10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. Uber said it will stop targeting city officials with “Greyball” — the secret tool it used to deceive regulators. The New York Times revealed that it had been using the tool to evade authorities for years.

2. There’s a little-known version of Tinder for celebrities, models, and millionaires called Tinder Select. Tinder has never publicised Tinder Select but it seems to have been around for at least six months.

3. Uber’s top AI executive Gary Marcus is the latest to step aside after four months with the company. Marcus, the much-celebrated hire that was in charge of Uber’s AI Labs, said in a Facebook post that he will now become a “special advisor” to Uber’s AI efforts.

4. Amazon Alexa went down for some people and they freaked out about how to turn on the lights. The Alexa service is now operating normally.

5. Currencycloud, a fintech company that helps businesses make cross border payments, has raised £20 million. The Series D round was led by Google’s venture capital arm, GV.

6. Google is poised to do the “unthinkable” and overtake Microsoft to become the #1 platform for getting online. That’s according to a new report from analytics company Statcounter.

7. Larry Page’s mystery flying car startup is expanding its fleet of oddball aircraft. Zee Aero registered two new aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration on January 18.

8. Michael Acton Smith, the founder who built the addictive game Moshi Monsters, wants you to be less of a slave to your iPhone. Somewhat ironically, he’s also the CEO of a new smartphone app.

9. Tesla is powering the Hawaiian island of Kauai with more than 54,000 solar panels and its giant battery packs. The solar farm has 13 megawatts of solar generation capacity.

10. Google is reportedly acquiring a data science community called Kaggle. The value of the deal is unclear.

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