10 things in tech you need to know today

Spotify CEO Daniel EkAndrew Burton/Getty ImagesSpotify CEO Daniel Ek.

Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know to start off the week.

1. Startup incubator Y Combinator quietly stopped working with billionaire VC Peter Thiel just a year after defending its partnership. Thiel joined the startup accelerator in 2015 as an advisor in its “part-time partner” program, but it has been announced that he’s no longer working with the incubator.

2. Apple delayed its HomePod smart speaker until “early 2018.” No reason for the delay was provided.

3. Actor Jeffrey Tambor has left Amazon series “Transparent” after being accused of sexual harassment. Tambor said in a statement that a “politicized atmosphere” on set made it impossible for him to return.

4. Former Uber board member and VC Bill Gurley said it’s time for Silicon Valley’s unicorns to ‘grow up’ and get profitable. “This silly notion of we’re going to stay private forever is not going to play out in a positive way,” he said.

5. Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson was reportedly pushed out of his firm after blurring the boundaries between his personal and professional lives. Recode reported that Jurvetson had relationships with women he met at technology events.

6. Spotify acquired Swedish music startup Soundtrap for “at least $US30 million (£22.6 million).” Soundtrap lets users create music together with others in real time.

7. The new iMac Pro will reportedly include an A10 Fusion chip. It’s expected to come with always-on “Hey, Siri” mode.

8. UK food delivery startup Deliveroo raised another $US98 million (£74 million). The raise brings the company’s total funding close to $US1 billion (£755 million).

9. Another one of Snapchat’s first 20 employees has left the company. Chloe Drimal was behind the initial launch of Snapchat’s “Our Stories” feature.

10. Uber drivers were convicted of almost half of the sex offences in London cabs last year. The total number of sexual offences in taxi and private hire cars has gone up from 136 in 2015 to 164 in 2016.

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