10 things in tech you need to know today

GettyWhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum.

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. A former Tesla engineer says the company silenced her entire team after they brought up safety issues. Cristina Balan raised concerns about the quality and safety of some of Tesla’s parts, but was later pushed out of the company.

2. Goldman Sachs is advising Elon Musk on his plans to take Tesla private. The bank confirmed on Wednesday that it is suspending research coverage of Tesla because it is “acting as a financial advisor” to the car company.

3. The billionaire cofounder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is “resting and vesting.” A report in The Wall Street Journal said he is showing up to Facebook and barely working to collect a $US450 million payday.

4. Uber is cruising toward $US10 billion in revenue this year. The company’s second-quarter earnings reveal that it’s on course to hit the milestone despite a slump in growth.

5. The founding CTO of a $US3 billion company explains why it’s vital he still gets his hands dirty coding.MongoDB’s Eliot Horowitz says CTOs who are scaling up should stay close to their product so they can have intelligent conversations with their engineers.

6. Amazon is reportedly offering popular YouTubers multimillion-dollar contracts to switch to Twitch. Twitch is said to be offering exclusive deals, sometimes with huge salaries, to popular internet personalities, according to Bloomberg.

7. Apple could launch glasses in 2020 and an Apple Car in 2023. The prediction was made by Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with a strong record on Apple.

8. The UK’s advertising authority banned an Amazon ad for being “misleading.” The advert promoted the free one-day shipping that comes with Prime membership, but customers complained that their packages did not arrive in the timeframe promised.

9. A Silicon Valley startup with Chelsea Clinton on its board is launching the first at-home test for an HIV prevention drug. It’s a big move for Nurx, which recently raised $US36 million in funding.

10. A weird Instagram hack is locking users out of their accounts and people are furious. Users are finding that they can’t access their accounts, that their profile pictures have been changed to an animated film still, or even that the accounts have been deleted.

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