10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. Tesla announced it will raise $US1.15 billion (£940 million) in a series of offerings. The automaker will offer roughly $US250 million (£203 million) in common stock and $US750 million (£611 million) in convertible notes, according to an SEC filing.

2. Two members of a Russian intelligence agency “protected, directed, facilitated, and paid” hackers to break into Yahoo’s systems in 2014, the Department of Justice said. Yahoo had about 500 million user accounts at the time.

3. Multiple high-profile Twitter accounts inadvertently posted swastikas and tweets about Nazis after a third-party Twitter tool appeared to be hacked. Affected accounts included those of Forbes and BBC North America.

4. Sirin Labs, the Israeli technology company that sells a secure $US16,000 (£13,100) Android smartphone, has cut a third of its workforce. The smartphone was launched in June 2016 at a press event in London attended by actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

5. A Facebook executive admitted that Facebook doesn’t yet have all the answers when it comes to removing fake and illegal content from its platform. Stephen Deadman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, spoke in Berlin the day after Germany announced plans to fine social networks up to €50 million (£44 million) for failing to remove slanderous or threatening online postings.

6. GoPro is getting rid of 270 positions as it tries to become profitable again. It is the second time in three months that the camera maker has announced layoffs.

7. Microsoft is finally putting Windows Vista out of its misery. On April 11, the software giant will cease to support the decade-old operating system.

8. Uber has appointed Cambridge University academic Zoubin Ghahramani as its chief scientist. Ghahramani, who has published over 250 academic papers, is a professor of information engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he oversees a team of roughly 30 researchers.

9. Google Street View now lets you go inside an active volcano. The Californian tech company sent two explorers, George Mackley and Chris Horsly, to climb into the crater of a volcano on the South Pacific island of Ambryn.

10. Marketers are unimpressed with Snapchat compared to Facebook and Google. That’s according to a note from analysts at investment bank RBC Capital markets.

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