10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. US president Donald Trump claims he has told the Commerce Department to lift a ban on Chinese phonemaker ZTE, after the firm was banned in the US for violating trade sanctions. ZTE had halted its operations thanks to the ban.

2. Facebook is facing accusations it misled Parliament, after US Congress revealed more Russian ads targeted at Brexit voters. Facebook had claimed Russian actors spent just $US1 on ads, but the data suggests the spend was actually higher.

3. Facebook is reportedly thinking about creating its own cryptocurrency. One former Facebook employee told Business Insider that Facebook might be interested in creating a digital currency that could be used as a system of payments on the site.

4. A Tesla Model S with an Autopilot feature rear-ended a truck while travelling 60 mph and without braking before the impact. The driver escaped with a broken angle, and it isn’t known if Autopilot was engaged.

5. Filings show Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to start autonomous car tests in California. It is now the 53rd company to receive a licence for testing from Californian authorities.

6. Google has included a “Remind me to take a break” feature on YouTube with the latest Android. The feature is designed to encourage people to look up from their phones.

7. Uber gave architects the chance to design what its “Skyports” for flying taxis would look like. Each Skyport design had to be able to handle more than 4,000 passengers an hour and stay within a three-acre area – a little under one and a half football fields.

8. A US private equity firm is buying British online property listings service Zoopla for £2.2 billion. Its founder, Alex Chesterman, will walk away with £6.6 million, according to Sky.

9. UK newsstands might sell “porn passes” to adults who want to watch porn on their home devices. A new law requires porn viewers to verify their age, and the British Board of Film Classification thinks this is one way to preserve people’s anonymity.

10. Nintendo will re-release its classic NES on June 29th. The first re-release sold out immediately when it went on sale in November.

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