10 things in tech you need to know today

GettyGabe Newell, cofounder and managing director of Valve, the company behind Steam.

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to start your week.

1. Snap reportedly wants to be profitable by the end of the year. There have already been two reports of layoffs at the company in 2018.

2. Twitter has suspended several accounts, some with millions of followers. The accounts seemingly engaged in tweet stealing and “tweetdecking,” i.e. mass-retweeting each other.

3. The FBI has arrested Vincent Ramos, the CEO of Phantom Secure. The company reportedly customised BlackBerry phones for criminals by removing the microphone and camera, and routing encrypted messages via overseas servers.

4. Kaspersky Lab has released details on the sophisticated “Slingshot” malware. It said that the malware was likely used for spying on targeted individuals and organisations, and that it remained hidden for about six years.

5. American performance-management consulting company Gallup has released a new study on how Americans see artificial intelligence (AI). 58% of the respondents have said that they see AI, robotics, and automation as bigger threats to jobs than immigration and offshoring over the next 10 years.

6. Discussion groups, online communities, and user-made games on Steam are reportedly being used to glorify school shooters and mass shootings. An investigation has so far found about 173 distinct groups.

7. Musical.ly has blocked some search terms related to self-harm and eating disorders after criticism. Tags, however, still appear on users’ posts.

8. China is reportedly altering its critical vulnerability disclosure database. Country officials have seemingly backdated the disclosure times of vulnerabilities that government hackers may want to use.

9. Motorola Mobility has reportedly laid off 190 people from its Chicago team. The company said that less than half of the Chicago workforce has been impacted, and denied rumours that the Moto Z line of devices was being canceled.

10. UK-based Netsparker, a developer of web application security scanning software, has raised $US40 million (£29 million) in its Series A round. The service is used by customers including Microsoft, Samsung, and NASA.

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