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 Wednesday.

1. A massive cyberattack impacted companies around the world, including a Russian oil firm, Ukrainian banks and government departments, and major multinationals. Security researchers analysing the malicious software said it was similar to WannaCry, which was used in last month’s cyberattack.

2. Google was hit by a €2.4 billion fine by European regulators who said the company unfairly promoted its shopping comparison service above rivals’. The European Commission said Google abused its dominance in search to promote Google Shopping above search comparison services.

3. Facebook now has 2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the milestone brought him closer in the company’s mission to “bring people together.”

4. Binary Capital, the VC firm quit by partner Justin Caldbeck after several women made sexual harassment allegations, is shutting down its second fund. The firm had raised around $US175 million (£137 million), according to Bloomberg, but very little had been invested.

5. Twitter has a new vice president of diversity and inclusion. The company has hired Candi Castleberry-Singleton to replace Jeffery Siminoff, who left after just a year.

6. Uber will now let you order a ride for someone else, even if they don’t have the smartphone app. A new in-app feature lets you request and pay for a journey on behalf of someone else.

7. An Oxford university spinout, DiffBlue, has raised $US22 million (£17.3 million) to check code for mistakes using artificial intelligence. DiffBlue’s AI takes on the unloved task of software testing, which developers normally have to do themselves.

8. Actor and early Uber investor Ashton Kutcher has come out in support of the company, saying Uber had become “the poster child” for common Silicon Valley’s issues. He also said he didn’t know that it was a “good idea” for CEO Travis Kalanick to step down after the company’s many troubles.

9. Apple Music is aping Spotify with personalised playlists, curated by algorithm. The company delivered its first “Chill” playlist to a small test group of users on Sunday, and will roll it out more widely this summer.

10. Online delivery service Delivery Hero is set to go public on Friday, and is looking to raise around €927 million (£822 million), according to Reuters. The listing could value the firm at up to €4.4 billion (£3.9 billion).

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