10 things in tech you need to know today

Jack maSean Gallup/Getty ImagesAlibaba CEO Jack Ma.

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

1. Tech investor Bill Gurley is leaving the board of Uber. Gurley will be replaced with Matt Cohler, another partner at Benchmark Capital.

2. Snapchat reportedly paid over $US250 million (£197 million) for an app that lets you track your friends. It’s called Zenly.

3. Alibaba’s chairman and founder, Jack Ma, thinks that new technologies could be a threat to more than just jobs. Ma said that new technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence could lead to the third World War.

4. DeepMind is funding climate change research at Cambridge University. It wants to use artificial intelligence to slow down global warming.

5. UK digital minister Matt Hancock said that the government will look to start regulating companies and scientists working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). He said AI has the potential change the world we live in but stressed that the technology must be regulated by a suitable framework.

6. Tesla’s head of its autopilot software left the company less than six months after he joined. His name is Chris Lattner.

7. Uber’s Travis Kalanick was in Chicago to interview a COO candidate when he got the letter demanding his resignation. Uber has been searching for a COO since early March.

8. Red-hot cryptocurrency Ethereum flash-crashed to $US13 (£10) before bouncing back to $US296 (£233). The tumble occurred in a matter of minutes.

9. Snapchat’s new maps feature shows you where your friends are. A trailer for the feature shows two women browsing a map in Snapchat and tapping on a nearby location to see friends sharing videos from an ongoing concert.

10. Google DeepMind is due to start rolling out its controversial Streams healthcare app to another UK hospital. It signed a five year deal with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

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