that moderators are able to view some users' messages, WhatsApp will now let you encrypt your chat back-ups on Google Drive and iCloud. Here's what we know so far.

5. Salesforce said it will help relocate employees who want to leave Texas after a restrictive abortion law took effect. The cloud-computing company told staff it would assist any employees and their families who want to relocate over the state's reproductive laws. Get the full rundown here.

6. Google underpaid thousands of international workers, reports reveal. The company violated labor laws around the world by underpaying thousands of its contract workers in different countries. More on Google's underpaid​​ "shadow workforce."


7. Facebook's new smart glasses have already raised privacy concerns. A Buzzfeed reporter took the glasses for a spin, and found it's pretty easy to secretly record bystanders - even though Facebook says that's against the rules. See Facebook's response to the privacy concerns.

8. Amazon could pay the NFL $2.5 billion to stream "Sunday Ticket" games. Reports say Amazon is seen as the frontrunner among bidders for the package, which DirecTV has owned for the past 27 years. What that could mean for the way you watch football.

9. DeepMind secretly planned to break away from parent company Google. Current and former employees said DeepMind feared Google might one day misuse its technology, and that execs worked to distance the AI firm from its owner for years. Get the inside story of DeepMind's plot to separate from Google.

10. Insider compiled a list of the most important venture capitalists in New York. We asked some of New York's biggest names in tech for their nominations, and came up with a list of the 50 most influential VCs in the city. Meet the city's top investors.

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


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