10 things in tech you need to know today

Travis KalanickReuters StaffUber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store. He told Uber CEO Travis Kalanick that the Uber app violated Apple’s privacy rules.

2. Uber has delayed releasing the findings for its internal investigation into sexual harassment until the end of May. The delay was referred to in an internal memo sent by board member Arianna Huffington.

3. Niklas Zennström, the cofounder and former CEO of Skype, has backed fresh produce delivery startup Farmdrop in a £7 million round through his Atomico fund. Farmdrop lets you buy fresh groceries from producers close to you.

4. Angry customers who gave smart credit card company Plastc $US9 million (£7 million) in pre-orders and then abruptly shut down are hoping to sue the company. Venture capital investors had also sunk a reported £3.3 million ($US4.3 million) into the fintech startup.

5. The New York Times examined whether it’s time to break up Google. The Californian tech giant has an 88% market share in search advertising.

6. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hired his own private driver after a videotaped argument with an Uber driver went viral. The detail was published in a New York Times’ exposé on Kalanick.

7. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained his crazy vision for what comes next after the smartphone. It involves a world without screens.

8. Binge-watching Netflix shows can actually be good for you. That’s according to a communications professor.

9. The new “Silicon Valley” season exposes a common dilemma in the tech industry known as “pivoting”. During season four, the act of pivoting and what to pursue become central.

10. MIT Technology Review called out Elon Musk for saying that telepathy technology will be available in a few short years. The Tesla founder has set up a new company called Neuralink and its mission is to use brain implants to directly link human minds to computers.

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