Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know to start your week.
1. The creator of The Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Ross Ulbricht’s legal team will appeal the decision.
2. Apple is reportedly in talks with Drake, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta to try and bring them on as DJs for its upcoming streaming service. Drake’s contract is worth $US19 million.
3. Slack says it has already turned down between eight and 10 acquisition offers. It’s currently worth $US2.8 billion (£1.8 billion).
4. Investors in Snapchat are taking common stock. That means they’re giving up on privileges like voting rights in order to invest.
5. A North Korean defector has claimed that the country’s hacker army now has over 6,000 people. Professor Kim Heung-Kwang has warned about the country’s capabilities.
6. Google is partnering with Levi’s to create “smart trousers.” Project Jacquard involves a smart thread that can control smartphones.
7. Apple is partnering with Postmates to offer same-day delivery. It’s only available for some areas in the US for now.
8. Twitter’s director of corporate development and strategy is leaving to join Google Ventures. Jess Verrilli had been at Twitter for six years.
9. SuperTrips, one of the biggest drug dealers on The Silk Road, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Cornelis Jan Slomp pleaded guilty to running the operation.
10. It looks like Lego is working on a “Minecraft” competitor called “Lego Worlds.” It was spotted on the back of an instruction manual for a Lego set.