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 Tuesday.

1. Apple just launched a new attack on Android. The iPhone maker has launched a website aimed at persuading people who currently have an Android phone to buy an iPhone from Apple.

2. An internal Google email reveals more evidence of the company’s tip line for reporting whistle-blowers. The email comes from a lawsuit filed by an anonymous Google employee who claims the company runs a “spying program” that encourages employees to report each other for leaking information to the press or public.

3. Facebook activated its Safety Check feature in Manchester after an explosion left over 20 people dead and more than 50 injured. Safety Check asks people in the area of the incident if they are safe, and publicly marks them as such if they say they are.

4. Amazon is preparing to launch checkout-free supermarkets in the UK. It trademarked the slogan “No Lines. No Checkout. (No, Seriously.)” with the Intellectual Property Office in the UK.

5. TransferWise has launched a new business account. It is also planning to introduce a foreign exchange debit card later this year.

6. New research shows that UK venture capital firms are dominated by men. Just 13% of venture capital investors in decision-making roles — partner level or equivalent — are women.

7. The next major game from the folks behind “Grand Theft Auto” just got delayed until 2018. “Red Dead Redemption 2” now has a launch window of “spring 2018.”

8. Someone in 2010 bought 2 pizzas with 10,000 bitcoins. Today, the same amount of bitcoins would be worth $US20 million (£15 million).

9. Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis revealed his unusual sleeping habits. His routine allows him to get two days of work done in 24 hours.

10. Cybersecurity firm Symantec believes it was “highly likely” that a hacking group affiliated with North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry cyber attack. The attack infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide and disrupted operations at hospitals, banks, and schools across the globe.

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