10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. The US government has issued an alert about possible North Korean hacking activity. The attacks are targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, and finance industries.

2. It looks like Russia used both Facebook and Twitter to interfere with the UK’s Brexit referendum. Facebook hinted at the possibility but did not give outright confirmation, while researchers found 400 fake Twitter accounts run from Russia.

3. High-profile Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has finally been named as the VC who was arrested in London earlier this year for alleged sexual assault. The claims were dropped, but Pishevar has now launched his own lawsuit against a PR firm, which he claims smeared him in the press.

4. A Vietnamese researcher used a custom mask to unlock Face ID on Apple’s iPhone X. Similarly, a family posted a video of a child being about to unlock his mother’s iPhone X with his own face.

5. US regulators have approved the first digital pill, which connects to your smartphone and can be tracked inside your stomach. The pill, Abilify MyCite, can treat schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and depression.

5. UK food delivery startup Deliveroo has won a key legal victory which rules its delivery riders are self-employed, not workers entitled to certain rights. The victory comes after Uber lost a similar case last week.

6. The UK government is investing an additional £21 million into Tech City UK, the semi-public organisation which promotes the tech industry. The body will rebrand to “Tech Nation” and include clusters outside London such as Newcastle and Edinburgh.

7. Mozilla has launched a new version of its Firefox browser called Firefox Quantum, which is double the speed and uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome. It’s the biggest overhaul in 13 years, the company said.

8. Pump and dump scams have hit cryptocurrencies, with traders artificially inflating the price of smaller currencies like Chilli Coin, then quickly selling for a profit. The scams are not illegal since cryptocurrencies are so lightly regulated.

9. Taxify, an Estonian rival to Uber, has demoted its UK boss and plans to raise new funding as it tries to re-establish itself in London. Taxify halted its services in London just three days after launch over issues with its operator’s licence.

10. Reddit’s chief executive said the company is considering an IPO, though he didn’t say when. He said an offering would be the “only responsible choice” for the firm.

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