10 things in tech you need to know today

Microsoft ceo satya nadellaGetty Images/Drew AngererMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Apple is due to report its quarterly earnings on Tuesday. Here’s what to watch out for, from its China business to the timing of the iPhone 8.

2. Facebook bought an AI startup that could turn its middling virtual assistant into a Siri killer. It has acquired Ozlo.

3. The chiefs of Facebook, Google, and other tech giants aren’t committing to testify to the US Congress on net neutrality, Recode reports. A deadline for commitments has now been extended.

4. Amazon has launched a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars. “Overhaul” is designed to sell products available on Amazon.

5. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd thinks messaging services like WhatsApp should stop using end-to-end encryption. Writing in The Telegraph, she said that “real people” don’t need the tech and it helps terrorists.

6. Reddit has raised an extra $US200 million (£150 million). It is now valued at $US1.8 billion (£1.4 billion).

7. Spotify now has 60 million paying subscribers, The Financial Times reports. It is preparing to go public this year.

8. A British email prankster tricked White House officials, according to The Guardian. The hoaxer posed as Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, as well as ex-chief-of-staff Reince Priebus.

9. Bitcoin is likely to split in two on Tuesday. A disagreement over its future is expected to cause it to fork into two competing digital currencies.

10. The biggest video game of 2017 has passed another milestone. Battlegrounds is now the third-most popular game on Steam in terms of concurrent players.

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