10 things in tech you need to know today

FCC chairman Ajit PaiGetty Images NewsAjit Pai, chairman of the FCC.

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

1. Snap missed on its Q1 earnings, and its stock cratered 20%. The Snapchat parent company reported its first ever earnings on Wednesday.

2. Evan Spiegel on Facebook: “Just because Yahoo has a search box doesn’t mean they’re Google.” The Snap CEO blasted the rival company on Wednesday’s earnings call.

3. A notorious leaker posted would could be our best look at the iPhone 8. New renders show off the device’s rumoured design.

4. Anti-net neutrality spammers are impersonating real people to flood the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with comments, The Verge reports. Tens of thousands of identical comments have been posted, using real people’s names without their knowledge.

5. Microsoft has an ambitious new plan to take on Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. It is launching smart speakers that come with its AI assistant, Cortana, built in.

6. Netflix is waging a war at the most prestigious film festival in the world. Cannes is making changes that could prevent some Netflix titles from being included.

7. The Trump administration is likely to expand its laptop ban to include European countries. Currently, there are restrictions in taking laptops in the cabin on flights to the US from 10 airports, including Qatar, the UAE, and Turkey.

8. Google bought one of the top virtual reality studios. It has acquired Owlchemy Labs.

9. Facebook is cracking down on webpages with “spammy” and misleading ads. It will punish pages that use them in its news feed rankings.

10. Uber now lets you save your favourite places, according to The Verge. You can assign names to locations like your friends’ houses.

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