10 things in tech you need to know today

Alex Ljung SoundCloudGetty Images/Nadine RuppSoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung.

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

1. Music streaming service SoundCloud has raised $US70 million (£56 million) in debt funding, according to documents filed with Companies House in the UK. The loan was agreed on March 10.

2. Eric Schmidt said that Google “can’t guarantee” ads will not appear against content its advertisers might find inappropriate. Schmidt is the former Google CEO and current chairman of its parent company Alphabet.

3. A new document dump from Wikileaks claims that the CIA was able to infect a Mac’s firmware using an attack called a “sonic screwdriver.” Apple said the vulnerability was fixed in 2009.

4. Twitter is exploring a new way to make money from its most active users. It is reportedly considering whether to build a premium version of its network aimed at professionals.

5. Rupert Murdoch has sold his $US125 million (£100 million) stake in beleaguered blood testing startup Theranos, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. He is reported to have sold it for just $US1 (80p) for tax reasons.

6. Enterprise software firm SAP announced a $US35 million (£28 million) fund that will be used to back promising early stage software companies. It’s known as the “SAP.iO fund”.

7. Uber is deepening its push into winning corporate business accounts and has brought on two industry veterans to add to its Uber for Business team. Dropbox veteran Julie Herendeen started this week as Uber’s new global head of enterprise marketing and Amazon’s Adrian Agostini also joined this week as Uber’s new VP of revenue to lead its enterprise sales.

8. Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S8 have leaked that show the phone from every colour and angle. The phone is due to be announced later this month.

9. One in 10 London tech firms claim that investors have held off or withdrawn from a funding round after Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union, according to a new survey from Tech London Advocates. A third said that it has made it harder for their businesses to grow.

10. Google veteran Vint Cerf warned Germany against suppressing the internet as the country looks to tackle the issue of fake news. “It’s the same path that the Chinese have already gone down,” he said.

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