Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.
1. The launch of bitcoin futures, which allows traders to bet on the future price of the cryptocurrency, sent the price shooting up $US1,000. Bitcoin futures went live on Chicago exchange group Cboe on Sunday night.
2. Apple has acquired Shazam from $US400 million (£298 million). Shazam is a British music recognition and advertising startup which was last valued at $US1 billion (£745 million).
3. Android founder and Essential CEO Andy Rubin is back at his phone startup after reports emerged of an “inappropriate” relationship with a colleague while he had been at Google. Rubin said his leave of absence was unrelated to the reports, and that he had asked for time off in early November.
4. Apple’s design chief Jony Ive has taken control of the design team once again. Ive stepped back from his day-to-day administrative duties in 2015, but a wave of criticism about Apple’s products followed.
5. Germany’s intelligence services have found their Chinese counterparts used fake LinkedIn profiles to try and dig up personal information about German officials. Fake headhunters, consultants, and scholars contacted some 10,000 German citizens.
6. Uber has settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused the firm’s executives of obtaining her medical records after she was raped. The complainant had already successfully sued Uber for failing to do a thorough background check on the driver.
7.Microsoft has set up its own internal artificial intelligence university to try and fill the AI skills gap. The programme trains computer scientists who already specialise in a different discipline the “practical sense” of machine learning.
8. A BBC investigation has found sexualised content on gaming streaming site Twitch. The “IRL” section features female gamers who wear revealing clothing while the game, and even sell explicit services through the site.
9. The British YouTuber Alfie Deyes is setting up his own venture to try and persuade his millions of followers to back startups. Deyes told Business Insider he wants to collaborate with and invest in startups.
10. HQ Trivia, the breakout iPhone quiz game, is coming to Android in time for Christmas. HQ Trivia is a live quiz game where winners can get real cash prizes, and games can garner a quarter of a million players.
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