10 things in tech you need to know today

Co-founder and CEO of Snapchat Evan Spiegel (L) and model Miranda Kerr attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honouring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by )Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesSnapchat cofounder and CEO Evan Spiegel, left, and model Miranda Kerr.

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

1. Facebook says fake accounts linked to Russia bought thousands of ads during the US election. They were designed to amplify divisive messages.

2. Microsoft is getting ready to announce more Surface hardware. But don’t expect a new Microsoft phone at its October event.

3. 23andMe has raised $US200 million (£153 million) to bring its genetic testing to the masses. The funding round was led by Sequoia Capital.

4. Mark Zuckerberg invited three “Dreamers” to his Silicon Valley home and livestreamed the conversation. The Facebook CEO strongly supports immigration reform.

5. A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against news outlet Techdirt by a man who claims to have invented email, Ars Technica reports. Shiva Ayyadurai was suing over posts with titles like “How The Guy Who Didn’t Invent Email Got Memorialised In The Press & The Smithsonian As The Inventor Of Email.”

6. Apple is paying more than twice as much for the iPhone 8’s new screen than it normally does. That’s according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AppleInsider reports.

7. Facebook says a Wall Street research note on its data errors is being “misconstrued.” It says it didn’t overcount the number of people in the US.

8. Apple has reached a music deal with Warner Music Group, Bloomberg reports. The firm apparently plans to pay less than it originally did.

9. A walkie-talkie app called Zello is No. 1 in the US App Store because of Hurricane Irma. It lets you use your phone as a two-way radio.

10. Instagram is letting some users share their “Stories” directly to Facebook. It’s a further attack on Snapchat, which pioneered the format.

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