10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. Tech CEOs are vowing to help Dreamers and oppose the end of DACA. Executives from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and more have signalled their support for the program that protects immigrants from deportation from the US.

2. Facebook is offering music labels hundreds of millions of dollars so users can use copyrighted music in videos they upload. Copyright is an ongoing headache for the social network.

3. A mystery self-driving Toyota with a stealthy paint job was spotted driving around San Francisco. The Toyota logo was removed, and the driver wouldn’t answer questions.

4. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is an amazing phone that faces its fiercest competition yet. Business Insider has reviewed the South Korean electronic giant’s new flagship handset.

5. The hype around the iPhone 8 isn’t getting through to people, Piper Jaffray says. The research bank surveyed iPhone owners and found that there was almost no more interest in upgrading this year than there was in 2016.

6. Facebook is about to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses. It will let them conduct customer support in the app.

7. The “Apple of China” has launched an affordable iPhone 7 clone. Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi A1.

8. A 25-year-old emailed Mark Cuban to pitch his anti-fake news startup — and it worked. Factmata is based in the UK and uses AI to try and fight disinformation.

9. Google has updated its Street View camera for the first time in eight years, The Verge reports. The new photos will be higher resolution, and the cameras are smaller.

10. Lenovo has been given a slap on the wrist by the FTC for loading up computers with dangerous adware, according to Gizmodo. It will pay $US3.5 million (£2.7 million) in penalties.

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