10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. British politicians have been locked out of their official email accounts after a brute force attack. Security services think another state is probably behind the attack, according to the Guardian.

2. Justin Caldbeck, a partner at VC firm Binary Capital, has quit after six women in tech claimed he sexually harassed them. Caldbeck originally denied the claims, then apologised, then quit, according to several media reports over the weekend.

3. Amazon has applied to patent a beehive-like tower for delivery drones. The strange, sci-fi design shows a “multi-level” tower, and the structure is intended for densely populated areas, like cities.

4. Microsoft suffered a massive code leak, after Windows 10 source code was posted online anonymously. Microsoft confirmed the leak, which included confidential Windows 10 builds that hackers could have used to look for security flaws, according to The Register.

5. Google’s DeepMind AI arm is giving the NHS free access to its controversial ‘Streams’ app, an FOI from Business Insider has found. This is the first disclosure of DeepMind’s financial terms, which indicate the company will provide the patient monitoring app for free until costs run into £15,000.

6. Mac malware is surging, according to analysis from security firm McAffee. The number of cases of malware targeting Macs was up 53% in the first quarter.

7. Child safety experts are worried that a new feature from Snapchat, which lets you track your friends nearby, could lead to online bullying or harassment. The safety group Childnet International said people shouldn’t give their location away on Snapchat to people they don’t know.

8. Facebook wants to produce high-quality, scripted TV shows costing up to $US3 million an episode. The company is in talks with various Hollywood production firms for shows like Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars”, according to the Wall Street Journal, and is also looking for shorter 10-minute unscripted content.

9. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were among 21 CEOs to meet with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in the US this weekend. Modi gathered the leaders in a roundtable to pitch his government’s tax reforms, ahead of a meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump this week.

10. Pandora CEO and founder Tim Westergren is reportedly planning to step down, according to Recode. Westergren has been running the streaming music service since 2016, and the company has not found a replacement yet.

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