10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Yahoo announced that, following the close of its merger with Verizon, what’s left of the company will be changing its name to Altaba. This was disclosed in an SEC filing.

2. Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, is resigning from the company’s board. She will step down after Yahoo’s $4.8 billion (£4 billion) merger with Verizon is completed.

3. Alibaba founder Jack Ma met with President Elect Donald Trump. He pledged to create 1 million US jobs.

4. Apple is the greenest tech company in the world, according to Greenpeace. It took the title for the third year running.

5. Eric Schmidt and other high profile tech executives want government protection from China. They’re calling for the federal government to clamp down on cross-border acquisitions by Chinese companies, protect US intellectual property, and “fast track” new chip manufacturing facilities.

6. A human rights group has launched a legal challenge to the UK government’s Snooper’s Charter. The recently-passed legislation allows the state to monitor everybody’s web history and email, text and phone records, and hack computers, phones and tablets on an industrial scale.

7. Two Samsung executives have been questioned in relation to a corruption scandal that involves South Korea’s impeached president, Park Geun-hye. Corporate strategy office vice chairman Choi Gee-sung and president Chang Choong-ki were interviewed by prosecutors on Monday.

8. One of the most anticipated games of 2017 has been cancelled. “Scalebound” was due to be released on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs for 2017.

9. Families of Americans killed by ISIS are suing Twitter for allegedly providing “tremendous utility and value” to the terrorist organisation. The lawsuit was filed in the southern district of New York on January 8.

10. Law firm Leigh Day announced on Monday that it is talking to some Deliveroo couriers (or “riders”) about a “potential legal action” against Deliveroo. The law firm described Deliveroo’s current business model as “absurd.”

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