10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know to start your week.

1. Saudi prince and billionaire tech investor Alwaleed bin Talal has been arrested, TechCrunch reports. He has invested in Twitter, Lyft, and News Corp.

2. The Kremlin invested “hundreds of millions” in Twitter and Facebook through an associate of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. The “Paradise Papers” are a new leak of 13 million documents about offshore tax havens.

3. Uber might make more money this year selling real estate in Oakland, California than actually selling rides. The unprofitable company is reportedly selling a property for $US220 million (£168 million).

4. Big Tech blew its big moment at the Russia hearings. Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter failed to reassure the public they are able to fix the problems that led to Russian interference in the US presidential election.

5. A registered sex offender wound up living in an Airbnb hosting unsuspecting guests. The incident raises questions about Airbnb’s background checks, as well as US public databases of sex offenders.

6. The Associated Press has published a big new report on how Russia hacked the US Democratic Party’s emails. The hackers targeted more than 130 people and altered documents.

7. The internet is going crazy over “Animoji Karaoke,” MacRumors reports. The iPhone X’s “animoji” feature lets emojis mimic your expressions, and people are using it to lipsync songs.

8. You can give your iPhone X a virtual home button. After removing the physical home button, Apple left an option to create a virtual one in the accessibility settings.

9. Netflix has fired Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards.” It comes after the actor was was accused of sexual harassment and assault.

10. Researchers were able to trick Google’s AI into thinking a turtle was actually a gun, The Guardian reports. It raises questions about AI security and how the software could be fooled and manipulated.

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