10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. Uber has hired ex-US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexual harassment at the company, USA Today reports. An ex-Uber engineer wrote in a blog post she faced harassment and gender bias, and that HR lied to her about it.

2. Snapchat has started selling its Spectacles camera glasses online. They’re retailing for $US130 (£105), but they are still only available in the US.

3. Samsung’s reputation has dropped dramatically over the Note 7 exploding phone debacle, ZDNet reports. It has dropped 42 places in Harris Poll’s research, from 7th to 49th.

4. WhatsApp has launched an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone called Status, TechCrunch reports. It’s the latest attempt from Facebook to ape Snapchat’s features.

5. Amazon has updated its Fire TV device. It now comes with Alexa built in, letting you control TV with your voice.

6. A startup has a grand vision to make hydrogen trucks a reality by 2020. Nikola Motor Company plans to build over 300 hydrogen stations across the US so its trucks can cross the country.

7. Snap spent Monday trying to woo sceptical investors in London ahead of its IPO. The Snapchat parent company has kicked off its IPO roadshow.

8. For every £154 ($US192) newspapers lose in print revenue, they gain only £5 ($US6) on the digital side. That’s according to research from Enders Analysis.

9. A US panel has endorsed limited genetic modification of humans. “Although heritable germline genome editing trials must be approached with caution … caution does not mean prohibition,” the National Academy committee said.

10. Google and Microsoft are about to make it tougher to search for illegal streaming and download sites. The search engines have have signed up to a voluntary code with rightsholders in the UK.

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