10 things in tech you need to know today

Reuters PicturesWikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Wednesday morning.

1. Bill Gates believes Apple should unlock iPhones at the government’s request. “There’s no question of ability,” he said, adding, “It’s the question of willingness.”

2. Uber booked $US2.2 billion (£1.5 billion) in sales last quarter – but it still took a $US1.1 billion (£791 million) loss.The company is narrowing its enormous losses and its revenues are growing.

3. “Glee” and “American Horror Story” producer Ryan Murphy is nearing a five-year deal with Netflix that’s worth up to $US300 million (£215 million).Murphy’s tie-up with Netflix comes as his contract with 21st Century Fox nears its end.

4. Xerox stock slid yesterday following the news that the company is being sued by one of its largest shareholders.Billionaire investor Darwin Deason has sued Xerox to block its proposed merger with Fujifilm.

5. A British judge accused Julian Assange of cowardice after the Wikileaks founder failed to overturn his arrest warrant.Judge Emma Arbuthnot dismissed the application to overturn Assange’s arrest warrant.

6. Apple shareholders gave a huge vote of confidence to Tim Cook.Shareholders voted to approve all the board members for new terms, and voted against shareholder proposals seeking to make Apple form a human rights committee and to make it easier for shareholders to nominate their own slates of board directors.

7. Amazon’s streaming service Twitch is pulling in as many viewers as CNN and MSNBC. In January, Twitch had nearly 1 million people watching at any given point.

8. Goldman Sachs was “freaked out” by a rumour that Trump would personally kill the Amazon/Whole Foods deal because of Jeff Bezos. Trump has repeatedly criticised Bezos.

9. Apple CEO Tim Cook said non-employees will not be allowed to visit Apple’s new office. Cook said the amount of confidential information inside would make it impossible to do tours.

10. Sky and BT are paying a combined £4.5 billion for rights to the Premier League. The bidding process is still ongoing for two more broadcasting packages, and Amazon is rumoured to be in the running.

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