Good morning! Here are the 10 things in tech you need to know to start your week.
1. Apple Pay is launching in the UK on July 14. There will be a £20 limit on transactions — but this should rise in Autumn.
2. A petition to have Ellen Pao removed as the CEO of Reddit has gained more than 100,000 signatures in 3 days. Last week, popular Reddit employee Victoria Taylor was let go suddenly — prompting a wave of huge protests from volunteer moderators, shutting down hundreds of the site’s most popular communities.
3. Surveillance software company Hacking Team has been hacked. The Italian company provides law enforcement with tools for spying on suspects. 400GB of internal data including source data, emails, and other documents have been leaked online.
4. A decentralised media company is coming, venture capitalist Fred Wilson predicts. Wilson thinks that someone is soon likely to build a censorship-resistant media company using the blockchain technology that underpins bitcoin — making it almost impossible to shut down. He made the comments after the recent protests that have engulfed Reddit.
5. Hilary Clinton has accused China of “hacking into everything that doesn’t move.” The Presidential candidate was referring to the recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack, in which millions of Americans’ sensitive information was compromised.
6. Samsung is reportedly poised to ditch the an extremely popular feature on its next phone. There’s no official confirmation yet, but it looks like the South Korean electronics company might be getting rid of the stylus on its next device.
7. Music streaming is skyrocketing in Britain — jumping 80% in the last year. There has also been a 4% rise in overall music consumption.
8. Uber has suspended one of its services in France after drivers rioted in the streets. It’s the latest growing pain for the often-controversial ride-sharing company.
9. A tiny change to a LinkedIn profile has sparked a ton of speculation about Jony Ive’s future at Apple. Some people believe that the recently-promoted Chief Design Officer might be preparing to resign.
10. Apple has filed a patent for a new feature that could kill off mobile payments apps like Venmo, Paypal, and Square Cash. It relates to person-to-person transactions.
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