10 things in tech you need to know today

May the 4th be with you!

Here’s the tech news you need to know to kick off your week.

1. Dave Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey, has died. Goldberg passed away unexpectedly Friday evening while on vacation abroad his wife, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. He was 47.

2. Twitter once expressed interest in acquiring media startup Mic.com. That’s just one battle in an ongoing war over the future of news. Every social media platform, from Facebook to Twitter to Snapchat, is trying to find a way to win control over content and its distribution.

3. Twitter is also in talks to acquire another news startup, Circa. The mobile app is having buyout discussions with a few possible suitors.

4. Brian McClendon was quietly replaced as Google’s Vice President of Google Maps in October and now he’s weighing what to do at the company. He was replaced by Jen Fitzpatrick, another Google veteran who has been with Google since 1999 and was one of its first female engineers.

5. A bunch of people watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on Twitter’s Periscope. One viewer explains what it was like, and why she thinks Periscope is the future.

6. Meet the man responsible for making Google’s billion-dollar acquisitions, Don Harrison, in this Q&A. He is Google’s VP of business development.

7. Facebook’s native content partnership with media publishers is expected to roll out in the next few weeks. Here’s how the ad revenue sharing portion of the deal could work.

8. TechCrunch Disrupt, a startup conference with a bunch of tech executives, begins today in New York. Investors Ron Conway, Fred Wilson, and Box CEO Aaron Levie will be on stage today.

9. Here’s why Google just pledged $US160 million to eight news organisations in Europe.

10. Apple CEO Tim Cook wears a unique Apple Watch no one else can buy.

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