10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has died in a boating accident. His father is in a “serious” condition.

2. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and supermodel Miranda Kerr got married in an “intimate affair”. The pair married at their home in Brentwood, California.

3. Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI has retired from competitive Go after defeating the world number one 3-0. DeepMind now plans to apply its algorithms to more scientific matters.

4. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Bill Gates teamed up for a $US30 million (£23 million) investment in petition site Change.org. The “social change platform” is best known as a site for activists to post petitions to the public.

5. Google said it would be too expensive and too logistically difficult to give its gender pay data to the government. The job would apparently require 500 hours of work and cost $US100,000 (£78,500).

6. Snap spent less than $US1 million (£780,000) to acquire a tiny drone startup in Venice called Ctrl Me Robotics, according to a new report from BuzzFeed. As part of the deal, Snap reportedly brought on Ctrl Me Robotics founder, Simon Saito Nielsen, and acquired some of its assets and equipment.

7. Google cofounder Sergey Brin plans to use the giant airship he is working on to deliver humanitarian aid to remote places, according to The Guardian. It could also be used as a luxury “air yacht”.

8. Apple is working on chips to power artificial-intelligence capabilities in its gadgets, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported. The chips would handle more advanced AI tasks, such as facial recognition, and help better manage battery life and power, the report says.

9. Sprig, a food-delivery startup that has raised over $US56 million (£43 million), is shutting down. Its 200 employees will receive two months’ pay, and the company will be having a career fair to help them find a new job.

10. A new feature on Google Photos lets you hide the pictures you don’t want people to see. The feature is called “Archive”.

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