10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.

1. Who are the coolest people in British tech? Send us your nominations for the UK Tech 100. This October, Business Insider will publish its UK Tech 100 list, ranking the 100 coolest people in the industry.

2. Facebook tested plane-mounted lasers that fire super high-speed internet over California. An academic paper obtained by Business Insider reveals photos of the equipment and details about the test.

3. Artist at the heart of the bizarre Tesla farting unicorn row thinks Elon Musk is ‘arrogant’ – but he’s still a fanboy. Colorado-based artist Tom Edwards told us that Musk used a picture he created without permission in Tesla car operating systems.

4. Fortnite made $US318 million in May – almost $US100 million more than any free-to-play game has made in a month. This chart underlines the game’s wild success and reinforces the idea that the gaming market is on its way up.

5. Morgan Stanley: Google needs to give every US home a free smart speaker – or get buried by Amazon.Such a giveaway would cost $US3.3 billion, but ensure that Google is in prime position for what could be the next major platform shift.

6. Building a car is still the best way for Apple to ‘move its big needle,’ say analysts.Apple needs to break into another big market to keep growing, Guggenheim analysts believe.

7. Instagram’s Stories feature is now twice as big as Snapchat, with 400 million daily users.The Facebook-owned app has more than one billion users overall, it announced earlier this month.

8. Amazon’s playbook for upending healthcare just got a lot clearer – here’s why it should terrify the pharmaceutical industry.The company signalled its intent to get into the pharmaceutical business through the acquisition of a startup called PillPack.

9. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is rumoured to have a bunch of new features, including a triple-lens camera.Business Insider pulls together all the gossip about Samsung’s latest smartphone.

10. Twitter announces a new head of product: Periscope co-founder Kayvon Beykpour. In an internal email that he later tweeted, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced a reshuffling of product leadership.

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