Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Monday.
1. Tesla’s already booked more than 250,000 Model 3 orders. Potential car owners need to put down $1,000 (£702) deposits to reserve their vehicles.
2. Google killed its April Fools’ Day joke after it allegedly lost people their jobs. A Google representative said: “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year.”
3. The FBI’s method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to Apple engineers. When Apple fixes the flaw, it is expected to announce it to customers and thereby extend the rare public battle over security.
4. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick spent 30 hours quizzing a candidate before finally offering him a job. Former VMware executive Thuan Pham told GeekWire it felt more like a discussion between two colleagues.
5. A politician is flying a blimp outside of Google’s Tel Aviv office in Israel asking them to pay taxes. Yoav Kisch is currently in the process of drafting a bill that would help to address the taxation issue.
6. Apple flew a pirate flag above its headquarters on its 40th birthday. The flag has a special place in Apple’s history, with cofounder Steve Jobs making a number of pirate references while leading the company.
7. Another drone video of Apple’s new global headquarters in California has been published. This one shows the huge pile of dirt that has developed next to the new campus as a result of the building work.
8. Reddit dropped a hint that the US government has issued it with a secret order in its annual transparency report. The company removed a line in the report, known as a “canary,” saying it has not received any national security requests.
9. Airbnb said it plans to crack down on illegal hotels in San Francisco. The company pledged to investigate “unwelcomed” listings.
10. Mark Cuban, a well-known US investor and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, said the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) should stop targeting Silicon Valley with scare tactics. The head of the SEC recently warned the tech community to be wary of Silicon Valley unicorns.
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