Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know today.
1. Uber fired more than 20 employees after receiving 215 claims in a probe of sexual harassment and other incidents. The internal investigation is separate to the review being carried out by former US attorney general Eric Holder.
2. Pinterest is now valued at $US12 billion (£9.2 billion) after raising another $US150 million (£116 million) in funding. The funding comes from existing investors, and it’s based on the company’s share price from two years ago.
3. Apple executive Bozoma Saint John is joining Uber as its chief brand officer. We spoke to Saint John, who was previously the head of consumer marketing for Apple Music, about the move.
4. Tesla is trading at all time highs. The company’s stock price broke $US354 (£274) and set an all-time record for the company.
5. Amazon is going after Walmart with cheaper Prime rates for some shoppers. The company announced on Tuesday that it’s going to offer reduced Prime rates for American shoppers who are on government assistance.
6. The first episode of Apple’s new show “Planet of the Apps” is now available to view. It features expert judges including will.i.am and Jessica Alba.
7. We found out what it’s like to be a parent in the gig economy. Couriers find it difficult to balance the demands of being a parent with the need to get out on the streets and earn money.
8. Delivery Hero is preparing to hold an IPO “in the coming months.” Rocket Internet’s food delivery giant has over 6,000 employees.
9. The price of Bitcoin soared to a new high yesterday. It’s up 6% at $US2,848 (£2205) a coin.
10. Google can now detect which roads are most polluted using Street View cars. For the past year, Google has used two Street View cars to track and store data about air pollution levels block-by-block in Oakland, California.
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