10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to start your Friday.

1. Apple is reportedly working on a new pair of AirPods. The new earbuds are said to support the “Hey Siri” command, have a new wireless chip, and be scheduled for this year, while a water-resistant version may be launched in 2019.

2. The FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order will become active on April 23. The order will repeal the 2015 Net Neutrality rules.

3. Top artificial intelligence (AI) experts and policymakers from 14 institutions have published a report on the malicious uses of AI. The 100-page paper outlines digital, physical, and political dangers.

4. Intel reportedly failed to disclose Spectre and Meltdown flaws to US cybersecurity officials before the news leaked online. Both Apple and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, as well as Intel, have said as much in letters sent to US congressmen.

5. Airbnb has debuted a new service called “Airbnb Plus.” The premium offering, active in 13 cities globally, has been designed to compete with hotels, and includes amenity-filled places that are professionally inspected and photographed.

6. Snap’s stock slid over 6% after an analyst warned of negative reactions to the recent update. Also, Kylie Jenner’s tweets that suggested that she uses the app less after the update may have contributed to the stock’s fall.

7. Amazon is reportedly planning to open up to six new Amazon Go cashier-less stores this year. There is no clear indication about their location, but rumours say that they will most likely be in Seattle and Los Angeles.

8. Apple Pay has an estimated 38 million active users in the US and 127 million globally, up from 62 million a year ago. That, in turn, means that only about 16% of iPhone users worldwide use Apple Pay.

9. “Angry Birds” maker Rovio’s stock has fallen over 50% to about €5 (£4.4/$US6.2), well below its original €11.50 (£10.20/$US14.20) IPO price. The revenue guidance for 2018 has been weak, too, with a maximum of €300 million (£265/$US370 million) in forecast opposed to the €336 million (£292/$US414 million) predicted by analysts.

10. Intel is partnering with several companies to launch 5G-powered Windows 10 machines in 2019. Partner firms include Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, and HP.

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